Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Re-inspired

I took Robin Atkin's "techniques for Bead embroidery" class this past Friday and have been re inspired! I had quit on several months, leaving them semi-finished. I had not been able to figure out ways to make the backs look good, I had run out of steam and ideas on the beading on some of them and just called them finished. and I still have one month that has been sewn but not beaded yet.

BUT after this class I have been totally re inspired. I learned so many new techniques. and all the variations of them. I have been beading almost non-stop since I got back. After finishing the sampler, I revisited some of my journal pages that I had previously thought was done. I have been working on some wonderful additions to my December page. I feel like I see the fabric in a whole new way. Getting unstuck is just a bugel bead pathway away.

Also seeing her work in person turned on the light bulb for how to finish my own and ways to display them to really show them off. Now I just need to get some book board and foam core to get them done. I was also excited to share my work with Robin (which she seemed to enjoy!)

I got another one of her books (I own 3 now) and I highly recommend them!

So I signed up for another year of the beaded journal project. I plan to take on a smaller size this time! but thinking about going 3-D and making them dolls.




Okay, off the computer and back to some beading... next I hit the joann's on black friday to get an Ott light for cheap!

7 comments:

Sweetpea said...

WOW! These are soooo lovely - I am so happy for you - what a marvelous outcome to being stuck!!

Robin said...

Imagine my joy at reading this and seeing your piece, Sheba! But what you maybe don't realize is that it goes both ways... the spontenaity of your BJP pieces, their complete feeling of freedom, inspired me and others in the class. For my pieces in 2010, I want to let go of neatness. My hat's off to you!

Barbara said...

These are *lovely*, and your re-started enthusiasm is inspiring. I'm signed up for BJP for the first time, and I have some fear I will run out of steam; but now I know I can do it!
I have a question -- are your bugle beads attached to your piece one at a time as you go, or did you make a ladder stitch unit first and attach that with via couching it to the piece?

shebaduhkitty said...

@ Barbara: they are one at a time with a seed bead on each end. I learned about bugle beads sharp edges and now know to have a seed bead on each end to avoid cut thread.

@Robin: glad you enjoy my work as well! it is an honor. I showed my middle school art class students my work, they were mostly unimpressed, but they are not really familiar with that type of art.

KV said...

Lovely work! And lucky you to see Robin's work in person, too . . .


Kathy V in NM

a2susan said...

I am so glad you had a chance to meet Robin and get re-inspired. I love your purple and green piece, it has so much energy!

Beverly Ash Gilbert said...

Lovely work and gorgeous colors!