Monday, September 1, 2008

September's Project

For my September BJP project, I thought back to this time last year when we were in Lithuania. Amber was everywhere--in the jewelry shops, in the souvenir stores, and in all the street stalls. It was beautiful.

But I wanted beads, not jewelry. I couldn't find any. We even found a bead store in Vilnius, and the clerks looked confused when I asked if they had any amber beads. (No, it wasn't a language problem.)

After several days in Vilnius, I was pretty determined that I was going to find some amber for bead embroidery. Amber beads would be a great memento of the trip, and easy to take back home because they were unbreakable and lightweight. But I didn't want very many beads and I didn't want to pay too much. I finally decided that a necklace of amber chips would do. I could deconstruct it without guilt.

I looked a little more closely at the necklaces and discovered that a 28-inch necklace has a lot of amber chips. Way too many! Then I found a small child's necklace. Just right for my purposes. The amber chips are quite small, 1/4 to 3/8 inch, all the better for embroidery.

These are the amber chips from the little necklace:




If you look closely, you can see the price tag still attached. 10 litas or about $4.00.

The other beads I am using with the amber are here:



This is the tray I work from, with it on my lap and my feet up on the footstool. Usually there aren't so many beads on it all at once.

I started early so my September project is nearly complete. Just another couple of days will do it.

And for those thinking of going to Lithuania or the other Baltic nations, it was a great trip.

4 comments:

The bad Liz said...

Love the amber! Can't wait to see what you are doing with it.

Also, don't forget to put October 5th on your calendar for a drive to the Detroit area for a great bead show:

http://greatlakesbeadworkersguild.org/bonanza.html

See you there! The Bad Liz

Robin said...

Well weren't you just the smart one to hold out until you found a child's necklace... although I wonder how anybody could have too much amber. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done with it... your pictures were such a tease (in a good way)!

Robin A.

Carol said...

HI!
I'm new to this project also and so excited to be participating. I see you live in SW MI. I am in Indiana just over the line from Edwardsburg.

Nice to meet you.

Denise said...

I absolutely love amber! I have pieces of amber from all over the world because my husband would travel and bring it back for me. You page is wonderful! It's so warm!
Thanks for the interest in my contest!
Cheers, Denise