Monday, May 10, 2010


April's Bead Journal Page was all about Anticipation! It was a wonderful example of how anticipating something can take over one's mind and crowd out all other thoughts. In this case it was the anticipation of something wonderful and very exciting--a three-week trip to Spain and Morocco.

The trip was beyond our expectations! We had a great guide and assistant guide and a very congenial, but small (only 17), group of travelers. For me, the highlight of the tour was the two days in Morocco. Those two days were satisfyingly stimulating and challenging sensory experiences. I loved it! The side trip to Morocco added depth to our understanding of the history, art and architecture we saw in Spain. I was glad that I had spent time reviving my 50-year-old high school Spanish before we left.

We spent a few days before and after the tour on our own in Barcelona and Madrid. Apparently people debate about which city is better. I preferred Barcelona. The early 20th century architecture is fabulous! Our timing was perfect. We completely missed the travel disruptions caused by the volcano in Iceland. There were quite a few empty seats on our flight home last week, and we wondered if some people had canceled travel plans.

Thinking creatively was difficult during the first part of April. I was busy with preparations and distracted by anticipation.

Technical Details:

The foundation is Lacy's Stiff Stuff painted with a blend of red, black and white Dye-na-Flo.

This page has more than the usual number of bugle beads, along with 15/0s, 11/0s, 8/0s, and 6/0s. There are some hexes, triangles, fringe beads and Delicas.

I used the backstitch most of the time and the lazy stitch with the bugle fans.

The page is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

I used mauve Nymo D thread.

What I Was Thinking:

This was a non-thinking page. It was automatic handwork while my mind was distracted and elsewhere.

Issues That Came Up:

I may be learning something about mixing colors. The combination of red and black and white paint came close to the color I wanted for my foundation.

I will often do needlework while I am distracted by anticipation. This time, it seemed to free my mind so I could think about the trip. At other times, it occupies my mind so I don't think about something less pleasant.

I finished the page in mid-April. I considered whether or not to post the page before we left. I finally decided in favor of waiting so I would not notify the public that the house will be empty for three weeks. Ok, so maybe this blog isn't exactly public. But I would have been irritated if I'd come home and found my bead stash gone.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful! Anticipation in 3D, at least that's the way it looks on my monitor. I love the flowing curves and the colors. Awesome!

beadbabe49 said...

I don't usually start with an idea either (although april I did) but they seem to come as I work on the piece...sounds like it worked that way for you this time.

Oh, I've always wanted to see the gaudi buildings in barcelona!

Jan said...

This is my first visit to your blog after having subscribed to the BJP blog. I love your bead work, all the different sizes of beads and the design work, very nice. But I must say I enjoyed even more reading your humorous writing. Thanks for a pleasant read this morning with my coffee.

Carol said...

I always enjoy looking at your beading. The beads are so beautifully placed.

Gosh, what a wonderful trip for you to have the opportunity to take. I hope you will post some pictures here, please.

Carol said...


and I agree with you about Morocco. We had one weekend there back int eh early 90s (Marakesh) and I LOVED it! the food, The architecture. the markets...

Kaite said...

your non-thinking worked well as it looks very moroccan to me, great fans...k.

Whytefeather said...

Great work, love all the arches/fans and your bead work is so well done!
I'd love to see Morocco, sounds like you had a wonderful trip!! I'm with Carol, it'd be great to see photos :)

Robin said...

Oh Marty! How splendid... both your piece and the trip!!!

I soooooooooo agree with what you wrote: "This time, it seemed to free my mind so I could think about the trip. At other times, it occupies my mind so I don't think about something less pleasant." Well said!

I'm a tad jealous of you going to Morocco. Are you going to post some pictures???

Robin A.

Penny said...

This is beautiful. I love the meditative state that I can get into when beading -- very freeing and relaxing. I envy you your trip and hope you'll show us some pictures.

Robbie said...

Love the pattern! And the piece overall!! Nice work.

robin michelle said...

Lovely piece! I really like the colors and the feeling of movement in this. Sounds like a wonderful trip & I agree with others - pictures would be great to see!

Magpie Sue said...

LOL - I'd hate to come home from a trip like that and find my bead stash gone too!

I feel exactly the way you do about stitching. Soemtimes it helps to distract me, other times it is a place to rest. I really like how this one turned out. I may even go so far as to steal the general idea and use it myself someday... ;- )