Saturday, March 12, 2011

It's All Connected--February BJP

Another blue page. This time the theme is It's All Connected. I'll let you interpret that anyway you want, but I think it's all connected.

In January I considered the possibility of using blue beads for all 12 journal pages. That's going to be an interesting challenge, but so far I'm two for two. This blue is capri blue, more or less, depending on which bead manufacturer is naming the beads. I have to admit that I prefer the blues with a purplish cast--such as copen or periwinkle, but this was a nice color to work with, too.

Technical Details:

The foundation is Lacy's Stiff Stuff painted with Azure Dye-na-Flow. Actually I painted this background for the January page, but it was not the right color to start the year off.

The beads are primarily 11/0s and 15/0s, with some 8/0s, bugles, cubes and triangles. My favorite beads are the little hearts that connect the two upper circular gears. The silvery-colored beads that go between the gears are Toho Treasures in dyed indigo AB. Who'd guess that was the color?

The backstitch and the lazy stitch were used.

The page is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

I used Nymo B thread is a medium blue.

What I Was Thinking:

I was thinking about connections. And about disconnections. I don't mean un-connections, I mean disconnections. And I was thinking about how blue sometimes gets a bad rap. I mean, I love blue. It's my favorite color(s). It's not sad or the blues. It's beautiful!

Issues That Came Up:

Things got sorta busy, so even though I finished the piece in February, here I am posting it in mid-March. It was my turn to host my book group, a situation that results in 10 or so days of hysterical housecleaning. Generally, I lean more toward casual housecleaning than toward perfect housekeeping. After all, my associate homeowner lives here, too. Even though members of the book group are lovely, kind-hearted women who are more community activist than socialite, I feel internal pressure to get the place up to snuff. So now the place is clean for another year. Or until the Queen comes for tea. (For anyone interested, this month's book was The Living Great Lakes by Jerry Dennis. Everyone in the group would recommended it, especially to those who live near the Great Lakes.)

And now I'm in the middle of my March BJP. Guess what color it is!


Carol said...

Beautiful beading. I always love to see your work. It has so much movement your eye could just follow along forever.

I love blue. It used to be my favorite color and still probably is since it seams like most of my clothes are some shade of blue.

The book sounds interesting. I'm always drawn to books about the Great Lakes and the area. I was born in Chicago and raised in Michigan City and spent every single moment I could at the lake. I often wonder why I moved, but I only a 1/2 hour drive away. If only the lake smell could float through the air to my house, I'd be happy!

Barbara said...

It is, indeed, all connected, and my favorite element of "flow" is everywhere. Such pretty colors too!

Cyndi L said...

Fab, Marty! No matter which way you (or life) roll, there you are ;-)

Judy said...

Ditto all of the above. I'm doing blue things too.It's not my natural preference, but this blue work is gorgeous.

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

Wow its beautiful! Love the color so much.