Saturday, July 2, 2011

April BJP--Robin's Egg Blue for Spring



If keeping up with this blog is an optional--no obligation--activity, why do I feel guilty about being a blog posting slacker? And why does the blog nag at me when I ignore it? Enough of the philosophical questions and on to the April BJP.

The April BJP was completed in May. I first blogged about it here in early April on the day we left for our super-fabulous trip to Turkey. At that time, I counted 32 different kinds of Robin's Egg Blue beads in the lower part of the piece. As far as I can tell without using a jeweler's loupe or making myself crazier than usual, I seem to have succeeded in making each column a different kind of bead. There are a few additional kinds of beads in the top part. I'm not going to count them mostly because I don't want to know exactly how many different kinds of beads I have in this color. Too embarrassing.

Technical Details:

The foundation is Lacy's Stiff Stuff painted with Dye-na-Flow, probably a combination of Azure Blue and Emerald Green.

Although we weren't going to discuss this further, I think there are close to forty different kinds of beads in this piece. An embarrassment of beads. The largest ones are five lentils. The smallest are 15/0s.

I used the backstitch and the stop stitch and a bit of couching in this piece.

The piece is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

I used size AA C-lon thread in turquoise.

What I Was Thinking:


This Robin's Egg Blue color is a nice color for spring. Robin's Egg Blue is definitely a 50s name for a color. My mother used to describe this shade of blue as Robin's Egg Blue. When our older grandson was about five, we found a robin's egg (already hatched) on the sidewalk in front of our house. It was this color. Finding an egg was very exciting so we brought it inside and put it on a table in the living room. He didn't take the egg home with him, so about a week later we disposed of it.

But seriously, I was thinking about the trip to Turkey--both before it and after it--as I stitched this piece. It was the Best Trip Ever!

Issues That Came Up:

I wrote in the earlier post about my Persistent Goal-Directed Behavior. I do suffer from it. I'll try to learn to embrace it.

And then there was the embarrassment of beads. Get a grip, woman!

The May BJP has been finished for several weeks and the June BJP is about 3/4 complete. Both are blue. Watch for another post in a day or two.

7 comments:

Tracey N. said...

I dont think it was intentional, but to me the rows of beads cascading down look like raindrops falling from clouds! You know, April Showers? I love it! I dont think you should be embarrassed, I would be PROUD to own that many shapes and sizes of this beautiful colored bead! I love your piece and I am glad to see you back to posting. I bet you had a wonderful trip! I have never even given thought to traveling to Turkey. Cant wait to see your May, June and so on pieces.

Robbie said...

It's quite lovely! Very, very nice!! I do enjoy seeing your pieces!

Cyndi L said...

Such a total wealth of beads crammed into that small space...I think I'm in love! I'm jealous of your stash and your trip...no need for embarrassment ;-)

Trish said...

Cannot even tell you how impressed I am that you have made this with so many different beads - and it is so beautiful!

LissC said...

why embarrassment? One can never ever have to many beads. It turned out great. I love all the different beads, gives it lots of texture.

Fantastic job!

The Blissful Banter of a Creative Crafter said...

I love this piece. so pretty and nice flow to your design!

Angela Grasse said...

So gorgeous!