Friday, September 2, 2011

My Other Favorite Blue. Really. July BJP

Here it is. My July BJP done in my other favorite blue. Really.

So you think that sounds familiar? My June BJP was done in my favorite blue. Look to the second post below this to find out about it. This July BJP is my other favorite blue.

July is a little darker, more purple, and has more AB beads. I tried to get a photo of the two together, but I just couldn't get the colors to show up. Several kinds of beads are used in both pages. Most of the kinds of beads, however, appear on only one of the pages.

Technical Details:

The foundation is Lacy's Stiff Stuff painted with a mixture of blue and purple Dye-na-Flo.

I used 15/0s, 11/0s, 8/0s, 6/0s, hexes, Delicas, charlottes, bugles, and twisted hexes. There are also some large beads that you can also see in the blog header. I think I must have used a flash to take the photo of in the blog header. That's why those large beads look so different.

I used the backstitch, the lazy stitch and a twisted rope stitch.

This piece is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.

The thread is C-lon AA royal blue.

What I Was Thinking:

I did not look at the June piece as I worked on the July piece. When I put them next to each other a few minutes ago, I was surprised and pleased to see how different they are than each other. That's what I felt as I was beading. Again this time, it was fun to just enjoy the blue.

And I was thinking that I would never catch up...

Issues That Came Up:

Recently I've been using a John James size 11 sharp needle, and that's what I used for the July piece. This needle is much stiffer than the size 10 short beading needles that I usually use. And the hole is smaller. Way smaller. But it worked out well, and it's hardly bent at all. It wouldn't go through all the charlottes, so for those I switched back to the size 10 short beading needle. And then I wondered why the 10 would be smaller than the 11. Maybe it's like clothing sizes. It depends on the brand.

And now for the really good news. August is finished. And only one day late. Woo-hoo! I'm embellishing another Hope Stone right now, so I won't start September till next week.

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