Saturday, March 17, 2012

Entirely Inoffensive--February BJP

Every once in a while, I wonder what's up with the West Michigan Character Council. The designated quality for February was Deference: Limiting my freedom so I do not offend the tastes of those around me. What exactly, I wondered, did that mean?

Now, I'm an older person who grew up when one job of the Safety Patrol was to remind boys to take off their hats when they entered the elementary school building. We wore dresses to school. Years later, we still wore dresses to teach. I don't use "rude" language, shout out during public meetings, push to be first on the airplane, or wear clothing that exposes my midriff. I don't play loud music at night, eat while I'm on the phone, talk on a cell phone in stores and restaurants, or text during meetings. I try to be polite, respectful and considerate in public and private interactions. I do not intentionally offend the tastes of others.

But "limiting my freedom?" That phrase bothered me. It brought me back to the Women's Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. I would not want to go back to the days when women's freedom and equality in employment, pay, education, health care and other areas were limited because they offended the tastes and traditions of others. Maybe it's the current political climate that made me feel this way.

Is this what the West Michigan Character Council meant by deference and limiting my freedom? Maybe not, but that was my first reaction.

So for February, I decided that my Bead Journal Page would be Entirely Inoffensive.

Technical Details:

The Foundation is Lacy's Stiff Stuff painted with brown Dye-na-Flow.

There are some larger round beads, 6/0s, 8/0s, 11/0s, 15/0s, hexes, peanut beads, triangles, bugles, and Delicas.

The size is 2.25 inches by 3 inches.

The stitches used were the backstitch and the lazy stitch.

I used C-lon size A thread in brown.

What I Was Thinking:

Absolutely nothing offensive, I assure you.

Issues That Came Up:

I had a lot of other deadlines in February so this month's BJP got pushed aside more than once. You can see the two other beading projects I did in February in the posts below.

Sometimes I pull my thread too tight, shrinking up the foundation. That makes the beads squish together and jump off the flat surface. That happened this month. Maybe I was secretly thinking some offensive thoughts and that made me tense. Or maybe I was pushing to hurry and get done.

I still like Nymo thread better than C-lon. When I put the page aside for a few days to do something else, the loose thread hanging from the piece seemed to unwind. Then it caught on the rough places on my hands. Maybe next time I'll try Thread Heaven on the C-lon.

I'm really glad I chose a slightly smaller size this year.

And now, it's on to March. Nearly two weeks left in the month so there's hope for finishing!


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Well, being the political person that I am, I am offended by the wording of the challenge they chose.

Let me just say that your piece is totally inoffensive and totally beautiful.
xx, Carol

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

I'm definitely not offended. Love the colors and pattern. Beautifully done.

We are living in a different world now aren't we.

aprilZ said...

All that deference business sounds very Victorian! Still, if it has inspired you to create such a lovely rich brown design, it can't be all bad. Does it count as 'offensive' to call a stitch 'lazy' I wonder??

Kay Ashworth said...

You crack me up! Perhaps I should be offended that you used brown, my least favorite color. Nah, it is beautiful, even so.

Anne Marie - Toronto said...

I support you and I love your beading!! Even if it is brown, although I see some mauve tones if I squint real hard. LOL!

Kay Ashworth said...

You crack me up. I'll have to say that I am offended by your use of brown, my least favorite color. No really, this is beautiful

Robin said...

I am eagerly awaiting a post that sheds light on the intended meaning of that nonsensical statement. Maybe they're trying to deal with tagging issues?

This piece, like all your others, is just the opposite of inoffensive. It's beautiful! I love the way you use so many different sizes and types of beads, yet keep it both flowing and unified with design and color. Amazing!

K Hutchinson said...

What a lovely colors! I love the rhythm of the pattern! Gorgeous piece! Well done!