Wednesday, August 4, 2010



Here is the second installment of my pages in transition. I have to say that I like these two pages, in certain ways,  better than any others I have done.  I was never really comfortable encrusting entire pages with beads.  I think in the future I will feel at ease incorporating more and more threadwork into my pages.

I started by thinking about how I would color the back ground.  I wanted to use chalks, but for the life of me, I cannot find my chalks.  So, I used crayon, then heat set it.  It was OK, but not quite the effect I wanted.

I don't know much about stamping on fabric.  I love the saying on this stamp and decided I wanted to use it on this page.  Stamping on wool felt didn't work too well for me.  After the page was stitched and beaded, I had to tackle the fact that the stamped words had faded.  I tried stamping on other material but didn't like the look on the page.  So, I restamped a piece of felt.  Tested textile medium on a stamped scrap and proceeded to glue the new stamped piece to the page and secured it with stitching.  I'm still not too happy with the way the stamping looks, but after all its a learning experience.

I love these two newest pages.  I'm not totally sure why.  Maybe their 3 x 3 size.  Probably the mix of thread stitching with the addition of beads.  Its likely the fact that I am trying new things has a lot to do with it, even if it is in a small way.


kaiteM said...

that's a lovely piece, the tree is very unusual and the way the bird hangs under it is so natural. I think the 3x3" square is a very accomodating format and easy to hold in the hand and feel comfortable with. I'm wishing i had chosen a simpler format like that. k.

Anonymous said...

These two pages are so sweet, especially in their small size. They have an almost childlike quality, simple and pure. I also love the blanket stitching. Really special work.

Crazy Mama said...

i like it A LOT! it's very, um, "gardeny" is the only word i can think of...i know. a lame way to describe it, but this piece evoked an image in my head of a beautiful, quaint, country garden and it made me smile. so when i say "gardeny", it is a good word for it in my mind. i like the stamping, too...the way that it's not "perfect". great job!

Crystal said...

Oh, I love the lushness of the green leaves on your tree! And the little red flowers are so sweet. They're smile-makers!

It's not always easy to find time for big projects. 3" by 3" really does sounds like a fun size - with an end in sight! You're tempting me to try, ya know.... ;-)

Love the quote, too.

Crystal xoxo

Bellesanbeaus said...

i love the way you used the thread to talk as well as the beads. isn't it funny how we some times are more comfortable with the less is more? Very lovely piece my friend!

Unknown said...

I like your new direction! I think it's great you are trying new things and experimenting to see what works for you and what you like. This is a pretty one!

I think for me I've found I'm more happy with the end result of my pieces that have a more mixed-media type to them, so maybe you are gravitating toward some type of mixed format.
A while back I was working on an embroidery pattern and it surprised me how much difference it made to the piece when I switched out the satin stitch for tiny little red buttons to do the apples on an apple tree. It was a different perspective... nothing wrong with some "beads" with your embroidery... or some "embroidery" with your beads.

beadbabe49 said...

I think it's so much more fun when you're experimenting as you go on, rather than just sticking with what you've done before...and the piece reflects that joy.

Jan said...

That's a sweet piece. So much detail in such a small work. Have you considered using paint instead of ink for your stamping? I'm sure you already did. Have fun with your experimenting.

robin michelle said...

I love the beads you used on the tree & the way it arches. This is a really nice piece! I like the faded look of the words, it reminds me of an old-fashioned sampler.

Susan Elliott said...

Like the song. And I can completely relate to the joy that comes from stretching yourself and trying new things.

Here's to being big rock can already sing...
xo Susan

ACreativeDreamer said...

I like the quote, an love the stitching with the bead work...I've been impressed with the last two you have created...very good job Carol!

Penny said...

Oh I love this and love the words. Straight from the heart, the very best way to do any beading/stitching project. I too like the faded quality of the words -- it gives them a feeling of history (not something shiny and new). Beautiful!

Timaree said...

Your page turned out great. The stamping shows up pretty clear to me. It's neat that you are finding what you enjoy doing with the beads.

The bad Liz said...

I love what you have been doing with the BJP. I wish that I could be motivated to finish this years and last years (might as well be honest). I have them easily accessible but keep moving to other projects. C'est la vie.

a2susan said...

I think you are coming into your own style. Sometimes it takes a while to find your stride, and you are definitely hitting yours with these last few pieces.

Pursuing Art... said...

This is a beautiful page, Carol! I really like the embroidery stitching with the addition of the beads. I love the tree and flowers and, of course, the bird and her home! You are singing a beautiful song!

I don't have much experience stamping either, but maybe it's hard to get a stamping on the felt because of the texture??...I don't know. But I agree with the others...I like the soft look of the quote on your page and I adore that quote too.

I'm glad that you are having fun experimenting and trying new things!! XOX ~Lisa

Anonymous said... it time for bjp 2011 yet?


Marty S said...

The best part of this is reading how much you enjoy it. I had a big smile reading your description. It's a great quote and a lovely piece.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Robin said...

A bird sings and a woman beads/stitches! As always, I love your improv and just do it approach and the results you get by working that way! Forget encrusting... time to move in a new direction. Yay!!!!

Robin A.