Hello, I'm Kathy B from the Pacific Northwest and new to BJP this year. After having viewed and read about most of the past two years, I couldn't resist joining the challenge (with some gentle nudging from previous participants). Bead embroidery is also new to me. I recently finished my first project, a beaded button, after taking a class from Robin in November.
But now I must decide what to do and how to do it for BJP. I'm having trouble deciding on a size: If it is small, it might be difficult to use a wide variety of stitches, sizes, and colors of beads. But if it is large, it could be time-consuming to encrust or design a cohesive pattern. And what shape should it be? Should it be something practical to be used or worn? or something to be viewed / displayed but where, how?
Decisions, decisions, oh dear . . .
My blog for beady and other subjects is Beady Zoo, but it is in serious need of updating. Maybe after I choose a size, shape, theme, oh my.
The brain child of Robin Atkins, the first Bead Journal Project, which began in June of 2007, included 241 women and 1 man who were dedicated and committed to creating 12 bead journal pages, one per month, for a year.
The BJP is all about visual journaling using any media and techniques, providing it includes some beading. We are free to structure our bead journal pages any way we want, as long as all 12 are the same size.
The current years' Bead Journal Project runs from January 2010 through December 2010. This blog is a means by which we may support each other in process, techniques and design. Participants (many with links to their personal blogs or websites) are listed below.