Friday, September 19, 2008


September is rushing by, but at least I've been able to spend a little time each day working on September's piece. I am really enjoying the rhythm of this project. I usually try to work on it early in the morning (7 a.m. at our house) for 30 or 45 minutes, before the day gets busy. This is my meditative time, when I really appreciate the journal part of this project. I think about the themes I'm trying to illustrate and what is going on in my mental landscape.

I've adopted a few strategies. I have several books on bead embroidery and am trying to focus on a few pages each month, really learning the stitches and techniques I might have just glanced at before, thinking 'I get that'. But you don't really GET it until you do it, several times. So I'm really learning at a basic level.

Also, since I like to make lampworked glass beads, I've decided to incorporate at least one bead each month, and am trying different bezeling (sp?) techniques. I'm focusing on netting this month...who knows what I'll try in October. Also, I'm finding I don't won't to fill up my entire square (3.5 inches). I like the negative space, especially since I'm using ultrasuede and the colors are beautiful. This month my color is a light pear green.

Finally, a fun story. I was meeting a friend for lunch yesterday. Coincidentally, Susan, who has an exhibit of her 2007 project at Findings in October was there and stopped by to see what I was working on. I told her that her project had inspired me to sign up for the 2008 project! What a thrill!

I'm looking forward to October...theme will be circles.


Marty S said...

It sounds interesting. I'm anxious to see your page.
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

a2susan said...

Hi, Margaret. It was fun to see you and meet your friend, especially as we were both out of our normal setting for seeing each other. I love what you were working on, you're off to a fabulous start.

heidibeads said...

Margaret, I can't wait to see your lampwork beads and your pages with techniques. What a wonderful way to learn and relax!

Drea said...

I enjoyed reading about how you're approaching your journal ... it sounds so introspective and studious.

Negative space is something I'm exploring too. When I started doing bead embroidery, I did a lot of large pictoral scenes, where the end result was a flat/solid bead 'painting'... it's hard to shift gears after so many years of doing it a certain way! ;o)

Thanks for posting about your process -- I look forward to seeing your pages.

KV said...

How neat that you and Susan were able to find each other! Looking forward to seeing those lampwork beads, too.

Kathy V in NM

Hélène H said...

Very intriguing, I look forward to seeing your pages ! Negative space is something that speaks to me.

Jacquie said...

Margaret, now that you've added the 'bead element' can't wait to see what you have in store for us. I also find beading very meditative and the place I go when I want to escape and be alone with my thoughts.

Robin said...

I love everything you wrote about in this post... community, meditative, practice/learning, negative space, using your lampwork beads... all positive!!!!! Bravo... Robin A.