Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Bead Journal Project 2010 - January


I chose to make covered buttons for the Bead Journal Project. I wanted something that was not going to take forever to bead, but something that was substantial and would feel "finished" at the end of each month. For January, I started with white, which I thought represented the ideas of "new" and "hope". I used 3 vintage buttons for the centre of the design, and surrounded them with seed beads, which fade from white into grey. I learned a lot beading this design - both about the round space that I was beading and about covering a surface entirely in beads. The first version had all sorts of small flowers and miscellaneous bits on it that I was planning to bead around - much too fidly and intricate. In the end, I decided that none of it was right, and re-beaded to the design that you see here. The design, to me, represents all that has just begun or is about to begin this year - new job, new places to visit and new people to connect with.

9 comments:

Laural said...

It is beautiful!!

Dee D said...

The button is wonderful

Penny said...

Its absolutely beautiful. Love white in winter!

Carol Creech said...

Lovely! I imagine it sparkles nicely in person. I really love that the whole surface is beaded.

Robin said...

I wish we had before and after pictures, but am inclined to agree that simple is better when it comes to buttons. The three vintage buttons are showcased so nicely with your color fade! Robin A.

Whytefeather said...

Very beautiful, I love the simplicity of it and your use of white and gray with the vintage buttons.

Sara said...

Very pretty! I think simple is better too, I can really see winter when I look at it.

Ranae said...

Oh! that is so pretty.
nice job!

Michelle said...

Oh I love this!!!! How beautiful. And I love how representative of the new year it is for you. Beautiful!