Starting Over

December 7, 2011

I’m starting the blog thing over. I finally figured out how to get back into this to write something again. And I’m going to do the 2012 Bead Journal!! I loved doing it before, even though I faded from sight. I’ll work on posting a photo of the finished project from the last time. 2009 I believe.


Cindy’s April Bead Journal Project

May 7, 2009

April’s page is finished.  This month there have been egrets in the marsh.  bjp-aprilOur back yard runs into the marsh – and when it’s been raining (April showers) or the wind is blowing the right way – we have about 6 inches of water instead of just soggy ground.  When we have water – ducks typically paddle around and splash – the cats are fascinated.   The leaves on the trees aren’t completely out yet, so I’m able to see further into the marsh than normal.  I’ve been watching 2 egrets fish and it’s such a beautiful sight.  Usually I can’t see them – they like to fish in  deeper water – so they’re typically further in the marsh – and I only see them when I’m walking that way.   More rain – deeper water – so egrets!!   This month my page had to be egrets – and it just had to be bead embroidery on fabric so I could get the shape I wanted.  I filled in the egret with white beads, and it didn’t work.  I like  just the outline – so the extra white beads had to come off.  The water and the grasses – needed a log.  The “log” is a piece of the willow tree in my yard.  I’ve used bugle beads, seed beads of various sizes  and 2 pieces of batik fabric.  And the “log”.bjp-april-crop

Today I saw a dragonfly – so I’m thinking the May page will be a dragonfly.  I want to weave the background for this month and maybe do some sort of bead-weaving strip across the bottom.  I have a really cool dragonfly lamp-work bead and have been waiting for the right project to come along……

Happy beading


Cindy’s March BJP

March 29, 2009


I have my March page done!  And it’s the right month.  I’m  excited to be caught up!

There was a quilt show the first weekend in March.  Kat and I went and I feel in love with some of the beautiful vibrant colors I found there.  I decided to try some of the colors in my March page.  I also had a loom class (beading) about that time, and part of the class is to take a piece off the loom – as a demo- our starting and finishing techniques are different than traditional loomwork, so we  show how to put a piece on the loom and also how to take a piece off the loom.    I decided to work on the March page, and use it for the demo.  I pulled a few graphs out of a Dover book – one that has the black and white graphs of Celtic designs – Celtic Charted Designs by Co Spinhoven.  It’s a lovely book of charted designs that can be used for all manner of things.  I figured with March and St.Patrick’s Day – Celtic designs were the way to go.  I used one piece of a chart for the bottom band – in blue and green – and the heart at the top is a piece of another chart.  The bottom band is about an inch and a quarter tall – by 4 inches long.  The heart on the top is 3 inches at it’s longest point.  Once I finished the bead weaving – I still had about 1 1/2 inches of warp threads left.   I knew I’d be doing bead embroidery over that area so I used cotton thread to weave in some tapestry.  It’s easier to embroider over the tapestry part of the weaving – the beadweaving is more difficult to stitch thru.  I could use fabric for the base of the embroidery and applique to the weaving once finished – but the heart needed to be stitched around.  So I stitched on top of the weaving directly.  I backed the weaving in paper and it worked just fine.  I don’t like to embroider on top of beadweaving – it’s difficult to get your needle in the right place – but this was bjp-march-in-proga learning process!

Once the embroidery was finished, I started backing the piece with wool fabric.  I’ve been backing all the pieces with recycled wool felt – I go to the thrift shop and buy wool garments – then throw them in the washer – and you get some lovely felted wool.  This wool has worked very well for the

tapestry/embroidery pieces but this one was acting funny.  I decided the bead weaving part was sliding around on the paper, so I ripped the paper away from the non – bead embroidered part.  I figured the paper was making it act different.  Not so!  The bead weaving was still sliding around on the wool.   I’ve ended up quilting the daylights out of the beadweaing  parts – lots of thread is in this piece.  I’m not sure if the beads from the embroidery are heavy and are pulling the piece down – or if the bead weaving doesn’t like being backed with wool fabric.   I think next month’s piece will be back to tapestry bjp-march-full-size1and bead embroidery!

I’ve made a trash-can-ulator from Trashcanulator 2000 (  previously mentioned on the BJP blog.  The only trash can I could find that was round and clear/white – might be too short for my pieces – the camera is too close.  I will find a taller trash can and try the photos again! I’m working on the photography part!


Contact problems

March 27, 2009

If anyone needs to contact Copperloom – feel free to email us – Cindy –  or Kat – – the contact email is incorrect.  We’re working on it!

Feb bjp

March 26, 2009

I couldn’t resist a heart for February’s page.  I have various forms of beading on it – and had a great time working on it.  bjp-feb2

I made some felt for the background and tried something new.  I used the embellisher to make the felt – using a mesh tulle background, then tried some wet-felting techniques to make the finish smoother.  I used wool roving and wool scraps and most likely some cat hairs are in there as well.  I had help while I worked!

There is  bead embroidery – the pink heart – and there is a band of bead weaving and a mother of pearl heart bead. The band of bead weaving was to be part of a necklace, but it really needed to be on this page instead.    I tucked all the love and good vibes for Valentine’s Day into the back of my mind as I worked.

Quirky Weaver I – Cindy

Jan. bjp

March 26, 2009

Hi everyone

I just found that I have replies to my 2/15 post.  Not a great blogger am I!  Since I know where to look now – I can keep up with everyone and respond!


I have my January bjp finished and have taken a photo of it.  I came up with the idea during the inauguration of President Obama.  I felt that the country was coming together and it was so amazing I decided to do the journal page with these feelings tucked into the back of my mind. I’ve not been someone who takes a big political stand – but this felt so important I wanted to document how I felt about this coming together.

I decided to have blue yarn and red yarn coming together in a purple center.  I kept thinking about that during the election in November – the news shows kept taking about the red states and the blue states and I kept thinking red and blue make a lovely purple!  I wove the background on the loom – with yarn.  The blue and red yarns are wool with mohair and the purple is a beautiful hand-dyed cotton – done by the lovely and amazing Kat.  I’ve needle felted some yarns to the top of the weaving and added some blue beads and some red beads.  I have different shades of red beads and blue beads – because not all blues are the same, nor are reds or purples.

In the center – I have a bit of bead embroidery – and my photo doesn’t show the right colors  I’ll work on doing a better job with the photography and see if I can get the correct colors!  The yarn colors are good, but the oval stone bead in the center of the embroidery is the color of Michele Obama’s green gloves.  There is a brown glass bead on top of her glove stone that represents Lincoln’s Bible.  There are some stacked beads above the bible that represent all the people there that day – both in person and in spirit.  The bugles represent the long path to this day.   On the left side of the piece – I have a little piece of a blue and red DNA spiral that I made years ago – and didn’t finish.  I decided it needed to live in this piece – so it’s on the side with both red and blue beads at the bottom.

I had a lovely time weaving and embroidering the piece and thinking about how America seems to be coming together.

Work in progress:bjp-jan-in-progress

Quirky Weaver – Cindy

Cindy’s Bead Journal Project update – Finally!

February 15, 2009

I’m so remiss in my blogging efforts.  In my own defense – I’m working like a crazy woman – but that’s no excuse for not getting back to the website!

Here are my efforts for the first few months of the Bead Journal Project for 2008.  I’ve finished September, October, November and December.  I’m working on January – and I’m behind on the February  design.  Most of the time I’m using the loom to weave part of the 4 x 6 journal page.  I’m using bead embroidery after the weaving, or I work it separately and attach to the weaving.  In October I’ve woven both the bead part and the background part.  November is a quilted piece with bead embroidery.  December is a woven piece with bead embroidery and needle felting.  January is a woven piece with bead embroidery – still in progress.

I’ve learned so much from each one  – this project is teaching me a great deal.

September Journal Page:

September is one of my favorite pages so far and of course it’s also the one that’s given me the most trouble.  I’ve had the bead embroidery done since bjp-sept-2August, but kept changing the background.  I’ve finally settled on this version of September.  It’s the view off my back porch.  We’re on the edge of a marsh and have many birds and other critters that pass by in their daily adventures.  My cat – Ivan – is sitting in the grass on the page, but in reality he sits on the screened in porch and chatters at the birds in the bird-bath.  The background was woven on  a Copperloom.  The birdbath and bird were completed using bead embroidery on cotton fabric (with paper backing).

October Journal Page:

October is a part of a sunflower.  oct-bjp1I’ve woven the bead part on a

Copperloom using just beads, finished that part, then added it to a separate background piece done in tapestry.  I’ve used Kat’s glorious hand-dyed yarn – she’s such an incredible artist – to do the tapestry weaving.  The golden part of the sunflower is her cotton dyed yarn, and the center part is a commercially produced brown yarn.  I’ve put a bit of bead embroidery on the top of both the bead weaving and the tapestry weaving.

October’s Work in progress:  Here’s a photo of the October work in progress.  oct-loom2I’m weaving the sunflower part.

I’ve warped the loom using heavy duty upholstery  thread.  I wove the brown “center” of the sunflower in wool weaving yarn, then used Kat’s hand-dyed linen and cotton to complete the “petals”.  Once I finished that, I stitched the bead-woven part over top of the tapestry piece.

November Journal Page:

November Journal Page: November’s page means alot to me.  A friend passed away and I did this page in her memory.  It’s called Flowers for Louise. nov-bjp1 Her favoite color was purple – and she often wore it with accents of pink.  The strip of flowers at the top are out of hand-dyed fabric and pieced in the Seminole piecing methods.   The rest of the piece is a cotton batik that I’m sure Louise would have approved of.  I did the bead embroidery with lovely memories of Louise tucked in the back of my mind and picked beads I thought she’d enjoy.  The tear-drop shaped beads on the side are my tears from missing her.  The beads above her head represent the wonderful joy she spread in her work and play.  The flower beads  at the bottom are there because of her love for flowers.

December Journal Page

I’ve had a knee injury and ended up on the sofa in front of the fireplace for most of December.  I’ve watched the flames in the fireplace and tried to work on projects without walking upstairs 40 million times to my studio.  bjp-decI really enjoyed the fireplace, but not being able to do much – just about drove me crazy.  I know this is a small thing in terms of the universe – but it certainly put a stop to most of my shenanigans.  Focusing on the enjoyable part, I’ve done the fireplace with tapestry weaving and the fire with bead embroidery.  I’ve needle felted some green wool into a garland, decorated with red beads.  Ivan is watching all this from his kitty bed – (not really that close to the fireplace) – but close enough to have some of the heat come his way!  The stocking ornament is pieced and the lace on the edge is tatting.  The stocking is an actual ornament that I’ve had on my tree for years, I can’t remember when I made it!  The hearth is wool, the mantel is mohair, the wall at the top is mohair, and the fireplace is some of Kat’s hand-dyed cotton.  Ivan’s bed is wool roving, and the logs are wooden beads.

Cindy’s Beaded Buttons and Purse

September 21, 2008


This is Quirky Weaver 1 – Cindy.

Kat and I have registered for the Bead Journal Project 08 and I’m thrilled about being a part of something so amazing. I think I kind of made Kat sign up for it, but once she saw it, she was excited. We’re both new to blogging – but not to beading or weaving or quilting. I’ve been checking out different blogs related to the BJP08 and am learning so much from them.

To warm up for the BJP08 – I’ve done some beaded buttons. I’ve been so excited about these buttons – and am having a blast with them. Here are a few pictures.

If I don’t have some bead embroidery in progress now – I get cranky.

I’ve been working on a woven piece to have for CopperLoom class – a purse. It may be a bit over the top, but I’ve had fun with it. I have a picture in progress and the finished piece.

The picture of the piece in progress shows the loom built out of pvc pipe. Copper has gone up in price, and we’re trying out the pvc to see what it will take. It’s not as sturdy as copper, but it holds up just fine for small pieces. Less than 10 inches in width and it seems to work. This one is 7 inches wide, and 16 inches long.

Originally there was a beaded button for it, but it was a bit too much…..