Archive for March, 2009

Cindy’s March BJP

March 29, 2009

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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 (http://www.tackyliving.com/article.php?id=194)  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!

Cindy

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March 27, 2009

If anyone needs to contact Copperloom – feel free to email us – Cindy –    frenchg6364@verizon.net  or Kat –   copperleaf1@verizon.net – 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!

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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