Thursday, October 30, 2008

October Progress

Bead Journal Project (BJP)

Here are some pix showing my BJP piece for October finished, and some in-progress. I wanted the grapes to be the star of the piece which is why they appear more in relief. I did some free machine embroidery in the background to represent the leaves and the land, but first I laid the beads on top to get an idea of how they would be positioned.

I may come back to it at the end of the year and add more embroidered organza leaves on top. Or not - I find that letting a piece rest out of sight improves my vision of it and lets me analyse it with fresh eyes.

Take It Further (TIF) Challenge

And here are some pix showing progress of the sewing box I'm making for the October TIF Challenge. These pix show construction of the box itself, from the inside and the outside. And yes, those are florist's glass blobs trapped under the organza and net on the bottom, making little "feet" for the box. I still have to take some stitches into the gussets so it doesn't open entirely flat as shown. Having decided not to use any glue at all, I've made holes in my fingers stitching the pieces together but I think it's worth it.

Here are some pix where I'm deciding which piece of embroidery to use for the inside of the lid. I still have to figure out how to piece it together, but that's always a challenge I enjoy. Well, must dash - there's still a lot of stitching to do before month-end.


Sabine said...

Your October page looks very pretty and light-hearted, the trees seem to dance.

I like the sewing box too, clever design.


Marty S said...

Great! I love the combination of machine stitching and beads.

And that sewing box! Very cool!
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Robin said...

I'm a no-glue-gal myself, so appreciate the sacraficial fingers. The box is lovely and so is your October page. I'm glad I could click to enlarge the picture to see all the details of your stitching, which totally sends me... I really want to try doing that sort of thing, as I'm always attracted by it when someone else does. I love the way the grapes stand out! Robin A.

KV said...

Lovely, lovely work -- this piece has a quiet enchantment to it . . .

Kathy V in NM

pam T said...

Very nice!

Satu-Marja said...

Wonderful October page!

Sylvie said...

Votre vigne est tout simplement superbe. J'adore quand la broderie qu'elle soit à la main, à la machine ou avec des perles, sort du cadre traditionnel et se rapproche de l'art pictural. Ce que vous réussissez à merveille.

Merci pour ce plaisir !

Sylvie said...

What is pleasant with comments, it is that he invites us to visit the other blogs. Thank you for the message leave on mine!
There is, it seems, on the BJP, another way of visiting blogs: the tag.
Mine has been tagged by Sabine, and now I have to tagged 7 other blogs. My blind choice bring me to yours. To you to play

freebird said...

You did a great job on your October page. Those grapes look ready for picking! I love it.