Sunday, March 11, 2012

BJP For March

My March Bead Journal Project is completed. I am a little happier with the results this month. It is far from perfect, but I can tell what it is!




Below is my inspiration piece of lace edging. Of course the exact same look cannot be created using beads, but I feel the beaded version is close enough.





I think I have mentioned how my interest in lace has grown these past few months. I have developed quite an interest in it and as I was stitching this I thought about how lace has developed, where did it get its start and how it has evolved. Handmade lace can't be beat but it still amazes me there are machines that can produce some beautiful laces. This one is a pretty common scalloped lace.




Here are the concept piece and my beaded version together. The scale worked out very well and I will definitely find a use for this beading stitch. I actually think creating some of these laces separate from fabric might be easier (emphasize "might be"), but my challenge to myself is to improve my bead embroidery skills while studying the construction of lace. I am enjoying this journey although I feel like quite an amateur compared to the other skilled beaders taking part in this journal project.

12 comments:

BackstoryBeads said...

Beautifully done! I especially like the softly lustrous beads you've chosen which have the same refined look as the actual lace.

Lorraine@creativedaily said...

Your beaded trim looks lovely!

Raphaela said...

Beautiful beaded lace!

Dee D said...

This is lovely

aprilZ said...

That has made a very pretty edging. I was born in a major lace making city and worked for a lace company for some time - all machine made though. My great great grandfather was also in the lace manufacturing business way back. I wish I'd still got his design books! Making hand-made lace as a hobby has become very popular over here but I've never tried it. I'm looking forward to your next piece.

MosaicMagpie said...

What you consider "close enough" looks like perfection to me! What a pretty piece of beadwork!
Deb

Suztats said...

I like how this looks! Very pretty.

Juli said...

Yet another very neat idea! Great job!

Marty S said...

This is gorgeous--maybe my favorite of your lace pieces so far.

I'm not sure I'd consider you an amateur. You are using a technique most of us did not even consider trying.

Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Robin said...

As soon as I saw the picture of your March lace on the BJP blog, I knew exactly which lace inspired you. It's a fabulous match. I think there's a book in your future... "Beaded Lace"! Robin A.

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Michelle said...

Oh my goodness, Connie! This is gorgeous. Soooo beautiful!