As for the book, I've got 3 projects completed and ready to send out. I was working on a 4th, but it just wasn't coming together smoothly, and we are going to scrap the idea. I'm going to brainstorm some other ideas. In the meantime I beaded something just because I wanted to, and I thought it would be perfect for this month's Bead Journal Project. As you may know, my projects each month are to learn at least one new beadweaving stitch and make something pretty with it. This month was a little different. I didn't take an idea of a basic stitch and create my own thing around it. For this month I think I may have created a new method of my very own. At least I've never heard of or seen it done this way.
I was just playing around, letting my subconscious take over. I had an inkling of an idea on making something with lots of fringe. So if I had a lot of fringe, I would need a base to make the fringe come off, right? I thought about just a string of beads as the core, and I also thought about a narrow square stitch band. My fingers didn't do either of those. I don't even know how to explain what I did. The core twists and curves throughout the core, sometimes peeking out, sometimes staying hidden, while the beads just mix and mingle all around it. And there is no fringe in the final piece. Funny how that works.
After I finished it I reflected on it for a while. The only word that came to mind was "abundance". This bracelet looked to me like a cornucopia of beady yumminess. Then it made me think of all the abundant things I have in my life, despite hiccups and struggles that I sometimes tell you about. I have an abundance of love. I have an abundance of joy. I have an abundance of blessings in my life. Therefore, this bracelet is called "Abundance". I would have loved to make a necklace, but that would have taken about a gazillion beads which I just don't have. Here are two pics of my bracelet...
So there you have it. I finally have something done that you can actually look at and isn't book related. I hope you like it!