Thursday, May 20, 2010

March BJP - No Crown

My regular readers (thank you!) will likely recognize this first picture of the beginnings of my ornament for March for the Bead Journal Project. For those coming over from the BJP blogs, I had something else in mind for my March ornament but when Anthony Williams, one of the designers on season 7 of Project Runway, was kicked "auf" he said something to the effect of, "Don't cry for me honey! This just goes to prove that you don't have to have a crown to be a queen." For whatever reason, that statement really hit home for me. I wanted to record and remember it, make it part of my being. So I set myself the task of making one of my BJP ornaments to do just that.

No crown, but plenty of beaded hair!



Below is the finished ornament. You should be able to click on the picture to get a larger image of it.

You can see that I added a "collar" and a ruffle to the suggestion of a dress created by the two triangular silver sequins that were just barely visible in the detail shot at the top. The hand with the heart (that has the word 'love' on it by the way) just seemed like the right thing to use to fill in that space at the top of the diamond. My original plan was to incorporate a crown charm in the design, perhaps dangling off the ornament somehow. That didn't happen. Instead I found myself randomly seed stitching the background area with embroidery floss to add texture.

This last picture is a little blurry I'm afraid. Sorry about that. You can at least get an idea what the seed stitching looks like. The whole thing looks better in person, I have to tell you. Dark is hard to photograph.

I'm pleased with the way this ornament turned out. Now I have to finish my ornament for April - which will be a version of what I had originally planned for March - and then get started on one for May!

And for those who are wondering about our water leak: The plumber seems to think it will be a simple job to fix. It will involve digging a narrow trench for a new pipe but I guess it's a straight shot, and what does he care that we'll have to pull up pavers and remove weed mat and lava rock? We haven't received an estimate of the cost yet. I'm not sure I really want to know.

11 comments:

Jan said...

Hi, I like what you have done with these charms. It does look like some sort of Elizabethan collar on your queen. Nice bead work too of course.

A Creative Dream... said...

Well, didn't this turn out just great! I love how the beads look for the hair/crown. It's great!

Cyndi L said...

Oh I loved Anthony soooo much! This is just great :-)

Anne-Marie said...

Wow! I love it. The beading is very cool and the random embroidery in the background is a very good idea!

freebird said...

It looks wonderful. I like that idea too. I don't watch TV but what he said is true. I love that hand with the heart over the head on your piece. I think having heart is so much better than having a crown.

What plumbing problem? Yes I know, I've been away for a while. I'm trying to catch up on my classes (and the BJP is even further behind). My husband spent the last six weeks in and out of hospitals with a kidney problem that turned out to be a cancerous kidney. It's been removed and the lymph nodes were clear so he seems to be okay. Now we are trying to figure out why - was it too many times of spraying ants with poison that might have got on him, is it the food he eats, the beer he drinks, the ibuprofen he's been taking for the last 18 years non-stop for a nerve problem??? We just don't know so can only move forward trying to lessen anything that can cause more trouble for his other kidney. That's him but I wonder what we are doing as a whole country and world about poisoning ourselves somehow. You becoming allergic to it all may have kept you from overloading in the long run. Anyhow, that's why I haven't been by. I dropped in real quick to see you'd been by to see your new grandbabies and had a scrap quilt being put together but I didn't take time to leave a note. I should have. So I've got to read backwords and see what's going on with the plumbing!

Kaite said...

i really like the way you do beaded hair, well done...k.

Barbara said...

Perfect juxtaposition of the charms -- the hand does indeed seem to fit there. The beaded hair is great!

Robin said...

I love the idea of this piece. As I see it, the hand is "crowing" the figure with love... the action is in progress... and that's what you are doing with this ornament! Bravo! Robin A.

Quiltdivajulie said...

LOVE that beaded hair (and the quote that inspired it).

:-)

Magpie Sue said...

Robin, I believe you'l hit the nail on the head. I knew/felt that the hand with the heart needed to go up over the head but I couldn't articulate why. You, on the other hand, understood immediately! Thank you for clarifying my own work for me!

Robin said...

Thanks for letting me know, Magpie Sue... sometimes I write a comment like that and then nearly regret my audacity. BTW, I enjoyed revisiting your crowning with love ornament again today!

Robin A.