Saturday, June 2, 2007

BJP started

Well, it's June 2nd and I am underway on this month's page. I have decided to use my dad as the theme for this month since his birthday was June 4, 1918. While he was very ill I traced his hand and am finally using the tracing. I have reduced it to fit on a 6" circle of blue felt. I am putting a purple heart and flag on the palm as he fought for his country during WWII and received a purple heart for an injury he received during the war.

After retiring from the military, he became a gardener for San Diego City School District besides constantly working in his own yard so his handprint will be in green.

So far that is as much as I have planned. I have already changed some of what I thought I would do as of yesterday so nothing is written in stone. If it isn't set in beads there is change possible!

The first picture shows the page underway. Yes, I have paper on the top side besides the bottom but I do have a reason. The top paper has the main pattern which I am transferring by outlining with beads rather than try to draw on felt. I will tear it away after the outlining is done.The flag only has a single line but that can be winged from there.

The second picture shows the beads I have gathered for this page. I certainly won't be able to use all of the types chosen and I may pull others but this is a start. I drilled holes in some seeds I had gathered from a tree in my dad's yard (I believe it was a breadfruit tree); they are on the tray but probably not visible and I will paint them if I use them. There are also some tiny shells on the tray as my dad was born in and loved Hawaii.

The third picture is a closer view of what I have done so far and the fourth picture shows how much I did while I was waiting for the first three

pictures to upload onto my blog - I am a VERY

slow beader! I am also on dial-up.

So far the felt is beading up very pleasantly and easily. I decided to put the backing paper on just to be on the safe side.

Now, the paper pattern has been removed so I can fill in the shapes.

Well, my flag ended up a little askew but I am not going to redo it. One thing to know about me is I am not a perfectionist! I like quality and try to do a good job but perfection is never my goal. In fact, I tend to do something a little off on a project that looks a little too mechanically perfect. You will see I prefer czech seed beads over the japanese beads although there are times I will use them, even the delicas.


Christina said...

Thanks for the lovely comments on my blog. :) I thought about doing the bead journal project, but in the end decided to admire others' pages. I will be keeping an eye out for more pictures of your progress!

Judi D said...

Freebird, thank you for taking the time to look at my blog. I think your journal page is a very heart warming and loving tribute to your Father. I will keep checking to see your progress.

JoTee said...

I just love the hand of your dad, what a neat idea. Also really love your furry children, we have 3 cats & 1 dog, so we have lots of furry kids to....looking forward to a wonderful year in I need to earn some extra cash for all those wonderful colorful beads out there!!!grin

Lillian said...

What a tribute to your dad! Thanks for sharing with us! Lillian :o)

Kiwi Ellen said...

Hi Freebird, I love whatyou are doing with your page - what a lovely tribute to your dear Dad
If you feel a gentle breeze today you'll know where it's coming from ~ smile

Grace said...

Hi Freebird - what a wonderful tribute to your dad and his service, I find it especially heartwarming as my dad was also born in 1918 and served in WWII - part of it as a POW in Germany. I thik ny tribute to a current or past member of our military is a worthy one. I'll check back to see your progress.

By the way - thanks for the nice comments on my beaded face cabs.

Bejeweled said...

What a meaningful and heartfelt tribute to your father. I love how you are integrating the seeds and shells to build more memories and meaning into the beadwork. We all have a lovely year of beadwork ahead of us - I will stop by again to see how your beautiful work is progressing.