Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Uh oh!

Well I certainly have put myself into a pickle of a problem. I am hoping someone has a suggestion for me. My September page was 1/2 the size of an ATC. I like how it turned out. So, I got ready for my October page. Traced my template, picked out some beads and I began stitching. I like how this page is coming along but today I discovered something.

This page is full ATC sized!! Uh oh, now what do I do? Do I start this over and use a lot less beads? It will really change. Can I alter September's page? I have it sewn (and glued) to ultra-suede so there is a lot of thickness involved here with beads, fabric, Stiff Stuff and Ultra Suede so I wonder about sewing it to something bigger. Could I do some peyote or brick stitch around the edges? Or should I just go and start October over? Help! All suggestions are welcome.

I can't believe I did this. Okay, yes I can. I do silly things like this all the time. I get going and somehow manage to turn my brain off until halfway through and sometimes even till a project is done. I was trying so hard to be organized. Phooey.

17 comments:

Tracey N. said...

I think I would try to add a border around Septembers piece and call it done! You have quite a bit of octobers done and it looks really good, so I would try to add to the other one. Tracey

Marty S said...

Yoiks! This sounds like something I would do!

Before you read further for any suggestions from me, you need to know that one of my mottoes is, "A seam ripper in every room." I get a lot of grief about this from my daughter, but if I had every thread I have ever ripped out... You get the idea.

Then I say, "Don't rip out." Your work is beautiful. Adding or subtracting can change the whole effect. After all, we wouldn't rip pages out of a written journal.

How about mounting the pages on something larger and consistent in size regardless of the size of the beaded page? Since I don't do peyote or brick stitch very well, I hesitate to comment on that idea.

And if you ever figure out how to avoid these, er, creative challenges, please let me know!
Marty S
Crackpot Beader

Cyndi L said...

What about alternating full sized and half sized throughout the year, and then combining them into a quilt-style piece? I vote for not ripping anything out :-)

Carol said...

HUMMMM. Freebirdsings. That title says something about you! Free to be different I'd say. I think October is really developing into a great page, as September is. I wouldn't tear any beads out. I like the idea of alternating sizes. You could mount September on a background so its the same size as October, if you decide to continue with the bigger pages. I guess it depends on how you plan to display your finished pages. I bet you are going to get other creative suggestions too.

a2susan said...

Hi, Freebird. I like Cyndi's idea a lot. I would also suggest finishing this month, seeing how the work goes, and then decide which size you like best when you go to Nov. I think there is no right or wrong in this project and it will all work out the way it is supposed to.
Susan

vivage said...

Well, you could call it Oct and Nov! I've struggled with the rule of each month needs to be the same size rule this year. So I see your quandry.

If the rule is hard and fast I'd add the finished piece to something larger and do a few beads to add. You'll have different levels in your piece but that might really be interesting and fun. If it's not a hard and fast rule the alternating sizes is a great suggestion.

Joan Cromley said...

I would mount it on a bigger piece with just a few beads around it. You could then use the same "style" of page for months when you feel crunched for time.

KV said...

Well, Timaree -- I rather agree with the idea of simply placing that September piece on a larger background to match the size of October's piece.

The rule of thumb for this project has been simply that beads must be employed on every piece for every month. I think your beading for September is wonderful and would be more than enough to meet the criteria. If you have a fabric you love that will go with that September piece, make it a border or background and perhaps add a simple edging of beads around it.


Kathy V in NM

MixPix said...

Sometimes we have to just put things aside and come back to them - my suggestion is that you don't finish "October" for now, just put it aside and start over again using the right size. The existing October piece can be finished but just doesn't "count" as a BJP piece, and the "new" one that you do in the correct size can be based on the colours or ideas you have already done on the "wrong sized" one. This means the September piece doesn't need to be altered because it's gorgeous and it's finished.

artandtea said...

Hi Timaree,
Your pages are both so lovely that I wouldn't rip anything out. So, you can either add a bead edging (without backing) to your Sept. page or place it on another fabric (as a frame) and then add beads to that fabric frame or not. You can even create another section with fabric, beads and backing and then join them together. Play with it and see what feels good to you. Enjoy!
-Karen

coral-seas said...

Well, your September page is georgous and I love that you have managed to say so much in such a small space. Your October page is also lovely and promises to be every bit as georgous as Sept.

I think what you need to ask your self is not wahat to do about October, but what you want to do for the remainder of the project. If you really want to stick with the half size, make a new one for October but you have to finish this one, it is too good to leave unfinished.

CA

mariasangel said...

I didn't read everyone's comments, but heres my two cents--finish the larger one AND make a smaller one for the challenge--then you have a nice coordinating set when you are done :D if you don't want to display them together, you could always send the larger one to me! HAHAHAHA

beadbabe49 said...

I just love all the suggestions and agree with them all, lol!
(now...which one(s) did *you* like?...I'd go with it (them))

Hélène H said...

Well, you have a lot of interesting suggestions there, Freebird.

It's funny because when I first saw your september page, I thought "how beautiful but how small !" and I wondered how you would manage to do the other pages. Using a small format last year has been quite frustrating for me.

Julie said...

I would just use it as my cover and make 13. Its so lovely I wouldnt change a thing. I dont usually like yellow but this is very pretty. Julie C

Robin said...

Well, you've had 15 really good suggestions so far, Timaree... So what will it be? Have you decided yet? I'm guessing that there are a bunch of us wanting to know...

We're your cheering section!
Robin A.

carolann said...

Awesome work hun these are stunning well done xxxx