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Hello and happy new year!

Hello everyone! jaodn very kindly added me to the maintainer list for this community, not that I can foresee its needing any moderating. We're not going to be sending the Quilt Police round to people who don't get their month's piece done in time, we're really just here to cheer each other on, give creative advice, and of course ogle the beautiful craft work. Though could I mention that as someone with a visual impairment, I'd hugely appreciate it if people could stick to unformatted standard size black font, and use LJ-cuts liberally.

I've signed up for the Bead Journal Project, and am slightly intimidated but very excited. I'm fairly new to beading, and I tend to get stuck creatively, so I'm hoping this will give me the required shove to just get on with it. The photos of everyone else's bead journals have been extraordinarily inspiring to me.

I've been doing the odd bit of embroidery for years and got into quilting in a big way about three and a half years ago. Funnily enough, it was the prospect of beading that got me interested in a quilt idea last year, and I had great fun making the quilt and getting beading books and learning a bit about beading. You can see the quilt in question here; the beading is simple but it's definitely what the quilt needed. That's my main journal, with a link to my quilting journal; I stay logged in as elettaria so I'll post here as that, but I'll do the blogging on elettariaquilts.

I do find that beading is an even more obsessive activity than quilting, and also rather conducive to eyestrain, so I'm deliberately not going to take on too small a size for the BJP as I don't want to end up solidly encrusting the pieces. At the moment, I'm thinking of beading as something I can incorporate into quilting, although no doubt it will take over and tell me what to do! I don't really have a theme in mind, I think I'll pick a piece of batik every month and see what it says to me, perhaps try a new technique every month, and as yet I have no idea what to do with the finished pieces so I'd like to keep my options open. 5" square is a good size, I believe? Since I'm likely going to be making the pieces into a quilt later, and right now I still hand-sew everything and don't want too many layers to fight through, I was thinking of basting the fabric to some white flannel for stability. I'll be using a Q-snap frame as ever - the size of the pieces will probably be related to which frame size works best! If the Q-snap doesn't work without batting, it'll probably be an 8" or 10" round embroidery hoop, assuming they don't distort things too much? Any advice for a newbie?

By the way, would anyone mind if I changed the user icon for this community to something beady? I was eyeing up this lovely piece from lois2037, if she doesn't mind.


What are you thinking of doing? I think this journalling thing is about motivation for a lot of us, and also trying new things.
I think I'm going to make a different handbag for every month. I love bags made with different fabrics and textures but don't want to pay for the ones I see in the shops, and I've been thinking about making some for about a year but never got round to it! I love the idea of upcycling fabric too, so I'll be checking out the charity shops this weekend. The other thing I want to do is to make some mini hats to wear with my dreads, again from upcycled fabric. I actually have some of the fabric I need for this but again I just need the motivation!
Ooh, handbags sound good. I confess to being one of those people who has a single handbag, and in a boring shade of taupe at that (in my defence, my mother bought it), but on the other hand at least I never realise that I've left my wallet in my other bag. Someone made a lovely handbag in dark cream and slate grey kimono silk on sew_hip that I was admiring the other day, though I don't use silk myself as I'm vegan. Speaking of which, we seem to have a fair number of interests in common, I noticed.

I haven't picked up a needle in over three weeks due to having the flu, and when I found I was up to sewing yesterday I charged straight back into it, because I was starting to feel like I was losing impetus and indeed motivation.

January 2011

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