Wednesday, 8 May 2013

BJP 2013 April ~ Ta-dah

When I started my tulip because the shape was simple I thought I would finish it in a couple of days.

 In truth I would bead a petal and then undo it as the colours didn't work or the beading looked messy. Simple ideas show up mistakes! The colours on the tulips in the garden just blend so beautifully the beaded version was always disappointing. I think if I had more colour choice of the tiny beads I would have found it easier. But after much trial and error I think I have something I'm happy with. I wonder how I will feel about it at the end of the year? In contrast to the stop start nature of beading the petals the bugle bead border was a breeze and I like the random mix of colours.

And for you April I have taken a photo of the first four leaves on my rough sketch. Still not decided on background material and whether to add words. I do love Linda's words and thoughts she includes in her art.

I'm really looking forward to catching up on everybody's blogs with a cup of coffee after being away and planning for my May leaf.

Being away at the moment is going to my Mum's house from which she is moving  after 50 years. As I mentioned last time I am looking at my family history and was delighted to find an old family bible in a drawer. By old I mean published in 1625 and with names and dates going back to 1704. Couldn't resist including a couple of  photos.

Happy beading :)


  1. I like your April leaf a lot - your efforts came to a very good result.

  2. Very envious of your family bible- it's a fabulous heirloom. I can go back that far, but not with such amazing provenance.

    Thanks for the progress photo. Your tulip is great and fits well with the overall design - it represents the season warming up. I think my favourite leaf is still February because I love those opalescent beads.

  3. love your tulip shaped beading!! and am glad to see I am not the only one who is a little behind!!!! All four are beautiful!!

  4. Thank you for your lovely comments. I love getting up the next day after i have posted to find that folk have been looking :)

  5. The tulip fits soooo well into your leaf shape! I think you're going to be very happy with it at the end of the year...not disappointed AT ALL :-)

  6. Beautiful, truly :) The leaves too. Such delights :)

  7. Hi, Evanna...I am responding to your question on my blog...about my irises/yin-yang. I did all the purple side first...did some background then added the stems and flowers then filled in behind them. Then I did the same technique on the yellow background...thanks for checking me out!!! I live in Texas and our springs start a little earlier than yours, I think...

    1. Thanks Jay. With my tulip i was wondering whether to go from the middle or edge so it's good to know what you did :)

  8. Your tulip leaf is very pleasing to me, the colors blending in such a way to remind me of how tulips look under slanting sun's rays early in the morning. The four leaves together are really wonderful, the whole design pleasing, the differences between the leaves drawing my interest to the details of each one. Great work!

  9. What a precious treasure! A family bible like that. We have nothing at all like that, although I'm sure there must have been one.