I started journaling with beads several years ago. I sew a mini pillow that I use as my canvas:
This one is titled, “Sink or Swim.” It is 4.5 x 4.5 inches in size.
I find beading – especially Free Form Peyote Stitch – to be very meditative for me.
I like to bead with needle and thread and use beads of various sizes and colors. In a sense, the beads are my paint and my needle and thread are my brush.
The stone for my fish face is called, Paint Brush Jasper. I usually start my stitching separately and then sew it to my pillow. I then add more beads until it takes the shape I want. The other 3 stones I used (bluish-brown) are Multi-color Kyanite.
I often don’t know what I am going to make when I start one of my art pillows. Sometimes the colors on the fabric will help me choose my bead colors.
I chose a pillow because it is easy to sew and symbolizes comfort to me. Here is some details of the top:
I strung beads on a wire and then wrapped the wire around a ribbon and then sewed it to the top edge. I tried to make it look like water.
I was working through some problems at the office when I created this one. I was feeling a little like a fish out of water…
I started another mini art pillow about a year ago:
This one is more abstract and is influenced by nature. I thought by showing it to you, I would be motivated to complete it! 🙂
I used a Resin donut as my base. I then strung beads on a wire and wrapped the wire around the donut shape. I am adding beads to the wire ones with peyote stitch. I also want to include a feather.
I’m hoping that I can some day write a book on my mini art pillows. And would love to know what you think about them!