Friday, July 10, 2009
Bead Journal Project - Banner & Box
This is Trish! She is a local friend, quilter, beader!
Just when we started the current Bead Journal Project last September, I did a powerpoint "slide show" about it for our Quilt and Fiber Arts Guilds. Trish was there. She got so jazzed about all the fabulous beading and the idea of visual journaling with beads that she decided to be an unofficial participant (already past registration cut off date).
While watching my presentation, she began to think about her son, Casey, who was just starting his senior year in HS. Trish and Casey are like-minded, close friends and companions... She wished to celebrate his life and his place in their family as he was going through the transition from boy-at-home to man-on-his-own. This would be the theme for her BJP pieces and she would make them into something for him to keep.
To have the project finished to give him as a graduation gift and still do one per month, means she has two pieces yet unfinished. These will be for her, to keep as a permanent connection with her son. Her ten finished pieces and how she made them into a banner & box are the subjects of this post!
First, this is the box she made to hold the banner. One of her pages is glued to the top of the box and a second piece is glued inside the bottom of the box.
Above is the full banner, shown hanging from a tree. The banner is made with black Ultrasuede wrapped around a copper tube at the top. Each bead-embroidered piece is sewn to a square backing of black Ultrasuede, cut about 1/4 inch bigger than the piece on all sides.
Trish then sewed these units (beaded piece + Ultrasuede backing) to the banner, but only on three sides (top, left and bottom), leaving the right side open so she could insert a card with a message to Casey explaining the meaning of each piece and her thoughts about him. So each piece has a card that can be removed from the right side.
Who he is - aspects of Casey's personality - uses refrigerator poetry magnates - rainbow celebrates part of who he is.
Let's Bake! - represents his creativity with baking and having fun in the kitchen since he was a young boy.
Maturity - represents growth, maturity and the development of roots for the foundation of his life.
Sweden - represents the time he spent in Sweden as a foreign exchange student.
Strengths - inspired by a package of rings with words stamped on them - these represent both his strengths and areas where growth is needed (he knows which are which).
Ferry Boats - celebrates our beautiful water and all the sunsets shared as a family.
South Africa - honors the time we spent together in South Africa as global volunteers and his strong interest in human rights.
Heart Floating Free - inspired by Hug Nation - Casey is a hugger - the heart is a metaphor for him.
Can you imagine Casey opening the graduation present from his Mom? Do you think there may have been some tears shed?
Personally, I just love this whole idea! Thanks, Trish, for letting me share this with my readers.