Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cut, glue and roll.

It's very windy tonight. Our bell made out of an old oxygen tank is clanking. It sounds like the buoys in Maine. It's been an off an on day for the sun.

There were seven of us playing in the studio this afternoon. What fun we had. There wasn't enough sun to do our sun print project and we took a vote on whether to do more flour resist on fabric or to make fabric and paper beads. The beads won.

A very simple project but one most of us hadn't taken the time to actually do. You know once you do it in a group with the supplies handy you can see if it's something you want to do again.
I think most people will probably be making some at home now.

I used one of my fabric paper sheets to cut long skinny triangles. Then I put some Elmer's on both ends, cut a fat plastic straw about the width of the widest end and started rolling the fabric paper on the cut straw. When it was all rolled up I slid the bead now with the cut straw piece still inside of it, on to a skinny dowel. When I had about 10 of them done and on the dowel I propped the dowel between two items and then just coated each bead with gel medium matt and let them air dry, on the dowel.

While I'm watching football, after my trip, I can tie threads, yard or wire with some beads on each bead.
I also made some from scrapbook paper. Again I cut it in skinny long triangles, did the same procedure with the glue and cut straw and put those on the same dowel and painted them with gel med.

My camera is still downstairs so I'll have to upload the pictures I took of everybody's beads, tomorrow. They all came out so different and very cool.

I have to say I just sat in my chair, grinning to myself as I listened to everyone talking and sharing. Just looking around at everyone PLAYING and having fun was just soooooooo, well it was just really nice. I am so thankful I have a space like that for friends to come and create with me.

I picked Riley up at daycare today. She was so excited when she saw it was me. I imagine she gets excited when she sees her Mommy, too but it's really nice when she squeals and jumps up to run to my arms.
I took her to Culver's for dinner and Zeus met us there. Her face just lit up when she saw Grandpa come inside and over to the table.
Boy can that kid eat. She takes her food very seriously. And, when she is done, she's DONE.
She says ALL DONE and puts her hands up and wiggles them, which is sign language for all done. Very cool.

I'm off to bed, it has been a wonderful day. I hope you too had a wonderful day.

:)Bea Who thinks creating with her friends is the BESTEST.


  1. Can't wait to see these beads. They are always fun to make, although I don't use a straw. May have to try that, since I roll mine on a skewer, then remove them. The straw would make them more stable, I bet. Thanks for sharing.

  2. What a fun day! Can't wait to see what your beads look like :)

  3. Thanks! I think I'll be making lots more so I have a selection to use over winter. :)Bea

  4. We all love Culver's for dinner and ice cream! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen