Sunday, November 17, 2013

How to Join the BJP for 2014 & Beyond

If you'd like to participate in the Bead Journal Project during 2014, please check this page for information about how to join.

We hope to have a comfortable sized group of participant from around the world to start in January of 2014.

Beady blessings,

Robin Atkins, BJP founder

Friday, September 10, 2010


I've posted my September piece on my blog

Saturday, May 22, 2010


At long last, I whipped together my final two BJPs for the first year.
Click here for "April Showers ...."  and follow that with this click to see

" ... bring May Flowers"

 (detail above)

I am so proud that I finished my commitment to myself with these BJPs as I have struggled with starting my third series before finishing either of the first two years of BJPs!  But now, one year is complete ... onto my Portraits series for 2008 BJP series .....

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Christy H Finished and Framed Her 12 Pieces!

Christy H, bead journal project, bead embroidery, detail
Actually, Christy finished her BJP pieces for this year quite a while ago and is now working on the current year's BJP. Finally, I got around to photographing her last four pieces and put them on my blog, here.

Christy and I worked together to prepare her 12 pieces for framing. Thinking our process might be useful to others in the BJP, I wrote a tutorial about how to do it. It's the second half of the post (here.)

Great work, Christy!!!!! Thanks for allowing me to share it with the group!

Robin A.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

BJP Presentation ~ Seattle ~ May 21

Bead Journal Project, small collage of details of work by a few members
For those of you in the Seattle area, I'll be doing a PowerPoint presentation featuring BJP work from our first year for the Northwest Bead Society! Guests are totally welcome!

Visual Journaling with Beads, Fibers, Threads and Fabric

View over 200 beaded journal pieces by 42 artists participating in the 2007-08 Bead Journal Project! Compelling and inspirational, this unique beadwork tells stories, reveals emotions and follows important events in the lives of the artists who create a visual journal each month during the year-long project. In this presentation, you will see the best of the best!

Date: Thursday, May 21st
Time: 7 pm
Location: Greenwood Masonic Lodge
7910 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle (driving directions here)

If you are in the area and participated in the BJP last year or are participating this year, PLEASE COME and bring your BJP pieces for show and tell!!!!

Also, I just posted a Blogiversary Giveaway on my blog here!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hi all,
Morwyn, I'm excited to see that your BJP '07 piece will be in the Beaded Book exhibition. Congratulations! Our group from two years ago will be well represented. I've got a new (post BJP) piece that is also in the show. It's called "Metaphorically Speaking" and it's a beaded cigar box inspired by Joseph Campbell's "The Power of Myth" (and Mary Oliver's book of poetry "House of Light"). I wish I could see the show in person but will look forward to seeing it in print in the June/July issue of Beadwork. Are there other BJP'ers in the show?

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Update on the Beaded Book Competition

I'm in! My journal, Wheel of the Year, will be touring with the Interweave Bead Expo! Here's my blog entry about it. Thanks again to everyone in the BJP for all their encouragement and support.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Elemental Water - complete!

Elemental Water is finally done! All I have left is Elemental Earth and the whole series will be done and ready for Bead Dreams! Check out the full panel here.


Monday, February 16, 2009

December is finally finished

Hi all,

I took one month away to bead a pair of ballet slippers for an exhibition. Now, I'm proud to say that I finished my December BJP and have started my January BJP. I hope to catch up before the month of March. In the mean time, here is my Dec. page.


For those of you still keeping tabs on what is happeneding with the 2007 BJP, take a look here.
I have finished the edges and can start adding the grommets.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

January Page Completed

I finished my January page over this past weekend. It's my 'change' page and it's here.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Beaded Book Competition

Hey, guys - don't know if anyone still stops in here - but I wanted to share an update concerning my beaded journal. I entered it in Beadwork's Beaded Book Competition and I just got the news that it's been selected as a finalist! Now I just have to deal with the trauma of sending off to a bunch of strangers for a few months (insert deep breath here).

Many, many thanks to all the 07-08 BJP gang and especially Robin, who shoved us all down this rabbit hole in the first place., encouraging us to put beads to cloth, expressing ourselves in ways both familiar and strange, stretching our creativity and learning so much together and as individuals. The experience remains one of the richest in rewards - both personal and professional - I've ever known.
However this turns out in the end, I'm already a winner.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

See Six BJP Pieces by Christi C!!!

Christi C. is still working toward completing this project. She has finished June - October, and is nearly done with November. Since Christi doesn't have a website or blog, I've taken pictures of these beautiful pieces and posted them here on my blog for your viewing pleasure! Here's a peek...

Christi Carter, Aug BJP, detail
I've also posted pictures of pieces by Christy H. who just finished her last piece for the year! You can see them here.

I am so very proud of these two gals (and many others unknown to me) for their perserverance!

Robin A.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Elemental Water Sketch

Sketch for my 3rd panel, Elemental Water, is posted on my blog.

Kassie - The Beading Butterfly

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Almost done w/ Elemental Fire

Second panel almost finished - yay!


March page 2007 BJP

Hi everyone, it has been a very long time since I posted. I finally finished my 8th page, which is for March of 2008. It has been done for awhile but I have had computer problems and was not able to download the picture and then post it. But it is there now if you would like to take a look.

Happy beading,

Nancy K.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What a Customer Created....

This beautiful bracelet is what a customer created from my Double Heart Bracelet wire wrapping tutorial.... It's wonderful!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Slow as molasses in January


I finally finished my April page from 2007-08. For the next go around I'm going to make smaller pieces. You can see April on my blog: