Saturday, July 28, 2007

Auspicious shell

After quite a while a post for the Bead Journal Project.
My theme for July was already fixed, when I enrolled. Since 1,5 year ago I knew that this July I would travel to Hamburg ;-) for the teaching of H.H. the Dalai Lama.
Finally during the last days I developed a plan of what to bead. As long as it took getting an idea and thinking it through as long it might take to learning how to do it.
First I will tell you about it and if you have any hints I would appreciate them.

Remember my overall topic are bracelets for each month. I will take the golden ribbon from my entrance pass that was hanging from my neck for the week. In the middle I will stich one of the 8 auspicious symbols of the Tibetean buddhism, namely the conch. More about that in another post. I liked very much the design of it, a wonderful modern translation of a very old sign.
The brownish-red outline I will bead. The holography in the middle I will try to embroider. Since I'm a beginner in both techniques it will be kind of a trial for me.
Because I want some of the golden ribbon to show I will only stitch some lines of a opal white on the sides.
I have to figure out quite a bit, mainly the design and than how to transfer it onto the ribbon.

Hopefully I get around doing that and the beginning of the beading and stitching. End of the week I will travel for mountaineering and bicycling. My hands will be too cragged for such a delicate work so I won't bother taking it with me.
I'm already way past schedule and decided that the main part is getting the idea and design fixed for the month.
Today television is showing 5 hours of the public speech the Dalai Lama was giving in Southern Germany today and some documentations. I have recorded them, so I can watch and listen during working on the braclet on the long winter evenings (well, among 1000 other things I plan for them *lol*).


  1. wonderful idea and I surely envy you 5 days with the dalai lama...I was fortunate enough to hear him speak briefly during a short visit to portland, oregon...I can only imagine how incredible it must have been to hear him for such an extended time!

  2. Oh yes, I know I'm lucky. I also attended 2 days of public speeches and discussions held in the same stadion before the teachings and on both occasions I had fantastic seats with an optimal view together with my girlfriend.
    I hope you will get another chance to be in his presence soon.

  3. Tally, what a wonderful way to remember such a special event in your life-love your idea! I've done that a few times and when I touch or look at what I made, it's like I'm "there" again :o) Lillian

  4. Such a wonderful, lovely idea for commemorating a special moment in your life.

    Kathy V in NM

  5. This is a great idea, I can't wait to see your progress and to learn more about the conch !

    Have a nice holiday !

  6. It will keep the memory alive for you. What a special bracelet this will be - a new kind of peace bracelet too.

  7. I'm glad you like my idea.
    Before I start stitching I still have to figure out how to transfer the design from paper scratch to the ribbon.
    Maybe I copy it on very thin fuse and iron, cut it veryvery tiny and iron this little piece on the ribbon. Mmmmh....

  8. I believe the Dalai Lama might remind you that it's not at all about perfection or getting it right, but rather about being there with the process, being with your memories and your feelings of connection. Celebrate your baby steps!!! They are every bit as precious as the accomplishments of more experienced beaders and stitchers.

  9. This sounds really intriguing. Can't wait to see the transformation of the ribbon into such an auspicious bracelet!