Now everybody who knows me also knows I am seed-bead-phobic. I never seem to get over the idea of 'a myriad of tiny little things I need to manipulate'. However (yes, there must be one!) just the day before reading about Therese's & Christine's challenge I watched a video on... what do you think?! on St. Petersburg stitch. I loved the video - it presented the whole process very simply. I took it as a sign, thinking this might be just what I need to try it - if I leave it on myself do to that, I'll never push myself beyond my comfortable cozy state.
So... I breathed deeply and registered myself into the challenge.
We had the 2 stitches to try: RAW is dead simple, and can be used with large beads or crystals quite nicely. So I picked St. Petersburg :)
After an excruciating time choosing sizes and colours from my existing stash (I kind of got myself into a bead diet this month, and promised I will buy only the bare necessities) I decided upon a combination. Not the most spectacular one, but I still like it very much (although the trouble seems to be on what to wear it with! maybe I should get into clothing shopping?!)
I started my stitching and when my thread ended I took a break. One reason was that I wasn't sure how to start a new one in the most seamless way (Therese and Christine were both a great help and both let me pick their brain a few times during this adventure). The other (and most important) reason was that I wasn't sure what to do with it now :) I had about 3 inches of a splendid bead weave and... no idea in the whole universe on what to do with it.
A few hours of browsing through magazines and listening to music I decided to take it further.
I present you now my 'Green Dragon' (Godmother: Karen W.) St. Petersburg piece (aka St. Pete)
This is how it looks: a double St. Petersburg weave that separates into 2 simple ones around the neck. Something like a beaded tie :)
I love the texture, I love how the beaded weave molds on the skin (I actually cannot stop playing with it when I am wearing it) and I already have a few more ideas on how I can use it for other pieces.
Can you say 'hooked'? Because this is what I became - now the seed beads are not so impossible to manage, I took my trapshooting approach: it is one bead at a time (or a few in this case). There is something dramatically soothing about bead weaving, I believe it has to do with holding a needle and weaving the thread through those little colourful pieces - I love sewing and I love needle work... but I haven't done any in years... this experience just brought back memories of past and made it such a pleasant journey.
Thus I would like to thank both Therese and Christine for making it happen and for accepting me into their wonderful group - when they mentioned you don't really have to finish a piece, it's important just to try the stitch they lifted the pressure and made me comfortable in trying. I know I can succeed in trying, even if I wasn't sure I would succeed in finishing a piece.
Thank you, my visitor, for reliving the joy of this new adventure with me today!
Please make sure you visit the other participants, I am looking forward to seeing what everyone has created!
Alicia Marinache <-- You are here