Welcome to the 4th edition of the 'A Time To Stitch' adventures hosted by Therese and Christine.
While not a bead weaver, I love participating in this specific challenge because it forces me to learn a new stitch (or two) every time... I might not keep at it, but I love learning new things (don't start me on learning right now, I am in my 2nd week of back-to-school and I love every moment :) ), I found bead weaving very relaxing, and I sometimes get to incorporate some of the knowledge I gather in bead weaving into other mediums. Win-win-win situation :)
The stitches for this 4th round where netting, spiral rope, chevron and - I forgot the 4th one, sorry, I am 100% sure you'll find at least one of the participants who used it :)
From all these stitches I was most interested in the spiral rope. I started it for another challenge:
It is going in the right direction and I still love it very, very much... however, to my complete dismay our LBS had no beading needles in stock and I had only one left, must be size 20, because nothing goes through its ears, definitely not my thread! After spending about an hour (if not more) on that minuscule piece I decided I cannot afford the time, so I put it aside until (1) my LBS stocks up on larger beading needles or (2) I get to another store that sells them!
With that I had to go back to the net. It started, again, well:
Almost - as you can see the top border is quite flat compared to the bottom one. Which makes for an interesting fan-effect: it would be perfect for a beaded collar. There are 2 issues with that idea: (1) I really wanted it to be a bracelet, so I started it on elastic thread, to make it a cuff with no closures and (2) it's illustrated by the next picture:
Now what? I can't possibly go through a challenge with not one, but two unfinished pieces!
Back to the attic, rummaged through my seed beads box for something that holds enough pieces from *one* colour. Found it, back in the living room - started it once... nope, one of the borders still not good... undo... watch the video from beadaholique... try again... nope, still not good (BTW - the video really doesn't show how to turn on the *other* side, only talks about the first side!)... undo... take a piece of paper and draw dots of what I want. Now we're talking!!
Needless to say, once I had my diagram (can you believe I actually drew a diagram?! dedication, my friends, dedication! LOL) it went quite well:
Originally the cuff had 3 full 'diamonds' on the height - but it looked 'cheap'... so I continued working on the horizontal this time (luckily for me the pattern allows it). I added one more row, still had some beads left, added a second row... and 4 links before the end... no more beads. I just gathered everything that looked similar and while you can see the difference (the gold is more whitish, and the brown is more reddish), I can live with it.
I also made one mistake on one of these 4 links and added one extra bead... I see it, but I can, again, live with it :)
If I ever get back to this stitch I would love to make real beaded cuffs for a blouse - it will have to be a special one :) but the effect will be majestic.
Until then - I'll wear my special cuff :)
Thank you, again, our lovely hostesses, Therese and Christine!
Please make sure you visit the rest of the participants and be prepared to be amazed - there are some true bead weaving wizards among us :)
Hosted by Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller
1. Amy Severino
2. Janet Bocciardi
3. Cynthia Machata
4. Alicia Marinache <- you're here
5. Paula Kramer
6. Kim Hora
7. Dee Alcalde
8. Dagi (Kokopelli)
9 Maryanne Gross
11. Sally Russick
12. Becky Pancake
13. Jasvanti Patel
14. Karin Slaton
16. Sarah Sequins
17. Tanya Goodwin
18. Debbie Rasmussen
19. Shirley Moore
20. Crystie Willard
21. Nelly May
22. Ana Cravidao