Saturday, March 7, 2009

New Work

On the Bead Dreamz group we are having a new technique challenge for March and April the technique is Herringbone or Ndebele Stitch. This is a technique that I haven't tried yet so I am doing some practice pieces to learn. You can click on some of the pictures and get a really close up look at the beading.

This first bracelet is a variation that is called Seed Stitch. You do the traditional two bead flat herringbone stitch but you very the size and color of the beads to give it the different look.

The button closure is an antique glass button from my collection. The color doesn't look very true in this picture, it is actually a cream and brown. The pattern for this bracelet is from the book Mastering Beadwork by Carol Huber Cypher.
The next picture is a little fuzzy, but the close up pictures are better. This is a sampler of variations on the tubular herringbone stitch.
The center of the necklace is a spiral herringbone done with size 8 seed beads, in a matt and transparent rose color. The two sections above the center that look like beads are actually just a herringbone stitch done with size 8 beads.
The section with the bright blue beads shows how when you very the size of the beads you get another effect. There is also a small section of spiral at the top of the photo.

My book order arrived yesterday, all three new beading books are wonderful and I'm sure I will be posting new project pictures soon.
The weather was very spring like yesterday and today, we had highs in the 60's and 70's. I am more than ready for winter to be over. I had to go to the Dr Tuesday, had been sick for several days and it wasn't getting any better. I had acute bronchitis, from what the Dr said it seems to be effecting people who don't normally get bronchitis (non-smokers) even the Dr was just getting over a bout. I still have a pretty good cough, and I'm very tired, but I feel better each day.

1 comment:

  1. Nice, nice work. I haven't done this stitch yet. Wanted to learn with the group, but the bug got me too and I have been up and down and not getting anything done. Worked only 2 days this week. It will pass, but wish it would just fly by.