October 22, 2009

Designing Woes

Finally - a successful test piece with larger sized beads!

It started with this, an idea for more pattern space on one side of a flat caterpillar bracelet. Eight months of trials and a new graphing model later I had what I wanted. Using 15's or Delicas(TM) on one side and 11's on the other side gave me what I wanted.

However, I have a lot of people who prefer to bead crochet with a base of 8/0 beads. After my workshop in Fall River I went searching for beads that had the same size relationship. From what I knew it seemed that 10/0 Delicas(TM) would work. But I didn't have any in any color in that size.

So I ordered some. Needed 5 colors to test things out - ordered 20 colors. Who can resist things like metallic bronze or gold flashed ruby? Six Plano containers of 8/0 seed beads - not enough .... I added 100 grams of an 8/0 mix to that order also.

The beads came in and I started to put them away in flip-top containers. I used the last 4 that I had. Eight years ago I bought 1,500 flip-tops and I guess I used them all. At the time it seemed like an endless supply of bead containers. A friend pointed out that, as an addiction, it was less than one a day!

So, I ordered 100 more containers. All this to just test out a bead crocheted sample of what I thought would work.
What should have been an evening's job took a month to complete. Good thing I'm not on a deadline with this project. I have the proof that what I thought would happen, does ... a couple more crocheted samples and I need to think about pulling an e-book together with the technique and designs.
Upshot of the whole thing is that I now know that I have more than 1,500 tubes of seed beads from sizes 24/0 through 6/0. Let's not count the accent bead and gemstone stock.

A walk in the Woods

Yesterday was warmer and the sun was out. The hard frosts have done the bugs in and cut down the undergrowth. There is still a lot of Fall leaf color and I took half an hour to walk in my woods and kick the ankle deep leaves.
I'm going to enjoy the changing seasons in this very small patch of old growth forest.

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