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Provoquant Tutorial… Finally

It’s been an entire year since I first began writing this tutorial. I would sit and stare at it for a long time, but for some reason I just couldn’t make it work. I’m not a natural at illustrating. I had to teach myself to use the software, and if I’m honest, I still don’t know what I’m doing. But I always get there in the end, and I’m very proud of my results with this tutorial.

I struggled with one particular logistical problem, then suddenly, a few weeks ago, the solution popped into my head. Since then it’s been all go, beading, writing, refining, testing…. But now, it’s finally ready.

Provoquant features a beautiful 30mm Swarovski Pear stone, two 16mm Rivoli and a whole lot of CRAW. CRAW is a marvelous stitch, it has a robust structure while remaining lightweight on the wearer. If you have not learned CRAW yet, I have a free tutorial available here. This tutorial is also attached to the Provoquant tutorial, which is available in my Etsy store now, I hope you enjoy it!

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Learn and Master Spiral Stitch

This year, I’m focusing on individual stitches by releasing tutorial packages featuring four projects using the same stitch – but in different ways. The first package, which is available as of today, is for Spiral Stitch. This is aimed at beading beginners, experienced beaders who have never tried spiral, or beaders who want to extend their spiral techniques.

In this package, you will learn basic spiral stitch, double spiral, how to create a V in a spiral stitch rope for a necklace, and also how to do Flat Spiral.  This tutorial uses photographs and diagrams, as well as clear, written instructions.

Find it in store here!

 

Evolution and a Gift

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Ahh creation, what a fickle beast you are. Due to my building frustration with wire, I decided to just sit down and bead. I didn’t know what to make and I flicked through the pages of my ‘ideas’ book, but nothing inspired. I resigned myself to a little therapeutic repetition in the form of herringbone stitch. My intention was just to make a little swatch of fabric while I mulled over my options. As the swatch grew, I found myself admiring the textured ridges that are archetypical of herringbone, and I thought, why not make this into a bracelet, I added some crystals for effect. It still looked a little plain, so I began adding a border and more possibilities became evident; now the border, is a border no more. My little swatch has taken on a life of it’s own and it’s still growing.
003I’ve even started another one so I can take photos for a future tutorial idea, and have begun tinkering with software to make diagrams. This is a bit of a learning curve for me so don’t expect overnight results.

In the middle of all of this, I got a wonderful surprise in the mail. My armbands that I had sent to Kate McKinnon for her wonderful photography had returned home. Accompanying them were some goodies, a Japanese puzzle eraser, a vial of lovely silver charlottes and a copy of the amazing, inspiring , Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Volume I. I immediately shut myself away with it so that I could absorbs as much of it as I could, I love, love, love it. I’m so excited to be having my work included in Volume II, I’m almost jumping out of my skin!

Wire Woes

ringPlaying with wire is fun – until it’s not.  I’m having limited success and a lot of wastage.  After much effort I managed to produce two rings – they are too large, too clumsy  and not nearly as graceful as I’d imagined. It’s all part of the learning process, but I’m impatient and I want to be good at everything right away.  I feel like stomping my feet and shouting like a toddler.
bckringI think I’m going to go back to my beads for a few days. I do love my wire; I don’t want to turn it into a chore, and distance makes the heart grow fonder, as they say.  When I do pick my wire back up, it will be to follow some Nicole Hanna tutorials and get a bit a practice. I’ve started something beady, and I don’t know how it’s going to turn out, or quite what it will become. I hope it will become something pretty, I’m really feeling the need to complete an item that I’m happy with. It’s been a week since I finished my Dancing Dragon and I’m getting antsy.

Brick Stitch: My Nemesis

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I’ve spent a couple of evenings contending with this stitch and I think I’m now winning the battle. Simple, flat brick stitch is not a problem, but when you try to shape it, it throws a tantrum.

At first, I was attempting to work with symmetry. I would add a increase bead on one side, then as I progressed, I would mirror that bead on the other side. This caused the piece to buckle and curl. I tried again and again, but still the increases were too much. If the beads weren’t placed symmetrically, I could easily get the piece to lay flat; but wouldn’t that compromise the look of the finished piece? I resisted a while longer. I looked at the work of others and scrutinised the details. Dear God! My inner Vulcan was horrified: The symmetry was an illusion! Illogical! To me, beading is patterns – mathematical and logical. But shaped brick stitch is a more organic beast, extra beads need to be added at random locations for the piece to come together. At last, success!

Typically, I immediately thought of another challenge that needed conquering. What if, instead of completing a circle, I made two half-circles that were joined end for end. To my surprise, this actually worked. I still had some problems to solve though, such as making clean joins and the sudden realisation that when you turn a rainbow upside-down the colours become reversed. But I made it work. My test pieces are complete and I’m ready to create something bigger and better. Well, nearly ready. I think I’ve earned a break from brick stitch before I commit to a big project. Tonight, I play with wire, I have an earring tutorial that I’m dying to try out. Stay tuned!