We had a wonderful time this month and focused on beaded beads again. This time we were inspired by unusual shapes:
Lucy kindly typed up instructions for us on how to create triangles, and also showed us how we could make it into a square. Adding more beads along 2 of the sides would create a rectangle. The best part of this demo was once you understand the corner turning technique, you could make just about any geometric shape you’d like. Thank-you so much, Lucy.
I had my hands filled with creating the triangle bead though, and you will most definitely see these in a future project. Only Sue knows what I plan on doing with them, but I want to surprise the rest of you.
Karen and I used the exact same size beads – 11 – but from different manufacturers:
There was quite a difference in size. Karen’s (on the left) did add an accent bead along the edge, but even without that, her bead was larger. She used Dynamite 11/0 Matsuno Matte Transparent beads and I used Delicas 11/0 Miyuki Silver-Lined Crystal and Color-Lined Sapphire beads. We both purchased our beads from Fire Mountain.
I have not done a lot of beading and foolishly thought all 11/0 beads were the same size. Guess you learn something new everyday, and this little tidbit of new knowledge is darn important. Imagine if you were ordering a lot of beads for a project, and you wanted a uniform look, but ordered from different bead lines. Uh-uh, you wouldn’t end up with a uniform look. Now that would be fine for a free-form piece, but if you wanted a consistent look, that could be a potential pitfall.
On the crazy quilting front, Merle’s crazy quilt blocks are almost completed, and I’ll leave you with a few pictures of some of her blocks, then I’m off to a quilt show: