NEDbeads October prompt was brick stitch.
Brick stitch and I get along fine for creating patterns. We don’t like each other much for the stitching part. For larger pieces, I end up working them in panels and zipping them together. Here is my first panel, with a little brick ghost test piece up at the top. (Sorry for the quality, it’s a tablet photo.)
Here is the graph I made for the cat if you would like to try your own or make a pair of earrings.
I missed last week’s Free Pattern Friday because I’ve been beading for Darcy Rosner (Sweet Bananaberry) for the Mannequin Project, a permanent installation at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen, MA. The project is a fully beaded full-sized mannequin to be used as the center piece for a new garden space entitled Illusions.
Leaves, twigs, petals, flowers, a clump of grass…this is only part of it, there are more that didn’t get photographed, but they are all in the mail.
Manny, the grass snake, is made with Cath Thomas’ petal pattern. He started out to be a clump of grass but my brain went in a completely different direction. Darcy, you have no idea how close I came to keeping him. :)
My first post of the year is later than usual. My mom passed away in January and things have been a little chaotic. I even got behind on my Bead-it-Forward squares but they finally made it into the mail this week. Thank you, Amy, for giving me a little extra time!
Here are the first nine squares and a few closer looks.
As I was packaging the squares, I discovered part of them were missing (it happens every year without fail) and spent two days frantically tearing the house apart. I found them – in plain sight on the dining room table. [insert Captain Picard face palm here] I’m not sure if I have selective eyesight or if my glasses just need cleaning.
I’ve been seeing spiral brick stitch earrings pop up in the Facebook groups and on Pinterest. I thought I would give them a twist of my own. Sorry for the lousy picture.
If you want to try the spiral brick, there’s a diagram here for the basic stitch.
The July blog challenge: create something using brick stitch. A Monty Python skit, “The Tale of the Piranha Brothers” was the inspiration for these two little “Spiny Norman” hedgehogs. My design and brick stitched with 15’s by me.