Here’s the graph for the color placement for the red and white earrings. The blank ones are white beads. Remember you’re working CRAW so your starting bead is the bottom right. I usually string the bottom beads (white, red, white red) and tie them in a circle for my starting base.
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. :)
A couple of weeks ago Helena Tang-Lim graciously shared a free pattern, called Wrap Around My Heart, on Marcia DeCoster’s Bead Love blog. I thought it was beautiful and had to make one. This is my variation. Helena’s pattern calls for 3mm fire polish beads. As frequently happens when I decide to work a pattern, I didn’t have enough and had to substitute something else. I did have lots of 2mm and got carried away with them – I even added them to one side of the heart.
I attached the strap a little differently to make it reversible.
I liked it so much that I started another heart. Maybe a pendant this time.
The OTTBS November Blog Challenge was to make something using only (not including findings) seed beads. My bracelet is CRAW using 11’s and 8’s and embellished with 15’s. The bow is made from all 15’s (you can see a larger version of the bow here.) It is attached with a split rings and hides the clasp.
Update 1 Dec 2016: November Challenge Reveal. Congratulations to Sarah!