Thursday, September 30, 2010

The start of a new idea

I love the idea of documenting the progress toward a new design, so I thought I'd share my experiment log here on my blog. It's hard to tell at the beginning if the idea will ever pan out, but this one is interesting enough for me to think it might go somewhere. It is also not spectacularly beautiful, so definitely needs some work.
As you see, Gwen and I have been systematically finding uses for Herringbone Stitch in our beadwork.

We've been enjoying the curve that you get from the Herringbone weave afforded by using two different bead sizes, as on the columns on the Ionic Cube (right) and in the Herringbone trim on the Hour Glassy Bead (center). I begin my search for a new design with the two-sized, curved Herringbone Stitch in mind. My plan is to create a web of the smaller of my seed beads (11/0 this time), and then decorate it with Herringbone Stitch using the larger size seed bead (8/0 this time).

Here's what I stayed up late doing yesterday. ( I gave exams to 145 students yesterday; please don't ask me how my grading is going. Having a task to procrastinate does give me a burst of energy though.)
While I do think it is interesting, I don't say "Wow, that's pretty" when I look at it. Once I figure out why, I'll give it another go. I'm thinking the 8/0 beads are too crowded. Maybe I'll try to taper the sizes to highlight the shape a little.


  1. Gosh it looks pretty good to me already but thats me. Pretty clever design!

  2. Wow, that's pretty ;)
    Actually, I think it is.

  3. I actually like it a lot! There's something very sophisticated about it.

  4. I like this design very much and agree with Karen, it's quite a sophisticated, elegant look.