Joanne Scrace leant me some books a little while ago. This was one of them:
I did have a go a little while ago, more to see if I could do the technique than anything else. I came up with this.
I have had the odd dabble since then but always with wire. Before we went on holiday I overcame the last hurdle that was really preventing me from continuing any further and learnt how to thread the beads onto a thread. (rather than the stiff wire). Look here for a technique reminder.
Project 1: A Union Flag Cuff
My first design, (completed whilst on holiday) was this:
Surprisingly it worked first time! I say this because unlike knitting there is a fair amount of preparation to do before you start knitting.
1. Firstly you have to work out your design. I downloaded some special paper that I found here, printed some out and then literally drew the pattern on:
2. The next step is to physically thread all the beads onto the yarn in the correct order. This is almost the hardest bit – make a mistake now and the whole pattern can be thrown off.
This is what the above bracelet looked like when threaded onto the yarn.
3. This final step is the easiest bit – the knitting. When knitting with beads on the knit rows you have to knit into the back of the stitch. This is so that the bead is on the correct side of the piece each time. You pearl in the normal way.
As always, when you do something new you learn something. From this I learnt that each horizontal row (vertical in the picture above) slightly alters the placing of the first bead depending whether it is a knit or a pearl row. This means that the pattern is slightly out in this project. This can most clearly be seen in the top row of the picture above where there is a bead on each alternate row. There should really be one on every row. I have learnt!
Project 2: Beaded star cuff
With Christmas rapidly approaching my thoughts turned to festive designs and stars came out top.
This one i had to re-do once or twice due to mis-beading but I got the alignment of the knit and pearl rows right this time! YAY!
Project 3: A shaped star
My thoughts next went into thinking that the cuffs are quite limiting, wouldn’t it be great if I could make a shape that would then be suitable for a pendent….. In theory this would be possible because all it would need is some increasing and decreasing hmmmmm.
I drew the outline on the paper and then set off to have a go. It took me many attempts (and a long time) but I ended up with this:
I am very pleased with it. I did try to replicate this with wire but found that the wire is just not flexible enough and kept breaking.
Do you have any suggestions as to what I should try next?
As always I am now going to head over to Handmade Harbour to look at some really talented blogs to see what everyone else has been doing this week. Do come and join me.