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As a Design Develops

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In my last blog entry, I talked about how I created design. The ones that design has been used it doesn’t mean that you can’t change a few things in use something else, letting the design develop.
I had designed a few bracelets and necklaces using netting techniques where the netted pieces were more accented by the design. I wanted to try an equal out the design for the next iteration of what I was creating. To do that, I needed to get beads, which were going to be as long as the netted elements.

I had some bone beads, carved with a few holes in them, and I thought that the color of the bone matched some of the beads I was using in the previous designs. Not only that, but the beads are about as long as the netted sections. Putting all that information together, I came up with this design (Figure 1).

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Now the netted sections are balanced by the bone beads. I had to have just the right class for this piece and so I started searching for a bone toggle and clasp. This is not very easy to find so I bought retail. It works really well with the piece (Figure 2).
I want to make kits for this design, but I had only a few bone toggles, and very few of the carved bone beads. I started my Internet searches. I went to China; I went to India; I went to Native American sites and I could find nothing but a plastic reproduction. I will just have to keep looking.

Meanwhile I am busy sewing components for my next color, which I have not chosen yet. I’m sure it’ll be a spring color.

Figure 3
My time has also been spent working on more Bead It Forward Squares. I wanted to send in some loomed ones and once I had the first one done on a specialty Delica loom, I decided doing all that warping would be just a waste of time if I didn’t use the rest of the warp threads. I decided that before I started which was a good thing because I would have to weave a selvage edge before I started adding beads, and finish it with the same type of selvage. I put the squares pretty close together and had maybe half an inch of work thread between them. Having had beads fall off before when I was looming and cut too close, I made sure that I added some G-S Fabric Cement on the selvage before I cut the squares off my loom (Figure 3).
This worked out perfectly. I let the glue dry for a day, and then folded under the selvages before I sewed the squares onto the interfacing. I tried selling them on with the sewing machine using my hand to have the needle go up and down, but the squares started to go askew. So I hand sewed them on.

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The square with the robot seemed to have a lot of green space and it looked like it needed something special. I had a metal ribbon left over from a necklace I made for showing my support of breast cancer research. It was going to be perfect. And so I added it and it just fit on the square (Figure 4).
I just made the deadline of March 1 to get my squares mailed. I doubt very much that I would’ve been able to do that if I had to re-warp the loom another three times. This is definitely something I’m going to remember for the next Bead It Forward project.

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