First I have to say a BIG thank you to our wonderful hosts Christine and Therese for organizing this challenge! This is my second time participating in ATTS and I guess the badge explains it all in a few words, what ATTS 5 is all about.
So what stitch did I choose? I have this fabulous beading book by Diane Fitzgerald, called “Zulu Inspired Beadwork”. All my beading life I’ve been in love with traditional beadwork, especially with Native American and African beadwork of all kinds. I thought about Ndebele/Herringbone, Peyote and all the stitches wellknown to the beading community. But I chose to go with two stitches not so well known. Both are from Diane’s book.
One is Popcorn stitch, which is easy to do and makes fun summer bracelets and necklaces. Depending on size, shape and color of your beads your piece can be casual, elegant or bold. I recommend doing this stitch with beading thread like Nymo or C-Lon, not with Fireline, so the piece stays flexible and is comfortable to wear. I only made two bracelets with popcorn stitch.
One with size 8/0 seedbeads in rainbow colors, interrupted by sections in black and white:
And one with 10/0 red whiteheart seedbeads, also interrupted by black and white sections:
The second stitch I used is Switchback Chain with which I already made a lot of bracelets, for swaps, giveaways and for myself. The first one is my all-time favorite and was made a little longer ago. Black 11/0 seedbeads encase a colorful bead soup of seed and bugle beads. Fun, isn’t it? I LOVE this bracelet!
The second one is made with black 11/0 seedbeads and 5 mm bugle beads in sunny colors. Also fun to wear!
For the last I changed the base bead color to a pearlized white and used 3mm Miyuki cubes in ocean colors to fill the gaps. I used one of my favorite buttons in my collection: a Bohemian glass button. This look soooooo good on suntanned skin and the alternating rows make it look like waves on your wrist!
And here are the links to the blogs of all the other talented folks participating in this challenge. Make sure to visit them to see some fab bead art!