Dienstag, 17. Juni 2014

A Time To Stitch 5: Drei Armbänder/Three Bracelets

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!

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Participants

Kommentare:

  1. The pop-corn stitch is so crunchy =D so yummy for my eyes with the summer colors. Thank you for mentioning these 2 kind of stitch. My knowledge about stitch is growing =)

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  2. These are awesome - I really love the second bracelet - the Popcorn Stitch resembles beaded beads, and I so love that look!

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  3. Fantastic beading. I would expect nothing less of you. You are so talented in everything you create.
    Have a happy day
    Nicole/Beadwright

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  4. Awesome pieces...I love the middle set! Will have to check out that stitch, not sure if I have heard of it! Great job!

    veradesigns.blogspot.com

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  5. The popcorn stitch looks like fun - I will have to add that to the list if what I'd like to try. The switchback bracelets are very eye catching!

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  6. Oh how fun is the switchback pattern....such wonderful bright bracelets!

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  7. That's one of her books I don't have...I've not heard of either of those stitches. Thanks for showing them! They really create very interesting patterns, and show off the color changes well. Great job!

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  8. I love the patterns you chose for your colorful, summer bracelets! I could wear that first one everyday, all summer long! =)

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  9. How much fun is that switchback chain? And you've treated us to such great splashes of Summer color here! No matter how hot it gets, we'd be looking bright and fresh with any of your designs on our arm!

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  10. beautiful bracelets! I've never seen popcorn stitch before and I really like it! I love the differences in the bottom three bracelets

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  11. Hi Dagi,
    Wow I love all your bracelets and thank you for introducing two new stitches into this challenge. The popcorn stitched bracelets are so bright and summery and will go well with any outfit you decide to wear. Same for the switch back stitched bracelets they look like a fun bracelet to stitch up. Thank you so much for participating in ATTS 5 it is always a pleasure to see what you create. I hope that you will join us again for ATTS 6.
    Therese

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  12. Wonderful, I love the popcorn stitch it has so many bright possibilities. Your bracelets are really fun and cheerful!

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  13. this popcorn stitch might be my new favorite ... no wait that switchback chain is! LOL I love how tribal and fun these are! I have to try these patterns :)

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  14. Both of those stitches look fabulous. The popcorn is so cheerful! The switch back is amazing, I think I'm going to have to learn that one. Beautiful work!

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  15. These are so cool! I love the popcorn! I rarely buy books or tutorials, but I will be looking for them for the popcorn beads. I want to make some. And the Switchback stitch, is that yours or a tutorial? because I really need to learn that one too! The idea of a mountain road switchback or the river snaking around excite me! These are both brand new stitches and patterns to me. Thank you for choosing them!!!

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    1. Thanks, Christine! Both stitches are from Diane Fitzgerald's book Zulu Inspired Beadwork and I've never heard about the stitches before I bought that book. But I love both of them so much, plus there are a few more.

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  16. WOW! Both stitches are so cool!!! I love that popcorn stitch! And you've really piqued my interest to check out Diane's book! Nice work

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  17. Your bracelets are wonderful. Love the popcorn stitch--have not seen the Zulu Inspired Beadwork but will be looking for it. The switchback chain bracelets are also fab. Thanks so much for all this inspiration!!

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