Friday, August 10, 2012

Double Chevron Tila Collar

Maybe I’m just procrastinating, but I’ve been still working on destashing seed beads, even though most of them are welcome to hang around for awhile (unlike some of the other beads in the pile). Last week, I decided it was time to make use of some of my leftover Tila beads.

Although I love the idea of Tilas, and I’m really pleased with how it worked out in chevron chain and right angle weave, I’m not all that crazy about these beads overall. I’ve seen so many projects and tutorials for them in the last year, and none of them really grabbed my attention. The projects look fantastic, but I’m not in a hurry to try any of them myself. I can’t explain it, but Tilas just don’t speak to me like some other beads do.

Tilas and Lime

Still, I’ve got some beige and white baggies in my shaped seed beads stash, and I thought it would be fun to experiment a little more with the chevron technique. I hoped that if it turned out, I’d have a new place for Tilas in my repertoire. I’ve already had success using double chevron chains for a collar, so I tried it out using Tila beads in the shared rows.

I don’t want to say the chevron chain is a finicky technique, but the truth is that when doing a curved chain, the slightest change in bead sizes or quantities can really effect the shape of the beadwork. I love how this collar turned out overall, but next time I’ll have to try reducing the inside row a bit. This is by far the widest collar I’ve made yet!

Sobek Collar

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  1. This is lovely! I just made a cuff using Tila beads for the first time! I'm not as proficient as you are, obviously!, but I enjoy playing with my beads and bead embroidery. I found the cuff pattern on Eva Maria Keiser Designs blog.
    Your work is wonderful and you share so much with us! Thanks!!

  2. I think this is gorgeous, too. Did it make you like Tila's any more? It's so pretty and such a clever use of those beads. WTG!

  3. I love the look of the Tila's, but they are so much more expensive than my seed beads, can't afford them right now. :o(


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