Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Work in Progress: Double Stripe Cuff

Over the past year, I’ve had a great time sharing a glimpse of my projects in progress in a Weekly Bead Tray photo on Facebook. When I started, I didn’t think that half of a herringbone cuff was all that interesting, but these snapshots always seem to spark some interesting bead talk. Therefore, I’ve decided it’s time to expand on the idea, and bring things here to the blog, where we can get a closer look at what’s going on at my workspace.

This week, I’m taking a quick break from the Egyptian Gods series challenge with a simple herringbone cuff. It was one of those middle of the night ideas that couldn’t be ignored. I was in the mood for stripes, and that’s all there was to it. I knew there had to be black and white, and I wanted to contrast that with perpendicular stripes in other opaque colors. After some tasting and shuffling of different colors, I finally decided on medium blue and light olive green.

Herringbone Cuff In Progress

As I was putting together the first two rows in a double ladder to start the bracelet, I was caught by a sudden urge to just keep adding columns and make a really wide cuff. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a bracelet that was really bold in this way, and it seemed like a great idea at the time. We’ll see how I feel about this idea after I’ve been at it for a week!

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  1. Its going to look great when its finished! I love the colors you picked.

  2. I really like the colors, too. The green (on my monitor) reminds me of the peas coming out of my garden right now. Mixed with the blue, it's a very spring/summer feel.

  3. I just recently mastered the herringbone stitch and absolutely love it. Have to say it rates up there with peyote which is my usual go to stitch. This cuff is beautiful. Are you doing it in sections and then putting it together or are you doing it all at one time? If it is the second option, how are you changing directions with the beads? I'm rather new at this, sorry if that is a silly question, just trying to learn.

    1. It's all one panel of flat herringbone, but with a pattern of vertical and horizontal stripes. This stitch takes geometric patterns really well, but with the horizontal stripes the herringbone shape of the stitch really stands out, so the sections look very different.

  4. And it still looks Egyptian! I love seeing your work. I can't wait to see it finished!

  5. I love it!!! very different and striking!!


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