This week’s bead tray has the beginnings of a new Egyptian Gods collar, which took me 3 or 4 tries to get right. I tried several palettes and patterns, dropped and added beads, and then started from scratch until it was finally what I wanted.
My inspiration is the moon god Khonsu. I began with an idea of using soft colors -whites and blues for moonlight. For accents, I wanted some soft white bone and pale aqua drops. Unfortunately, the bone beads I chose didn’t work well with the smaller teardrop beads, so I removed them and started again. After one thread’s worth of stitching, I realized that the palette was awful. Perhaps it reminded me too much of another palette disaster, but I didn’t like how it looked.
I went back to my bead trays and tried several different approaches. I finally decided to begin with a night sky color, and some silver-lined crystal for stars. At first I kept the aqua drops, but they clashed with the opaque royal blue. One more restart, and I finally had something that I wanted to move forward with.
Last week’s projects are also complete. The starfish ring turned out great, and I was able to finish the cuff I had planned with no mishaps. I did debate for awhile whether I should have used a pattern of three black and white rows, alternating which color would be in the middle for each section, but I like how it turned out.
What are you working on this week?
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