Monday, January 20, 2014

Work in Progress: A Million Tail Threads

I’m only one or two beading sessions away from completing the beadwork on Thoth’s collar. Normally I would have stopped to weave in a few threads by now, but I want to make sure that all of the rows get a chance for extra thread, so I’ve been saving them all until the end. This technique eats up thread so quickly that I almost can’t see the beads through all the tails.

Egyptian Stripe Collar in Progress

Converting the simple and structured wavy bracelet into a collar proved to be much more difficult than I originally thought it would be. I started out with a template that I traced from an existing collar, and diligently measured and checked to make sure that I was using the right quantities of beads to get the shape that I wanted. Even with all of that fussing things still went sideways, but I think it’s all going to work out anyway.

What are you working on this week?

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  1. Right now I am working on a necklace that has been on my beading tray for what feels like months now. For some reason I keep getting interrupted by the dumbest things. Two weeks ago I ran out of thread, and no one in my area had any in stock, so I had to order online. This week, I broke every beading needle that I owned that was of appropriate size. It seems like just when things are going well with this necklace, everything falls apart. I can't figure out how to include pictures in comments, so here is a link to my blog post about the necklace in question, if you would like to peek.

    1. Sometimes it feels almost impossible to get a project done. The good news is, once it's finished you'll feel so good that your next project will be even more amazing. It's like popping a cork on your creativity!

  2. Isn't this the most complicated yet beautiful yet mysterious yet amazing thing! :-)
    I just love it! Can't wait to see the finished collar! And are those strips of square stitch in the middle? Really really amazing job!

    1. Yes, the base is made with square stitch, which allows for the continuous rows, and all of the extra thread passes required. I originally tried this technique with peyote stitch many years ago, but it takes far too long to weave through the panels!

  3. Oh I love Thoth's collar! If you hadn't said how difficult it was, I would love to be working on it!! lol I just finished a peyote cuff and am trying to decide what I want to do next. Need to order more beads but have to wait until the first of the month. :(

    1. Thank you! It is a lot of work, but the look that it creates is really worth it. Of course, if I was willing to use metal it would probably go a lot faster with spreaders for a similar look. I'm having more fun doing it the long way!

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    1. Yep! I just finished the piece yesterday, and it took a little over an hour to weave them all in.


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