In June, Therese Frank of Therese's Treasures and Christine Altmiller of One Kiss Creations hosted the first of a series of challenges designed to tickle the fancy for new and experienced beadweavers: create something (anything) using a specific beadweaving stitch.
The turnout was awesome and everyone involved had a blast. (You can see my entry here.)
This time around, Therese and Christine chose right angle weave and St. Petersburg stitch.
For me, right angle weave is synonymous with Marcia DeCoster. Her projects were the first right angle weave projects I really attempted (and finished). Marcia's book, Beaded Opulence, is a great source for right angle weave projects.
When my husband suggested that I attend the Bead and Button convention last summer, I immediately signed up for Marcia's Rising Sun class. I really enjoyed the class and it was fun to meet Marcia -- I felt like I was meeting a celebrity.
I was able to finish the focal in class and got a start on the band ... and then it sat on my bead table. This challenge was the perfect motivation to get me beading!
The focal consists of a right angle weave bezel around a Czech button. The bezel uses different sized beads to create a little "pocket" for the button.
The bracelet is made by embellishing right angle weave stitches. I took apart the band I had and started from scratch. The bumps were fun to do and beaded quickly.
The end result is stunning.
I can't believe it took me so long to finish this.
Therese and Christine, thank you for hosting another fun challenge and making me get to work on something that *deserved* to be finished.
Please check out the beady goodness offered by the rest of the participants. I promise, you are in for a treat!
Tanya Goodwin - you are here