Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Favorite Pattern :: Crystal Helix

Sometimes there is a pattern that just fits like an old shoe. One that is your fall back; that you can bead up effortlessly. This is that pattern for me. It's called Crystal Helix by Barbara Falkowitz.

I've made it in half a dozen colors, varying sizes of beads, and each giving it its own unique look and style. I've featured it in several posts (with amethyst, African opal and aventurine) in the past.

Lately I've been loving the look of matte beads, especially these hematite and onyx rounds. And so I pulled out my favorite pattern to see just how these might bead up. I even got the chance to show a bloggy friend, Christine, how to make my favorite 'go-to' bracelet.

24 comments:

Pepita said...

Oh, I like that matte look as well! Have to try this stitch sometime ...

Splendid Little Stars said...

love it! It's beautiful!

EWA gyöngyös világa! / EWA's World of Beads! said...

Beautiful bracelet! Congrats!

Duni said...

It's gorgeous, Cynthia!
The matte beads are lovely :)

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

How beautiful! The matte beads are very elegant :)

Memories for Life said...

I love the mix of beads you used here. And it looks so great on!

BackstoryBeads said...

Hematite and onyx - one of my favorite combinations, and you've used them to fantastic effect here. I loved all your variations of this pattern, (especially the aventurine!)but this is the one that would find it's way to my wrist time and again!

Claudia Aguilar said...

I like the matte beads, very pretty!

BamaTrav said...

Those look pretty cool. Can you make a pair of handcuffs like that?

Miss Val's Creations said...

Gorgeous pairing. It has been a while since you showed this style of beading. :) It is such a pretty pattern.

Marcela Gmd said...

Lovely bracelet!!!!
Have a good week, dear! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Marcela Gmd said...

Lovely bracelet!!!!
Have a good week, dear! and my g+ for you!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Linda Y said...

This is gorgeous. I loved all the different ones but this is my fav.

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The matte beads give your bracelet a subtle, classy elegance! Very nicely done!

Caron Michelle said...

I haven't tried any off-loom weaving yet apart from earrings so admire anyone who does. This is beautifully done!

BeadedTail said...

That bracelet is beautiful! Love the style! I'm hoping to learn more techniques like that too but since I don't understand patterns, not sure it's gonna happen. :)

Magic Love Crow said...

This go to bracelet is stunning and classy! ;o)

kimmykats said...

Very nice bracelet...I like the matte too!

Christine Altmiller said...

i couldn't believe how easy this bracelet was...and what a nice rhythm it has while making it. i will have to take a photo of mine and post soon! thanks for the lesson~i will be making lots more!
i love how yours turned out with the 2 mattes.

Janet Bocciardi said...

Pretty! I've not heard of this stitch - but I like it. I'm very fond of matte finishes. I think they're very flattering and this one would go with just about everything... thinking chartreuse green top!

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
This is a beautiful bracelet! Can you let me in on how to stitch one of these beauties?
Therese

Katherines Corner said...

gorgeous, I love the pattern. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Eyelah said...

Thats a cute pattern. All the color possibilities. You have so much patience with those beads.

Anindita Basu said...

Absolutely stunning, Cynthia.

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