Wednesday, May 8, 2013

BTW :: Spirals!

The Time to Stitch challenge 3 is going to be dominating my blog for the next week, just to warn you! I have been practicing like a crazy person, and now it is time to start revealing some of the work. 

I'm going to start with the bead table: and that means spirals. The first spiral I learned was a Russian Spiral, which has become my go-to pattern when thinking about spirals. The one here is using coral rounds. You can see I'm mid-pattern, and you'll have to come back tomorrow for the reveal of this one. 

The second one is a Cellini Spiral. A stitch that has stopped me in my tracks historically. But I was determined to figure this baby out. I pulled out every bead pattern book I own and worked on this stitch with all of them (and I mean all of them) open as I attempted to figure this one out. Then I decided I was just going to have to break down and watch a YouTube video on the matter. I started it, then stopped it. Then started again, and back up the video. Then ripped out the pattern and started again. After 3 hours of this, most of my family had had enough of this wacky lady listening to a repeating video on beading ... that they all headed to bed. It was slow going, but by midnight I had finally figured it out. I know I need practice, but this is a big jump in my learning curve. Stop by next week to see the reveal on my Cellini Spiral.

This is the kick off to my beadweaving series that I'm running this week for the upcoming A Time to Stitch Challenge by Christine of One Kiss Creations & Therese of Therese's Treasures. The Blog Hop reveal is next Wednesday, May 15.

13 comments:

Jacquelineand.... said...

This is going to be exciting!

Duni said...

I never understand those YouTube videos - I'm better off with a book and learning by doing, I guess ;-)
Wow, the Cellini Spiral looks amazing! Can't wait to see the finished items :)

Pepita said...

Oh, I'm working on those stitches too - never tried them before!!! :-D And I've just posted a sneak peek as well!
Can't wait to see what everybody will make!

Memories for Life said...

Bead weaving is such a cool art! That Cellini Spiral is very neat. I can see why it would take a while to learn!

Christine Altmiller said...

The spirals have me going mad too. Yours are looking real good! I cannot wait for your week of reveals...I know you put a lot of learnin' into this hop ;-)

BIKBIK AND RORO said...

Ooh, these look fiddly and time-consuming. I can imagine how luxurious the finished products would be!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I think spirals are just beautiful & I can't wait to see them incorporated into your work!

Claudia Aguilar said...

Nice previews!!

Magic Love Crow said...

These are so beautiful! So much work and detail! I can't wait to see what you do with them ;o)

Caron Michelle said...

Looks fantastic - love the colours you have chosen!

BeadedTail said...

They look great to me! You stayed up until midnight working on it? Did you dream of spirals? LOL

Miss Val's Creations said...

Awesome work!! I would need a You Tube video to attempt this too. You will be able to make so many neat things with these spiral patterns!

Bobbie said...

Isn't that funny? Cellini spiral never gave me trouble, but I nearly pulled my hair out figuring out that *$%&% Russian spiral stitch. I guess we all have our individual genius (and I know where my personal dumb-as-a-brick spot is now!)

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