Saturday, September 13, 2014

Beadweaving :: Simple Flat Spiral

I guess I thought I had done a simple flat spiral stitch. I've done so many types of spirals I figured I'd must have. But once I saw the actual pattern I realized that I had never actually done this stitch the right way.

I know I've mentioned this before but I bead like I cook .... I open several books to the same recipe and improvise. So I suppose it is no wonder that I 'thought' I was already doing a flat spiral because the stitched looked ... well like a flat spiral. 

It never occurred to me to look for the pattern because every time I've seen this pattern in a finished product it was with crystals. And most of you who know my style would know that crystals aren't really my thing. 

This month there was a challenge to use this very simple stitch and so I decided to actually read it. And now that I see this spiral with some deep, dark colors .... it is likely one I will use more often. I really loved how these hematite stones look with the whisper of blood red micro beads (size 15 for those that care about sizes). 

Now that cooler weather is setting in, I've got the bead table in full swing. I have several pieces to show you that I'll be posting over the next week or so, so be sure to stop back by.

13 comments:

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

Beautifully dramatic, Cynthia :) This would have fit in well with the "Dark Glamour" feature in the latest JS issue!

Patti Vanderbloemen said...

This is beautiful! Red and black is my favorite combination! Bet this feels wonderful when worn!

Monique (A Half-Baked Notion) said...

OMG I just watched the video, Cynthia :) Can you believe I may actually TRY this one... some day? I have a huge collection of shell pearls and I rarely use the 6mm and under. Thanks for the inspiration :)

Maryanne said...

I love this flat spiral! The beads and the colors are great and it's perfect for fall.

Memories for Life said...

What a great piece! Those colors are so bold and dramatic...love it!

Linda Y said...

Beautiful bracelet. I love the dark color combination. Very dramatic. I may even give this a try after seeing yours.

Shaiha said...

Now that is pretty. I think that I tend to avoid bead weaving because when I first ran across it, there were all those blingey crystals. So not my style either but I love how you use the stitches.

Jacquelineand.... said...

This is gorgeous, stunning! I love the dramatic combination of colours, so much better than the crystal versions.

BeadedTail said...

That is a dramatic color combination and I love the style of that bracelet! I do like some bling since I always wear black so maybe I can actually make a crystal one of these! Maybe. :)

Duni said...

Wow! Awesome! I can't even begin to imagine how that is done ;-) I like how those micro beads are woven in with the larger black ones!

Magic Love Crow said...

Stunning bracelet! Wow!!

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love the look of this. The color combo makes it sort of mysterious! It is so much more fun to improvise with creative things like cooking.

Shel said...

Ohhhh,...love this one! Super colors and I do like those beads. Crystals are pretty, but they're really not my thing (to wear anyway) either and so this would be more my speed as well.

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