Saturday, December 16, 2017
pattern that would match well with the lampwork bead. The loop was a bit trickier than the black one of a couple of posts ago. I tried to work it with a circumference of 4 beads, but it looked very messy, so I used 6 beads instead. Luckily the crochet is very easy to undo and try again. I decided to count the beads I used in the loop, just for reference. I used 160. That's more than I expected, so it's good to know.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Because I used size 20 thread rather than the size 80 that Marie used, I used a stitch count of 4 instead of 5. Here's how I added the beads:
4 beads on back of the hand, Ring 4+4, move 3 beads from back of hand and 1 bead from shuttle, 4-4, Close, trapping the 4th bead. Reverse work.
Move 2 beads from ball thread and 1 bead from shuttle into place.
Ch: 4, move 3 beads from ball, 1 bead from shuttle, 4. Reverse work.
Lace-loving Librarian. I intended to tat it all in yellow, but the thread had a flaw just as I finished winding the first shuttle. I decided that as I had to join threads anyway, I might as well use two colours. A nice case of serendipity!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
I wanted to be sure that the button-loop would hold the bracelet in place, so I wore it for a while:
The big beads are lampwork created by Clare Gaylard.
Monday, December 11, 2017
Next job was to apply iron-on stiffening to the neck facings. I bought 2 metres of the stuff recently, so I hauled it out and tried to figure out which was the sticky side. After a couple of trial runs, I had a very gungy iron and realised that both sides are sticky! It's not interfacing, it's fusible web for joining two pieces of fabric. Luckily I have a cleaning product designed for taking labels off jars that did a fantastic job in cleaning the iron. So I found some scrap fabric and fused it to the facings using the fusible web.
By the time I'd made plan B and plan C, the day was gone. I finished this morning according to plan, without mishap, hooray!
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
My noose still needs some work. I"m thinking I should work the increase before the split a bit more gradually. I worked two beads into each stitch and then did one more row before splitting. A more gradual increase should give a smoother look.