We took my class offerings to a new medium last week – beadwork a la crochet.
Crochet beadwork is a technique with which I busied myself several years ago, during a time when I couldn’t get enough of crocheting. Wanting a little uniqueness to some of my doilies, I strategically placed tiny seed beads within the stitches as I worked them. Adding beads to my work added the texture and visual interest for which I was looking. They turned out beautifully.
It came across my thoughts again several weeks ago when I was developing and scheduling my classes. Why not offer this, a little “something different”?
This time, during my class, my friends and I decided to make some summertime beach-worthy bracelets. My pattern is simple and basic enough for the beginning crocheter, and incorporates single and half-double crochet stitches with size 10 crochet thread in ecru and inexpensive glass or wooden beads. It does work up fairly quickly, but still, it takes about two hours to complete, depending on how fast or slow you are as a crocheter.
Three of my students chose to create their pieces using glass beads; one chose colorful round wooden beads. My friend who chose the wooden beads took my pattern in a little different direction. She added a few extra rows, sans beads, to one of the edges:
The others completed their bracelets with glass beads, and they also turned out pretty. (I think my photograph of them turned out pretty nifty, too!) I think they would look good with black thread, too, don’t you?
Notice that a matching bead does its work as a “clasp” that blends in nicely. They are ready for the pool or beach!
I plan on writing out the tutorial for my pattern that is public-worthy, and will announce its availability here when I get it written.
Enjoy your creativity!
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