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Friday, 16 December 2016

irregular geometry

There are a couple of patterns with bugle beads that I like a lot, one is a bracelet by Sue here: http://hiskid66.blogspot.com/2016/02/a-bugle-bead-or-ladder-bracelet-pattern.html
The other one is a snowflake by Frivole, "Ice Queen" ( http://etsy.me/1u4BKhJ via Etsy ).

I've got many bugle beads and I've often tried to use them in tatting, but those which I got are very irregular in size. I think that the pattern I've been using for the bracelets in last post is effective, because in some way it hides/alters the irregularity and draws the attention to the shape/geometry.

I've been trying something similar, keeping the pattern similar to the bracelet, where I put segments of  1ds, 1bead, 1ds, while in corners I tatted 1ds, 1picot, 1ds, so that I could use the picots for later joins.
 
That's only a prototype to be further embellished.

Then the box's just opened, there are more and more possibilities:
Those motifs can be used as xmas ornaments, maybe with some more tatting around, for example like this next one:

I'll play again with the concept, I like the effect and I must empty my beads' stash otherwise I won't let me buying more beads... perhaps, for this year, at least.

Looking for more tatting patterns with bugle beads, I've just found a very inspiring site about beading, beaddiagrams.com, the Christmas Tree Earrings with superduo beads are terrific, I added the link in the sidebar here for you to enjoy.

Äddi.
( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luxembourgish_language )
Ninetta
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16 comments:

  1. Wow, wonderful use of bugle beads! I like the bottom one best. Yes, I've also noticed the beads can be irregular, which can make symmetry difficult to achieve.

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  2. They are all very beautiful. Depending on the size of the finished medallion, they might make nice pendants, too.
    StephanieW

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    1. Thank you Stephanie, yes I will try different size and options

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  3. Those are awesome!!!! :)
    The first link I saw with bugle beads in tatting is here:
    http://tattingitup.blogspot.com/2012/12/3-d-flower-earring-pattern-and-golden.html
    And she has a bracelet too, but she doesn't give the pattern for it: http://tattingitup.blogspot.com/search?updated-min=2012-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&updated-max=2013-01-01T00:00:00-08:00&max-results=28

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    1. Thank you Sue and also thanks for the link, I had seen that flower but the pattern needs all beads the same length and I've only those very irregular bugle beads

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  4. Love this use of irregular beads. I need to find more time to tat, perhaps if I stop sleeping but then I don't tat well when I'm tired.

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    1. Thank you Bernice, take care of yourself :-)

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  5. I feel bad I just tried your bracelet but the beads cut my thread and must be buying cheap beads or something 😞 I do love the beautiful ornaments you have made just sad my beads are not working out

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    1. Oh gosh, that's annoying :( It also happened yesterday evening to me, there was a broken bead that I hadn't noticed

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  6. Such fun! What lovely highlights with bugle beads !

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  7. I've always loved the way bugle beads add another dimension to tatting, aware that sometimes they can break the thread though. Great to see your creations using them

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  8. I love the new shapes this beads make in tatting. Very inspiring!

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Thank you very much for all your nice comments.

Ciao
Ninetta