Tuesday, 25 February 2014

February Challenge Last Chance Saloon!

Many of you will already have completed and sent in your February Challenge pieces but some, like myself, will probably have left it till the last minute. I made mine last Friday while watching the Rubgy and just playing with some beads in the right colours that I grabbed quickly out of the stash. Because I had no plan in mind, my entry doesn't have the twist. Since then though, I have had a few ideas for quick and easy herringbone straps that you just need to add a clasp to and voila, a bracelet that fully meets the challenge specs! I thought that I would share those simple ideas here to help anyone who has not yet had chance to join in with the challenge, you should still have enough time time to whip up something!

If you aren't familiar with herringbone stitch, Liz wrote some great instructions which you will find on the right of the blog. I have made up some small samples (shown below), using the colours in various simple patterns to show how easy it is to use this stitch in combination with a few different colours. Feel free to use any of them, or even better use them as a kick start to inspire your own pattern. So spill those seedies out on your bead mat, pointy needle at the ready and get herringboning :-).

All of these samples use Miyuki size 11 seed beads and are six beads across, which results in an 11mm wide bracelet.

Happy beading!

Sarah




4 comments:

NEDbeads said...

I always think it's super cool, how many different patterns you can make out of the same three colors - and how differently they look depending on which color is the 'main' color!!! Lovely samples, Sarah!! xxx

Peapod Beads said...

The third one really reminds me of a snake! might have to play with my beadies...

thecrimsonmoon said...

I love how they look so different just by switching the bead colour positions! A great post Sarah :)

Clair said...

Love the 'checkboard' style sample!