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A Time to Stitch 6 Reveal

The challenge Christine Altmiller and Therese Frank gave us for A Time To Stitch 6 was to follow a chart and use one of four stitches (peyote, square, RAW or brick) to create a three-dimensional design. As someone who is severely chart-challenged (this may rise to the level of a disability), I took the plunge nevertheless, because I’m always up for a beading adventure with Christine and Therese. And this challenge was just what I needed to finally try my hand at the techniques in Kate McKinnon’s Contemporary Geometric Beadwork.

Since I was already way out of my comfort zone, I settled on a Layered Rick Rack cuff and decided to stretch my color palette as well, choosing three hues from Pantone’s Spring 2015 color report that I would never put together myself: Glacier Gray, Custard and Aquamarine.



Next, I needed a graph. Despite the fact that Cath Thomas has generously done the work of estimating sizing and providing free peyote graphs, it took me an embarrassingly long time to transfer my simple color-blocking design from my brain to Cath’s coloring chart.



A trio of easy peyote triangles served as color swatches, and delicas decided upon, the real fun began. 

Peyote was the first stitch I learned and it’s still my favorite, but I can’t remember the last time I used it in a design. My Rick Rack bangle begins with a row of Modified RAW, and also makes use of a bit of square stitch, but it's mostly hours upon hours of peyote.



 So much fun, and it’s reversible! 


The model's sweater provided the perfect pop of color for my second layer. I think I will wear the bangle this way more often, with just a hint of raspberry along the bottom because the fit is perfectly snug with the second layer worn inside the wrist.

Thank you so much, Christine and Therese for always challenging us to take our beading to new levels. And now, on to the rest of today’s challenge participants:

5-Karin Slaton (you are here)
8-Lola
13-Alenka
19-Kim
20-Amy





21 comments:

  1. Hi Karin, what a beautiful cuf!!!
    I was considering trying geometric beadwork, too, but passed it on this time. I supposed it's time consuming and I was not sure I would finish it in time for the reveal.
    Alenka

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  2. This bracelet is gorgeous! I love the colors!

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  3. Wow, this is an amazing cuff!The colors and shapes are beautiful!

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  4. I LOVE this cuff! what gorgeous bead work as always Karin!!! and you say you are severely chart-challenged? hmmmm, that does not appear to be the case my friend :)

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  5. Hi Karin, your cuff is lovely. You chose your colors well. The dimensional color swatches would make good earrings.

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  6. Hi Karin,
    Thank you for joining us again in the sixth round of ATTS challenge. I find it hard to believe that you are challenged by anything that requires seed beads, thread, and a needle. You are one of my favorite bead weavers, it is always a pleasure to see what you have created. The cuff is no exception it is beautiful and I like that it is reversible great job! I will have to check out Kate McKinnon's book.
    Therese

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  7. How wonderful that the bangle is reversible! That gives you double the wearing pleasure for all the hours of peyote you invested. I really enjoy how you help us understand the inspiration for your color palette and the pink is a wonderful punch of color. Fantastic work!

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  8. So so incredibly beautiful, the colors, the design....just gorgeous!

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  9. I don't even know what to say. You always take your beadwork to the next level each time you post. You made a gorgeous and structural and mutedly (a word that may have just been invented) colorful jaw dropping piece ~ everyone you run into will grab your wrist and touch it! Thank you for taking on this challenge as only your can, Karin.

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  10. Karin,
    I love your cuff! Those colors are awesome and it is so great that it is reversible.
    You are amazing and so patient to create such wonders!
    LOVE IT!!!!

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  11. I love your rick rack cuff. Kate's books are fantastic and you did great job choosing colors and putting them together in the bangle.

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  12. Love the cuff - I love geometric designs, and peyote - and your colors are fantastic! Terrific work (as always!)

    PS: The link to the graphs doesn't work!

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  13. that is a gorgeous cuff, great job!

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  14. Karin! This is a definite SHOW STOPPER!!! GORGEOUS!!! And the color palette, *swoon*!!! Beautiful work, as always!!!

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  15. Your piece is fabulous and immediately made me think 'Pantone Spring 2015' ...at first glance, before reading your blog...mission accomplished! These colors work great together and your diamonds are stunning.

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  16. The bracelet you've chosen is completely out of this world! Impressive work and beautiful colours too, so apropriate for Spring.

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  17. I love this!! I really must get around to making something from Kate's book

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  18. I am SO impressed with your cuff! That fabulous book has been sitting on my shelf, mocking me, for months now...I'll admit that it intimidates the heck out of me, because I'm not much of a chart kinda gal either. Thanks for giving me the inspiration to give it a shot. You're going to be turning a lot of heads whenever you wear that beautiful cuff!

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  19. Wow, just wow to this cuff! Gorgeous!

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  20. That is a stunning make! It must have taken hours to complete! Beautiful colour choices.

    (Sorry it took so long for me to actually get to the hop - family stuff happening.)

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  21. Be gentle with me. Be sweet ad kind, oh hell! Who am I kidding? Flip me over, ride my ass and pull my hair!. Hey, i am looking for an online sexual partner ;) Click on my boobs if you are interested (. )( .)

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