I love the idea of the Time to Stitch Challenge hosted by the very lovely, Therese of Therese's Treasures, and Christine of One Kiss Creations. They are both sweet women who happen to be quite talented. And they are the brains behind this very fun challenge!!!
For this round of the challenge, I didn't have tons of time, so I only focused on the spiral stitches. Specifically - I decided I would go for the Russian Spiral and the African Helix, since in my nearly 20 years of beading, I've never tried them!
First up was Russian Spiral...how bad can it be right??
Well...apparently pretty bad! This was my third attempt!!!!! I don't know what I wasn't 'getting' but I tried between 3-10 rounds on each try, and it was never quite coming together.....
It's quite possible, I need to be looking at a better tutorial...but I gave up! Next up was the African Helix....this went better - but I have to be honest.....stitches that are held by threads between beads make me so uncomfortable (I'm lookin' at you too, Brick Stitch)!! I think this could have turned out nicely but I was having some kind of weird beader anxiety about needing my thread to go through a bead....I just had to stop! Although, here you can see a pattern was starting to form!
Finally - I went back to an old friend, Cellini Spiral. I avoid this stitch because 'it's hard to start'....but the result is so gorgeous, I realize I should play with this stitch more often! I'll finish this piece this week and hope to post the final result of a necklace!
Special thanks again to Therese & Christine. Also - please check out the list of participants: