Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Time to Stitch 3 • Reveal!

(Disclaimer - I'm sorry I didn't finish any of my pieces!!  I've been a very lame beader and blogger lately - but my schedule is just starting to settle down so I hope to get my *&^% together soon!!!!)

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!!!



This is a fun challenge to do, if yoiu have been wanting to try a new stitch, brush up on a stitch you know but haven't used in a while, or to participate in a fun hop using stitches you know well!

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:

15 comments:

  1. You crack me up girl! Can't believe you've never tried those stitches! I have not tried african helix, there's something about it that doesn't appeal. Brick stitch is better I think, for feeling tight (after the first couple of rows), but I totally get what you mean about wanting to stitch in the bead.
    Russian was hard for me at first, but now I think about it like netting, and it makes more sense to me. You picked some great colors for the cellini, and you know I'm coming back to see the finished pieces, so get to it girl! :)

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  2. I love these! I'm laughing because I love russian spiral and don't like doing cellini at all! This was great fun! Are you still in Annapolis? I remembered you where moving but wasn't sure where!

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  3. It came out great! My bff up in Maine is very adept at the helix stitch. She made me a gorgeous necklace with it.

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  4. ha, ha had to laugh with the 'blob' that is the start of a Russian Spiral. Happens to me every time I use this stitch, but the funny thing is that you're almost there! just one more row and the pattern starts to hold together. Good for you to try all three of the spirals! Your Cellini is a work of art - can't wait to see it finished!

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  5. Well see there's the proof....a 20 year veteran who is successful without doing spirals! I do however think your Cellini is gorgeous. Now you mention it - I hear you on how strange the brick stitch is not being connected by a bead!

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  6. I think I am with you and the African Spiral...maybe it was my color choices but, I gave it up to and moved onto the Russian Spiral. Love your Cellini...I really must try that stitch! Will be checking back to see the finished necklace.

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  7. i love the colors your Russian Spiral was meant to be. i will try and locate the tutorial i wound up using. if i can remember what issue of what magazine it was in. it helped a lot. the video...once i really watched and listened, not so much. and African Helix, i am feeling kind of like you are about not going through a bead for this one...maybe that is why i failed to progress with it. but your Cellini~now that is a gorgeous start to something that is going to be equally beautiful, i am sure! love the colors you picked for that one. thanks so much for being a part of this Amy!

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  8. I hear you on the Russian spiral -- I really thought I was going to lose my mind getting that sucker to finally work! African helix can get pretty wonky, but I like where you were going with it, if you ever get comfortable trying it again. And your Cellini is lovely. Can't wait to see what that becomes when finished!

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  9. If it's any consolation, the only spiral I've actually done successfully is the FLAT spiral. HA! Yours here is beautiful. I love the colors! Has spring made it to Massachusetts yet? Hope so. We're already into summer here. Oh, and I'm the same way about stitches that just hang off the thread of previous rows. That just makes me nervous. I wonder if it helps to double the thread???

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  10. Hi Amy,
    Hey at least you tried those stitches and posted what you did and that is all Christine and I ask really just give them a try. I love your Cellini spiral the colors you chose really make it gorgeous! I am looking forward to seeing it finished. Thank you so much for joining in on round 3 and we hope that you will join us in round 4.
    Therese

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  11. Hi Amy, I looove your Cellini and can't wait to see the final necklace!
    How fun, I was loosing my mind with the first rows of Cellini,I had always finished the third-fourth row in a different place than the tutorial. I have persevered for several attempts and then finally got it.
    On the other hand I've found quite easier the beginning of the Russian spiral and Helix. A beginner's luck, maybe ;-)
    So I'll come back next week to see the final piece, as I already know I'll love it!

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  12. I SO know what you mean about Russian Spiral. I spent 2 days attempting 5 different tutorials, with no success. It was only when I found Mortira's tutorial at Inspirational Beading that the stitch finally made sense to me. Your Cellini spiral with its beautiful blush colors is a fantastic work in progress. Will be looking forward to see how you finish it!

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  13. Life gets in the way sometimes! I love the cellini. You always pick the most beautiful colors!

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  14. Amy, it took me FOREVER to start the Russian spiral and I ended up throwing it to the side and going with the cellini! Your cellini is gorgeous! The color palette is so elegant!

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  15. Amy your Cellini spiral is awesome. Great colors.

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