Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Time to Stitch Five

Today's the day people! It's here, it's here! What? Well, the reveal for A Time to Stitch, of course!
This is one of my very favorite challenges, and it is run by the awesome Therese Frank and Christine Altmiller.
So this challenge was to take one stitch, and make 3 identical pieces, changing either the size, or the color of the beads.
I chose flat herringbone, it's one of my favorite stitches for it versatility. I took this challenge one step further, and used silver-lined, opaque, and matte finishes as well as the three different colors. I guess I cheated a bit, because I also used a silver metallic in each of the bracelets, and a coordinating size 15 for the edge beads.
I really love how they turned out, and I hope you do as well!
I found these awesome buttons to use as my clasps.




I am so thrilled to see the differences in each bracelet.



Because of the silver lining on the purple bead, this one has an overall shiny look, and you don't see the pattern as much.



 This one has such a dainty look, and the button fit perfectly with that feel. The matte finish really allows the pattern to stand out.



 I adore this one! The opaque beads show off the pattern so well, and that mother of pearl button has just the tiniest hint of  green in it. I was working on this one while not at home, and there were lots of distractions around. So....it was a bit short. But the longer clasp looks fine when it's on, and I love how I ended up creating it. I will definitely use the technique again. After stringing enough beads to fit around the button, I strung 16 more. Then I square stitched the last 8 to the first 8, and embellished the top with a tiny 15. Worked great!



Just like the bracelets themselves, each loop showed off the personality of the bracelet.





 Yep, these three girls are stars of the show around here! Thanks for joining me on this wonderful challenge. 
Now you get to see the rest of the participants!

Therese               Our wonderful hostesses!


Shirley     You are here!

23 comments:

  1. Oh, Shirley, these are gorgeous! You really captured how a slight change in bead lining or finish can make a huge difference. Herringbone is one of my favorites, too, and you've proven that it can be the centerpiece of a beautiful collection!

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  2. Great pieces Shirley....amazing what one pattern and many different types of beads can do...each one has its own identity...Amazing work. Great post!

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  3. And here I was thinking wow like that last clasp...then I read how it came about. Love how all the beads make them look so different! I really do like that last clasp!!

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  4. I need to revisit the flat herringbone stitch ... your bracelets are beautiful!!! =)

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  5. great job! The green one is my favourite too

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  6. I love the easy, fluid look of these and how you've endowed each with its own personality! So much thought went into each one so it's really hard to pick a favorite, but the coppery one would be a great piece to layer with nature-themed accessories for Summer.

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  7. Hi Shirley,
    I love all three of your bracelets, but I have to agree with you the green one (and not just because it is my favorite color) is my favorite. I really shows the herringbone stitch and how the beads slant, it really has good texture. Awesome idea on the clasp too. Thank you so much for participating it this round of ATTS it is always a pleasure to see what you have created. I hope you will sign up for ATTS 6 it is going to be just a little different then the past challenges.
    Therese

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    1. You know I'm always up for an ATTS!! :)

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  8. I love the look of your three bracelets, like pieces of silky fabric, the green one is so fresh and the purple one very elegant.

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  9. Love these, Shirley. I also love herringbone and find it very versatile. Did you use little beads in between each of the bigger ones to get this unique look? Whatever you did, it's perfect!

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  10. absolutely LOVE how you did the alternating size of the beads in this herringbone - it creates such a wonderful pattern! and I do love how your colors bring out the button closure on each of these - really beautiful - all three of them!

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  11. I love herringbone. Wonderful bracelets, great choice of closures. You make me want to stitch up something flat herringbone now!

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  12. Shirley, each one of the bracelets has a beauty all their own. What gorgeous pieces! I don't think you can ever go wrong with straight on herringbone. The pattern in the stitch itself is so interesting, not a lot of colors are needed. Your colors and finishes are fantastic! You embraced this challenge completely! Thanks so much for being a part of this. I always look forward to seeing your beautiful work :-)

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  13. Absolutely gorgeous!! I love each of the bracelets!!! YOu didn't cheat at all - I think this is a wonderful illustration of how even the slightest change can really make a difference in overall design. This was one of my favorite challenges of late!!

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  14. I love how you used the herringbone stitch which is one of my favorites too!! Loveley buttons and the longer loop looks great!!

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  15. Don't you just LOVE buttons? Great for closures. I never tried flat herringsbone, but yours look so good I want to try immediately.

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  17. Lovely bracelets, herringbone is one of my favorites as well.

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  18. Really interesting herringbone pattern, Shirley...I love herringbone! Do you mind my asking....you used a silver bead (looks like a 15?) and then an 11 colored bead in each herringbone stitch? Love the tweed effect it gives.

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