Tuesday, April 24, 2007

This was a challenge.

Peyote is my favorite beading stitch. I like the way all the beads nestle into their little spots and it's usually easy to see if I've missed a stitch or run into some other sort of trouble. I made this piece for my mom. The pattern was 28 pages long! 28 pages! And it was only offered as a text pattern - no pictures. Often patterns for items such as this are a picture chart, similar to that of counted cross-stitch. It was a really fun project to work on because it was challenging. The further away from this piece that you are, the easier it is to see the woman's face. That proved to be another challenge; while working on the piece up close the face is so subtle that I couldn't see it emerging. I kept asking my husband if he could see a face because I couldn't see anything but rows of colors. Without having a picture to compare it to, I had to have a lot of faith that it was going to work out. I'd say this took me around 12 hours to complete. My mom had it framed, so it looks a bit nicer than the photo below.

I bought the pattern for Rohannan - Queen of the Lightsworn on Bead-Patterns.com. The pattern was created by Catherine Vondenhuevel.

Oops - I made a mistake and misread the amount of pages listed in the pattern. It was 10 pages and 28 colors. 10 pages of straight text is still quite a lot - it sure felt like 28!


Jenn Maruska said...

28 Pages?!? Dear Lord! I think you should get some kind of metal for that. Seriously.

How big was the final piece? It is beautiful - would you mind if I mentioned it on my blog?


Jenn Maruska said...

(Um, that would be "medal". I think it's time for me to get some sleep.)

Christina said...

Sure, you can mention it on your blog. :) The piece is roughly 3" x 3.5" and contains well over 3,000 beads. I have a different one I made for me. I'll have to post about that one soon.

jessi said...

This is amazing! Wow!

Thanks for the link! and BTW - I'll be posting that crochet flower pattern today.

Connie said...

The picture Christina posted doesn't capture the beauty of this
piece. It hangs in my dining room and anyone who comes to my house comments on it. At first, they can't believe the woman is made from all beads. After a closer look, they let me know, yes it is made from beads!! I get a kick out of that..as if I didn't know..
I treasure it.

Christina's Mom

Christina said...

Aww, shucks...thanks, Mom. :)