I realize it might be a bit ironic that I should follow up an announcement of impending lack of beading content by posting beading content, but such is life.
I have had a few requests for patterns of designs seen on my blog lately, and I have a confession to make: most of the time, I don’t plan my pieces and I don’t take notes while beading. I just sort of doodle in beads, if that makes sense. I come up with things on the fly and sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t.
Occasionally, something I create has such a brilliantly simple thread path that I can make a pattern out of it. That’s when you see me make more than one of a design as I try to slim the thread path down to its bare essentials. Those pieces I have (or rather, can have) patterns for. My other pieces? Not so much. Often, the thread paths are so complicated even I can’t remember how I did it after the fact.
Which brings us to this piece:
I didn’t take notes back when I made the North Star Pendant, but on examining it, the basic pattern seems simple enough so why not give backwards engineering it a go? If I can manage it with this piece, maybe I can manage it with others as well. Though, instead of doing a time-consuming single image pattern for this one, I’m going to do this picture based in the body of the blog so I can add lots of text where I need to without space concerns. That will help with clarity, I think. Tutorial after the cut :)