I'm a little late getting this posted today, but here's what I made for Christine and Therese's A Time to Stitch blog hop. The challenge was to create a piece using a netting stitch and one (or more) of three additional stitches.
For my netting piece, I decided to make a necklace to go with a beaded doll purse I'd made last Fall.
(For reference, here it is.)
I used horizontal netting stitch and matte teal seed beads to make the necklace. And it was a very nice match!
I have to say, I'm definitely a horizontal netting kind of girl. I tried vertical netting to make a similar necklace, and let's just say... it wasn't pretty. I'd show it to you, but the dolls refused to try it on.
(Divas, every one of them.)
For the next stitch, I chose spiral rope stitch. I'd never tried it before, but I found a tutorial online, and it looked fairly straightforward. And it turns out? It was! Here's my very first spiral rope in the same colors as the necklace and bag:
I'm not sure how I feel about this stitch, to be honest. I will say, though, that it goes by quickly. Also, it helps to use a very thin needle when you're going back through all those beads. For that reason, I don't know how it would work with, say, size 15 -- if I try it out, I'll let you know.
Still, it's nice to have another beading stitch under my belt! I wouldn't have tried this one if it wasn't for Christine and Therese and all the people who suggested it. Thanks for keeping me on my toes!
(And my dolls, too -- although they can't help it so much. Pointy feet and all.)
Now that you've seen my pieces for the challenge, hop on over to Christine or Therese's blog for a list of participants! I can't wait to see what they made... and to see if anyone else has the same spiral rope ambivalence.
Sarah J. Sequins