Thursday, 29 March 2012

Jazzy Geometrics

I don’t think I’ve ever really grown up and my computer has become a virtual toybox. My latest ‘craze’ is my bead charting software. I’ve had it for a while, but have not really had the chance to play with it at length until now. The Clarice Neckpiece is giving me the perfect excuse, as it will have a square stitch woven strap with art deco style geometric shapes on. This needs to have a chart to follow, so I’ve been experimenting this morning.

This amazing little program allows me to convert my drawings into bead patterns. I could even use a picture of an actual Clarice Cliff vase and convert a section into a bead chart. Pictured here is my original sketch, with my first ideas on graph paper and two grids done on the computer.
I’m making different versions of Clarice, as I have 2 commissions for her and want each to have slightly different looks to keep them completely unique. although the shape and colours will be similar. The rest of the day will be spent preparing the fabric background and choosing the beads.

Working on a more geometrical piece is a lovely change after completing Mermaid, she is going off to her new home tomorrow. You can now see a step-by-step video of her being made on You Tube by clicking this link:

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