The half term break saw me complete my rick rack cuff - designed by Jean Power - stitched over 30 hours by me. Handy that it matches my new jacket! There is a real honesty to this final piece - the first few rows show the imperfections only I can see - the crushed delica beads and buckles from tension that was too tight.......but a few hours in I relaxed into the design - and perfected my tension. Of course the mathematician in me - ended up with a symmetric design - that was much deeper than i'd originally intended.
I often participate in a few facebook group monthly challenges. A search on herringbone patterns revealed a simple earring design that was asking to be stitched. Justyna Slezak has created a fabulous blog - offering some free patterns and tutorials in her Etsy shop. Having lived with cancer in the family for over 10 years - the content of the blog struck home with me. Her pattern is well written - and easy to follow - I had to tweak the final round - probably my brand of size 11 seed beads!
There was some fabulous entries for last months challenge - Operation tackle that beadstash. Already inspired for next months challenge....thinking geometry and pattern!
The final creation reminds me of a poppy - and spending remembrance Sunday in Rothwell with my nan - who lost her husband Walter shortly after the end of the second world war - my dad was 4 days old.