Monday, April 2, 2012

CzechMate Tile Beads in Action

Herringbone with Tile Beads Center Embellishment By Marcia Balonis

CzechMates Tile Bead 6mm : Twilight - Jonquil 
CzechMates Tile Bead 6mm : Twilight - Jonquil (250-66-W8013)

Round 11/0 : Frosted Gold-Lined Crystal
Round 11/0 : Frosted Gold-Lined Crystal (TR-11-989F)

Round 11/0 : Gilded Marble Lavender
Round 11/0 : Gilded Marble Lavender (TR-11-1704)

This is my first attempt at making "Herringbone with Tila Beads" by Marcia Balonis. The pattern was originally designed for Tila beads, but I found that the CzechMates Tile beads integrated seamlessly into the design. I don't have much experience with the herringbone stitch so it took me a while to hit my stride.  A friend of mine told me that herringbone, although a simple and beautiful stitch, can be frustrating and difficult for certain types of people.  I didn't believe her until about forty-five minutes later when I hadn't made it past the fifth row. My mind couldn't allow me to move forward knowing the beads were sitting all wonky.  I now know that I must have faith that the stitch will work itself out.  Fortunately, I will have the opportunity to expand upon my skills with Marcia's new pattern for a double wide version of the bracelet that is now available for purchase on her website: www.baublesbybalonis.net

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