It's been a rough week, one of those where you see your time and your sanity circling the drain to disappear forever. But after sleepless nights spent trying to figure it out and endless days spent explaining and discussing I think my feet are finding marshy ground again....not solid ground, I've learned not to be so trusting and that's it's better to sleep with one eye open.
After two false starts to a personal day I finally managed it yesterday and by the evening I was actually fit to bead.
One of the things that I found relaxed me was drafting a bead lace pattern, this time one of my favorite crochet patterns, Pineapple Lace, and Wednesday night I did just that. The thing about bead lace is you have to draft the pattern first, then try it out, see the issues, make changes to the draft and try it again. Repeat as needed.
This is the first draft I did Wednesday night....I do the beads to scale thinking that will make it work...lol...not necessarily! But you can see the progression and the possibilities and it all looks pretty enough but the test is if it works and where the heck you do the thread path.
Here you can see the testing process with a couple of scrapped false starts (there were more!) What looks good on paper will not always work in beads and adjustments and compromises have to be made.
Last night saw me changing the draft with what I had learned (more beads here, less beads there, change the connection completely) but progress was made and I can see this being very pretty when I have it done. And it has so many possibilities. I love lace :)
I'm hoping to get back to business today and edit the Urchin Wings tutorial that has been sitting on my desk since Tuesday. Fortunately I tested it as I went so once edits are done I can actually list it....hopefully later today.
Then I can feel good about getting back to beading this lace.
Hope everyone has a great weekend :)