an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Building block of so much win.
This is the six bead start that I love. My fondness for it over the traditional 3-bead (almost no hole) or the also-useful 9-bead (a hole big enough for a 12g post) is that not only does it give enough room for a finding, like an ear wire, but one can choose to set either one or two beads on top of the starting two, giving either a two-bead racing stripe (as seen in my Power Puff, below) or a traditional one-drop fill, as above.
This triangle also has a two-bead stripe, but I didn’t call it out until I’d gone for four rows of blue.
I can’t say enough about the power of swatching, although Jean Power says it’s all I talk about, so maybe I am in fact saying enough. Swatch!