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We had another day of exploration yesterday, and Nancy Jenner (and her beautiful work) entered the mix.
This is a photo of Laura Shea (with a bit of Nancy) through one of her own beaded beads, from my end of the table.
This is a triangular element with Horns inside and on top, by Kate Stern.
The piece in process below is just a simple peyote triangle in which I’ve installed an Exploding Round, and (where the orange beads are near the bottom tip) an extra increase. You can get both an elongated point and a two-bead racing stripe by stacking extra beads on the corners like this. I’ll show it in more detail in Volume III.
The six sets of big round beads (which I call Detonation Points, and which were just square-stitched onto the back with the same running thread I began the red and pink section with) will have the threads cut between them, and the first round will suddenly be attached to the blue triangle only by the short pieces of thread remaining between them. At that point, it’s easy to separate the new start from the cloned piece.
Another way to separate a cloned section was shown in Volume I, using a series of very short threads to begin the first row or round off of the starter piece. In Volume II, the Exploding Round allowed the use of a continuous thread. I could continue beading for as many or as few rounds as I liked before I separated the new start.
This type of start is particularly powerful as it has no join. This means that the work will be smoother, and have one less weak spot. And it’s difficult to get a large, open geometric start that offers this kind of stability.