an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
One of the most confusing things about beading for most of us is counting. I personally have found it challenging, as anyone who has beaded with me knows. : )
People have different ways to count rounds, side beads, and increase beads. For the Exploding Sets, Dustin came up with a nice way to get a grip on how to show both the round count and also give a nice tool for beading the work: the Core Sample.
Handily, one half of any one of the increase bars that radiate from the centers of the Exploding Sets makes a perfect colour key (a Core Sample) for beading them, as each round of work is all in one colour of bead.
For the final book pattern, we might start each of the Exploding Sets with three white beads in the center, so that each Section is the same (white on the inside, black on the outside). We’re visually partial to the idea of the Hot Red Center, but of course we want to be kind to beginners. Sameness can be greatness. Do you have an opinion? Feel free to comment.
Here is a look at Kim taking an Exploded Triangle Set apart. You can see that it’s easiest to work from the corners.
You’ll notice a few extra beads in the black rounds of the one in the video, because Dustin beaded it, and he added our Dot Code to the corners. You can see Round 32 (three and two red dots) there in the screencap of the video.
We’re thinking about putting some Dot Code into the black rounds of the basic pattern in the book – it’s so helpful when we’re using the pieces for Casting Models.
This piece, the Bermuda Triangle, sports not only Dot Code for the round numbers (I see Round 36 there at the end) but also includes the very Boy Scout or Ham Radio touch of the one-bead salute, which means, “Alert! Information coming!”
See the final round? It says, “Alert! Round 36” .
The previous red dots say “Alert! Round 20” and “Alert! Round 10!”