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Hello all! We are just finishing the HyperLoops and HyperLines chapter here at CGB Central, and should have news on the books soon- stay tuned. HyperThings are the last to be integrated into the concepts and patterns. Thanks to our pre-order folks for their support of this beautiful project. ❤
We’ve been talking on team and on social media about our increases and decreases, and how we notate them, how we think about them, and whether or not the original names for corner increases apply to those placed in curves, lines, or asymmetrically. Is Triangle Increase the best term to describe a herringbone stack?
Maybe not, but quite a few people know the name, and I can certainly see many places in pieces like this where the geometry of the peyote triangle is expressing.
Above, you can see the soaring increase lines of the classical Triangle Increase building an 8-Point PodCast Bead (multicoloured and black) and an asymmetric Rick-Rack Bangle (the red and white section, soon to be removed). Podcast bead by Ingrid Wangsvik, Rick-Rack by Kate. Below are a few more pieces using this same technique.
two-bead Herringbone or Triangle Increases placed into MRAW Bands
Left, beadwork by Kate McKinnon, right by Sarah Loudon
In the upcoming new CGB books, we use two main increase progression patterns to build our peyote-stitched pieces. The Triangle Increase, shown above,is a herringbone stack, with two beads added at a time in each round. The second pattern we use a lot is a three-round progression, a 2/1 stepped increase often called the Hexagon Increase.
You can in fact see the soul of the flat hexagon in this gorgeous spiral built using the Hexagon Increase. So I think the names are just fine.
Design and beadwork Claudia Furthner, Austria
Below is a little sample of my own that shows how the 2/1 Hexagon Increase progressions look over the first five rounds. The tail is just a Casting Spine, and the blue and gold beads are the result of the increase progression. You can see the spiral building and the clean geometry taking over the line.
Casting Spines are really neat, and they are one of the recent finds we had during team review sessions, and all of us said “we must add this to the book”.
Joy Davison (Jay Dee on social media) created our first one when decided to add a Stitch-In-The-Ditch round to three rounds of flat peyote stitch. It formed a remarkable rope, with a central core and three spiny lines of beads around it. We will have a few pretty patterns for them in the book.
Here is one made by Nico Williams, using black beads for the core (the middle of the three flat rows) and Picasso Delica beads for the other two flat rounds and also the Stitch-In-The-Ditch round. It looks like a real spine.
If we aren’t starting off of Casting Spines, we like to do a PodCast build or a peyote start. Each gives a different feel of HyperLine or HyperLoop.
above: two Hyperloops beaded by Kate McKinnon – at left, growing on a tiny PodCast, at right, from a peyote start. Both have their advantages.
HyperLoop design Joy Davison & Claudia Furthner
You can see the 2/1 pattern of the Hexagon Increase clearly in these two HyperLoops; the one at left growing on a PodCast Bead, and the one at right grown from a peyote start.
We make things like this fabulous, entirely wearable bangle out of HyperLoops, and as you can see any notion of hexagons in this piece has given way to the Geometric Capture of pentagons instead. The 2/1 increase easily accommodates many shapes.
Anemone Bangle by Karen Beningfield.
You can choose to Capture ellipses, triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, or any other shape that you have room for in your HyperLoops.
Increases can be alternated, spiralled, switched, and placed off-center. Below is an asymmetric Rick-Rack Bangle from Ingrid Wangsvik, Norway, with herringbone increases going three different ways in three different layers. They stack like ocean waves.
Above, Ingrid Wangsvik, Asymmetrical Rick-Rack Bangle
We can now show you how to do this off of a line of triangles, or loops thrown off of the tips of a PodCast Bead, much like Christina Vandervlist did to make the Helix Bangle from CGB Volume I.
Here are two such Helix-Loop starts in progress.
above, PodCast- based Helix-Loop starts to asymmetrical Rick Rack
Joy Davison and Franklin Martin, Jr.
We’ve had a huge amount of innovation in the past year, and that’s a fact. Every time we sit down to review our conclusions, we have new earthshaking discoveries. The only solution for me to finish these books was to declare victory, go into hiding, and try to bang this all out before one of us has another golden idea that cannot be ignored. See you soon!