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Hello to those of you beading along with us. It’s time to begin the third step of this Exploding PodCast demo: the Casting Spine.
No need to be in a rush to Deconstruct, or to worry about the eventual Deconstruction. It won’t be a Destruction, or if it is, only a few beads will fall off, and you will sew them back on. It’s nothing. Just be sure you have some seriously small, pointy scissors or snips handy when the time comes.
We’ll have a standard pattern for you next week, and in it you will see the organization of terms that Julia Pretl, Diane Fitzgerald and I are working toward. Then, the idea is that Julia, Diane and I will all restructure our books/patterns for the new words (Julia is contributing a gorgeous, open-source illustrated library of Increases and Decreases, which is going to be a great tool) and then we should really have something that can help people relate what they already know to the tasks at hand.
Unstructured exploration is how we do innovation – a bit of organized chaos breeds many and varied questions, and you know – if we don’t have good questions, then we won’t have the best answers. So in a process like this, some things will go wrong, some will go right, some will be new, and some will be exceptional.
This is the simplest section of all.
Weave in your working tail(s) from Section 2, The Wave, and trim. Be sure to retain your starting thread, though, so you know where Section 2 went on. Being able to find the starting point of your section is really helpful in case you need a hand doing Deconstruction. Sometimes I always start a section with a hot yellow bead, or something like that, so I never have to think about it or save tails.
To start your Spine, add three rounds of regular peyote stitch in three different colours or patterns. The 1st and 3rd rounds will be two of the working casting lines on your Spine, and the middle round will be the core. It can be nice to have the core be one colour, and then each of your casting lines have some kind of counting pattern.
THIS IS A TURN-AROUND – NOT CIRCULAR PEYOTE!
Either do straight peyote with a plain turn, for a clean end to your Spine, or start with a loop, like I did. The loop finish on each end makes the turns really easy to see, and if you like you can just pass through the loop with your thread to make the turn.
To start, I usually make a loop on the end of the thread, and leave a nice working tail at the base of the loop. Then I just start sewing onto the edge of the Wave. Never weave into a previous section in an Exploding Set.
My Spine was made like this, with two alternating colours for counting on the two live edges, and a solid colour for the core (round 2).
Step One (optional): Make a loop, leave a 6″ tail
Round 1 Alternating two-bead placements 2 white / 2 blue
Round 2 core: shiny gold
Round 3 alternating placement in every space, I did orange and red
Round 4 is done AFTER DECONSTRUCTION (we will show that tomorrow) and it is a Stitch-In-The-Ditch. I did mine in all-pink, but I could have put a counting pattern into it too.
Enjoy this last step, and then tomorrow, we’ll Deconstruct the Wave from the PodCast, do the Stitch-In-The-Ditch on the Spine, and then separate the Casting Spine from the Wave.
Below: Round 3 is shown here in all red, so it’s easy to see that it is one line, but in my piece I alternated orange and red so I had a counting variation.
The starting loops can be seen at each end of the Pod. They are quite helpful to have both in use of the Spine and in Deconstruction, but you can also do regular straight peyote turns for plain ends. Here is one from Nico Williams like that.