an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Today we will use the Hexagon Increase to build on top of our tiny PodCast Bead, and we will make an open, energetic HyperLoop that we call the Wave section of this project.
The Hexagon Increase is a slower increase than the 2-bead Herringbone Increase we used to build the Pod. It covers three rounds of work, so it’s a cycle, and the rounds are what CGB calls Increase, Point, and Fill.
Julia Pretl uses different words to talk about them, and in our first book, we only showed this cycle in a decrease, to make pyramids. So this section is a good example of why we are all getting together, so our words can be the same.
Here are photos of both CGB’s and Julia’s approach to the 3-round cycle. We are showing a decrease, and she is showing an increase. I show these photos just for your information, to help you follow the discussion in the video.
Basically, if you place a two-bead increase (just as we did to make the Pod) and in the next round you SPLIT that increase with a single bead, and then in the third step you place plain peyote in the gaps on either side of that splitter bead, you are ready to repeat the cycle, with Increase, Splitter or Point bead, and then an ordinary peyote Fill Round.
In today’s demo, I will place a section like that on top of my tiny PodCast Bead starter, and show you how to build yours, and what your options are. Join in, or check in later today for a YouTube video, or at the end of the week for our finished printed pattern.
Here are the two examples of our two different ways to discuss the cycle:
Above, Julia Pretl describing a Hexagon Increase cycle, and below, CGB showing a Hexagon Decrease cycle to make a Pyramid. You can really make anything with the technique, it doesn’t have to LOOK like hexagons.