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For those of you who want to charge ahead on your pieces ahead of the pattern release, we salute you! Here is a guideline for developing your Wave. The family photo below shows my 12-round Rick-Rack, which fits me perfectly (if I want a taller one I will need to do 7 beads per side instead of 6, or start from a 24-Point Podcast Bead).
You can also see my Wave section in grey, with a red Sizing Band already built onto it. This is the step you will do first for your Wave, to size and stabilize it for the bangle we will build onto it.
Here are the steps (and remember – there is a printed pattern and a final video coming, so if you want our guidance, just wait one week. : )
When your Wave Section is safely off of your PodCast Bead, it should fit comfortably over your hand. If the size is perfect when you put it on, then finish the “valley” sections of your inner ring with two beads, to hold it open, and treat that space as two-drop peyote from there on out (place two beads in that space in successive rounds).
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If the fit is loose, choose to fill that valley space with stitches of either 1 bead (regular peyote) or just the thread, which is 0 beads (a decrease). One of these will probably reduce the Wave band to your perfect size.
I chose one bead for my fill round, because my Wave was just *a little bit* too big. Choosing 0, 1 or 2 beads for that inner round is like choosing the S, M or L of your particular PodCast size. You can experiment, and see what you like. It’s only one round, easy to re-do.
Once you’ve found your perfect fit, then complete the first inner round and reinforce the edge by passing your thread completely around it, passing through the innermost two rounds of beads – the round you just added, and the edge round you took off of the PodCast Bead.
When you have reinforced, add more rounds of plain peyote to build the Sizing Band, which should fit you PERFECTLY.
(You are in charge of this fit, so choose wisely on bead placement in your first Inner Round. And yes, you can be creative with staggered choices, size 15 rounds, etc.)
Once the band is stable, why not take a Circular Sizing Spine off of it so you have that in your toolbox as well? Everything you make around that custom-built Spine will fit you, unless you build something that begins to creep inward. REMEMBER TO PLACE DETONATION POINTS SO YOU CAN CUT THE SPINE OFF EASILY! I like to put them every inch or so when they are my only hope.
Below: Sometimes I just take a Spine directly off of the Wave, if it’s perfect, like this. This one is quite easy to snip a bit if necessary, as it sits a bit apart from each increase in the HyperLoop.
After you have built and removed your Circular Casting Spine, you can build the Sizing Band as high as you like – just a few rounds, or tall enough to fold over for a rolled edge. If I know I want to make a rolled edge, I place an Elegant Guide Round or a Stitch-In-The-Ditch round at the start, which will give me something simple to Zip to if I want to fold down a little wall of peyote stitch into a roll.
Once you finish the interior to your liking, then thread up and turn your attention to the Outer Rounds – continue to add Hexagon Increase for as many rounds as you like, and enjoy watching the ruffle build. You will learn to contain it, and to shape it as you go. Try not to bead too tightly.
The photo below is where I am at on my pink, gold and clear sample. I plan to deepen the ruffle substantially.
If you wonder what that windowed excitement is between my gold section and my pink, it’s an MRAW Band, which I added in clear cylinder beads. I just think the MRAW is so beautiful, and it’s easy to add onto any existing edge. I will upload a video showing how quite soon.
This is the piece that inspired us to add the Wave to this Exploding Set.
It was crafted by Joke Van Biesen, and shown on the runway at the Bridges Conference this summer (2019).
Joke added new increases to her piece (she slipped them in between existing increases, two beads inserted into one space in the peyote fabric) whenever she wanted to add more beads to her outside edge. In this way, she controlled the appearance of her ruffle, and made it more dramatically flared than a simple Hexagon Increase on 20-24 points can make. If you look carefully at my pink bangle above, you will see that I slipped a few extra into my edge too.