Monday, January 12, 2009

Ndebele Herringbone

Our workshop in Mexico began with a lesson from Kate McKinnon regarding the Ndebele herringbone stitch. We were using seed beads, those little tiny beads that those of us with middle-aged eyes have trouble seeing without our bifocals. She taught us how to make little pieces that Colleen, Heather, Stephanie and I will all now forever after refer to as "chicken feet", even though the finished result is much prettier than the real thing:

The idea was that we would make several of these bits and pieces in different shapes, sizes and colours and use them in our finished pieces.

For example, Kate made some very funky earrings for Sam:

So far, all I've done is use one of my pieces to cover a wire wrap:

but it's a start. Baby steps! :)

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