Fruit of the Day's Labors
I've finally admitted that I just don't "get" netting 'cause whenever I try to design a netted piece myself, it just doesn't work. Here is an attempt from a few weekends ago:
Great colors (really--I know you can't tell from the picture--it's carnelians and citrines with lime-green and rust-brown glass) but very stiff and weird. So I took that all apart and ended up with two single-strand necklaces that I really like.
Anyhow, since this admission, I've given myself permission to actually follow patterns instead of winging it, and now sometimes I end up with netted stuff that's actually good! Here is today's example:
This is a very-near copy of the "Lacy Loops" project by Lois Fetters (in the Vintage Style section of the April 2005 issue of Bead and Button). I used 13-0 charlottes instead of regular 11-0s, so I ended up with a more delicate net and more loops, and I didn't use an accent bead color in the net, but other than that, I pretty much followed the directions. And unlike my usual "I'm going to follow this pattern if it kills me" episodes, I actually finished it, and I actually like it :-) I'll be wearing it tomorrow, of course!