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Monday, March 15, 2010

The fight of the Century: Beadweaver vs Spiral weave

Okay, how did it all start, well some bright spark from Etsy Beadweavers team, listed some great spiral weave designs (so kind of her), downloaded them all (so greatful) and forgot about it.
Then during a email Christine of the Etsy beadweaver mentioned how much she like spiral weaves, which once again reminded me of those I had downloaded. So, for the first time in my life, I was going to make a spiral weave or that's what I thought. All started well, and it started to look like something, then it hit me (about 30 rows later) my step-up was missing, no longer was I busy with a odd count, but lo and behold I had an even count or was it odd count peyote, still not sure. So, because of this awful flaw of being a perfectionist, I pulled it out till the step-up appeared. After a few rows my thread started knotting, as a result of the pulling out. Time to work a piece away and start a new thread, did just that. Guess what, because it was a spiral I could not find the place I had ended the other thread, took me about 4 attempts to get back on track. I pride myself with being a very cool calm and collect person, but boy oh boy was this wearing me thin.
After a few huffs and puffs I was back on track, my spiral reaching about 10cm, when my husband comes and sits next to me and says " rather stiff don't you think", I was going to say what do you know about "stiff" but since he was a male, decided against it.
So, we both started laughing at my spiral that won't bend, I look at him and said " maybe I have the alternative to viagra here.
Is my spiral finished, "NO" WILL I FINISH IT "YES" stiff or not.
Will post it, as soon as it's done( cannot promise when) but it will be completed, this fight I will win.


  1. LOL, I never pictured a spiral as the cure for viagra, but there you go, maybe my husband will appreciate my beading more! I've had so many projects go this way until I wanted to chuck it at the wall. Hang in there, the spiral is a great stitch once you get the hang of it (and you may create a new stitch in the process).

  2. Spirals can be really challenging! I've discovered that I never, ever, ever, cut my old thread until AFTER I've started a new thread. It's just asking for trouble and headaches.

  3. What a great story and thanks so much for all the chuckles you gave me. And by the way, Ruthie is absolutely right, NEVER cut your thread until after the new one is weaved in and in it's place, no matter what stitch you are using!
    Sandy of Sandy's Beaded Treasures

  4. Thanks for the chuckle! Hang in there. Once you get this (and you will), spirals will become one of your "go to" stitches. It can be so versatile!

  5. Very entertaining, can't wait to see the final results. Hang in there it will be worth it. My first spiral took me ages to do, but I was happy with the final results.

  6. You provide some greatly appreciated humor regarding projects gone awry! How fun our art can become. I love spirals and hope to learn some new ones soon. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Ha ha Debbie that's funny and more so as I have not a clue re beading etc. Good story and good luck with the project, looking forward to seeing the finished article. Hugs to you

  8. Thanks all for your great comments