In my last post, I talked about my endeavors with thread crochet and wedding presents. But like I said then, thread crochet is not something I do a lot of. I like projects with a little more instant gratification- something that doesn't involve quite as much time and work for so small an end product.
But not only do I like instant gratification, I also seem to have a
short attention span in my hobbies. I have one granny square afghan
that took years for me to finish. I'd work on a few squares, then get
bored with doing the same thing repeatedly and set it aside for a few
months, then come back to it until I got bored again. I also have a
problem I think I share with many crafters: I see something someone else
has made, and think, "I could do that!" And soon I'm browsing the
aisles of local craft stores to see what supplies I don't yet have for
my newest hobby. And often it only takes a few attempts to realize
that while yes, I could do that, it isn't as easy as it looks!
so while browsing Etsy I would happen on beaded bracelets that said
they were crocheted. And you know what went through my head. A
few trips to craft stores for beads and few YouTube videos later, I was
ready to start! It's crochet, after all, and I know I can do that! As usual, I found out that I may need a bit more
practice before my attempts rival anything I'd seen for sale by these
incorporate beads into crochet, you have to string the beads onto the
thread before starting to crochet. This means knowing not
only how many beads you'll need, but also what order they need to be in
if you're using more than one color or type of bead so that they create the desired pattern. It also means
having a needle whose eye is thin enough to go through the holes in the
beads and still thick enough to get your thread through! Once the beads
are threaded, you pull each bead up in turn and essentially crochet
around the bead to include it at the stitch you'd like.
first attempt at a fully beaded bracelet was a complete failure. The
beads would tend to crowd each other and not lay flat, but when I added
stitches between them they were too far apart. It didn't take long
before I realized that maybe I should start with something simpler. So I
went for a simple zigzag pattern with beads interspersed at the bends.
And I came out with something fairly nice- a decent first attempt. But
I still wanted to try something with more beads. In this case, my
knowledge of crochet and experience creating my own patterns was definitely helpful. I designed a pattern that had 3 columns of beads that would, due to the tendency of crochet, spiral around each other. I also decided to stick with one type and color of bead, to simplify things. It was sometimes difficult working in such a small circle, but once I got the rhythm it wasn't too hard.
Connecting the ends was significantly more difficult. It took a few
attempts to actually connect them so that it wasn't obvious where to
connection had been made. But the finished bracelet soon became one of
my favorite pieces. It was soft and flexible, but had the bit of
sparkle from the beads. All in all, I was pleased.
I still haven't attempted the fully beaded bracelet, where none of the thread is visible.
Maybe one of these days I'll tire of my current latest endeavor and
have another attempt. Or maybe just I'll leave that to the experts.
After all, I'm realizing that sometimes you maybe could
make something, but it might be worth spending the money on that
gorgeous one that caught your eye because someone else has the expertise
to make it and make it well, and supporting another
crafter-entrepreneur at the same time!