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« on: May 12, 2005 11:44:47 PM »

I've been working on this project off and on for ages - as a present for my mom... finallly finished it in time for Mother's Day, now I get to share it with you guys.  It's all beads and thread, woven together in peyote stitch using instructions from a book by Dark Hare Beadwork.





Thanks for all the kind compliments guys - here are some answers to questions that popped up...

The book is called "Little Boxes" - it's available here: http://www.beadcave.com/julia/littleboxes/index.html  You can buy a pdf version for $25US and it includes patterns and instructions for different box types (triangular, 4 sided, 5 sided, etc).

Also - it's possible to make much smaller boxes that require much less time - so anyone who is thinking of trying the project, go for it - it doesn't have to be the mega project I made mine into!

My mom was wow'ed, I think.  She's seen my other beadwork projects (which tend to be large and very time involved) so she knows it's typical for me.  Mostly I think she marveled at how small and uniform the beads were (I used delicas).

Theres no frame under the beads - it's just beads and thread.  The tension holds it all together.  Each half was made as one piece.  The bead on top - it stands up just through tension and several passes with the thread. 

(Thanks for setting me straight on the stitch name, didn't realize there was badness associated with what I called it.)

As a beginner project - if you've done gourd stitch before, then you can figure this out (with the instructions) for sure.  I'd suggest getting pretty familiar with gourd stitch first though.  Wink   

I think the only thing that keeps me going on large projects like this is NOT knowing how many hours I've put in!!   I started this easily a year ago, got interrupted by grad school and finally finished in May... easily hundreds of hours (usually in front of the tv).

In a way it does require patience, but I really enjoy it and it gives me something to do with my hands while I watch movies or tv.
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2005 12:22:02 AM »

That is beautiful. I can't imagine the kind of patience that must go into something like that. Lovely work.
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« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2005 12:22:54 AM »

amazing!
you have way too much patience/skill!
Can I borrow some!
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« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2005 09:10:00 AM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2005 10:38:29 AM »

That's great. I can't imagine having the patience to do something like that. I want everything done yesterday.  Wink
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« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2005 01:40:34 PM »

Beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

What book? Is there a pattern available, I've never done one!!!!!!!!! Anything for a begginer?
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2005 02:26:17 PM »

What is the book titled? I love the peyote stitch, and would love to try the box. -crosses fingers and hopes I can make time somehow-  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2005 02:34:55 PM »

OH MY STARS that is utterly beautiful.  Your mom must've been WOWED.
My masochistic side is curious how many hours that took you to complete.
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2005 02:48:01 PM »

Fantastico!

                I add my voice to the requests for the book title....  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2005 05:33:45 PM »

it's really beautiful!  i love the star on top.  is it all made in one piece?  how did you get the bead on top to stand straight up?  i love beaded vessels and containers, yours is fantastic. what did your mother say?  *bursting with questions* Smiley

also, probably you have heard before, but this stitch is more respectfully reffered to as gourd stitch...
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