I loved the cloth I made when I wove OV69 from Helene Bress’ The Coverlet Book. It had that beauty that anything with a strong red and blue coloring has. It was overshot and I love overshot. I took the pieces of it and hemmed them but that was the end of it and they were put away.
Needless to say, I have been in a beaded edge mood of late and it is a great task to do in the evening. So out came the beads and a piece of OV69 and I designed my own edge for it with two different beads. They are very close in color, one more blue and one more silver, but still so close, but really different in shape and size. One being a very typical rounded bead with hole in center but the other were much smaller and cylindrical in shape.
Beaded edging added to OV69
It came out pretty good in my book though the funny bit was that the first end that I did came out nigh unto perfect. Something to be really proud of. Alas the second end that I attacked came out a bit more wompous. Hmmm…. Not strongly ugly and maybe I am the only one that will really see all that should be better in it but…
Closeup of beading
It seems like a sad day to write such a title but even as we remember 150 years ago and the Battle of Gettysburg beginning today, I have finally finished my miniature Lee’s Surrender. Here is original post. And no I don’t think we really know where this pattern received its name.
Miniature of Lee’s Surrender with beaded edges
I bought some beautiful variegated beads from Pat Powell Designs that matched this variegated thread almost perfectly. I then set about deciding what pattern to use.
The second beaded edge that is so much better
I decided to do this row of beads I saw as a base and then do the netted beads on that. It took me a bit to get a good hang of how to attach the beads but finally got it almost perfect on the second end. Having the row of beads on made it easy to get a perfect spacing for the netted beads. There are three beads between each point of the netting.
It surprised me how green the green beads look in all the pictures. They are not so eye catching in reality.
I am pretty happy with the piece and happy its edges finally got hemmed and fancified. I am loving adding beads to the edges of handwoven, just wish it was a bit quicker to do. But I found it a good excuse to just sit and watch Midsomer Murder as opposed to up and at it.