Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy new year 2009 my friends!

A trial to crochet a bead ( a 1.00 mm hook and 8 vog cotton thread) only that mistakenly I used single crochet instead of slip stitch. It was really hard and I wonder if it should be done this way.
I used Andrea Hoffstadt's instructions from this link or this one, and the pattern from here.
I need to try again with slip stitch only, but is it normal to be so hard to crochet?
Thank you Malie for all your tremendous help, the links, pictures and all your good willing to help me. I really appreciate that.

My friends and readers, may you have a wonderful and happy new year 2009!

Love,
Judith

10 comments:

squash said...

This is a very nice bead! I have no experience regarding crocheted beads so I can't answer your question. Happy new year!

BeadKnitter said...

Oh cool!

Perhaps you should try using a thinner thread? Like maybe top stitch thread, or beading thread?

I want to try this. Thanks for sharing the links to the instructions.

Ági mama said...

Happy neww year!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy new year, Judith!

Your first crocheted bead is well done! Generally you must use single crochet stitch and NOT slip stitch. The result is depending on many factors, such as type of beads, thread, size of needle. For my very first crocheted bead I used cheep no-name beads, it it came out well. The next attempt, with 11/0 TOHOS, did not work. I would always prefer tzech beads, they are rounder and fit more snugly against each other.
So don't give up - the more experience you have, the better and faster you will complete these beads. I know German beaders who use beads size 15/0 and even smaller! But the results are outrageous.
Kind regads
Tibouchine

Anonymous said...

Happy new year, Judith!

Your first crocheted bead is well done! Generally you must use single crochet stitch and NOT slip stitch. The result is depending on many factors, such as type of beads, thread, size of needle. For my very first crocheted bead I used cheep no-name beads, it it came out well. The next attempt, with 11/0 TOHOS, did not work. I would always prefer tzech beads, they are rounder and fit more snugly against each other.
So don't give up - the more experience you have, the better and faster you will complete these beads. I know German beaders who use beads size 15/0 and even smaller! But the results are outrageous.
Kind regads
Tibouchine

framboise said...

Bravo pour cette jolie perle perlée ! moi j'ai tenté l'aventure et je n'ai pas réussi !

judith27k said...

Thank you girls!

Tibouchine, thanks for your comment and encouragement :-) Regarding the single crochet via slip stitch, I think both can be used. We had a discussion related to this in our Israeli forum and the conclusion was that there are 2 types of rope spirals. One is done with single crochet and one with slip stitch. If you want me to send you links with the different tutorials, I would do that with pleasure. Just let me know. So I guess the same is relevant for crocheted beaded beads, only that with slip stitch the thread is less prevalent. If you see Andrea's instructions, she also writes there to use slip stitch, so I assume it's a matter of preference.
Anyway, you are right that practice will make it easier ( at least I hope).
Regarding the 15/0 crocheted beaded beads, this is really increadible and when you told me that, I went to check my beadwork "bible", " The Art Of Beadwork" by Valerie Hector, p.122 and I saw exactly what you were talking about. For more than a year I couldn't understand what it is and now I can't understand how they did it. Indeed outrageous. Wish to see it in real life.

Kind regards to you too!

Framboise, it took me 5 times to start and restart this bead, with different thread, different hook and so on. I almost gave up, till two friends gave me a tip to begin, because for me that was the most difficult part. Here it is:
You make 5 chains that you close to a circle. You then crochet into the hole that is formed out of this circle; 5 single crochet stitches in which you drop a bead in each time. This way you have done your first row. It requires a lot of patience to begin with. If one day I feel I have overcame it properly, I'll try to make a tuto. Hope it helps.

Judith

khahina said...

Happy new year.
lot of inspirations and lot of creations .

Khahina

Anonymous said...

Dear Judith,
I love your crocheted bead even though you did it with a single crochet stitch.
I love all your works and wonderful creations and admire you for your ideas and consistency of purpose.
May this new year bring you lots of fun and inspiration.
Malie

Anonymous said...

Judith, I just checked my papers, as I also have Andrea's instructions. Only the first row is slip stitch. then she continues with single crochet (in German "feste Maschen"). The slip stitch in German is called "Kettmaschen".
But I must say that I never tried beaded beads with slip stitch. Perhaps I should do that!?
Kind regards
Tibouchine