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Chaos Theory

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

I hardly know what to call this technique - I don't think it has a name, but if it did - I'm sure the word "Random" would be in there somewhere.

I read a book once on quilting that told you to toss out everything you knew about patterns and design, and to just start in the middle and pick fabric you love, and work your way out from the centre. That's sort of what this bracelet is about. And with beads this pretty - really - how could I go wrong?

And note - some of them are seedbeads. Size 6/0s, but seedbeads nevertheless - so if you have seedbead-aphobia - this is a good way to conquer it!

I started with something very like a peyote stitch - but as I kept having to put the project down and pick it back up - I soon lost any semblance of pattern, and just gave up and added beads at random from a bead soup I made. Bead Soup - that's a blend of somewhat coordinated beads - or not - that you can use as a base for inspiration and design.

I started by stringing seedbeads, in no particular order, in a straight line - the entire length of the bracelet. This is different from most bead weaving projects that have you start at one end and work your way across the piece and back, making it longer as you go. I started with the length, and built up the width. Was I wrong to do it this way? Well - if the bead police come after me, you'll be the first to hear.

I then worked my way back, adding a bead between each bead - a la peyote stitch. (see virtually every book and magazine on beading ever published).

But, as I said, after a row or two of this, I lost my place, got bored, wanted to add beads faster. Soon, I was just making it up - adding 3 or 4 beads at a time, threading them into where ever they seemed to fit. I think the end result is rather pretty and lacey and a lovely splash of colour, don't you? I particularly like the way it started to twist and form a spiral.

And very stress free - no way to mess this up!

Add a soldered closed jumpring at each end - so the thread won't pull out, and attach a clasp of your choice. And there you have it! Random Order!

Oh - and by the way - I did about 5 or 6 passes back and forth from end to end, but no reason to stop there. I have more beads. I may go back and add more!

          
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