A mistake in beading is sometimes a new design-in-disguise. This necklace is an example of just that. I was busy following a pattern that I’d used before and watching TV at the same time. I figured I could do both — multi-tasking and all that don’tcha know.
Didn’t happen. By the time I took a good look at my work I realized I’d left the original design behind somewhere between the discovery of the body and the ensuing car chase. And like the movie detective I was now heading off in another direction. It was one of those argh moments, when you realize you’re gonna have to tear it out and start over. (My beady friend Linda calls this the Frog Stitch … you know, rip it, rip it.)
But then I took a closer look at what was emerging and decided I liked it just as well as the original. So that’s how this piece came to be.
Looking at the pattern laid out by the cubes reminded me of a stylized butterfly so it seemed to name itself — Butterflies in the Grass.