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Friday, July 12, 2013

week 28 -Pattern

Focus on life -  Week 28- "Pretty" Patterns

Pattern....  The first thing that comes to my mind when you mention that word is sewing pattern... I haven't sewn anything from a pattern for years... but  I still have some...  The ones I used as a background  for my chainmaille were my mothers ... You can tell by the prices on them how old they are, and they probably aren't particularly pretty.. but the product could be!  The retro one is actually  mine, I've never made it as it takes miles of material!

The necklace covering the top two patterns was bought in Eastern Europe in the 70's, it was a gift from my mother... I was in total awe about how it was made... I took a chainmaille class in 2003 at Series in Red Deer and learned how to do the Byzantine Pattern/weave and discovered that it isn't actually as mind boggling as it looks.

I like Byzantine also know as Idiot's Delight because each unit is a stand alone piece that doesn't flop you can add big links into the middle ... the end... put links between a unit... it's entirely versatile

The bracelets were all made by me and show what a difference gage makes in the final product.  ( I made the glass rings in the middle bracelet)  The necklace with the Carnelian was made for the first bead soup ... It has triangular byzantine elements...

To see how other people interpreted 'pretty pattern'

13 comments:

Patty Woodland said...

You are so clever...pretty bracelets

Sally Russick said...

Lynne, the patterns in the jewelry are great but those vintage sewing patterns are fantastic!!

I hooked up through your site this week! Very cool!

Diana Taylor said...

I love those vintage patterns and they make cool backgrounds for your work.

Alice said...

Eventhough I never learned to sew I love seeing these vintage patterns. And your chainmaille is amazing!

Shel said...

Your chainmaille is fabulous,(love the variations!) but oh, those old Butterick patterns - wow! My step-mom used to have tons of these. Fantastic take on patterns.

Marlene Cupo said...

Oh what a great glimpse of memories gone by. I bet I still have some of those old patterns around here.

Paula, Chief Bead Officer said...

Lynne - love those old patterns. Every time I am in Joanne Fabrics, I am tempted to find a pattern and make something. And then I look at the line of people waiting for the cloth to be cut and change my mind! Your chainmaille is incredible. Love the one on the left-hand side of the trio. Fantastic!

Adrienne said...

What a cool way to present your jewelry! Funny some of those patterns are back in style now!

Designed by Vera said...

Wow, I remember some of those patterns....and to think they are coming back....love the jewelry...thanks for sharing with us...

Vera

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kath001 said...

I tried my very first chainmaille recently. Very, VERY beginner ones for me. Yours are gorgeous.

Claire said...

you can tell i'm not a sew-er, I never thought of a sewing pattern!! simply beautiful bracelets :)

A Polymer Penchant said...

For me it's that particular shade of beige that paper patterns are, I can't see that colour without thinking of them. My mum is a sewer. There sure is a special charm to the graphics on paper patterns. I don't thing I have the patience for chainmaille, but I enjoy your pretty results

Beti Horvath said...

Pretty patterns on pretty patterns!