Friday, January 4, 2013

The Ninth Challenge

I'm making a beaded shuttle bag. The pattern is Marie Smith's, but it can be found on Frivole's blog. I've worked with beads before, of course, but not quite like this. It took me over an hour to prepare the shuttles according to Marie's instructions.

The yellow shuttle is a Starlit shuttle that Jess kindly sent me. It's not strictly necessary for this project, though I'm thinking I could put all the beads onto one shuttle and less thread on the second one. I'm also thinking of making the bag in a size 10 thread, when the Starlit will be ideal.

Tatting the bag is quite slow going, but the result is very effective. A bead is put at the back of the hand for each ring and it stops the ring from closing completely. I think it looks like scales.


  1. That bag is on my to-do list. I just love it! The Starlit shuttles are also great for skeins of hand-dyed thread... a shuttle holds a full skein, and I can wind half of it back onto another Starlit shuttle for CTM... fewer ends to hide!

    1. Good idea. At the moment I feel a bit clumsy with it, but I guess I will get used to it.

  2. It's looking great Jane! I love those beaded bags. Such an interesting texture.

  3. It sure does!

    The stringing part drives me bonkers - can take hours- literally!

    This is a lovely challenge.

  4. Oh- forgot- I find tha a diagram of the placements, especial if more than one colour bead is to be used is most helpful.

  5. Hmmm, more than one colour bead? Now there's a challenge.