Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Testing My Designing Limits

A friend suggested I make a bracelet more representative of the Zimbabwe flag than my stylized version. Mmm, not easy in beaded crochet that is worked in the round and spirals. But I said I'd give it a go. I pondered, worked out mentally what to do. Then I doodled on graph paper:

I crocheted a small sample:

The take away from that was that I needed to adjust the stripes so that the black stripe came at the tip of the triangle. Back to the drawing board.

I then made a prototype bracelet, making changes as I went. On the first repeat, the symbol was too close to the end, so I moved it on the second. I also tried using blue to separate the green stripes, to represent sky. That wasn't a good idea, it's not definite enough, so I went back to black for the third repeat:

So step by step came to the final bracelet:

Of course it's still pretty stylized, with a few yellow and red beads to represent the symbol. But it does have a triangle and straight stripes!


  1. You have my admiration. I don't think I would have the patience for this but its beautiful all the same.

  2. Designing certainly is a process! I think your bracelet is very pretty. I'm not sure I'd have the patience to work out the details for this one!

  3. Your design looks really good! 👍👍👍 And yet your earlier stylised versions are just as recognisable as truly beautiful 💗💕

  4. Nice beadwork! Good luck!
    Have you ever used this site to finf and to make patterns?

  5. Thanks very much, I’ll follow that up.

  6. I think you did a great job, wonderful bracelet