Using Charts to Bead

I was showing my cousin Karen, Greek goddess of cheerfulness, appreciating good humor and beading, my beaded version of two of the fall designs. She suggested that I frame them. So I sewed them onto white silk, painted some raw pine frames black and framed them. Conversion from DMC to Delica beads is on the website, fronyritterdesigns.com.

Snowflakes at midnight

No snowflake is exactly alike. The pile of snowflakes at the bottom of this picture proves it again.  While remembering the magic of snow silently falling in the middle of the night, I experimented with various colors, sparkly threads and beads until it felt just right.  I then stitched it small to make a necklace and then made the pattern using all Delica beads.  This chart is now available through your favorite cross stitch store now.

Easter Egg Stitching

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Here is the evolution of the latest design from Frony Ritter Designs.

1. I was wandering the earth seeking chocolate.  I found this metal egg filled with a chocolate in a candy store a few years ago. I was so enchanted by the design on the outside I bought it and even forgot about the chocolate in it for several years.  When I opened it there was a powdery, white ball inside that was once delicious chocolate.

2. In the meantime I daydreamed about the egg and it morphed into a totally different design in my head.  During a boring lecture I sketched it. I realize it looks nothing like the original.  This is what imagination can do to memory. It is also the phenomenon behind “fish stories.”

3. I then stitched it using lots of pinks and blues.

4. I liked it enough to put it on the computer and changed it several times.

5. Since for many Easter is about the resurrection of Christ, I stretched out the flower so it could also be seen as a cross.  What you see is all in how you want to look at it.  (True of life too.)

6. Snack break.

7. I had been seeing a lot of cool sunsets lately, and wanted to steal some of those colors for this design. So I used Riviera coral Aida from Wichelt and peaches and corals for floss.

8. I also wanted to stitch it on perforated paper. I used the same colors but the background made it look totally different.

9. I used the last two stitched pieces for the chart, one version totally stitched and one using stitching and beads.

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So here is the new egg with last year’s eggs, ready to decorate a springtime tree.

Bead Entropy

Here is an example of the second law of thermodynamics in the variety related to entropy as the dispersion of matter (not energy) as it relates to beads.

Strangely, Salvador Dali snuck in on the last devolution, which means that when you don’t know what makes logical sense next, stick a fish or wilted clock in and call it surrealism. No disrespect intended to Dali. My dreams imitate his art every night. Well, so much for my “dalliance” with understanding how art and entropy work.

Bead Euphoria

A lifelong interest in glass seed beads has turned into a bit of an obsession recently. It all began at a craft store in San Jose in October where my senses were pleasantly assaulted by two end caps full of Delica Beads. I stood admiring the colors and trying to figure out how to disable my husband’s watch and sense of time so we could avoid the inevitable pacing and famished looks he puts on after several hours of waiting in art or craft stores. I purchased a tiny fraction of what I longed for. I immediately began to imagine all the cool things that I could make with them as I salivated like a Pavlovian dog at a bell choir concert.

Even at my favorite Berkeley art store, where I find all sorts of fascinating items, I still daydreamed about my stash of beads. I was a little distracted by a man in the store dressed in chainmail and a shield affixed to his backpack, which is quite reasonable since you never know when an artist will go crazy and stab you with the 10/0 nib of a Koh-i-noor pen while shopping in an art store. While I was examining some of his Celtic jewelry he decided the appropriate response to my close proximity was to start a conversation which resulted in the acquisition of my all time favorite business card. Among other marketable skills, he cites rescuing maidens and ravaging chocolates.

Even during a concert with my favorite band, the beads I had stared at for hours were coruscating at the edge of my consciousness. (Coruscate means to sparkle or flash. I am trying to make good use of all the words of the day I learned from the time my first child was an embryo until the last SAT was taken. Now they get revenge by giving me words of the day in Sanskrit, Middle English or computer geekese.)

The next day was torture as I and my beads were separated due to taking a continuing education class in San Francisco for my profession. The speaker sounded like an adult in a Charlie Brown Special, while I was scheming how to get more beads. Bursting out of the class like a kid on the last day of school, I rerouted the trip back home to return to the magical bead store to get more beads.

Here are some of the results, using my new beads and charts I have released. On my website you can get the conversion from DMC floss to beads. The barrette is a chart on my business card which is not as interesting as chainmail man’s card, but you can make something from it.