This elusive Dragon is a complete understatement to be sure. Dragon Bangle was published in the Feb/Mar issue of Beadwork. First let me tell you I LOVE the look of this bracelet. I love the feel of the beads and the funkiness of it. I really love the colors I finally choose. I totally and completely HATED making it. The problem with making this bracelet was all on the beader NOT the designer. Nancy's pattern was easy to follow and her instructions very clear for a magazine published pattern. Her design concept is awesome for those of us who like a little funk in their jewelry. This is one of those that someone sees and says "WOW that is interesting, I think I like it"
This beader is the total problem with this review. I have mentioned before that I have tension issues. I have remade this 4 times. I was not real proficient in brick stitch before I attempted this and should have known a bit more. First I was frustrated with getting the first few rows to stay stable and continued with that tension through the first 12 rows of the piece. I had chosen a purple size 8 seed thinking it would work HOWEVER they were not uniform and that makes such a difference so I ripped it out. I didn't have another purple that I liked so I attempted to make it with size 11's but they made the piece too loose for my liking (which she did mention you could try and that it would be a bit looser) so again I ripped it out. I finally bit the bullet so to speak and purchased the perfect toho size 8's at Bello Modo and began again. I attempted a looser tension but as I got about half way through I realized the threads were showing and I really can't stand that. Okay so obviously I had to put it down for a bit and work on a few other projects to make sure when I picked it up again I would have a fresh out look because let me tell you we had quite a few arguments with each other and it was not pretty at all!
Fresh outlook, medium tension, perfect beads I am ready to start it again. I went along beautifully and I finally was enjoying the beads and pattern. Time to zip it up...Wow that was great. Here is my Sea Dragon....
It feels awesome. It is not hard like you think it would be and well I would love to tell you how it wears but you still see the thread don't you. Well once again the beader *&%$ed it up! I am 13 beads short. Yes this little dragon is just that little and I am out of beads and frankly I am not seeing any possibility in the near future of getting any more of these magatama drops any time soon. What a bummer!
So what do I think of Nancy's design. Well first I still LOVE it! That is what sucks about not being able to wear it. I do not think a beginner should try it before having done brick stitch before but I do recommend it. Her instructions are clear her design is unique and I would love to see more of her! So Thank you Nancy but this dragon is eluding this beader I wish I could have done your pattern better.
Hugs and Blessings
PS I have had 2 field trips this week so I hope to catch up with you all tomorrow. I hope you are all having a good week so far.