Last week I came to work with everything I needed to start a button bracelet during my lunch time. Or so I thought. I got everything out to start and realized I had forgotten the buttons! When I started bemoaning the fact I couldn't start my project my husband started looking around my office and I asked him what he was
looking for. "Washers" he replied.
Washers - why not?
Lizbeth black in size 20, silver beads, and 7/16" washers
I decided to use washers so I could start the bracelet instead of waiting. I think they look pretty good in this bracelet.
I was re-making this bracelet to write up and diagram the pattern. Using washers instead of 2-hole buttons changes the look as the rings are more spread out on the washers than they are on the buttons. The beads also change the look a bit. I'm thinking that the long chains need to be shorted to be the same length as the other chains if washers (or something other that 2-hole buttons) are used. I'm not well pleased with my closure method, where a washer fits through a ring, so I need to come up with something else.
I wonder how well washers take paint? They would be easy to come by and then could be painted to color coordinate with different threads and beads.
I had meant to have the pattern ready for today, but it isn't quite. Almost. This bracelet was supposed to be the picture used in the pattern, but the pattern is diagrammed for a 2-hole button. I guess I'll just have to make another bracelet.
Today for Tatting Tea Tuesday I'm drinking TAZO Zen Green Tea out of a mug with snowflakes on it. No, we don't have snow today (at least not yet - the temperature is 70º F) but I like the shape. The chance of real snowflakes outside? It's supposed to get colder tonight, with a chance of snow in some places not too far away. Whether we get any or not - we'll see.
"Don't dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward toward finding the answer."
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