ACRAW – augmented CRAW

My first success at ACRAW

So I have been working a project that I have been wanting to do for ages now and am super excited about it after having made it work after five attempts. Yes that is right five, sometimes it takes several failures to get to where you are going.

The Fibonacci sequence

Beading is all about angles, space and counting. Which can some times make a project tricky to pull off or down right impossible with out a new technique, so it is a good thing I am tenacious because pulling off a fibonacci sequence project has been tough. Of course I could have started part way through the sequence and made it work with just the usual CRAW stitch but it kind of f***ed with my beading ocd.

The main problem was that starting with the very first cube, was that to do it with just CRAW was that at least one side of each cube would be sharing a side with the next and it would look wrong. And then I thought I could add in a joining row but soon realised before attempting it that such an addition would throw out the whole project because it would be mathematically inaccurate. So it was going to require an argument CRAW stitch.

My first two attempts at an augmented CRAW stitch failed, being way to clunky and confusing to follow. I also figured out that I would need to use OO thread in the third attempt or it would very quickly become too stiff to work. And then having figured out the right combination I got so carried away I forgot the squares were meant to spiral around. So far my fifth attempt has stayed in the realms of 2d but I am confident that the 3d version will work out smoothly.

Now how I managed the Augmented CRAW stitch technique. First I did one CRAW stitch and then added a bead into each of the corners, I did this in silver to make it easy to distinguish the CRAW stitch from the silver fill in beads. Then I dew my thread through one of the CRAW stitch beads and added a bead and went back through the CRAW bead. Then I went around the face until all four beads had a double on top, and then pulled them together with a loop and turned into the next CRAW stitch.

I won’t lie it is a very slow process, that eats up a tone of thread. In less that 3″ squared I have used nine meters of thread.

Published by Louise

Hey there, most people call me Lou and I am a passionate dreamer and creator of funky beaded creations. I dream of having my creations featured in galleries and am working to make that dream a reality. When I am not working or creating I am spending time with family and friends, reading or watching movies.

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