Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Lacey Beginnings

I've got a start on the beaded lace curtain. This is being done in white tencel---very slippery but with a lovely sheen. It's much prettier than it appears in the photo.

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The 4mm beads are clear with a finish that looks like a soap bubble. I think they will look lovely in a sunny window.

Over the past few days I have found a little time to work in each of my current areas of interest. I've been knitting (2 different projects), combing wool, spinning and weaving. Life is JOYful!

11 comments:

Leisel said...

"It's much prettier than it appears in the photo."

Wow... that's quite a feat, as my first reaction when seeing the picture was exclaiming how pretty it was.

vanessa said...

can't wait to see it fnished in the window!

angharad said...

It's very pretty, I love the pattern.

dragon knitter said...

the soap-bubble coloration is called iridescent or opalescent. either way it's gorgeous! and so is that curtain. i'm suitably awed, once again.
*bows & scrapes*

we are not worthy!
we are not worthy!

JoeyJoJo said...

Wow Marlene. You're on fire. Great stuff.
XX

CarolineF said...

That is lovely! Are you designing it yourself? How big will it be??

Marlene said...

Not completely, Caroline. I am modifying Sivia Harding's Diamond Fantasy Shawl pattern to become a lace curtain/valance for my small bathroom window. The window has frosted glass so privacy is not an issue, but the window needs dressing up.

What I have in mind is three "scallops", or one central scallop with a swag on either side, none of which will be the full length of the window. As you can see, I haven't got all the details worked out yet. I will deal with the specifics as I come to them. Stay tuned!

Mary said...

Your 'curtain' is lovely! I'd like to ask you about the beading. I'll be starting the DFS in Knitpicks Shine Sport, which is cotton/modal. I'd also like to use some beads. Here's my question: is it easy to figure out when/where to place the beads? I'm hoping to put them on the points.

Mary

Janet said...

What a great idea! I'm just finishing up my FDS (I-cord left to do) and I can really see the pattern as a pretty curtain.

Marlene said...

If you only want them on the points, Mary, slip one on at the beginning of the row before you do the "bind off 5 stitches". Don't knit the beaded stitch, just slip it and continue as you normally would with a bind off.

For the center point I found putting a bead on the center stitch of the 3 cast on stitches works well.

Maggie Ann said...

That is just beautiful! You keep coming up with the most special projects. and...Happy Easter to you and yours Marlene!