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Sunday, June 5, 2022

Beaded Bargello Pendant

On this post: Still More Beading, I told you a little bit about this Bargello Pendant that I decided to take out of by bead project box and start working on. It is a three-bead brick stitch project, so it increases in size rather quickly. You start at the widest part, and it is about three and a half inches wide. 

Here is my progress so far:

It is from the August 1998 issue of Bead&Button magazine. Designed by Carole Collier and I believe it is in her book Three-Bead Brick Stitch: Necklace Expressions, Seven Fabulous Projects for Intermediate to Advanced Beaders.

Originally, I had all my beads, except the silver set up on my Bead Butler (not sure if you can find it anymore).  

I enlarged the chart on my computer and printed out the legend. I wrote letters on the legend next to the colors that match the letter I wrote on my tray. I also cut out the little color squares from the legend and put them in the bead slots. This only works for a project with 6 colors, this one has 7, so the other is off to the side on my bead mat.

I decided to experiment and got out my Bead Buddy Save 'n Go mini and a piece of Velux (from an old blanket). I used my Big Shot and a circle die to cut circles in the Velux fabric and then glued it to the inside of my Save 'n Go mini. I can now do a project with 12 colors!! So far, it works GREAT!! I can close it and the beads do not move around.  I do remove the legend before I close it to make sure I get a tight fit. Not sure that matters, but better safe than sorry. If you are not familiar with the Save 'n Go, it is made by The Bead Buddy and comes in different sizes. It is hinged with a squishy bead mat on both sides (lid and bottom), so when you close it all your project parts stay in place. 

That is if for now! Take care.

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