I'm trying to figure out how to make those beautiful, smooth flowing ruffles on my inspiration dress for the Haute Couture Beading contest.
So yesterday, I tried an experiment.
The majority of the piece must be seed beads so I wanted to try to create a beaded fabric from seed beads that I could then "ruffle".
First, I drafted a test pattern...
I'd never used a bead loom before but I thought it might give me a smooth "fabric" I could then ruffle.
The only loom I had was one of those inexpensive ones you get from the craft store. Jim helped to adjust it for use with 15 degree seed beads by using clamps to push the springs together so the spacing of the warp threads would be closer together.
I then loomed beads in my pattern. I was trying out different beads...opaque, matte, opalescent, etc. I left a space at the top thinking I could just pull the warp threads to make the ruffle.
When I got finished my sample piece and pulled the threads...
It wasn't quite what I was looking for...but it was a good test sample.
Next time, the "space" doesn't need to be so deep. And the length in between the spaces can be longer.
Today I'm going to try a bead weaving technique and see if that would be better.
On to Test #2...