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  • Making designs in 3 bead gourd stitch

    Ok, there were quite a few folks asking about how to put patterns together in gourd stitch so I thought I would see what I could do to help folks get started. This thread will discuss making design for 3 bead drop gourd stitch. I am going to 'attempt' to explain how I determine what kind of patterns I can put on a piece based on what the total number of beads that are pulled off when starting this type of stitch. (i.e., if it is 54 beads around a piece then to start you would pull off 1/3, which is 18 beads. Now that 18 is divisible by 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 or 18 so you can make patterns based on those numbers and your designs will come out even around the piece)

    To start I am attaching an example of what line direction you can work in on 3 bead drop. Unlike 2 bead drop the lines coming out left and right are not at the same angle. the line to the left is at a much sharper angle than the one to the right. This is something to keep in mind about this particular style stitch.
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    PB49

    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

    "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


    My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

  • #2
    elements based on 1

    Now since our example was 18 beads around on each row and a pattern based on 1 is always a possible no matter how many around a piece is here is the next file with a few basic designs elements based on 1.
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    PB49

    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

    "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


    My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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    • #3
      I am so excited about this thread. Yea PowWowBum49.

      I still have a digital camera for you to use if you need it. Just PM me if you would like to borrow it.
      One vote wonder.

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      • #4
        Ok the example of 18 also is divisible by 2 so here are a few design elements based on that number.
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        PB49

        "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

        "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


        My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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        • #5
          elements based on 3

          Now the next number in the sequence of number that 18 is divisible by is 3 so here are a few elements for it.
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          PB49

          "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

          "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


          My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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          • #6
            Feathers!!!

            Some of you also ask about making feather designs on a piece so here are feathers running in each of the 3 different directions possible. Keep in mind these can be enlarged and elongated but that will change the base number that they can be used in.
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            PB49

            "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

            "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


            My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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            • #7
              More to come......

              Next I will try to show how to put these different elements together to form designs but that will be another night cause I just ain't got the time tonight.

              If you have questions feel free to ask or if you have things to add then just chime on in.

              Hope this helps!
              PB49

              "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

              "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


              My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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              • #8
                LOL. I've been writing the same thing up for my class. I was going to post my notes to the board but you beat me too it. And are doing ver nice job of it:)

                If any of you board gurus have any idea on how to handle the logisitics of putting it somewhere do download, I have a WORD 97 file that can be printed for gourd stitch graph paper. This is an original I drew with a graphics program, so it isn't as nice as some of the commerical products but it is free.

                What I find fascinating is the regional differences in the design elements.

                Sincerely,
                OLChemist

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                • #9
                  Thanks!

                  Thanks OLChemist I appreciate the cudo! Not sure how to post a downloadable file though I believe it can be done. What I am using to show these elements isn't a high dollar special program either, it is one of 3 files I made in MSPaint that is just plain graphpaper. Since it is in MSPaint I can use the tools there to color the bead areas and thus create the patterns on the puter and then just print them out or as in the case export it.

                  I have to agree about the regional differences and even more I notice personal styles that some beadworkers develop in gourd stitching and even their beadwork in general.
                  PB49

                  "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                  "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                  My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                  • #10
                    basic info

                    Now before I post combinations of design elements let me explain some of the ways that I do a piece. Often I will measure the area that I plan on beading and then mark the center of the area. I start my initial row there and then work out in one direction to the end. At that point I turn the piece around and repeat the design out in the other direction. Now I do not do this every time, sometimes I just start at one end and work to the other, it really depends on what I am beading.

                    I tend to work in design elements of several base units into the same piece (assuming the piece is long enough to do so). I also often use fading techniques through a particular color shade in areas, like fading from a yellow to a burgundy with from 4 - 15 color changes in that fade depending on the area I have to work with, before I start the next design elements. Using bold color changes at the same time I am changing design elements is something I prefer to do in my gourd stitch work. Sometimes I have a primary background color for the whole piece, but more often I use a different background colors for different design element areas. I also try to coordinate designs on a piece, like a gourd rattle or a southern singers leaning stick, so that the designs in different areas of the piece are not completely different form the rest, this gives some continuity to the finished work.
                    PB49

                    "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                    "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                    My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                    • #11
                      PWB49, sorry to inturpt your very informative lesson but I have a question and maybe you were going to cover this later but I was afraid I'd forget. My father was telling me about beading uneven items like a natural piece of wood or a chair spindle, instead of a dowl. for dance sticks and fan handles. He was telling me you have to drop a bead or add a bead so the bead work follows the shape of the wood.
                      I know I'm just learning how to do peyote stitch, and this sounds pretty advanced. How do you do this?????

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                      • #12
                        At the risk of interrupting and taking away from your nice work... I'm going to comment that you can generate lots of nice design elements just from those shapes you demonstrated.
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                        • #13
                          ASW

                          Your father is correct in that you sometimes do need to expand or contract your beadwork depending on what you are beading. I however am trying to address creating designs first and then later will discuss how design base numbers change during a piece when this expantion/contraction is needed and who to deal with that.

                          OLChemist

                          Thanks for adding those designs, that is exactly where I was going with the thread next. Below is an attachment that shows how you can combine elements to create a design. This design may, but probably will not, fill an entire piece but it can be incorporated as a part of the overall design. This design uses base 2 pattern through out.
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                          PB49

                          "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                          "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                          My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                          • #14
                            next

                            Here is another combination of elements to form a design. This one uses a base one design (the top and bottom royal row) and the rest are base 3 type designs.
                            Attached Files
                            PB49

                            "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                            "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                            My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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                            • #15
                              Now as OLChemist demonstrated you can take these different simple elements and expound on them to create more intricate and colorful designs. Here is another element that I sometimes incorporate into some of my works. I have showed how to create it in all 3 of the different directions of available in 3 bead drop.
                              Attached Files
                              PB49

                              "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up." Pablo Picasso

                              "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift...that is why is it called the Present." Master Oogway - KungFu Panda


                              My comments are based on what I have been taught and my experiences over the years I have been around the circle. They should in no way be taken as gospel truths and are merely my opinions or attempts at passing on what I have learned while still learning more.

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