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In the newest Color Study by Janice, she not only explores color but pushes her boundaries on patterning, transitioning and pre-planning. “This time I just started laddering and allowed the beads to speak to me.” Garden Path is the result of beading just for the joy of it. Rather than sticking with tried and true formulas, there are unexpected “mistakes," which added character and depth. Janice will be the first to tell you it was hard to stop with eight wraps..."I just wanted to keep going! And I discovered the design became much more interesting when I let go." And just like a winding garden path, each curve can bring undiscovered joy.

Click the VIDEO tab above to watch Kate and Janice on Facebook LIVE July 12, when they demonstrate step-by-step the design and construction from start to finish.

Links to Learning: *Please note that this is an older handout and is not to be followed exactly, but reviewing the techniques in it may be helpful.
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“What started out as a four wrap quickly morphed into eight because the materials just kept demanding my attention…they just told me to keep going! I can’t explain it any other way.

I really felt like I was walking down a garden path.”

With a 6-1/2 inch wrist, the total length of the sample is 55-1/2 inches including the button loop and measuring from the middle of the button. Remember to try it on as you bead. Since the wraps live on top of each other, it’s important to allow at least an extra inch or two for length; it’s not like doing a single or even a 4 wrap. You need length so the wraps can overlap.

And be sure to leave extra “air” when laddering the chain section. If you don’t, the chain will kink on you. “I made the common mistake of not leaving enough space before and after I laddered the chain. Since laddering is done on a straight line, it seemed fine BUT then the chain and leather curve to wrap and that’s where I could have left more space.”  ~janice

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