“Eddies”

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Walnut, acrylic ink, about 14.5″ in diameter

Couple of firsts with this piece for me.  Instead of creating a grid pattern, as will all of my previous pieces, I used what bead weavers call a “two drop peyote” pattern where the “beads” shift 50% every two rows.  This is very visible in the closeup.  The use of “two drop peyote” and “three drop peyote” allows for more circular shapes compared to a straight grid pattern or an “even peyote” pattern, where the “beads” shift every row, like bricks.

The other first for me here was that I created this pattern by adapting an actual bead weaving pattern created by someone else rather than creating the pattern on my own. The pattern came from a free Italian bead weaver who sadly no longer appears to be active.