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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

And Another Star

I spent yesterday morning working on the stars to represent the Australian flag in the quilt project at Newlands. The basic pattern is to make a circle of beads with an appropriate number of bead repeats in it. Then fold in the sides of each point to form two sides of a triangle. The Commonwealth Star in the Australian flag has seven points: one for each State and one to represent the Territories. To make it a bit more substantial and stable, I added seven rays of beads gathered in the middle. The fascinating shadow is just a bonus this morning. It's the third day in a row of temperatures in the high thirties and I have already shut down the house to keep out the hot wind--all except for my East-facing kitchen window.

2 comments:

Knitspingirl said...

Cute stars!
Did you thread them onto wire or bead thread? I've done something similar (taught by the lovely Miss V) using bead thread, but they're floppy ... I think V uses floor polish to stiffen them?

Textile Tragic said...

They're done on wire--two thicknesses of my finest bead wire in this case. One strand only was too floppy and the thicker bead wire wouldn't fit through the beads:)