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.


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:)