Oh those Czech-Mates!
What happens when you stagger Czech mate duos and some 8/0 round beads (not so many of them)? Well, it’s like doing a puzzle.
Weaving with two hole beads is very different from weaving with one hole beads, as you know. I just love the way these oddly shaped duos kind of hug one another. By staggering them with 8/0 round beads you create a brick like fabric which allows the duos to “spoon” one another.
I started with (see bottom of below picture) a row of size 8/0 seed beads followed by a staggered row of 8/0s a duos. I then wove just the staggered duos fro a while (the weft thread goes through the top hole of one duo and the bottom hole of its new neighbor. The next row is the opposite. Then I threw in some size 8/0 round both staggered with the duos and in a row by themselves, just for fun.
Then the usual: attach to leather cuff with glue. Back with ultra-suede. Sew the two together. This could be worn by a woman or a man. I didn’t even have to embellish the sides although I was careful to make small, neat stitches when sewing the bead work and the ultra-suede together.
Finished piece! So easy and yet rather elegant, don’t you think! We will be carrying the duos and other Czech mates on our website. Will do some pretty mixes including all the duos in this piece.