I think beading is more prolific than knitting. There are more options of things you can do with beads, and the projects are a lot faster to complete (in some cases) than knitting. Plus, bead designs are available everywhere – you are more likely to see people wearing jewelry than a knitted item.
It could become a daunting task to try to come up with new designs. Or maybe not? There are soooo many different types of beads and new bead types being produced that it may be easier to come up with combinations and patterns that are unique.
On the other hand, knitters may come up with new knitting stitches or yarn / stitch combinations more than noticed or publicized.
It is a fascinating world to be creative with so many choices.
So the really cool thing is that I’ve come up with some ideas and looked online to see how other people have done them…and I can’t find anything! That is so exciting because it tells me that I am on to something new and different.
The first time this happened, I was making a necklace to wear to the opera in Milan. (I know, how lucky am I?!) I bought a fabulous dress and knew that I wanted to wear a necklace that was totally unique and made specifically for it. I had read about creating large beads from small ones – a fairly common idea – but then I decided to hang them from the necklace like little pendants. I could not find any advice on how to do that. What fun! Like recipes, patterns are usually just recommendations, so this was actually perfect. I could do what I wanted to make it work.
While planning the jewelry to take on my trip, I realized I had many necklaces but very few earrings. So I decided to take the major components of the different necklaces and make one pair of earrings that would go with them all. Call it funky, definitely call it unique. This is what I ended up with – and love! because I don’t think anyone else would ever put this combination together!
Now, I’m playing with the herringbone stitch, which is a simple stitch but looks terribly advanced! For some reason, I enjoy doing the tubular rather than the flat stitch. I think it’s more interesting to watch the product develop as a tube. This is a fairly standard spiral herringbone design, but in the middle section I have Swarovski crystals spiraling in the opposite direction.
I made a point to have both sides match up. While not unique at all, this was a major challenge for an asymmetrically-driven crafter. It was a gift for a very symmetrically-oriented friend, who appreciated my extra effort in this regard!