My first beading project was last fall when I decided I wanted to make a Swallowtail Shawl for my friend Evelin for Christmas and in place of the nupps, I wanted to put beads.
I used a mercerised cotton, don't know if that was a good thing or not but I fell in love with the yarn when I was shopping at Spinrite - The Yarn Factory Outlet The yarn is a lovely purple (grape) colour but I found it VERY hard to get the correct colour in a photo. Every time I tried to take a picture of it, it looked blue. So I had this great idea to put it on something blue and see what happens. It's closer but the purple was really like a grape colour.
It's Patons Grace, 100% mercerised cotton and it is such a pretty colour.
I really wanted a clear or some contrasting colour bead but unfortunately, the only beads available to me at hand were white but I think they look okay too. The Grace is Sport Weight so I used a 30/0 white glass bead and added them to the shawl using the crochet hook method. I found it very easy to do this.
Here's a picture of the beginning of the shawl (see what I mean about it looking blue?):
Here's the finished shawl on a loveseat:
Just half, the white beads represent Lily-of-the-Valley:
I would DEFINITELY do another beaded shawl. I have even smaller crochet hooks than the one I used to make this so I can see small beads on a lace weight shawl in my near future. Possibly made with Yellow Laceweight Alpaca??? Hmm.
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