Design - plan or accident

For the month of March I offered to be a guest adviser on the Facebook group Seed Beads and More. The bead challenge for the month was beaded eggs and since I have done quite a few of these I thought I might be able to help. To really help them out I designed 2 new egg patterns.

The first one - Eggstra Crystally (love that word play) was part planned and part playing around. I knew

what I wanted the center band of the egg to look like and once I had that I played around with the top and the bottom until I liked the way it looked.

This did entail some ripping out and redoing but not as much as other pieces I've made. It just kind of fell into place. I love when designing works this way - it's more like play than work.

Now the other one - well that was an egg of a different color. First of all, I knew I wanted to do something in Peyote stitch because this group really loves their Peyote stitch (just to let you know - I'm not that big a fan of this stitch). So I decided an egg covered in Russian leaves would be fantastic and for a change I even sketched something out.

After making the first leaf I knew my little sketch would have to wait for another time because the leaf was way too big. I don't like to waste time with completely ditching something and starting over. I believe there was a reason for this mistake and it was going to turn into something beautiful. So I pushed onward.

I laid my large leaf down and quite by accident the ends flopped in to the center of the leaf. Well that's kind of cool I thought to myself - now what to do with it. I played around until I had the center jewels in place and now a new idea began to form.

I made 3 more large petals. The next thing I did was tape these all to the egg they way I thought they should go and I tried to figure out

how all the connections would work. Well guess what - no matter how I looked at it, it just wasn't coming together the way I thought it should.

I went to bed hoping to look at it with new eyes in the morning. Well something happened overnight - husband, animal, gravity, ghosts, me sleep beading - not sure - but when I went in the next morning the beadwork was upside down on the egg from the way I had left it. And now I saw all the connections.

Thus the Marchemarch egg was designed - mostly by accident. (To top off the story - the name is an accident too. I was looking up the word Marquis to see other versions of it and I misread a post that said it from Marche or march - totally missed that word "or" and thus the egg became Marchemarch).

Both patterns are available for sale in my Etsy store.

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