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Fruit Reticules
strawberry reticules forever 
15th-Aug-2006 08:52 am
So I made my strawberry pattern and have cut out the body of the bag. I'm going to do a thin layer of quilting and bead the seeds onto that to give it that slightly quilted look. It was funny studying a strawberry last night, but I did realize that the seeds are in a defined diamond pattern: a row of evenly spaced seeds, the next rows seeds offset to the middle of the previous row, like so:

So I was all set to start beading but then realized I'd brought the wrong needle to the beach - doh! Oh well, I've got my seeds marked at least.

Anyone want to weigh in on what I should do for seeds? The real seeds are a sort of yellow color and oblong, so I was thinking either bugle beads in gold or maybe freshwater pearls in off-white. Any thoughts?
15th-Aug-2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
The freshwater pearls will be lovely, I think. If you want to pick up the gold, there are now dyed freshwater pearls in gold; for myself, I'd go with the cream.
15th-Aug-2006 02:35 pm (UTC)
I vote for pearls - I personally think it'd be more elegant but I do have an admitted partiality to pearls ;o)
15th-Aug-2006 04:35 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I think you ladies are right, pearls just seem like a better choice. Now I've got to see if I still have the seed pearls I got at the jem show a while back.
15th-Aug-2006 09:36 pm (UTC)
I had never noticed the seeds in a strawberry were in such a regulation format. So thanks for pointing that out!

(My vote would have been for gold beads, but I seem to have been outvoted already...)
16th-Aug-2006 12:25 am (UTC)
Pearls or other beads that are sort of teardrop shaped:) And yes, you can get dyed pearls, so if you find some that are a nice subtle gold that too would look good.
16th-Aug-2006 11:04 am (UTC)

Yes, I'd actually started out thinking I might use some gold dyed pearls I had. I'm still on the fence as to how well I like them but it's a possibility.
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