Momma's Sunday Suit
When I finished this today I sat back and looked at it and was completely taken by surprise. It reminds me very strongly of my mother's favorite church-goin' wool suit. Salt and pepper tweed with fancy buttons.
I guess I ended up doing this my way after all, with the exception of the seed bead type. I really would have used seed beads instead of cylinder beads. One of the lessons I learned from this is that tubular peyote with cylinders results in a very stiff structure, and I prefer a much more supple weaving. I also got lots of practice making uneven flat peyote and fringe.
How I changed the pattern: I used a mix of colors instead of solid blocks of color. I left out the "window" in the back of the body of the bag. I decided to use the front window as a buttonhole and used a vintage button for a closure (Kathy's pattern uses the window as a decorative accent).
Instead of splitting the strap and connecting the halves with bicone crystals, I worked short pieces of uneven flat peyote and connected them with Picasso jasper cubes. I was running very low on the beads after I finished the fringe and decided to finish the strap with chain and give it a toggle clasp (Kathy's pattern has a continuous strap with no closure).
So with this one, I'm gonna call it good. One's enough. But it DID confirm my opinion of cylinder beads. And whenever a pattern calls for them, I'm going to do my dead level best to substitute seed beads.
Next time: Maui Evening Purse (massively modified)!