Maylin, the awesome designer who brought us Wingspan, just released a new shawl design called Starvaell.
It can be gotten via her Ravelry page here.
As part of the design, a set of beads is added an extravagant beaded fringe.
For her original piece, Maylin wrote to me that she used roughly 350 beads; that "half were 5/0 seed beads and the rest a mixture of charms, small shells, abalone, a few semi precious 4mm or 6mm beads and other bits and pieces salvaged from old jewellery such as pearls."
And so this mix is being created especially for you to use for this great design.
Now unfortunately many of the most intriguing bits and bobs have very small holes and will be a hassle to add to fingering weight yarn. And though the shawl can be knit in lace weight, it is written for fingering.
So here is what we are going to do:
The basic set of beads as seen here will all work very well with fingering weight yarn. The mix includes 5/0 round beads, 5/0 triangles, 4x7mm magatamas, 4x4 cubes, an assortment of pewter charms of varying sizes and shapes, silver Bali beads of various sizes and shapes and some handblown "furnace" glass.
These are all (as you see) in a neutral colorway -- silvers, crystals, whites, and a bit of black.
Enough are included so you can do your entire piece with one of these basic sets.
We added a few drop-down menus to give you other choices as well.
If you would like, you can add a color. To do this, set the drop-down menu to Basic Set Plus Another Color.
The mix would then be mostly neutrals with the addition of the color beads you tell me you would like, to highlight your yarn colorway. For the most part it will be the seed beads which will have the additional color though if I have them, I'll add a few other options. Here, though, you must tell me what your yarn looks like.
To tell me color or ask questions about what will work with your yarn, please give me a short statement via the "Comments" section as you check out and also send me an email via the Contact Us page. (Sometimes Comments get stripped off the order, so let's use a belt and suspenders both.)
Now, if you don't mind struggling a bit or are fine using wire to add your "bling", or perhaps plan to knit with lace weight yarn you can add to the basic set.
If you would like to add to your kit, depending on your color choice we might include some fire polish crystals, of varying sizes, some semi-precious stones in various sizes and shapes and glass pearls from Swarovski, in varying sizes and shapes, as well as anything else that strikes me as working with the bead set. We have a huge variety of beads and extras that would look great and be fun to add.
This is offered via that same drop-down menu under the top photo -- choose Basic Set Plus Additions. Give me data or let me choose for you; tell me you want to go "neutral" or with a color choice.