Tulips: Beaded Kits

Price: $103.00
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Andree's original shawl
Andree's original shawl

A really unique design by Andree Beddoe, Tulips is quite a lovely piece that will keep your interest throughout. 

It had been run as a KAL and the forum back-and-forth is still available to be read here

You should get the pattern from Andree's Ravelry page here. We offer here the yarn and beads for the kit. 

The Design

Here is what Andree writes:

Tulips is a really cool design and has fun learning opportunities.

It starts with the left and right wings worked identically, each forming one long and one short triangle. The 2 pieces are joined together as stitches are picked up to work the lace center.

Lastly, in the border is where you will find the innovation and fun learning opportunities. The border is brioche but worked on top of Beaded Stacked Increases (BSIs) to give it a unique shape.

Also, I use beaded brioche syncopation, which means I use a bead at the base of the brioche tulip to shape it.

The Yarn and Colorways

We weren't able to bring in all of the exact yarns that Andree used.  Some colorways had been discontinued and that sort of threw off the whole balance. You can see the yarns of our kit in the lower righthand corner of the top photo, and again below that.

Take a look at these Project Pages to see some awesome pieces in other lovely colorways.  Here is what we can up with: 

1. Manos Alegria (75% merino superwash/ 25% nylon with 445 yards (405m)/ 100g skein):  Andree used Spirulina,  a bright yellow-green (or is it a green-yellow?). And that is what we offer -- this color adds a marvelous glow to the whole. 

2. Again from Manos in their Alegria:  Cactus Flower, a rich and lovely wine. This is similar to Andree's Magenta or I can see it being used in place of the paler pink in the body of the shawl.

3.  Andree had used a speckled yarn with spots of color on a creamy background for one of her colorways and we came up with this one from Malabrigo, in their Sock (100% superwash merino with 440 yards/ 100g):  Disfraz.  This has a cream background and speckles of wine and gold and teal primarily.  It looks great with the rest of the colorways. 

4. And a third Alegria, this one is called Taffeta.  A striking royal purple. I like this as a replacement for Andree's Magenta, a deeper color that serves as a frame for the whole. 

The Beads

Beads can be found thorughout the design but are only required for the border, as they form the Beaded Stacked Increases and at the base of each brioche tulip.

Center – Leaves, not required, Seed Beads, 6/0, 240 beads
Center – Tulips, not required, Seed Beads, 6/0, 42 beads
Border – BSI, required, Seed Beads, 6/0, 54 beads - Used same ones as for center tulips
Border – Tulips, required, Seed Beads, 2/0 or 3/0, 19 beads - Used same color but larger size as for center leaves

The Required Beads will be included in each kit.  These would be 54 size 6/0s in a tulip color, one that looks good with our Cactus Flower yarn.   Plus about 19 size 2/0 or 3/0 in a leaf color.  

The Optional Beads are additional beads that look great but are your choice if you want them or not for this.  These are all size 6/0, and would include at lest 240 beads also in a leaf color and 42 beads more in the tulip color. 

So notice that the drop-down menu under the top photo here allows you the choice of adding these optional beads to your kit order.  

Let me choose the colors for you unless you have a specific preference.