Hubble Stitch – the brand new beadwork stitch!Melanie de Miguel
So 2015 has arrived and I met my deadline to get the finished text of my book on Hubble Stitch in the hands of my publisher – which is soooooo exciting! Hooray!!!!!
It’s been around 2 years since I first realised I had a brand new stitch and the idea has been simmering away at the back of my mind. My family and friends have urged me to write, particularly Sue Richardson (crumbs Sooz, how many years have you been trying to get me to write?); the more I thought about it, the more I found new ways to manipulate the stitch and my passion for it grew and grew, so it just had to be done! I took the bull by the horns and started writing in October.
There will be 12 projects to provide you with opportunities to practise the different forms of Hubble Stitch covered in the Chapters. I have written it so as to guide you step by step from basic Hubble, through 2-Drop, 3-Drop, Horizontal Spaced Out Hubble (HorSO), three forms of Vertical Spaced Out Hubble (VerSO), Hubble-in-the-Round and finally to Inverted Hubble. It’s such an incredibly versatile stitch and there’s so much more that can be done with it, but I’ll be covering that in Book 2!!!
I had invaluable help from my dear, beady friends Sandra Fox, Erika Simons, Jean Phillips, Nitty Chamcheon and Gwenda Fairbairn, all of whom sat with me diligently testing my Hubble designs. I was overjoyed when they came back to me with some gorgeous samples of their own, many of which have been used in the book. Thank you girls from the bottom of my heart.
Michael Wicks is a really seasoned craftwork photographer (he does the photography for the Beadworkers Guild) and he took some stunning shots for the book.
As a special introduction to the stitch, I’ve put together a workshop to give you a real taste of Hubble and have a go at creating some of the fabulous textiles it produces – you’ll see how über-addictive it really is. I’ll be teaching it for the very first time at Stitchncraft on 10th October, and spending an entire weekend Hubbling at Great Escapes in Guildford – I simply cannot wait!!!!
For now, I know I’ll have layouts to deal with and editing etc. but I’ve also got plenty of new Hubble designs all charging around in my head trying to escape onto my Bead-On-It-Board (which thankfully no longer smells of sesame prawn!).
I honestly can’t remember the last time I used another beadwork technique – I’ve got Hubble Stitch fever and I can’t wait to share it with you!
Here’s the link to my Hubble Stitch FB page, for updates and images. I’ll also be encouraging beadworkers to share pics of their Hubble beadwork there.