Well I know how you feel and it happened again to me when I saw the newest Beadwork magazine.
Cindy Holsclaw has a snippet of an earring pattern in there that uses dragon scale beads and makes a cute little flower. I flipped to the materials list and there it was. Half tilas and bugles. Oh boy I have them but not to match the dragon scales so I started to play with substituting beads that are in my stash.
It worked but it wasn’t quite the look I was going for. It seemed a bit too high.
She showed a bracelet that was really what attracted me to the design. This one was just a bit on the high side. What to do. I still don’t have the half tilas but what if I dug through my bin to see if there were bugles hiding somewhere.
I thought with a tiny bit of white it would bring the flowers out more and you know it really did.
So sometimes you can just adjust a pattern or substitute a bead and still get the same effect. I cant wait to finish this one.