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Hexagonal Brick Stitch Pins
There are only a couple days until Mother's Day. I made the above pin in my mother's memory. She was a very active feminist and when I was little I had one of the pins that said 59¢ which represented the wage disparity between men and women in the 70s. At that point, women made .59 cents to each dollar men made. That has changed. Current reports put the amount at 77 cents. I made this pin for my daughter.
For more information Amy Joyce wrote this editorial on the Washington Post site.
It works up very fast in brick stitch or in odd count peyote.
The graph is 21 beads tall and wide in a hexagonal shape which will just fit a 1 inch pinback on the back. You can either stitch the pinback directly to the beadwork which is what I did or you can back the pin with a non-woven fabric and stitch the pin to that. You can also just cement the pinback in place with a strong epoxy glue. Recommended fabrics would be felt, ultrasuede or leather. Recommended glues, I'd use either a 2 part epoxy glue, the kind that comes in matched syringes or something like E-6000.
Here are a couple blank graphs to design your own. Right click and save to your hard drive to design in a graphics program or you can print them out and design using colored pencils. One idea I really like for Mother's Day is having children design pins that you can bead for grandparents. The second graph has guide dots in it for graphing symmetrical designs like the snowflake tutorial.
Here's the pattern for the pin I made, and a simple knot design pattern.
If you like the knotwork pin you might like my knotwork pattern e-book which is only 3.00 and available here.
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