Last year, I submitted my very first entry into the San Diego County Fair (aka to all SoCal kids as the Del Mar Fair) and it was a wonderful experience. Soon after the fair, I saw the most amazing thing online, a gorgeous snake made of beads and I knew that I had to make one of my own for the next fair. Even though I had never done anything like this before, never even tried to follow a bead pattern like this, I knew I had to learn to make a beaded snake. It wasn’t as easy I I had thought to find a suitable pattern. The maker of the snake I’d seen on Facebook, Veta Tall, I discovered, was from Estonia, so I couldn’t even read her blog, sadly, but it didn’t look like she sold patterns. Many of the other search results were for crude patterns made with pony beads and aimed at children. Bummer. Finally I located a suitable pattern, although not quite as realistic as Veta’s (sorry, Dragon at beadpatterns.com!) Another stumbling block was that the pattern was only offered in green, blue or brown. I wanted to make a black and red snake. Arggh. So on top of learning a skill I’d never attempted, I had to somehow translate it into a completely different color scheme. No problem, right? I was really determined to make this snake and in the colors of my choosing so I soldiered on, bought the pattern and then shopped around til I found the right beads. I started my snake last week and so far it has been a very worthwhile challenge. I haven’t had too much trouble mentally converting the pattern colors, and the diagrams are blessedly easy to follow. Although I still have a long way to go, I have made some good progress. I think once I finish this snake, I will have to try to figure out how to make it a little more realistic.
I can’t wait to enter this project into this year’s SD County Fair!