Crafting Conundrums: Puzzles and Patterns for the Bead by Ellie Baker

By Ellie Baker

Designed for crafters, puzzle fanatics, and development designers alike, Crafting Conundrums: Puzzles and styles for the Bead Crochet Artist presents tools, demanding situations, and styles that supply a springboard for inventive exploration. All are illustrated with appealing colour diagrams and pictures. skilled bead crochet crafters searching for a venture may perhaps decide to bypass forward to the development pages and start crocheting from an abundance of distinctive, mathematically encouraged designs. these wishing to layout their very own styles will locate many helpful instruments, template styles, and a brand new method for realizing the right way to accomplish that even with no utilizing math. Puzzle fanatics with out prior wisdom of bead crochet also will locate plentiful notion for studying the craft.

The first a part of the booklet describes the fundamental standards and constraints of a bead crochet trend and explains what makes designing during this medium so tough. The authors current their new layout framework and provide perception on how top to process layout offerings and matters distinctive to bead crochet.

The moment half provides a sequence of bead crochet layout demanding situations proficient by way of colourful bits of arithmetic, together with topology, graph thought, knot idea, tessellations, and wallpaper teams. every one bankruptcy during this part starts off with a layout puzzle followed by means of an creation to the mathematical concept that encouraged it. The authors then speak about what made the problem tricky, current a few of their options, and describe the pondering and ideas in the back of their process.

The ultimate half comprises approximately a hundred unique bead crochet styles, together with suggestions to the entire layout demanding situations. This half additionally presents an academic at the basics of bead crochet technique.

Behind the deceptively easy and uniform association of beads is a refined geometry that produces compelling layout demanding situations and engaging mathematical constructions. In colour all through, Crafting Conundrums supplies either math fans and crafters an cutting edge method of developing bead crochet styles whereas addressing numerous mathematically encouraged layout questions. Supplementary fabrics, together with demo movies, can be found at the book’s CRC Press internet page.

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In fact, there are ways of designing bracelets without deciding on a repeat length or a circumference in advance! But for those techniques, you will have to wait until Part Two of this book. 16â•‡ ●â•‡chapter 1 Although a design in the bead plane gives a complete view of how the shapes and motifs in a pattern relate to one another, it can give a misleading impression of how the design will look on a finished bracelet. This is because the bead plane effectively simulates a view from all Â�vantage points simultaneously, whereas a real bracelet exists in threedimensional space, and not all of it can be seen at once.

Note that the angle seen in the bead plane is not the same as the angle through which you rotate the top of the bracelet to produce that alignment. 28, which are the translations for a 6-around bead crochet rope. New Design Challenges This completes our overview of the bead crochet design framework we have developed over the past few years. We discovered everything in this chapter—the infinite bead plane as a design space, the translation rules for bracelet patterns, using lattices and tilings to create bracelet designs, the effects of twists on bead crochet—in the process of solving some fascinating puzzles in bead crochet design.

Since the hockey-stick translation rule applies to every possible starting point, taking the entire bead plane design (assuming we let it go on forever in all directions in the infinite bead plane) and sliding it along the hockey-stick translation will leave the color pattern entirely unchanged! As mathematicians would describe this property, the pattern is preserved by the hockey-stick translation. 7â•‡ The hockey-stick translation of length 7. The two beads at either end of each yellow arrow represent the same bead in a 7-around bracelet.