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The Donut Dilemma

Posted by learntobead on June 17, 2009

The Donut Dilemma

By Kathleen Lynam

 

Perhaps you can help our bead study group solve our donut dilemma.

Here’s what happened—our bead study group is currently exploring bead woven shapes and dimensionality. How did we decide on this particular segment of bead weaving? Well, we were inspired by Diane Fitzgerald’s new book, Shaped Beadwork. This book has become a springboard for our discussions—both technically and aesthetically. As we work on the shapes in the book, the group talks about the degree of difficulty, clarity of directions, etc.

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Last week, “donuts” were brought up in our conversation. No, not the delicious confections filled with jelly or covered with sprinkles. The “donuts” I’m referring to are usually made out of gemstones, have a small hole in the center and are rather flattish.

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They fit into our discussion because they are a shape and have dimension. I immediately tensed. Then I shouted out, “I hate donuts!” Why should a particular shape — donuts —  spark such strong feelings? 

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Then I looked around the table and other heads were shaking in agreement. Other than one dissenting opinion, it seemed we all had a dislike for this shape.   But why, what is it about the donut that leaves us wanting and dissatisfied?

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We talked about the usual way they are worn—knotted with a cord strung through it, maybe embellished with some seed beads or fringe. We were stymied to think of an example that showed creativity and yet still kept the integrity of the donut.

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I decided to look through old magazines to see what I could find. I found quite a few examples for it seems donuts are very popular.

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As a bead weaver, I love to bezel cabochons, I’ve used gemstone chips in crocheted ropes, but I’m still looking for a creative way to use a “donut”.

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Maybe you have the answer.

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3 Responses to “The Donut Dilemma”

  1. Jane Olson-Phillips said

    I have a new way to use donuts – In my new book(Bead & Fiber Jewelry) I have a project called the “Double Donut Necklace”. It uses two donuts together with knotted cords. I can send you a scan of it.

  2. Lynn said

    Such Beautiful work!

  3. Joyce said

    If you absolutely want to use the donut but not necessarily wear it you can use it to make spindles for spinning fiber. You can see examples of jewelry techniques used with the donuts to make spindles in my flickr set http://www.flickr.com/photos/that-other-redhead/sets/72157609268338364/

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