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Help meri choose beads.

Originally published at earth-shattering kaboom.. You can comment here or there.

If you’re here, you probably know that I’ve decided to knit the Shipwreck shawl, shown below. (More pictures available by following the link.)

I have ordered the yarn shown below, which is Hand Maiden Sea Silk (70% silk, 30% seacell; the seacell seemed oddly appropriate for the project).

The shawl calls for 5,000 size 8/0 beads. I need help choosing which beads to use. Thanks to a suggestion from Deidre, I’ve narrowed it down to iris beads, which I love. But now, the hard choice: color.

Here’s where you come in.

Let me know which one of these you would go with. Since there are going to be 5,000 of the things, you can choose up to 2 different colors, if you think they’ll mix and match well.

I know which ones (yes, there are two) I’m leaning towards, but I also know I have a lot of artistic, creative, visually-aware friends out there, so give a girl a hand, will ya? :)  

Option A
Option B
Option C

Option D
Option E
Option F

Option G




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For me options C, E and G are just a bit to bright to highlight the yarn. I really like A and would probably go with that and either B and D for contrast.
I like B & F - but then again, the purple is what draws my eye. :)
Given the yarn and the name of the pattern, definitely A. Maybe throw in a minority of E for contrasting bead highlights, or possibly G for contrast in shape as well as color.
Option G is actually a size 8/0 Delica, a specialty bead that has a larger hole and has a harder edge. I'd not use an 8/0 Delica for this.

I really love the color of that yarn and want to make it sparkle. I choose Option D because it won't fight with the yarn color-wise.
And as expected, I completely disagree with Bauer. *shocked face* (We never did agree on bead color combos.)