W.O.R.D.: Stephanie Dionne’s Version of Melinda Barta’s Tic-Tac-Toe Cuff

Stephanie Dionne submitted her version of Melinda Barta’s Tic-Tac-Toe Cuff from the February/March 2018 issue of Beadwork.

Q: Can you tell us about yourself?
A: I am a pediatrician and I enjoy beading in my spare time. I find it helps me relax and enjoy my free time. I also enjoy knitting and building items, such as LEGO toys. I have several cabinets full of LEGO projects in my office that my patients and their parents love to come and admire.

Q: How long have you been beading?
A: I have been beading for about 15 years.

Stephanie Dionne

Melinda Barta’s Tic-Tac-Toe Cuff

Q: What attracted you to this project?
A: I have been teaching another employee at my office how to bead, and she wanted to make this bracelet. We go to bead shows together and buy the supplies and then I help her make whichever project she chooses. We got to this bead show late and were not happy with the selection of recommended beads for the project. So instead, we bought beads for another project. While we were looking at beads, I told her she did not have to use round beads; she could use other 2-hole beads for the bracelet. She was skeptical, so when I got home, I went to my stash and put together the beads I used for this project. I made the project and showed her it was possible. I loved the result!

Q: How did you choose the colorway?
A: My choice of colorway had to do with what Demi Rounds I had on hand. I then worked around those to find other beads to complete the design.

Stephanie Dionne

Q: What alterations did you make to the pattern?
A: I altered the pattern to use silky beads. I used larger ones for the tic-tac-toe section and smaller ones for the rectangle sections. Due to the shape of the beads, I added a size 11° Demi Round on each side of the small silky beads in the rectangle sections to fill in those angles.

Q: What do you plan to do with the project?
A: At this point, my plan for this project is to wear it proudly!

Stephanie Dionne bracelet

Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?
A: I am excited to have my creation featured in “W.O.R.D.”! I had one other project featured, in the October/November 2008 issue of Beadwork. That was before I got married, so is listed under Stephanie Penchuk.

We love seeing how our published projects motivate readers to create their own variations. If you have a W.O.R.D. (What Our Readers Did) submission based on one of our published projects, please send it to beadworksubmissions@interweave.com and include “W.O.R.D.” in the subject line.

Marissa Bouska
Assistant Editor
Beadwork magazine

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Dionne.


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