I recently spent a wonderful week in The Waterberg, in a private game lodge called Mabula Lodge. I was nestled away in Camp Mojadji, which is named after an African Rain Queen.
Where better than in the bush to write my new pattern. What better reason would there be to work with an old African beading stitch better known as PONDO STITCH but also referred to as AFRICAN CIRCLE STITCH.
There are not many patterns available for this wonderful stitch. I first came across it in a South African Beading magazine a few years back and did bead up the cuff. Something was missing tho, it was too sloppy and loose, which did not appeal to me.
It was much later that PONDO STITCH came up again on Face Book and on mentioning the fact that I was not so sure about the stritch, what with it being so loose, Mikki Ferrugiaro made mention of the extra thread path that some beaders had employed, which made it that mush sturdier. It made sense to me and I was sold!
I beaded up a number of cuffs, which I sold. I had it in mind that I should write up an easy pattern with a bit of interest and it was only when I knew that I was going away, for a week, on my own, that I knew it was time to make good on the idea.
So, amid the game drives, Elephant rides and peaceful views (plus a bottle of Red), I sat down and did just that and MOJADJI was born.
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