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Continuing to learn
the basics of off-loom bead weaving techniques. I
enjoyed a fabulous color class with Beverly Ash Gilbert
last year and recently purchased her book. For someone
very new to jewelry work using needle and thread, her
book is a great beginner resource.
I have also learned
the very basic square stitch and right angle weave from
Kate McKinnon via email and attempting her Groovy Cuff!
The picture is Kate's sample photo that accompanied her
excellent directions (www.katemckinnon.com).
Check out the fabulous "rams horn" clasp and dual layer
of bead weaving which allows for reversibility!
completing a couple of kits, I decided to play around
and see what I could come up with on my own. The simple
square stitched cuff with watery blue seed beads and 4mm
brown/blue cubes, was inspired by dreams of warm
Caribbean waters this COLD New England winter.
And just for fun, a some additional
simple striped square stitched bracelets.
While vacationing in
Daytona and looking for some distraction from the NASCAR
races, I attempted the Russian spiral stitch with some
pretty 3 mm bicones and size 11 silver lined seed beads
purchased at the
Beading Boutique in Altamonte Springs, FL. They were
very welcoming and allowed me to spend the day playing!
I was reminded how important it is to support your local
bead store. Nothing beats seeing the merchandise in
person and getting great advice and instruction.
This seed beady detour, has motivated
me to work on designing some unique closures and caps
next. The stuff at the bead stores while adequate to get
the job done, seems blah.
Egyptian Corset Stitch cuff - picture by Kate
Ok, the detour continues. That darn
Kate Mckinnon has created a genuine interest working
with those itty bitty beads! I love her design aesthetic
going beyond the typical peyote stitch. I find peyote
lacks dimension and leaves me feeling flat.
Below is the start of one of her
bracelet kits combining the square stitch interspersed
with a row of right angle weave creating a lovely
pattern Kate calls "corset stitch". It is not only
pretty and different, but very sturdy with typically 3
passes of thread in each bead. This kit is the Egyptian
Corset Stitch which has sold out at her web store. I
varied the pattern a wee bit lengthening the rows of
Finished! This was a
fun project and found the kit format a hassle free way
to learn a new technique.
Note the evolution of Kate's Ram
Horn Clasp to the Ball End Clasp.
I had a special
request for some beaded jewelry, so am back to my
comfort zone handling beads more easily SEEN.
I also made a
neckpiece using Indian Pink Swarovski Crystals with a
twisted 14K gold filled wire using a pattern designed by
Joy Thomas. I changed up the clasp design to make it
looser and easier to attach and reshaped the collar to
wear lower on the neck instead of a choker.