Add Beads to Your Knitting!

Please welcome Eunny Jang, the editor of Interweave Knits. Yes, this is Beading Daily, but if there's one thing beaders and knitters and all of us have in common, it's a desire to find new ways to be creative. In that light, Eunny is here to share her journey between our two worlds. Please read what she has to say about being inspired by knitting and beads, beads and knitting. See if you aren't compelled to pick up your needles, to explore whatever medium is your passion! –LR

Spark something new for knitting–
I’d dabbled in weaving with seed beads as a teenager, but I’d never set foot in a real life bead store until I moved to Colorado last yearI’d always bought my beads online or in the big craft chains. 11/0 and 8/0 glass seed beads were pretty much the only beads I knew existed. Needless to say, a store full of tiny box after tiny box of semi-precious stones, wonderful silver beads, and warm wood chunks—not to mention strings of gorgeous tubes, seeds, Delicas, and other shapes and sizes I’d never imagined—was kind of an awakening.

It was a lot like that the first time I walked into a local yarn shop: The same sudden jolt of color and texture; the same almost overwhelming realization that I could do anything with the materials in the space in front of me. That spark thing—you know which one I mean.

Because textile arts are my first love, I immediately started thinking about ways to incorporate beads into my knitting. Knitting with beads is a time-honored technique—bead-knitted purses were a staple of Victorian drawing rooms—but I wanted to explore. How would a border of silver beads change the movement of a floaty lace scarf, or affect the drape of a shawl? What would an extra touch of detail add to a slinky silk cardigan?

Teardrop Scarves
by Celeste Culpepper
Beaded Linen-Lace Shawl
by Karen Rumpza
Amber Beaded Cardigan
by Michelle Orne Rose

If you
’re coming at it from a beader’s perspective, how about using knitting to form interesting base and joining materials for your bead pieces, with a slinky handle and drape that might not be otherwise achievable. You might even mix some wire knitting and beads for a whole different look.

Grandma's Candy Bowl
by Annie Modesitt
Three Wire Necklaces
by Annie Modesitt


Cool metal, polished stone, and glass against knitted fiber and other materials are compelling unions—symbolically, visually, texturally. As always, adding a new skill to your creative tool set only broadens the possibilities for ways and places the spark can come to you––maybe even from a subscription to Interweave Knits!

Happy beading (and knitting),
Eunny Jang

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