Bead Weaving Patterns from Beadwork Designers of the Year
The Beadwork Designers of the Year are a special group of bead weavers. Not only do they make innovative beaded jewelry, they create those designs to teach other aficionados new stitches, creative ways of connecting elements, and more. Editor Tamara Honaman says, “we look for dynamic use of beads, color and design; clean bead weaving stitches; proven ability to communicate instructions and illustrations for designs; and ability to deliver on time.”
Beadwork Presents: 12 Designer of the Year Bead Weaving Patterns is a fantastic collection of beaded jewelry projects from three Designers of the Year. Leslee Frumin, Agnieszka Watts and Sherry Serafini are bead-weaving experts who have eyes for detail, great senses of color, and clever approaches to beading stitches. They’ve contributed inspiring beaded jewelry designs to Beadwork magazine – this book contains a few favorites – and they’ve each created a beautiful new design for this eBook.
From elegant, crystal-embellished bead weaving designs to colorful, nature-inspired projects to rock-n-roll bead embroidery, there are 12 beaded jewelry designs to inspire you in this collection. So, get out your bead boxes, take up your beading needle, rustle up your reading glasses (affiliate link) and schedule some you-time!
A 2014 Designer of the Year, Leslee Frumin specializes in beadwork using seed beads with crystals and pearls. Her beadwork is drool-worthy but attainable. Read Meet Leslee Frumin, Beadwork Designer of the Year to learn how she got started and what her beading workday looks like when she isn’t on the road.
Leslee’s gorgeous Empress Catherine’s Collar combines crystal pearls in right-angle weave with seed bead netting to create the intriguing V-shape. Suspend a crystal cabochette from the center of the necklace or substitute your own striking pendant. Once you master this technique, there are myriad possibilities for making it your own.
This beautiful Trio of Crowns Necklace by Leslee Frumin has a vintage feeling with a modern look. 2-hole bricks are stitched together with crystals and seed beads to provide the perfect bezels for dramatic crystal rivolis. The necklace strap looks a little like mesh but it’s actually right-angle weave. The overall design is a sparkly, eye-catching necklace that’s gorgeous right down to the bezeled rivoli clasp.
Agnieszka Watts, a 2017 Designer of the Year, is inspired by nature and plant life. Her jaw-dropping beadwork designs in this collection include this lariat, a necklace, earrings and cuff. Learn more about Agnieszka in Q&A with Bead Weaving Expert and Beadwork Designer of the Year Agnieszka Watts.
The Ocean Lily Lariat by Agnieszka Watts uses a beautiful combination of six stitches to create a design that is both sculptural and wearable, giving materials in four colorways. To wear the lariat, you can tie it together at the base of your neck so the ends hang down, or you can fold the lariat in half and pass the ends through the fold for a shorter effect.
In the Aral Sea Bracelet, Agnieszka Watts uses peyote and herringbone stitches to mimic undersea life. The starfish-shaped components are linked together with anemone-inspired links. The main colorway combines seed beads and 2-hole beads in a metallic bronze/turquoise palette. Her other projects include a necklace, earrings and cuff.
I had the pleasure of meeting Sherry Serafini, a 2011 Designer of the Year, when she was a guest on Beads, Baubles & Jewels. She’s a well-known instructor and beader to the stars whose creative designs are highly sought-after. Read Advice and Fame: Sherry Serafini Shares her Life as a Bead Artist for insight into Sherry’s beading world.
The Ripple Effect Cuff shown here is a dramatic example of Sherry Serafini’s meticulous work. The design is built around a spiraling glass cabochon and is a perfect way to highlight a special piece of glass. Hone your bead embroidery skills with Sherry’s pendant, earrings and two cuffs in this collection.
The Reed’s Got Class earrings by Sherry Serafini use a variety of stitches and basic wirework for this lush, layered look. The central element is a prong-set crystal encircled by seed beads. You can adapt any style of chandelier earring component for this design – it might make you look at your filigree stash in a whole new way.
These are a few of my favorite projects from Beadwork Presents: 12 Designer of the Year Bead Weaving Patterns. There are so many more! These inspiring beaded jewelry designs cover a variety of techniques. Learn a new stitch or bone-up on a favorite: right-angle weave, circular netting, ladder stitch, brick stitch, peyote stitch, square stitch, netting, herringbone stitch, picot, fringe, or bead embroidery. The Designers of the Year present variations, tips and other information to take your beadwork to the next level.
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