Beadweaving, Birthday Cake, and More Beadweaving!
In our house, September kicks off our season of birthdays. We have five birthdays in a row, ending with mine in November. This is also a period where I don’t have a lot of free time. No time for beadweaving, jewelry making, or any of my other favorites, but I’m equally filled with creativity and joy as we do have time for special dinners, lots of time together, lots of baking, and lots of cake!
My birthday is last on the list and once it passes, we’re full speed ahead to Thanksgiving, and soon after that, time for all the December celebrations. I’m not one to rush a day away but I’ve backed myself into a corner enough times to get the hint – plan ahead! My holiday gift list isn’t fully rounded out yet but I can say I’ve started, which is a far cry from where I was this time last year. Progress, right?
If you’re not quite there yet, perhaps the December/January 2017 Beadwork issue can help. This issue is chock-full of great beadweaving projects by our designers of the year, offers a peek at some new “cool stuff,” and as you can see right on the cover has 16 festive designs for winter.
In addition to the help into the holidays, great beadweaving designs to inspire us, and to kick off Beadwork’s 20th Anniversary, inside you’ll also fine the first in a series of inspirational stories from within our community. A glimpse into the lives changed by beads or at those who are changing lives with beads. The series begins with a look into the life of one of our contributors, Agnieszka Watts. Agnieszka is a Starman Trendsetter, was named one of Illinois Artisans by the Illinois State Museum, and her work has been published around the world.
In her story, Agnieszka shares: “as long as I can remember, my world has been stripped of sound. I can’t hear the birds’ mysterious songs when I walk through the forest. I can’t hear the wind whisper as it plays with the leaves or with my hair. Because my auditory nerves don’t process sounds correctly, I can only “see” most sounds rather than hear them.”
Despite her hearing loss, Agnieszka has found her way, through beadweaving. She expresses herself visually, which helps her to connect with others without any words. To learn more, please read this beautiful story inside the Dec/Jan 2017 issue. If you have a story to share about how your life has been changed by beads, or know someone who is helping others through beading, please share the story (300 words or less) with us by emailing Beadwork@interweave.com.
Beadweaving Designs to Inspire You
To follow are just a few of the amazing beadweaving designs inside this great issue.
Triumvirate Necklace by Evelína Palmontová is made using seed beads and SuperDuos. Evelína stitched the stunning focal with a combination of circular and tubular netting then used a variation of right-angle weave to create the necklace straps.
The stunning focal piece in Radiance Necklace by Lisa Kan starts with a crystal rivoli.
The rivoli is captured with cubic right-angle weave and tubular peyote stitches, then finished with rows of netting. The pendant is suspended from straps made using cubic right-angle weave.
Poinsettia Bracelet by Kathy Simonds is made using four-hole QuadraTiles which are used to create the repeated beaded components.
The components have a two-tiered structure giving this bracelet great depth. The components are linked together using jumprings making this bracelet very flexible. You can easily adapt this design to create a pendant by stitching a single component and adding a bail. To make a pair of earrings, stitch two components and add and earwire to each – talk about versatile!
For a quick and easy design, check out Marrakesh Bracelet by Lynn Davy.
SuperDuos are used to create the main component of this design, which is then dotted with seed beads and repeated to create a bracelet (or necklace) of any length.
Special Beadweaving Design
Also inside is a new design by Keiko Wada. Keiko is a designer using off-loom stitches, bead embroidery, and wireworking techniques. She teaches classes in Osaka, Japan, and is a Starman Trendsetter.
Keiko shares her Camellia Bracelet design as well as put together a beautiful limited edition kit.
Keiko’s floral-inspired Camellia Bracelet is comprised of components made using a variation on circular netting and right-angle weave stitches. Each component is made with Czech-glass beads and seed beads. The kit comes complete with all you need to stitch up your own bracelet as well as a copy of the magazine. Don’t delay, these will for sure go fast!
As always, Beadwork inspires and has us wanting to break out our needle, thread, and beads! So? Let’s get to it! Then into November we go and onto the next celebration.