Beading Trends: Show Your Style with Beaded Stripes
Stripes never go out of style, but they’re having a moment in clothing, beaded jewelry, and home décor. From powerfully contrasting colors to more muted shades, stripes can be used to make a statement with your bead weaving designs. Plus, did you know that stripes have a colorful past?
Stripes began to appear in black and white on clothing during medieval times, when prisoners and other people of ill repute wore them. They weren’t mainstream until Queen Victoria and later Coco Chanel popularized navy and white stripes. Multicolor stripes became common in the 60s and 70s and were originally considered to be a rebellious look.
Whether you dig black and white stripes or a more colorful palette, stripes will infuse your next beading project with a dramatic sense of style. Read more about Jewelry Trends for 2019 and have fun working stripes into your beading repertoire.
Viva Las Fringes
The Viva Las Fringes set by Leslie Rogalski is a perfect blend of playful stripes and serious stitches. Black, red, and white make a distinctive color combination, and rubber tubing has an industrial style that completes the look. Leslie is known for beadwork that’s inspired by graphic design. This project uses odd-count peyote stitch and includes steps for making coordinating earrings.
Confetti Spiral Bracelet
Create your own fiesta using vivid, bold colors in Marilyn T. Aronson’s Confetti Spiral Bracelet. This bright bracelet uses a Dutch spiral, where simply changing bead sizes in tubular peyote creates a dynamic twist effect. You’ll use tubular and circular peyote stitch for a design you’ll want to make again and again in as many colorways as you can dream. If you enjoy mixing colors and stitches, be sure to check out Marilyn’s Patchwork Paradise Bracelet.
Sweet as Sugar Bracelet
The Sweet as Sugar Bracelet by Linda Anderson is a piece of cake to braid using basic kumihimo and simple wireworking. The spiral pattern makes it easy to create a striped effect. Using rondelle-shaped beads gives the spiral a different look than making the spiral with round beads. It’s a textured design with subtle stripes, but you could substitute brighter colors if you want to see more contrast.
Half Chevron Earrings
Half Chevron Earrings by Kerry Bogert. Wireworker Kerry says, “I am in love with the chevron trend that has swept both fashion and home décor as of late. I designed these earrings to bring a bit of that trend into my jewelry wardrobe. I used lots of fun bright colors and split the chevron in half, one point for each side of the earrings, to add some interest. Grab your favorite colors of colored copper wire and add a pair to your repertoire!”
Striped Mosaic Pendant
Cindy Kinerson’s Striped Mosaic Pendant is a structural pendant made by layering color-blocked rows of cubic right-angle weave. Embellish the piece using peyote stitch and finish with a bezeled cabochon dangle. For another amazing striped idea, check out Cindy’s Cellini Slide Necklace.
Pondo Lace Bracelet
The Pondo Lace Bracelet by Cristie Prince uses Demi Round seed beads to bring a new, lacy look to the centuries-old Pondo stitch. The beads form a diagonal stripe that makes it fun to stitch and creates a fashion-forward design.
Beading Trends: Beaded Stripes
Do you remember Fruit Stripes gum? When I was a kid, it had a very catchy jingle. Ever since I started writing this post, the words have been in my head: Yipes! Stripes! Fruit Stripes Gum! I promise you don’t have to sing along, and you definitely don’t have chew along. But, I hope you will bead along with some of the fantastic striped jewelry projects shown here.
Interim Managing Editor of Beadwork