Beadweaving Hinges, Basting Stitches, and More From Nichole Starman
Beadweaving hinges and basting with beads? Yes! You read that right!
Recently, we had the pleasure of hosting Nichole Starman in our offices. While with us, Nichole spent time with our editorial department. They talked some shop, and then got down to business! Business this time meant having Nichole in our studios filming a few of her signature and groundbreaking two-hole stitching techniques. Two of these techniques can be found in Nichole’s Hinges & Baste Stitching video, just released.
Beadweaving Hinges and Basting
In this video, Nichole offers insight on how to use different types of two- and four-hole shaped beads to create architecture. She then gives an in-depth look at how to stitch hinges into your beadwork and how to make use of her basting stitch.
These techniques not only give greater flexibility, they allow us to create designs with layers. This is otherwise challenging or nearly impossible to do without these advancements. One take away that left a great visual in my mind – use the QuadraTile bead as the base plate, as you would when constructing a building. And use the QuadraLentil the same way but for a softer edge.
On Basting, in Nichole’s words
After experiencing frustration with tension in three dimensional designs, I discovered that a simple baste stitch will eliminate hours of “redo work.” The technique has been used for ages in sewing and lends itself well to beading, too.
To keep designs flexible, I keep the tension in the bottom layers loose and gradually stitch tighter as I build upwards. Baste stitching provides temporary form and control of the base layers. This makes it easier to handle the piece and prevents unnecessary stress on the working thread.
Nichole uses hinges and basting to create this bangle. With these stitches she is able to bring a lot of spacial depth and texture to the design.
Nichole, wife and mother of 2 boys (ages 7 and almost 5), is the Director of Starman, a Starman TrendSetter, and a bead creator. Nichole is also a 2016 Beadwork Designer of the Year. She has brought us amazing beadweaving designs throughout the year, including designs which using beads she’s designed. One favorite is Xanadu from Beadwork August/September 2016 issue.
Creating beads is something that Nichole has done for over 15 years. She inspired the two-hole beading revolution when she created the CzechMates system. Her latest addition to the CzechMates family is the Crescent, an incredibly thin wedge shape that ads texture and elegant beauty.
Nichole’s most recent collaboratively created bead is the new TOHO Demi Round™ bead – a design she worked on with TOHO for over two and a half years. This innovation yielded a bead that is thinner (in width – hole-to-hole). The bead holds true to the accurate cutting standards TOHO is known for and is currently available in sizes 8/0 and 11/0, across 50 colors (with more to be added to the line).
As a follow up to a few questions, Nichole offers some heartfelt thoughts and additional tips with us.
I appreciate the experience and encouragement I’ve been shown by members of our beading community. Gifted people like Diane Fitzgerald and Eileen Barker have been a great source of inspiration, and it’s rewarding to see their talents working with beads that we work so hard to develop.
Her favorite thread
I’ve worked with FireLine® thread for many years and have recently made the jump to Toho’s One-G for most projects. It’s an amazing thread that works well with the CzechMates. It was an honor to work with TOHO to add an additional 10 colors to the line last year, giving us even more options to blend with the ever-expanding bead-color palette.
My Wish for Nichole
Nichole is a busy businesswoman, designer, wife, and mom of two boys. My wish for her is a little work and a whole lot of play. When it comes to learning from Nichole, though, I can’t get enough. So, thank you for squeezing in time for us, sharing even more of your talent and expertise, and for all the great beads you’re creating! Find your balance and keep going – we’re loving all you’re doing!
I can’t wait to see all the creativity this unleashes in you!
To learn more about Nichole and her designs, check out these other posts:
Bead Weaving: Learn the Accordion Stitch with Nichole Starman
Beadweaving Floral Motifs and Fresh Thinking, with Nichole Starman