Geometric shapes such as circles, squares, and triangles, are familiar to the eye and provide versatile building blocks for design. When you add three-dimensional structure to them, then they become forms such as spheres, cubes, and triangular prisms. Beadwork Fall 2021 features four new designs inspired by geometry. If the idea of geometric beadwork has sparked your imagination, be sure to check out these projects. And if you’re an Interweave+ member, they’re included in your membership!
ABOVE: Jean Power takes her beadwork 3D.
Frame It Up
Shaped beads have been getting so much attention lately that it’s exciting to see that getting back to basics isn’t basic at all. Golden Frames by Nicole Vogt uses geometric cubic-right-angle-weave frames to make a statement necklace that’s extra in all the right ways. You’ll love the challenge of incorporating many beadwork techniques while creating a necklace that pops…literally!
Master Simplicity with Geometric Beadwork
Learn a unique approach to peyote stitch that will take your beadwork three-dimensional! Making Pentagon Bangles by Jean Power will advance your stitching skills as you create a geometric beadwork design that is truly captivating. For an adventure in peyote-stitched chain with a dramatic, geometric, bezeled-crystal flower at the center, be sure to download Jean Power’s Lotus Necklace.
Use simple circular, tubular peyote and herringbone stitches to work two nested triangle motifs and create these Equilateral Earrings by Robijo Burzynski. These earrings speak to me with their clean lines and dimensionality. Since they use one color of seed beads, it would be easy to change the colors – I’m thinking silver and gold so I can wear them with anything? But let your bead stash be your guide.
Versatile & Colorful
Inspired by Kate McKinnon’s project on Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Steelstack Pendant by Wendy Ellsworth uses a combination of peyote and herringbone stitches to make two warped squares that fit inside each other. This is an eye-catching technique for creating pendants, but it’s also a wonderful way to make unique bails.
Once you master the technique, you’ll start imagining many ways to use it in your jewelry designs. And have you tried your hand at Wendy’s Stellar Explosion Bracelet? It also uses Contemporary Geometric Beadwork techniques to create beaded layers to form the star shape. Both projects are available free with Interweave+ membership.
Wire+Beads = Delicious
Wire is great for making jewelry from geometric shapes, and I couldn’t resist including this Geometry Bracelet by Annett Holbert that combines wire and beading. The structure of the bracelet is a spiral opened and flattened and embellished with basic wire wrapping and crystals. Easily change the look by using your favorite color beads or adding a patina.
Make it Mathematical with Geometric Beadwork
Dive further into geometry-inspired projects with Geometric Designs and Origami: Journeys in Math and Art. You’ll learn about beaded cubes and dodecahedrons, along with other geometric forms to try and geometric beadwork projects to stitch.
If you’re an Interweave+ member, download these patterns and join the discussions about them in the Interweave+ Community. It’s fun seeing each other’s projects and trading tips!
Katie Hacker, Content Manager, Bead & Jewelry
Golden Frames Necklace Project Download$4.00
Stellar Explosion Bracelet Project Download$4.00
Steelstack Pendant Pattern Download$4.00
Equilateral Earrings Pattern Download$4.00
Geometry Bracelet Wire Working Project Download$4.00
Lotus Necklace Pattern Download$4.00
Pentagon Bangles Pattern Download$4.00