What’s New In the World of Bead Weaving? Diamond Weave!
From Jennifer: Along with innovations in shaped glass beads, it seems that bead artists are also creating new and exciting new bead weaving stitches. Just this week, a book about a new beading stitch, Diamond Weave, is available with detailed instructions and beautiful new beading projects.
The two European beaders behind the new Diamond Weave book are Cath Thomas of Switzerland and Gerlinde Lenz of Germany.
Cath started beading more than 10 years ago. She sees it as a Zen activity guided by the Universe, to create dimensional paintings or objects with big pixels. With a subtle minimalist approach, Cath often creates designs using creative game tactics and rules. She mixes off-loom beading, bead embroidery and mixed media elements resulting in little intricate delights, pieces which convey a feeling, sensation, emotion, or chant nature.
Gerlinde started making bead-woven models of Plato’s ‘ideal solids’, along with numerous derivations thereof, back in 1988. ‘Geometric Jewels’ became the brand name for her jewelry based on these self-supporting beaded beads. In 2004, she invented Diamond Weave in response to a challenge. She has found other new weaves since then, but none as incredibly versatile as this one. Her approach to bead weaving is technical, usually led by the question: ‘Can I?’ This book is her dream come true, because now you can work and play with Diamond Weave too.
I asked the authors and bead artists Cath Thomas and Gerlinde Lenz to tell me more about it…
From Cath and Gerlinde: A diamond is a square put on its corner. Diamond Weave results in a bead woven fabric which looks like diagonal right-angle weave, but the thread path of this bead weaving stitch is radically different from right-angle weave, and generally works up much faster. We had to come up with a special terminology to describe it . Gerlinde calls it a “procrastinator’s delight”. Cath says that in some aspects, Diamond Weave is to RAW what peyote stitch is to brick stitch.
Diamond Weave has smooth edges, is sturdy, and extremely versatile. The rhythm of the thread path of this bead weaving stitch is also very pleasant and soothing, according to the lucky few who helped us test the instructions and projects in our book.
Once you’ve mastered the basic Diamond Weave stitch, you can make buttonholes for your beaded bracelets and necklaces, and even change things up with shaping and embellishment techniques. The diverse and innovative beading projects using Diamond Weave that are illustrated in the book actually show only a few of the endless possibilities to use this new bead weaving stitch!
Looking for more European-inspired bead weaving projects? Don’t miss out on the Princess Kate bracelet kit in gold! It’s a classic beaded bracelet project using crystal cup chain and delicate gold bugle beads that looks like something right out of a fairy tale. You’ll get all the beads you need to make your own Princess Kate bracelet, plus a copy of Stitching With Shaped Beads: 10 Beaded Projects to Make Using Bugle Beads. (You can find the instructions for the Princess Kate bracelet in that eBook!)
There are only a limited number of these kits available, so get yours before they’re all sold out.
P.S. You can find more designs and patterns by Cath Thomas and Gerlinde Lenz in their Etsy Shop, SamohtaC.