I guess I can no longer consider myself a beading novice as I’ve been beading for over a year. Thanks to a class at Vogue Knitting Live, I learned the basic technique of placing a bead on a stitch.
There had to be more to do with beads! I have since been teaching myself how to bead using YouTube and books and a lot of trial and error.
I’ve discovered that, really, anything goes when beading even though it has defined stitches. It’s nice to have a solid background of already recognized stitches, but there are so many variations that you can do.
For my very first project – a necklace to wear to the opera at La Scala in Milan (and I have to interrupt myself to mention – how lucky am I? – I don’t take this for granted, nor is it said with any sort of snobbery) – I went online to see how to do what I wanted to do – have beads dangling from beaded tubes. I could not believe that I invented this! However, it’s true. I could not find any advice online, and I have not seen anything like it anywhere. (Go Me!)
There are many beading stitches. The “basic” ones (or at least the ones that I learned first) are peyote, spiral and herringbone. I find it easier to learn and manipulate the stitches as tubular even though ALL the instructions direct one to learn the flat technique first.
The circular diagonal direction of the beads in the “Opera” necklace make this design recognizable to beaders as peyote.
Currently, I find myself drawn to the tubular herringbone stitch.
Here’s one of the first herringbone designs I made. The primary orange beads are vintage Venetian. These Vintage Venetian glass Seed Beads were manufactured between the late 1800’s and 1920’s and are an exquisite example of fine Venetian craftsmanship. Vintage materials provide a link to the past and allow for further appreciation of materials that could have otherwise been lost.
Here’s a necklace I did using different sized beads and with a wonderful druzy pendant.
Here’s another herringbone piece with a handmade lampwork bead, purchased on Etsy, as the focal.
This one has peyote as the main part of the necklace and then little herringbone tubes closer to the stones.
Weaving loops of beads around a spine creates the spiral stitch. I made this one with a holiday theme in mind. The silver and copper bugle beads accented with red beads really sparkle and shine!
More to come!