I've had conversations with several of our readers and fellow bloggers recently regarding the fine art of beadweaving and working with small seed beads.
Freeform peyote bracelet, beaded by Tanya Goodwin
After seeing these pieces, I can't help but exclaim, "I love the works of yours I've seen, but oh, the patience that must take!" One of these recent conversations took place with beader, blogger, and photographer, Tanya Goodwin.
...To which she replied, "For some reason, I've always thought bead weaving was relaxing. I can get into the 'zone' and listen to the TV or something. For me, it takes more patience/creativity than I have to string beads. I am jealous of those of you who can look at beads and find such pleasing combinations." I found that such a surprising answer!
using Lisa Kan's Corsage Cuff design.
Visit Tanya's blog to see her variations on the design
and how she integrated the pieces into necklaces.
I've been admiring the work many of you do with seed beading for a while now, and while my eyesight and nervous system won't allow me to participate, ;-) I still find it fascinating, and want to learn more. It seems like an interesting specialty within the jewelry-making world! So I invited Tanya to be a guest on this blog, and she was kind enough to accept and quickly pulled together information for us on the topic. I'm afraid the hold-up has been all mine. But I'm very pleased to now present, the long anticipated....
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Guest Post by Tanya Goodwin!
Author of the blog, "A Work in Progress."
In her own words...
Just to give you an idea of what seed beading entails:
Most weaving is done with a tiny needle and some sort of beading thread. I like a product called Fireline, but there are other types. Seed beads come in a great many shapes: round, cylinder, triangle, hex, and square. There are some newer shapes that have two holes: tila and twin beads. Most seed beads are rather small. The size 8 are about 3mm, size 11 are about 2mm and size 15 are even smaller. Most of the patterns I follow use those sizes. Most patterns also use pearls, crystals, artbeads and almost anything else.
Ingenuity turns the pattern into "Studded Rounds" Bracelet!
There are several types of stitches that are widely used: peyote, brickstitch, right angle weave, herringbone, square stitch, spiral stitch, netting (I'm sure I'm forgetting a few). Most of these can be used to produce a flat piece or a circular piece. They can be embellished and combined with each other to make something totally unique. The stitches can make jewelry, a small box, different shapes, little beaded animals, etc.
"Sleek in Silver" designed by Hatsumi Oshitani,
published in Beadwork October, 2011,
I usually read "Bead and Button" and "Beadwork" from cover to cover. The magazines have all sorts of projects, including wonderful seed bead projects. There are also alot of designers who sell their patterns on Etsy or Artfire.
"Beading Babes" blog page
"Beading Babes" is a group started by Karyn from the blog "Releases by Rufy Doof." We choose one or two projects for the month and all work on them. At the end of the month, we post our versions of the projects. Beading Babes has been a great way to get to know other seed beaders and see how the same design might vary from beader to beader. If anyone is interested in joining or browsing past projects, hop over to Karyn's blog.
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I truly thank Tanya for her wonderful introduction to the world of seed beading! I know there is a lot entailed and as I said earlier, I highly respect this artform!
My original intention was to link to your blogs or shops and show off your works as an addendum to this page. However, I'm afraid I might miss someone who would like to be included.
So,... I'm going to ask you to step forward, please. Leave me a message if you have a website I can link to on a future blog post. If you can give me a page link with an example of your work, that's even better! I'll make a list of links and we can blog or shop hop from one to another! (If you don't have a blog or shop, just let me know and you can email me your photos. I'm happy to post!) I would love to see more examples of this type of work...and I know for a fact some of you do this! So PLEASE share with all of us!
Many thanks to all of you, and many thanks to Tanya!
P.S. Thanks for your supportive comments while I was away a few days. Your kind words are always appreciated!