If You Want To Get Started In Bead Weaving....
- CENTER FOR BEADWORK & JEWELRY ARTS
STITCH OF THE MONTH
Instructor - Caren Johnson
$30.00 fee each session ($30.00 deposit reserves space)
Meets 2nd Saturday morning of each month, 9:30am-noon
First session repeated on:
Sat, 7/10, 10am-noon
The Stitch of the Month curriculum is designed to teach 12 major
bead-weaving stitches/techniques in a comparative context. This is
perhaps one of the best ways to learn bead weaving. You get a
clearer understanding of what each stitch is, how to manage and
control it, and what your project and design options are, when you
learn them comparatively, rather than in isolation from each other.
Each class is devoted to explaining a little of the history of the
stitch and the how-to basics of doing the stitch. Students then
practice with variations on the stitch, such as
increasing/decreasing, flat vs. tubular vs. circular, and the like.
Students are guided in planning a sampler, using the stitch.
Students create samplers of each stitch or technique, and combine
these either in a shadow box display, or as a quilt wall hanging, or
as individual sampler hanging tapestries.
Students may join the class at any point in the 12-month cycle. You
may do all of the classes, or only some of them, as you desire. The
first class is repeated every 2-3 months. If you miss a class, it
will be repeated in the next cycle.
The Twelve Sessions, which begin in June of each year
1. Beadweaving Primer. This session then introduces The Square
(This session is repeated every 2-3 months)
Sat, July 10th, 10am-noon
2. The Herring Bone Stitch
(also known as the Ndebele Stitch)
3. The Peyote Stitch
4. The Brick Stitch
5. The Loom
6. Right Angle Weave Stitch
7. Chevron Stitch
9. Fringe Techniques
10. Bead Embroidery Techniques
11. Spiral Rope Strap Techniques
12. St. Petersburg Chain Strap Techniques
There are some basic supplies that you will want to consider
bringing to any of the sessions above, including:
Size 12/0 or size 10/0 English beading needles
C-Lon thread or Nymo Thread Size D
Delicas in a main and 2 accent colors. 1 tube each should be enough
Bead board, tray and work surface (you will want a way to spread
your beads out, but keep the colors separated)
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