Designer: Warren Feld
BEGINNER LEVEL / REFRESHER PROJECT
-- Bead Weaving Sequence
-- Lesson: Square Stitch
A fun way to learn square stitch basics, as you play with positive and negative spaces within your bracelet.
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The ABACUS BRACELET KIT
Instructions to make a 7" bracelet
- Step by Step instructions on CD
with text, diagrams and images
3mm Cube Beads
6/0 seed beads
8/0 seed beads
3.4mm mini fringe drops
FireLine size D
Bees Wax or Microcrystalline Wax
Beading Needles, Size #12
(1) Instructions Digital Download
About the Project...
The Square Stitch is one of the better bead weaving stitches to begin with. It is a good stitch to give you a sense of how to hold your piece. It is a good stitch to get a feel for managing the tension of your thread, as you weave through your project. It is easy to create patterns and to read these patterns on a graph.
The Square Stitch mimics the pattern of pieces done on a loom. The Square Stitch can utilize patterns developed for Loom, Cross Stitch or Knitting. Because each bead is woven together with the 3 beads around it, thus forming a square, it is very strong.
There is little concrete information about the Square Stitch prior to the early 1990's when it began showing up in instruction books. The Bead Society of Great Britain does have an earlier illustration of how-to-do the stitch, but no information in the organization of the stitch. Some people say it can be traced back to early African beadwork and some work dating back to the 15th century beadwork out of England.
The Square Stitch lends itself to uniform, square cut beads, such as cubes or delicas (cylinder beads). These will produce even, straight rows. With rounder beads, it is more difficult to maintain a tight thread tension. These rounder beads can often produce a slight curve to your piece, as well.
In this bracelet, we will be make a 6 ½” strip, with five starting and five ending rows of 3mm cube beads. When we add a clasp, this will make the bracelet fit comfortably around a 7” wrist. The instructions detail steps for making a bracelet for a 7” wrist.
To make a shorter bracelet, say for a 6” wrist, we would use fewer starting and ending rows. In this case, we would use two starting and two ending rows.
To make a longer bracelet, say for a 7 ½” wrist, we would add 3 more starting and ending rows, for a total of 8 rows each.
In the ABACUS Bracelet project...
- Basics of Square Stitch
--- How to hold your piece while working it
--- How to create negative and positive spaces
--- How to add different size and shape beads
--- How to add a simple edge embellishment
--- How to add thread
--- How to finish off your piece
--- How to add a clasp
TABLE OF CONTENTS
This set of instructions is organized as a series of
Jewelry Design Choices:
Section 1: Begin Square Stitch
Adding a Stop Bead
Section 2: Creating Negative Space, Partially Filled with 6/0 Seed Beads
Section 3: Creating Negative Space, Partially Filled with 8/0 Seed Beads
Running Our of Thread/Adding Thread/ Snagging Thread-Loop
Section 4: Test Bracelet Size
Section 5: Add Edging
Section 6: Attach Clasp
|LEARNING OBJECTIVES||ABACUS BRACELET|
|1. Managing Thread Tension||BEGINNER|
|2. Holding Your Piece To Work It||BEGINNER|
|3. Reading Simple Pattern, Figure and/or Graph||BEGINNER|
|4. Selecting Materials||BEGINNER|
|5. Identifying Areas of Potential Weakness, and |
Strategies for Dealing With These
|6. Determining Measurements, including Width and Length of a Piece, Especially In Relationship To Bead Sizes||BEGINNER|
|7. Finishing Off Threads in Piece or Adding Threads||BEGINNER|
|UNDERSTANDING CRAFT BASIS OF STITCH|
|1. Starting the Stitch||BEGINNER|
|2. Implementing the Basic Stitch||BEGINNER|
|3. Finishing Off Your Piece With A Clasp Assembly||BEGINNER|
|4. Creating Simple Surface Embellishment|
|5. Increasing and Decreasing|
|6. Working Stitch in Tubular Form|
|7. Working Stitch To Create Open (Negative Spaces), and Split Forms||BEGINNER|
|8. Elaborately Embellishing the Stitch, including Fringes, Edge Treatments, Straps and Connectors|
|9. Working Stitch in Circular Form|
|10. Working Stitch in 3-Dimensions|
|UNDERSTANDING ART & DESIGN BASIS OF STITCH|
|1. Learning Implications When Choosing Different Sizes/Shapes of Beads, or Using Different Stringing Materials||BEGINNER|
|2. Understanding Relationship of this Stitch in Comparision to Other Types of Bead Weaving/Bead Stringing Stitches|
|3. Understanding How Bead Asserts Its Need For Color, Using This Stitch|
|4. Creating Your Own Design with This Stitch, in Reference to Jewelry Design Principles of Composition|
|5. Creating Shapes, Components and Forms with This Stitch, and Establishing Themes|
|BECOMING BEAD WEAVING ARTIST|
|1. Developing A Personal Style|
|2. Valuing or Pricing Your Work|
|3. Teaching Others The Stitch|
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