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BEAD WEAVING

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VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204.
 

THE FIRST CLASS IN THIS SEQUENCE IS BEAD WEAVING BASICS.

 

Bead weaving is a collection of hundreds of different stitching techniques and strategies for creating pieces that approximate a piece of cloth.  Stitches and beads. Create simple or elaborate forms using different techniques for connecting, interlocking and embellishing beads and beadwork. That's beadweaving, and you see the results in amulet bags, beaded sculptures, beaded vessels, necklaces, bracelets, loomwork, appliqués and more. Many projects attempt to emulate a piece of cloth or textile. Other projects are more figural or sculptural.  There are many different techniques of bead weaving. The most popular are peyote stitch, right angle weave, loom work, brick stitch, ndebele, square stitch, and netting.

 

Begin with our BEAD WEAVING BASICS class.

Take our stitch by stitch intensive classes and WORKSHOPS during the year, work through our learning-directed project KITS, as well as check out online tutorials on YouTube, on the various bead magazine sites, and bead supplier sites.

Fin
ally, explore some of the other Interest Areas. Of particular interest would include the beginning BEAD STRINGING classes involving crimping and needle and thread; the Pearl Kotting class; and the first WIRE WORK class.
 

Then consider beginning the JEWELRY DESIGN  Sequence.

 

 

BEAD WEAVING BASICS:
Square, Peyote and Right Angle Weave

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ABACUS BRACELET (Square Stitch)

 

 

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT BRACELET (Peyote)

 

 

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CURVY BRACELET (Right Angle Weave)

 

In this beginning class, we discuss such things as:

(1) SURVEY OF TYPES OF SEED BEADS, WHAT WORKS WHEN, QUALITY ISSUES
- HOW TO THREAD A NEEDLE
- HOW TO WAX YOUR THREAD
- HOW TO ADD A STOP BEADS
- HOW TO PICK UP BEADS WITH YOUR NEEDLE
- HOW TO HOLD YOUR PIECE WHILE WORKING IT

(2) STRINGING MATERIALS AND MANAGING THREAD TENSION
- COLOR EFFECTS OF THREAD
- FINISHING OFF AND ADDING THREAD

(3) BASICS ABOUT WAXES

(4) BASICS ABOUT NEEDLES

(5) ANTICIPATING ISSUES OF MOVEMENT, DRAPE, FLOW and DURABILITY

(6) THE STITCHES: Peyote, Square, Right Angle Weave
- OTHER IMPORTANT STITCHES AND STITCH VARIATIONS TO LEARN

(7) ATTACHING CLASPS

We practice 3 popular bead weaving techniques - Square, Flat Even-Count Peyote, and Right Angle Weave.
We go over instructions for making bracelets using these three stitches. 
Students begin one of the three projects during class.

 

 

 

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Electives, Kits, and OnLine Tutorials

SQUARE STITCH

# of rows per inch: 15/0 seed beads = 17 rows; 11/0 cylinders = 15 rows; 11/0 seed beads = 11 rows; 8/0 seed beads = 9 rows; 6/0 seed beads = 6 rows

GARDEN WALK BRACELET
Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class)

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ETRUSCAN SQUARE STITCH BRACELET
Advanced Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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ABACUS BRACELET
Beginner
(No Kit)
Instructions Digital Download
Sign up for Bead Weaving Basics 

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PEYOTE STITCH

# of rows per inch: 15/0 seed beads = 32 rows; 11/0 cylinders = 30 rows; 11/0 seed beads = 23 rows; 8/0 seed beads = 16 rows; 6/0 seed beads = 11 rows

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT BRACELET
Beginner
(No Kit)
Instructions Digital Download
Sign up for Bead Weaving Basics 

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BezelWorks Pendant w/Strap
Intermediate/Advanced
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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PEYOTE 1-2-3 BANGLE
Advanced Beginner

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Coming soon...
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RIGHT ANGLE WEAVE STITCH

BLAZING BARNACLES NECKLACE
Intermediate
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class)

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GWYNIAN ROPES BRACELET
Intermediate/Advanced
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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CURVY BRACELET
Beginner
(No Kit)
Instructions Digital Download
Sign up for Bead Weaving Basics 

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COLORBLOCK BRACELET
Intermediate
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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NDEBELE STITCH (also called Herringbone Stitch)

# of rows per inch: 15/0 seed beads = 22 rows; 11/0 cylinders = 18 rows; 11/0 seed beads = 15 rows; 8/0 seed beads = 12 rows; 6/0 seed beads = 8 rows

MOTHER'S CELEBRATION BRACELET
Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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ETRUSCAN COLLAR
Intermediate/Advanced
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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NETTING

COBBLESTONES BRACELET
Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class) 

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ETRUSCAN VINE NECKLACE
Intermediate
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class)

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BRICK STITCH

# of rows per inch: 15/0 seed beads = 20 rows; 11/0 cylinders = 19 rows; 11/0 seed beads = 17 rows; 8/0 seed beads = 12 rows; 6/0 seed beads = 8 rows

TUXEDO PARK BANGLE BRACELET
Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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Sign Up For Online Video Tutorial

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FRINGE

MONET'S GARDEN BRACELET
Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class)

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CATERPILLAR ESPIRITU BRACELET
Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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BEAD CROCHET

# of rows per inch: 15/0 seed beads = 20 rows; 11/0 cylinders = 18 rows; 11/0 seed beads = 15 rows; 8/0 seed beads = 13 rows; 6/0 seed beads = 8 rows

PERLEN CROCHET
Advanced Beginner
(No Kit)
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DRAGON BACK BRACELET
Intermediate
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class)

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PETERSBURG CHAIN

PETERSBURG CHAIN ROPE BRACELET
Beginner

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-- Instructions Digital Download
-- Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
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AUTUMN'S END BRACELET
Advanced
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class)

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STREETSCAPE BARCELONA BRACELET
Intermediate

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Order Kit w/Instructions on CD
Download Instructions Only

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SPIRAL ROPE
 






 
BEAD EMBROIDERY

HAPUA REEF CUFF
Advanced Beginner
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
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DAFFODIL CUFF BRACELET
Intermediate/Advanced
Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download
(No class) 

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OTHER PROJECTS 

DARA'S BRACELET
Intermediate
Right Angle Weave, Peyote, String with needle/thread

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CATENARY ARCHES BRACELET
Advanced
Peyote, Right Angle Weave, Square, Ladder, Brick, Ndebele

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Coming soon...
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Learn how to reinterpret and implement Bead Weaving Stitches in Architectural Terms.

   
   
   
   
   
 

BEADERS' CIRCLE

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This unstructured group meets every Wednesday afternoon between 1pm and 3pm, and on one Saturday afternoon each month, from 1pm to 5pm.

In the Wednesday group, the participants work on individual projects.   In the Saturday group, they work one on particular project out of a recent 
Bead & Button or Beadwork magazine. 

If you don't have the magazine copies, you can download 

a set of instructions for each project at the magazine's website.

There are no fees.  
All skill levels.


 

Learning Goals for 
Bead Weaving

For bead weaving, the hierarchical order of skills to learn follows this general form and pattern:

1. Positioning your hands and fingers, so you work with them, as if they were an artist’s easel

2. Holding the needle and thread and an introduction to thread tension

3. Learning a basic stitch, and working it flat

4. Learning to increase and decrease with the stitch

5. Learning tubular and circular variations

6. Learning to split the form or create negative spaces

7. Learning 3-dimensionality with the stitch, and issues of structural integrity

8. Embellishing the piece with fringes, edge treatments and straps or connectors

9. Understanding the stitch in the context of jewelry design principles

10. Understanding the stitch in comparison to other stitches

11. Experimenting with the stitch, including variations in thread tension, choice of beads, colors, textures, patterns, stringing materials, and integration with other stitches within the same piece.

 

 

 

 

SUPPLIES AND TOOLS
To KEEP ON HAND

Nymo, C-Lon, and/or ONE-G thread, in black, white and assorted other colors in sizes D and B or AA

FireLine in smoke grey and crystal in size D and size B

Size #10. Size #12, and size #13 English beading needles

Chain nose pliers
Round Nose Pliers
Side Cutters or Flush Cutters
Scissors

Ruler (marked in both inches and millimeters)
Bracelet and Necklace Sizing Cones
Bead Stoppers
Bead Board

Assortment of:
Clasps
Buttons and Large Beads to use as "clasps"
Jump Rings
Split Rings
Soldered Rings
End bars
Crimp beads, crimp covers and horseshoe wire protectors
Bails 
Connectors and Linkables

Bic lighter or thread zapper

Bees wax or microcrystalline was
Work surface
Trays

Pen and Paper


 

 

 

 

 

 

THE JEWELRY DESIGN DISCUSSION GROUP
Please join our new group on facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/jewelrydesign/

 

 

 

KITS make great gifts!
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Also, follow us on our 
LEARN TO BEAD BLOG

 

 

 

VIEW OUR CALENDAR SCHEDULE ONLINE.

You may register online for the next date this class is offered.   
Add course to your shopping cart, then continue with the checkout process.
Select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping otpoin.
After you register, we will send you an email confirmation.

You may also register 
- by phone (615-292-0610), or 
- in person at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204.