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ETRUSCAN COLLAR CLASS (class fee; kit purchased separately)


ETRUSCAN COLLAR CLASS (class fee; kit purchased separately)

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You may also register by phone (615-292-0610) or in-person at Be Dazzled Beads in Nashville.



Kit with Instructions on CD or CD Instructions Only
Instructions Digital Download



Create a sophisticated, contemporary Etruscan-style collar! Layer two Ndebele stitched strips, slightly curving the interior edge and embellishing with chain.


In this Etruscan Collar, we incorporate contemporary design and beadweaving techniques to bring about senses of sophistication, dimensionality, and clever craftsmanship. We discuss the roles of bead shapes and color selections, particularly in terms of simultaneity effects, in this 2-layered Ndebele Stitch piece. We use a modified Ndebele/Brick Stitch to attach our two Ndebele Stitch layers together and create a curved interior edge, and then a book-binding stitch to add a chain embellishment.

Bead weaving is a collection of hundreds of different stitching techniques and strategies for creating pieces that approximate a piece of cloth.

The Ndebele stitch, sometimes called Herringbone Stitch, is a loose-knit stitch that lends itself to many creative variations. It results in a herringbone pattern, or zig-zag effect.

This Etruscan Collar Necklace consists of two overlapping strips of Ndebele Stitch, a chain embellishment, and an attached choker clasp. The strips are overlapped so that they curve slightly along the inner edge.

The challenge, here for me, was to create a sophisticated, wearable, and attractive piece that exemplified concepts about contemporizing traditional jewelry. At about the same time I was trying to conceptualize this piece, I had been asked to lead an 8-day workshop on Jewelry Design in Cortona, Italy. I pretty quickly married my design work to this teaching opportunity, and created a workshop called "Contemporizing Etruscan Jewelry".

Things clicked. I found an Etruscan Collar that I immediately connected with. See image below:

There is considerable artistry and craftsmanship underlying Etruscan jewelry. 
I began to interpret and analyze this piece. I first broke it down in terms of its Traditional Components.

Contemporizing Traditional Jewelryhas to do with how you take these particular traditional forms and techniques, and both add your personal style to the pieces, as well as make them more relevant to today�s sense of fashion and style. The challenge for the designer is how to keep traditional ideas essential and alive for today's audience.

Part of the artistry of the jewelry designer has to do with the control over color. Picking colors is about making strategic choices. And picking Bead Colors is about understanding how the bead asserts its needs for color.The jewelry designer must be strategic in the placement of color within the piece. The designer achieves balance and harmony, partly through the placement of colors. The designer determines how colors are distributed within the piece, and what movement and rhythm and effect result. And the designer determines what proportions of each color are used, where in the piece, and how.

One set of color-theories, widely used in our Etruscan Collar, employed to make these kinds of choices have to do withSimultaneity Effects. Colors in the presence of other colors get perceived differently, depending on the color combination.






- Orientation To Beads & Jewelry Findings 
- Introductory Knowledge of Ndebele stitch
- An intermediate level knowledge of and experience with bead weaving





LearnToBead Goals:
- Creating a design-plan for a layered bead woven necklace collar
- Strategically selecting a color palette, especially in reference to "simultaneity effects"
- Implementing the Ndebele Stitch using a 4mm cube and two 2mm beads to create two strips which will later overlap
- Reinforcing the Ndebele strips
- Attaching and assembling two layers of Ndebele Stitched strips using a hybrid brick stitch/ndebele stitch technique

- Weaving in a decorative chain element along the inner boundaries of the piece, using a bookbinding stitch
- Attaching a choker clasp assembly
- Some ideas about what it means to "contemporize" a traditional piece of jewelry



- Create two layers of ndebele and ladder stitched strips
- Attach two strips
- Add chain embellishment
- Add clasp




LTB-BW3-NB-01 Etruscan Collar
15 - 17 1/2" necklace
Intermediate/Advanced Level Class






1. Managing Thread Tension




2. Holding Your Piece To Work It




3. Reading Simple Pattern, Figure and/or Graph




4. Selecting Materials




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




7. Finishing Off Threads in Piece or Extending by Adding Threads







1. Starting the Stitch




2. Implementing the Basic Stitch




3. Finishing Off Your Piece With A Clasp Assembly




4. Creating Simple Surface Embellishment




5. Creating a Simple Edging or Fringe




6. Working Stitch in Flat Form




7. Increasing and Decreasing




8. Working Stitch in Tubular Form




9. Working Stitch To Create Open (Negative Spaces), and Split Forms




10. Elaborately Embellishing the Stitch, including Fringes, Edge Treatments, Bails, Straps and Connectors




11. Working Stitch in Circular Form




12. Working Stitch in Spiral Form




13. Working Stitch in Diagonal Form




14. Working Stitch in 3-Dimensions (sculptural)







1. Learning Implications When Choosing Different Sizes/Shapes of Beads, or Using Different Stringing Materials




2. Understanding Relationship of this Stitch in Comparison to Other Types of Bead Weaving Stitches




3. Understanding How Bead Asserts Its Need For Color, Using This Stitch




4. Creating Your Own Design with This Stitch, in Reference to Design Elements and Jewelry Design Principles of Composition




5. Creating Shapes, Components and Forms with This Stitch, and Establishing Themes




6. Building in Structural Supports, and Other Support Elements, into the Design







1. Developing A Personal Style




2. Valuing or Pricing Your Work




3. Teaching Others The Stitch




4. Promoting Yourself and Your Work




5. Advocating for Jewelry as "Art" and as "Design"







4mm cubes (150 grams)
11/0 seed beads (39 grams)
2mm round or 11/0 delicas (200 beads)
35" chain
FireLine (125 yards)


With This Kit, You Will Receive...

- Step by Step instructions on CD
with text, diagrams and images
- 4mm Miyuki glass cube beads, 11/0 seed beads or 11/0 delicas or 1.8mm cubes
- Swarovski crystal Series 5000 round beads, 2mm
- gold plated cable chain
- gold plated adjustable hook/eye choker clasp 
- FireLine cable thread, size D
- 4ea of size #10 and size #12 beading needles 
- Plastic case with lid for carrying these supplies

a. 14KT Gold 3-strand choker clasp
b. Gold Filled or Vermeil 3-strand choker clasp
c. Sterling Silver Choker Clasp)


What You Will Need To Have On Hand...
- Bees wax or microcrystalline wax
- Ruler, pencil and paper
- Work Surface
- Bic lighter or thread zapper
- Bead to use as "stopper", or bead stoppers, or clamps
- chain nose or flat nose pliers
- necklace sizing cone or some way to measure your neck
- Sufficient lighting, magnification, chair cushioning, if needed




This class is typically offered once every other year.  


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

When registering online, select the WILL PICK UP AT BE DAZZLED shipping option.




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