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Next Workshop: Saturday, 5/30, 2020, 10am - 4pm

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Frequency:  Every 3 years
Instructional Fee:   $45.00
Kit Fee:  $64.00   (Palettes:   Chartreuse/Raspberry/Olivine/Purple Iris  or Green/Olivine/Fushia/Lilac)
Bead Weaving Interest Area
Advanced Beginner/Intermediate Level

What You Will Learn:
- History of Ndebele
- Ndebele bead weaving basics
- Managing Thread Tension
- Reading a Pattern/Creating a simple figural representation
- Flat and Tubular and Spiral and Fanning Ndebele variations
- Increasing and Decreasing with Ndebele, both rapid and slow
- Adding a simple edging effect
- Adding a button clasp, and creating a negative space as part of the clasp assembly
- Discussion of when Ndebele works well


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About the Kit...

(includes size 11/0, 8/0 and 15/0 seed beads, and 11/0 and10/delicas, metal seed beads, mini-fringe drops, Czech glass button, FireLine cable thread, Size #10 and #12 English beading needles)



The Ndebele Stitch, (also known as the Herringbone Stitch or Basketweave Stitch), originates from South Africa from the Ndebele people. This stitch is known by the herringbone or zig-zag pattern the beads make when stitched together. 


This stitch is very versatile. There are many variations on the stitch, which can result in different patterns and textures, as well as looser or tighter tension. The Ndebele stitch is easy to incorporate with other beadweaving stitches, such as peyote, right angle or brick, off the Ndebele weave. 


The stitch is very soft and fluid. It results in a very beautiful texturing and patterning. A lot of thread shows in this stitch, and, in this case, is a charming part of the whole effect. 


The beads sit in regular columns in angled pairs, forming a "V" (thus, herringbone,) shape. 


Ndebele usually begins by creating a row or two of ladder-stitched beads. The stitch will work with any shape or size bead. Evenly sized beads will result in evenly sized beadwork. Round beads (as opposed to more squarer shapes) show less gaps between each pair of diagonally-stacked beads. With round beads, the piece feels a little more flexible. 


Ndebele is easily worked flat or tubular. 


Traditional Ndebele beadwork can also be very flat and 2-dimensional. In contemporary jewelry design, adding a sense of 3-dimensionality, as well as movement, are important design elements. Here the somewhat free-flowing flat strips and tubes, as well as the raised button, help contemporize the piece. 


In our Ndebele Celebration Bracelet, we get an opportunity to learn several variations on Ndebele. These include 3 different ways to make tube shape, including a basic tube, a basic spiral tube, and a soft spiral tube. We learn to increase the number of beads in the width of our piece using a gradual increase strategy. We also learn to decrease the number of beads in the width of our piece using a rapid decrease strategy. We learn to make a fan or arc by varying the sizes of our beads within our rows. We learn to create a "negative space" in order to provide a "button hole" for our clasp. We also learn to make a simple decorative edging effect on the sides of our bracelet.


 This bracelet is meant to be worn loosely around the wrist.





The Design Perspective
The Design Perspective focuses on how the jewelry designer and bead artist make choices about...
-what to do, and not do
-what to include, and not include
-how to balance off conflicting demands between beauty and functionality.






Nearby Motels

The Iris Motel, 656 W Iris Dr, Nashville, TN 37204•(615) 669-1293
La Quinta Inn by Wyndham Nashville South, 4311 Sidco Dr, Nashville, TN 37204•(615) 834-6900
Red Roof PLUS+ Nashville Fairgrounds, 4271 Sidco Dr, Nashville, TN 37204•(615) 832-0093
Four Points by Sheraton Nashville - Brentwood, 760 Old Hickory Blvd, Brentwood, TN 37027•(615) 964-5500
Hampton Inn Nashville-brentwood-i-65s, 5630 Franklin Pike Circle, Brentwood, TN 37027+ 855-845-6550
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Nearby Restaurants


Yellow Porch
Logans Roadhouse
Baja Burrito
Smoothie King
Calypso Café
Sam and Zoes

Viu Kitchen
Juice Bar
Pfunky Griddle
Brothers Burger Joint
Hugh Baby’s


Merengue Café
Sunflower Café
Firehouse Subs
Jersey Mikes
Thai Kitchen
Eastern Peak






About Warren Feld



"Jewelry Design Is A Life Lived With Wearable Art" -- Warren Feld

For Warren Feld, Jewelry Designer, beading and jewelry making endeavors have been wonderful adventures. These adventures, over the past 31 years, have taken Warren from the basics of bead stringing and bead weaving, to wire working and silver smithing, and onward to more complex jewelry designs which build on the strengths of a full range of technical skills and experiences.

He, along with his partner Jayden Alfre Jones, opened a small bead shop in downtown Nashville, Tennessee, about 30 years ago, and called it Land of Odds. Over time, Land of Odds evolved from a bricks and mortar store into a successful internet business – . In the late 1990s, Jayden and Warren opened up another bricks and mortar bead store – Be Dazzled Beads – in a trendy neighborhood of Nashville called Berry Hill. Together both businesses supply beaders and jewelry artists with all the supplies and parts they need to make beautiful pieces of wearable art.

Warren leads a group of instructors at Be Dazzled Beads. He teaches many of the bead-stringing, jewelry design as well as business-oriented courses in the curriculum. He works with people just getting started with beading and jewelry making, as well as with the program’s advanced bead study groups.

His pieces have appeared in beading and jewelry magazines and books. One of his pieces is in the Swarovski Museum in Innsbruck, Austria.







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