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BEAD WEAVING BASICS
Instructor: Warren Feld
$35.00 class fee plus $35.00 kit fee ($70.00 deposit reserves space)
Wrap Bracelets are constructed using a technique strongly related to loom weaving, with influence from basket weaving. The technique used to weave Wrap Bracelets is typically referred to as “laddering”.
Here, you set up two warp cords (the leather) and weave, using either a Soumak or a Basket Weave Figure 8 pattern, to create a composition between the two warp cords. This composition can be as simple as a single column of beads, or it can be more complex using loom or cross stitch patterns within the warp cords, or even a combination of different sized beads along the length.
There are many choices involved when creating a Wrap Bracelet. Each has its pros and cons. In this class, we make our choices about approach and materials based on considerations of durability in particular, but aesthetics as well.
Consistency and tightness are very important goals from one end to the other of our pieces.
You want the…
o materials (beads, warp cords, weave cords, button) to hold up with wear
o stitching around the warp cords to look neat consistent and professional
o beginning and finishing of the bracelet to be secure, look professional, and not break easily
o center beads to stay tightly in their places, and not slip over or under their adjacent beads
o warp cords to form consistent, tight, parallel lines, and not get wavy or in any other way weird looking
o button to fit snugly and securely within the button loop
In this class, we learn about
- materials needed
- preparing a work board
- one-needle vs 2-needle approaches
- soumak vs. bead weave figure 8 thread pattern
- beginning and finishing off our piece
- make a 2-around Wrap Bracelet
- variation options in patterns, materials and techniques
- SELECTING MATERIALS
- GETTING STARTED: Button Side
- PREPARING WORK BOARD
- SILK WRAP
- CONTINUING: The 2-Needle Soumak Technique
- FINISHING THE OTHER END: Ending the beadwork, the second silk wrap, making the loop, and dealing with the tails
SKILL LEVEL REQUIRED:
This course is a beginner, introductory core course.
ORIENTATION TO BEADS AND JEWELRY FINDINGS
(All students are required to begin our curriculum with this ORIENTATION CLASS. The Orientation Class is offered once a month.)
SUPPLY LIST (included with kit)
Apprx 44”, 1.5mm, Greek (Euro) Leather, brown or black. A piece will be cut based on your measurement calculations
11’, C-Lon, Micro Cord, oyster color
2-hole button, pewter, about 20mm
2 size #10 English Beading Needles
100- 6mm round, druk beads, smoke topaz quartz matte ab
6- 2mm round, fire polish beads, new brown iris
3 – 10” pieces of c-lon #18 bead cord, sable
2 collapsible eye needles, medium
scrap rattail string, 12”
scrap rattail string, 40”
2 decorative beads with large enough holes to slip onto the leather cord, nickel plated brass
PROVIDED IN CLASS
two chain nose pliers
flush cutters or side cutters
work board tray and tray insert pad
bic lighter or thread zapper
g-s hypo cement
bees wax or microcrystalline wax
This class is typically offered once or twice a year.
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