Friday, May 1, 2009

Right Angle Freedom

Lately I have been working a lot with right angle weave, so I decided it was time to have a go at a little free form RAW. My previous attempts at free form stitching were not what I would call successful. With peyote and brick stitch, the bead weaving can get away from you, and the results aren’t always pretty.

With RAW, there seems to be a lot more freedom. The wide spaces in the beadwork allow for quick stitching and easy embellishments. I followed the advice of NanC Meinhardt in the February-March issue of Beadwork magazine.

The Inspiration:

Using the Izzy and Lucy Bracelet project as a guide, I set out to create an organic-looking necklace with a woodsy feel. I pictured something that a dryad would make while sitting beneath her tree on a warm spring afternoon.

Pixie Dust

"Pixie Dust" by Howard David Johnson

The Beads:

In keeping with the freeform idea, I threw together a mixture of bead leftovers and matched them with a few items from my stash. I selected some foil lined forest green and topaz, matte brown, and frosted green seed beads. I also added some crystal copper-lined seeds that I had culled from another bead mixture. For texture I included some brown foil-lined 6o’s and speckled 4o’s.

Woodsy Bead Mixture


The Beadwork:

Freeform Dryad NecklaceAfter a rough start, I managed to find my groove and the necklace eventually took the shape I had envisioned. After adding many loops of randomly chosen seed beads, I added leaf fringe and peyote stitch here and there for texture.

I’ll be the first to admit it’s not the prettiest thing I’ve ever made. But, for a first attempt, with a motley crew of beads, it turned out to be a great experiment.


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