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Monday, July 5, 2010

Bead Layering

This is the reason I was so inspired by a cuff I saw, in these same colors, same layering idea, without the silver trim, but completed in the peyote stitch.

I was enamored by the 'layering' aspect of this design. First, I wanted to see how well it would work on a 'looming weave' and second, there are many designs that lend a definite need for such layering.

I added the silver lined Permanent Toho 11/0 Beads mainly because I prefer the 'finished' look of my weaving, but the original design did not include this. Without the silver, it has a wonderful natural feel about it! My ideas are not to see the 'inside of the beads' or 'notice any thread' in my bead work. Just a method I prefer.

The silver fringe is also woven in a 'layered' design, using Toho Perm 8/0, 11/0 and mettalic silver 15/0 beads.

This clasp was a perfect match to this beading design. I love finding new clasps to use and being able to realize how well they pick up a design I have loomed.


Now, imagine this layering technique being used to 'color' a pattern. May be a 2 dimensional picture, like a carton shot or something, colored in layers on top. I think that would create such a great loomed piece of wearable art!

5 comments:

  1. Yes! I do like this. Did you loom the red and silver going through the turquoise again. I could not work out how you would do this.

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  2. Hello! No, the red coral is 'sewn' as an additional layer on top of the turquoise base of beads. The 'red' is NOT loomed, but hand sewn on top in a 'whip' stitch method. I did create a 'stripe' design with my turquoise so I wouldn't have to count the same number of beads, while layering. It also gave my red stripes a nice light turquoise 'halo'. The silver was added last!

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  3. Lovely colour combinations - striking and elegant at the same time - love the layered effect.

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  4. Layering beads on beads seems to be the "in" method of many beadwork designs! I've always loved this look, but couldn't see it for looming until I saw this created in a peyote hand woven cuff by another bead artist! Now it opened up many other design ideas I hope to include in future loomings! I just know you will be including this with some of your loomed work!

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