Is it Time to Get Creative at Beading

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In this article we can take a look at several different kinds of thread, and some basic knots. A little further down in the article I will tell you the name of the book I am reviewing for your further reading and trying out some of the projects presented in the book.

Anyone trying to learn more about the craft and art of beading needs to be familiar with terms of all the bells and whistles it takes to proceed and to learn from the experts which is best for which project. I like to be prepared having all my materials and tools laid out beforehand as well as shopping around for best prices. I have to know what I am price checking before I can price check. This is the information I hope to give you in this article and many others I am writing now about the art of beading.

They might all sound just about the same, but if you read them word for word, you will find they are all different and will offer you perhaps some information you did not have before you read my book review.

If what I tell you about the book sounds like something you want to read or has projects you want to try, then go further and buy the book.

In my series of beading articles on bead book reviews, I am like the captain that goes out to sea first and brings back the news of whether or not you should make the trip as well and even more than that, if you decide not to make the trip or buy the book, perhaps just a little bit of information you did not have before is my goal.

Types of Thread

Parallel filament nylon thread such as Nymo or C-Lon is durable and easy to thread, which is certainly a plus in my estimation, yet this writer says it can also be prone to stretching and fraying. It is best used in bead weaving and bead embroidery.

Piled Nylon Thread such as Silamide is a very strong and durable thread, and more resistant to fraying than parallel filament nylon thread. Writer says it is best used for twisted fringe, bead crochet, and bead work that needs a lot of body.

Piled gel-spun polyethylene such as Power Pro or Dandyline is said to be almost unbreakable, it doesn’t stretch and it resist fraying. Because of the thickness of this thread it can be difficult to make multiple passes through a bead. This thread is ideal for stitching with larger beads like pressed glass and crystals.

Parallel filament GSP such as fireline is extremely strong, does not stretch and resists fraying. Be aware that crystals may cut through this thread and smoke colored can leave a black residue on hands and beads. This thread is most appropriate for bead stitching.

Polyester thread such as Gutermann does not stretch and comes in many colors. Be aware that it can become fuzzy with use. Use this thread for bead crochet and bead embroidery. Thread must also match the fabric.

Flexible beading wire is stronger than thread and does not stretch. Use flexible beading wire for stringing most gemstones, crystals and glass beads.

Thread Tips:

Adding Thread or To Add A thread

Sew into the bead work several rows or rounds prior to the point where the last bead was added to leave a short tail.

Basic Knots:

Overhand Knot: Make a loop with thread, pull the thread through loop and tighten.

Square Knot: 1. Cross one end of thread over and under the other end. Pull both ends to tighten the first half of knot. 2. Cross the first end of thread over and under the other end. Pull both ends to tighten.

In this book you can also learn how to do the Surgeon’s Knot, how to stop a bead, crochet slip knot and chain stitch, and beaded back stitching.

Other basic stitches taught are:

The Brick Stitch
The Herringbone Stitch
The Ladder Stitch and a Cross weave Technique
Forming a Ring

The Basics of Stringing and Wire work which includes:

Opening and Closing Loops and Jump Rings
Making a Plain Loop
Making a Wrapped Loop
Wraps Looped Above a Top-Drilled Bead

In this book are some stunning single stitch projects including:

Netting: A Hex-a-lot Bracelet in a zig-zag pattern of hex-cut sead beads. This is a design by Alice Kharon.

A gorgeous Peyote Stitch Floral Garland Bracelet, a Brick Stitch pair of earrings and many more, all complete with step by step instructions, colorful photographs, and many diagrams. All total I counted about 78 different and stunning jewelry projects. This book would be enough to keep one person busy for the next 10 years or more in my opinion. Will I try any of them? I might. They sure are beautiful and would be wonderful displays in any art show as well as for sale in your Etsy Shops. There are more single stitch projects detailed in the book.

Here are some of the names of projects:

Deco Egyptian Bracelet
Flower-Path Bracelet
Christmas Sweater Bracelet
Pumpkin Patch Bracelet
and of course many more up to about 78 is what I counted.

Resource Used: Book I am reviewing is entitled: Creative Beading. Vol. 11: The Best Projects From a Year of Bead and Button Magazine by the editors of Bead & Button Magazine. It has enlightened me to subscribe to the Bead & Button Magazine as well. I may never lift my head back up again!

Book Review Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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