Finding beading inspiration in other crafts

While there is no shortage of inspiring designs, techniques, and ideas in the beading world, it’s fun to see when someone takes a technique or motif from another medium and applies it to beadwork. Not surprisingly, the world of fiber arts provides lots of great ideas for beaders. 
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Rebecca Peoples found inspiration in bargello needlework, also called flame stitch, in this dynamic diagonal peyote stitch necklace.
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Rae Arlene Reller looked to knitting and applied the concept of cables to herringbone stitch in this nifty bracelet.

 

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And just to prove that your name doesn’t have to start with an "R" to do this, I translated a crochet technique called “crocodile stitch” into this St. Petersburg chain bracelet.

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Now, in a project from her new book titled Stitching with a Handful of Beads, Carolyn Cave also found inspiration in crochet. In the introduction to her “Constance bracelet,” she says, “A crocheted cushion cover I made when I was in my teens inspired this bracelet. Rows of chain were made between blocks of double-crochet bars and then pulled up to make loops, all joined together in the center. Albion stitch, developed by Heather Kingsley-Heath, is the perfect bead stitch to replicate the stitches originally made with yarn.” 

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Well, I just couldn’t wait to try it. I had never tried Albion stitch, either, so this was a fun experiment! As you can see here, I chose to make my bracelet narrower than Carolyn’s, and I used three colors for the crocheted loops down the center. It was a fun project to make and I love how it turned out.
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Carolyn’s book is interesting in another way — the projects are grouped according to how many different bead types you need to make it. This bracelet is in the three-bead section because the instructions have you use just one color for the band, one color for the loops, and one type of edge embellishment. I made mine a little more complicated by using three colors for the loops, but it still used a very manageable five bead types.

I’ll definitely be trying more projects from this book. Carolyn’s designs tend to be purposeful and well-thought-out and her instructions are clear and complete. You can find this book here.

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