Thursday, April 30, 2009

Peyote Progress Pics

I thought I post a comparison pic of the peyote rectangles I'm working on from the "Shaped Beadwork" book.

The first rectangle is a single layer with two colors. I found that using two colors really helped me to understand the corners. Basically it's a 1-3-2-2-1 pattern for corners.

The second rectangle is a layered rectangle in progress. I'm using a solid color for the back. Mostly to save my eyesight! The tiny silver lined beads are tough to distinguish especially on the corners. Using Diane Fitzgerald's technique you start the second layer from the inside and work yourself outward. Then zip the layers together at the outside edge.

Third rectangle is a completed double layer. I like the substantial look that two layers give without any actual bulk or added weight. They look less flimsy and more complete, a quality item.

My plan is to practice on triangles next and use those in conjunction with the rectangles in a neck piece :)

Book Review "Shaped Beadwork"

I am working my way through Diane Fitzgerald's 'Shaped Beadwork: dimensional jewelry with peyote stitch'. I've been admiring various artists' use of three dimensional beadwork for some time. I've never attempted it because I've never been too comfortable with peyote stitch. It's never come out neatly for me, always a bit ragged and rough looking.

Not anymore!

I'm starting at the front and practicing the basics. By following her examples I'm setting the stage to get more dimensional. I'm already adding layers!

I'm finding the directions clear and the illustrations fairly good. This is a labeled as a 'beadweaving master class', and you need to have a good understanding of the basic peyote technique.

I haven't tackled any of the detailed pieces, like the Pouff Bead, yet but I'll follow up with another review when I do.

I turn in my final pieces for my 2D Design class on Thursday. Then my Tuesdays and Thursdays will be free to bead again! Woot!