Stitching Social: Transylvanian bead-braiding

The second Kate & Rose Stitching Social is coming up! This time, beading!


On the agenda: Transsylvanian beaded ribbon bracelets.


This design is so simple yet so versatile, depending on the beads you use. It can be whimsical, traditional, delicately classic:


In the top bracelet I swapped out some of the junction beads for pyrite roses and randomly used different shapes together with the main beads; the second one is made of all hematite beads in which the only variation comes from the shape of the beads themselves; and the third one alternates tiny round seed beads with itsy-bitsy tubular bugle beads to produce the pattern.


All materials will be provided: beads, string, wire, findings, needles and so on, along with printed diagrams & instructions to take home with you. And, of course, nibbles and wine (or non-alcoholic beverages, if that is your preference).

Class fee: $30.

We will learn two techniques to create this pattern – one using several threads called bead-braiding – shown here in progress:


And right-angle weave (RAW) with a needle and thread:


You can also try several closure options – a magnetic clasp, a loop with a pressed bead:


Or beaded ball (aren’t beaded balls pretty?):




Time & place: March 9, 2013, at 3:30 pm, in the Kate & Rose studio on West 28th St.

Fee: $30

Email to register.

Register soon as space is limited! Can’t wait to see you there.

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