About the Kit...
had created a much simpler version of this
piece, which I use when I teach the beginning
Ndebele Stitch. I was wondering what I could
create, if I pushed the envelop a bit with
the general technique, even adding additional
techniques, like the Russian Petersburg Chain
Leaf and a Brick-Stitch Leaf.
Autumn's End Bracelet is made up of a series
of components. Each component is made using
different bead weaving stitches.
An Ndebele tube stitched with size 11/0 seed
This flower consists, first, of a webbing
structured with 8 spokes, formed by increases
within an Ndebele stitch. This webbing is
shaped a bit. Next, we surround this shaped
webbing with 8 leaves made with the St. Petersburg
stitch. Under these leaves are 4 brick-stitched
sepal leaves. Through the center of the flower
is a tubular Ndebele stitched stamen. The
large flower is attached to one end of our
This flower begins with a shaped, Ndebele-stitched
webbing, similar to but smaller than the large
flower. A tubular peyote bezel holds an Austrian
crystal rhinestone in place within its center.
Rather than leaves and sepal leaves, this
flower's base is embellished with 3x11mm and
5x16mm daggers. The small flower is attached
to the other end of our tubular base, after
we have insderted the armature.
A lead-free piece of plumber's solder is inserted
and secured within our Tubular Base.
The outside of our tubular base is embellished
with a right angle weave vine. To our strip
of right angle weave, we add some decorated
daisy flowers. We attach the vine to spiral
around our tube.
In the Autumn's End Bracelet project...
Combining bead weaving stitches to give your
beadwork dimensionality and a sculptural profile
- Experimenting with color and color blending
to achieve abstract or natural looking results
- Discussion about using armatures in beadwork
- Using plumbers' solder as an armature, flexible
enough to allow bending and re-bending
Orientation To Beads & Jewelry Findings
- Experience with Ndebele and Petersburg Chain
- Familiarity with tubular peyote, brick and
right angle weave stitches, daisy chain, and
This bracelet takes about 24 hours to complete