About the Kit...
Square Stitch is
one of the better bead weaving stitches to
begin with. It is a good stitch to give you
a sense of how to hold your piece. It is a
good stitch to get a feel for managing the
tension of your thread, as you weave through
your project. It is easy to create patterns
and to read these patterns on a graph. The
Square Stitch mimics
the pattern of pieces done on a loom. The
Square Stitch can
utilize patterns developed for Loom, Cross
Stitch or Knitting. Because each bead is woven
together with the 3 beads around it, thus
forming a square, it is very strong.
is little concrete information about the Square
Stitch prior to the early
1990's when it began showing up in instruction
books. The Bead Society of Great Britain does
have an earlier illustration of how-to-do
the stitch, but no information in the organization
of the stitch. Some people say it can be traced
back to early African beadwork and some work
dating back to the 15th century
beadwork out of England.
Square Stitch lends
itself to uniform,
square cut beads, such as cubes or delicas
(cylinder beads). These will produce even,
straight rows. With rounder beads, it is more
difficult to maintain a tight thread tension.
These rounder beads can often produce a slight
curve to your piece, as well.
In the Garden Walk Bracelet project...
- History of Square Stitch
Square Stitch bead weaving basics
Managing Thread Tension
Reading a Pattern/Creating a simple Graph
Increasing and Decreasing with Square Stitch
Embellishing the edges along your Square Stitch
Finishing off the edges
Making a bead woven, Square Stitch toggle
Discussion of when Square Stitch works well
Orientation To Beads & Jewelry Findings