About this Quadra Tile Bead Pattern
This is one of a series of Quadra Tile bead patterns that I designed when I first started using quadra tile beads. In this pattern I was exploring the idea of showing off the quadra tile beads as a form of embellishment. The full idea came from a conversation I was having with a student as I taught a beading workshop. I had been talking to the class about some of the new bead shapes and I mentioned quadra tiles. I then found myself in the slightly tricky position of having to try and describe these beads without having any actual samples or photos to show. At the end of my description, one of the students said, ‘so they’re basically a button?!’ I don’t think this is a bad description and it certainly triggered an idea in my head. If I was going to use these beads as embellishment like a button, I needed a fabric on which to place them. There are three beading stitches that have a texture that feels a little like fabric: netting, Right Angle Weave and Herringbone. I decided to use the latter stitch as I love the pattern that it forms. So I created a design that reminded me a little of a scarf or tie and I embellished it with buttons. I added the final finishing touch by creating a Peyote stitch button that fastens through a button hole in the centre front of the necklace.
For this project you will be working in size 11 seed beads. I find herringbone can be a little tricky to start off so I used the fringe section on the design to create a much easier way for you to start your herringbone. The size 15 beads are just used to fix the quadra tile beads in place. The handful of 3mm faceted beads add some interest to the fringe. You will be using the basic version of each technique, so as long as you feel reasonably comfortable with these techniques, you should be able to make this project easily. I have used a mixture of diagrams and close-up photos to guide you through this project. It is fairly time-consuming to stitch the length of herringbone, but I find this a very relaxing stitch, so I thoroughly enjoyed the process of making this necklace.
More Quadra Tile Bead Patterns
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