CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

The classic peyote triangle

 

Building block of so much win.

This is the six bead start that I love. My fondness for it over the traditional 3-bead (almost no hole) or the also-useful 9-bead (a hole big enough for a 12g post) is that not only does it give enough room for a finding, like an ear wire, but one can choose to set either one or two beads on top of the starting two, giving either a two-bead racing stripe (as seen in my Power Puff, below) or a traditional one-drop fill, as above.

 

 

This triangle also has a two-bead stripe, but I didn’t call it out until I’d gone for four rows of blue.

I can’t say enough about the power of swatching, although Jean Power says it’s all I talk about, so maybe I am in fact saying enough. Swatch!

And then SWATCH SOME MORE!

 

 

 

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

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