an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
For those of you who want to follow along with my first demo from the upcoming CGB Pattern Book, please make a Basic Warped Square of any design or colourway that pleases you, finishing with 14 beads per side. Use evenly sized, well-made 11° beads, either cylinder or round, and snug but not overly tight tension. The form creates enough tension simply by existing.
For my sample, I used 11° Delica cylinder beads in red, blue, white, khaki, and yellow.
Reinforce the last two rounds of your Warped Square by passing back through them without adding any beads. You can reinforce both rounds in one pass of thread by following along the edge of the work. If you have a useful working thread left, keep it on your piece.
Weave in your tail; you don’t need the visual distraction and we all know where you started: in the center. : )
I’ll put up a video of the full demo (which begins with the 14-bead per side Warped Square) after my talk and class for the San Diego Bead Society, August 15/16.
If you’d like a pattern for the Basic Warped Square, please find it in the Basics Section of CGB, Volume I, available for free PDF download from our free CGB Pattern Library (link in the left sidebar).