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New Animation: How to make a peyote-stitched Warped Square

Julia Pretl animated the process of building a peyote-stitched Warped Square for the next addition to the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Open Source Library.

Please feel free to share as you like!

You can choose to reinforce the center start with a few passes (or a knot, if that’s your style) or you can wait to do that later when you finish. If you like your squares energetic, springy and cupped, by all means make a snug start. If you like them flatter, leave the start thread loose and tighten it to your liking later before weaving in.

Weave in the starting thread and your working thread after your square is the desired size, and consider reinforcing the edge with a final pass of thread through the last two rounds if you want it to be sturdy and stand up to play.

The “step-up” (moving from one finished round to the next) is beautifully illustrated here- pay attention to the final stitch of each round – to finish each round, you pass through two beads, which puts you in position to begin the next round.

Thanks to Julia for making this simple, straightforward tutorial- I know it will help beginners learn in no time at all.

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10 comments on “New Animation: How to make a peyote-stitched Warped Square

  1. Kathy Forsythe
    April 29, 2020

    Thank you for this video, and all the work you’ve done with CGB. I love warped squares! Is there a warped square template available that can be used to create my own designs? Hope you are feeling better.

  2. Marie Benoit
    April 15, 2020

    Thank you so much and take care πŸ™πŸΌπŸ˜

  3. Peggy Matteliano
    April 5, 2020

    Kate: I am hoping and wishing that you are feeling better. Thank you for all you have done for geometric beadwork. A huge contribution to this artform.
    I have been obsessed with the warped square for a week. This super video would have helped me avoid lots of mistakes and restarts. However, my models are shaping up very nicely, so I’ve made the mistakes enough to think, I ‘get’ this stitch.
    I’m stitching a little looser and reinforcing a lot more than I have been, makes a softer model.
    I’m looking forward to trying this with round beads, maybe the stresses will get a little less stubborn. I’ve got a couple of prototypes trussed up on a pencil, seeking the waspwaist position that the warped square can do.
    Sequestered with my beads. Could be worse!

    • katemckinnon
      April 8, 2020

      I laugh when I think of how many mistakes and restarts I personally could have avoided when I was puzzling my way through all of this too. HA! Believe me, if I could have created this before now, I would have. Julia Pretl did it by hand, frame by frame, in Illustrator, and then put the many hundreds of hand-drawn images together for a seamless movie. Unbelievably there is still no commercial software to do this still.

      And that is the next thing we are working on – Pat Verrier is coding it for us now. That way we can all ask for visualizations in geometric forms, and get them immediately…

  4. Beverly L Mire
    April 2, 2020

    These are great, especially for us who learn by doing.

  5. Capitola Bradshaw
    April 2, 2020


    Sent from my iPhone


  6. Lisa Holzapfel
    April 2, 2020

    I’d love you to do one for wings. In odd count. I have a project that I cannot finish because I cannot seem to get the wing to grow properly as it states with uneven number of beads.

    On Thu, Apr 2, 2020 at 10:24 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “Julia Pretl animated the process of building a > peyote-stitched Warped Square for the next addition to the Contemporary > Geometric Beadwork Open Source Library. > Please feel free to share as you like! You can choose to reinfor” >

    • katemckinnon
      April 2, 2020

      Could you be more specific about starting with an uneven number of beads? A Wing will never be symmetrical if one side of the increase line has more beads than the other, and there is no fix. They are sometimes made intentionally this way –
      Or do you mean something else?

  7. Diane Erndt
    April 2, 2020

    Thanks for the video Julia- it’s awesome!

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