CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

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

Gallery: Winged Creations

Ah, Wings.
Such simple herringbone increases, placed into peyote stitch.

Eight-Wing, Shelley Gross, USA, CGB Volume I

To begin a Wing, slip two beads into your peyote beadwork in place of one bead, and bring your needle up between the two in the next round. Keep adding two beads to the stack instead of one bead each time you reach that point, and a Wing will form in your peyote fabric. Shelley built her piece on our beautiful Straight MRAW Band (see the Basics section from either volume of CGB) and added four Wings on each side of the Band. Offsetting the Wing starts on either side of the Band was a nice sculptural touch.

Although the peaks of Rick-Rack are cousins to Wings, they are part of a different structure, one less free-form. Rick-Rack Stitch is an alternating pattern of increases and decreases, and Wings can exist without decreases. An All-Wing mimics a Rick-Rack in wave-pattern, but is three-dimensional, leaping.

beadwork: left, Marina Montagut, Rick-Rack Bangle
and right, Angela Wallis, All-Wing Bangle

Marina Montagut and Angela Wallis

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2 comments on “Gallery: Winged Creations

  1. Lynn Parpard
    June 5, 2015

    How do you figure size ?? I do not see this info in my CCB ll book
    Lynn Parpard LParpard@aol.com

    • katemckinnon
      June 5, 2015

      There is an entire section of Volume II called “Sizing and Tailoring” – it’s not a simple question or answer.
      : )

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