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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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5 comments on “Gallery: Winged Creations

  1. Gabriele E Meyer
    August 3, 2019

    The eight wing above is a bit hyperbolic

    • katemckinnon
      September 6, 2019

      Like all of the twisted forms, it has hyperbolic zones, right? Kind of like the hypar – not hyperbolic geometry per se but having regions that exhibit that behavior. I think it’s one of the Special Circumstances that things can use in the 3D world – having the ability to ruffle and Not Fit.

  2. Kelly Ketchum
    November 20, 2018

    you figure size by the size of beads used and the number of rows you build. Build a sample size piece and measure it. Your next piece, you should know how many rows to build.

  3. Lynn Parpard
    June 5, 2015

    How do you figure size ?? I do not see this info in my CCB ll book
    Lynn Parpard

    • 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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