1: Brass with Green Gemstone
African green jasper. Because of erratic supplies
of gemstone beads in the puff square, 8mm
size, included in your kit will be this or
another gemstone of similar color and quality.
2:Nickel with Purple Gemstone
pictured: purple impression jasper. Because
of erratic supplies of gemstone beads in the
puff square, 8mm size, included in your kit
will be this or another gemstone of similar
color and quality.
3: Brass with Glass, Olive Color
4: Nickel with Glass, Black & White Color
5: Brass with Glass, Burgundy Color
6: Nickel with Glass, Purple Color
SQUARE STITCH BRACELET
About the Kit...
is a fun bracelet project, using the square
stitch. This general design – square
stitch with an open window – has appeared
in many variations over the years, including
one variation developed by Shelley Nybakke.
This Etruscan Square Stitch Bracelet is influenced
by Shelley’s version of the piece, particularly
in the choice of the 3mm faceted brass cube
Square Stitch is a very basic stitch. The
beads line up along a grid of parallel rows
and perpendicular columns, where each square
represents one bead. The Square Stitch can
utilize patterns developed for Cross Stitch,
Loom, or Knitting patterns.
Elements Discussed: boundaries, frames, negative
spaces, shapes, textures.
this example, I created a 7” bracelet
for a woman to wear. The beadwork was 6 ½”
and the clasp assembly added another ½”.
The bracelet was 8 – 3mm size beads
wide (about 7/8”), and 67 – 3mm
size beads long.
frame-borders around the window were each
2 – 3mm beads wide. My window (negative
space) was the equivalent of 4 – 3mm
wanted to have my frame constructed of one
type of faceted bead, and to create a simple
pattern of larger square beads along the window
space. I always like to bracket or frame my
focal beads, so I put an 8/0 seed bead on
either side of my focal square beads.
imagined that my bracelet could be worn casually,
as well as a “little dressed up,”
which is why I chose to use the metal and
gemstone beads on the piece.
In the Etruscan Square Stitch
- Planning a bracelet design with a negative space
- Translating bracelet measurement goals into
the construction plan
- Understanding construction and structural
issues, such as areas of weakness, using the
Square Stitch with this design
- Discussion of Design Concepts: boundaries,
frames, negatives spaces, shapes and textures
- Adding a clasp assembly
Orientation To Beads & Jewelry Findings
- Knowledge of square stitch