How To Finish Ends Of Fiber Necklaces

Helen Banes Technique

The Four-Strand Braid A four-strand braid results in a round braid while a three-strand braid is flat. Loop two lengths of braiding thread through one or two warp threads at the top of your necklace. Then, with the four strands spread out before you as shown, number the strands 1, 2,3, and 4. Pass 1 under 2 and 3 and back over 3. Then pass 4 under the 1 and 3 and back over 1. Keep your tension Firm as vou braid. 112. Completed sample necklace with beaded and woven tie the ends of the...

Weaving Your Necklace

Pattern Helen Banes Necklace

In this chapter we'll discuss the tools and supplies needed, how to string the warp on a working board, adding beads, weaving with a In anticipation of starting your necklace, gather together the following items Board A 9 x 12 board or one large enough to extend at least one inch beyond all sides of the piece. Homosote board available at lumber yards, sometimes called bulletin board, insulation board or ceiling tile, is a good choice and it can be used several times. Foam core, available at art...

Indicates pin placement

Note the Oriental motif at the upper part of this necklace and in the tubular beads. The support can be braided strands of needleweaving as shown or wrapped fibers, or strands of beads. Necklace by Helen Banes. 131. Isadora, another Art Deco-inspired design with many six-sided tubular and faceted beads in both the pendant and the support. Note that the pattern for this necklace is drawn on 5 to the inch graph paper. Necklace by Helen Banes. 131. Isadora, another Art...

Anasazi Indian Colors

Anasazi Indians Color Pictures

34. .91 Dance by Pamela Penney, top left 35. Flora by Pamela Penney, top right There are two elements that I find critical to my pieces. The first important aspect of my neckpieces is what I term the 'voids.' As I weave, I deliberately distort the warp threads to create open spaces. These empty spaces are as critical to the composition as the actual weaving itself. In this way I more closely associate my needleweaving with traditional lace making techniques than to tapestry weaving. Secondly,...

Advanced Student Work

The following photographs typify the range of expression that develops in Helen's specialized or advanced classes. In these classes, Helen explores the textiles and artifacts of a culture with her students and goes deeper into the intricacies of needleweaving. The following necklaces resulted during a special class devoted to Pre-Columbian culture. 76. Moche, Turquoise and Gold by Sheila Miller, (top left) The stepped geometric designs of Peruvian textiles inspired this neckpiece. 77. Tumi by...

Beaded Bags Shapes Pattern

A small Art Deco-inspired necklace. The long fringes of beads require identical beads to continue this motif, but the pattern could be changed by using an assortment of beads. Necklace by Diane Fitzgerald. 125. Pendant necklace. Arrange light, medium and dark colors to emphasize the various shapes. The support is woven with tie ends to allow adjustable length. Necklace by Helen Banes. 125. Pendant necklace. Arrange light, medium and dark colors to emphasize the various shapes. The support...

Changing Colors Or Adding New Thread

What Warp Beading

To add a new thread or color, first weave the end of the old thread back through three to four previous rows by passing the needle vertically along a warp thread. Cut your old thread off where it comes out of the woven section. Next, thread your needle with a new thread. Just to the side where you wish to begin weaving again, pass the needle through three to four rows of weaving. Leave a 1 2 inch tail to be clipped off later. Photos 108 and 109. When the weaving is completed, clip any remaining...

By Diane Fitzgerald and Helen Banei

Diane Fitzgerald

A Gallery of Necklaces 1 Chapter 2. Designing Your Own Necklace 33 Chapter 3. Weaving Your Necklace 55 Chapter 5. Finding or Making the Pcrfcct Beads for Your Necklace 113 Other Books and Publications 125 Photo amp Illustration Credits 129 4. Spirit Lock of Thailand by Helen Banes. 4. Spirit Lock of Thailand by Helen Banes. This chapter will show you the exciting range of artistry that has resulted from Helen Banes' technique. Both Helen's work, and that of her students are shown on...