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...

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Helen Banes Fiber Jewelry

Fetish necklace with birds made in the style of the Navajo multi-strand necklaces. The bird fetishes and many of the beads are made of polymer clay as are the spacer bars at the shoulder line which keep the strands separate. Other beads are crystal and glass. 151. A scarab necklace by Helen Banes using mold making techniques. Also shown is a mold and the scarab that made it. 151. A scarab necklace by Helen Banes using mold making techniques. Also shown is a mold and the scarab that made...

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Navaho Spirit This Navajo-inspired piece requires many, many beads. Instead of beads in the center, it could be woven solid so that a pin or pendant could be attached. Necklace by Helen Banes. 133. Navaho Spirit This Navajo-inspired piece requires many, many beads. Instead of beads in the center, it could be woven solid so that a pin or pendant could be attached. Necklace by Helen Banes. a fujl size pa tern enlarge abojit 12 .'< v '.'TV'l m fc V . smmb 6 ,8 ftt . & & S < ff HM...

How To Finish Ends Of Fiber Necklaces

Helen Banes

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...

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...

Beads And Fibre Jewelry

Beaded Bracelets Magazine

Scarab by Judy Benson, top left An earlier course in coiled basketry lead to this unusual combination of coiling and weaving techniques. Judy begins with a general mental image of how she wants the piece to look and a selection of colors which she adds to or subtracts from as the piece assumes form. 23. Frog by Judy Benson, top right 24. Lady Helen by Christofer Aven. left This piece was designed as part of the Christofer Collection, a series of ten medieval wedding veils modeled at the...

Rhythm

We recognize the concept of rhythm from music and dance. Rhythm is created by the interaction of all the elements. Like rhythm in music, rhythm is used to create a regular harmonious pattern or motion within the piece. Rhythm can be achieved in several ways. One way is to repeat elements such as lines or shapes. Another way is to graduate colors, going from light to dark, or graduate shapes, going from large to small figure 5 . Still another way to achieve rhythm is to group beads together to...

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...

Barb Hjort Thread

Helen Banes

Seventeen Blue by Barb Hjort. top left This necklace was warped with thread in a radiating pattern and the weaving was done in a circular fashion. Seventeen shades of blue cotton and linen fibers were used. 32. Jeweltone by Barb Hjort. top right This piece was made with threads matched to those in a silk dress. Matching thread to a favorite skirt, blouse or dress gives a head start in planning a necklace. 33. Geode by Barb Hjort. left The natural shapes of geodes inspired this very...

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...

Pin placemer

Helen Banes

A simple but elegant design woven in a single color. The beads will define the style. The sample, Tuxedo, is woven with black thread to set off the luxurious crystal beads. After the weaving was complete, a bit of silver chain was added below the center beads after the weaving to give sparkle and movement. A silver chain is used for the support. Necklace by Diane Fitzgerald. 127. Still in the easy category, this necklace is similar to the pendant necklaces but has tabs at the top to which...

Patterns

On the following pages, you will see necklace patterns that range from the simple for beginners, to the complex for the more adventuresome. Some designs incorporate motifs from other periods or cultures and beads or artifacts related to these would enhance the design. Some designs can be used with ethnic or elegant beads. Depending upon your own personal style and the beads you have available, you may want to modify a pattern or create one of your own. You have permission to make copies of the...

African Bead Designs

Coin Pendants Tray

Color choice and bead selection will determine the overall character of this versatile pattern. Necklace by Helen Banes. 135. Untitled. A larger necklace for those who like to weave. The layering effect of the design could be executed in bright, medium and dark colors. Necklace by Diane Fitzgerald. 136. Royal Pectoral. This bold pattern is somewhat more complex and does not require beads. The strong geometric pattern is shown to advantage with the striking colors used in the sample....

Weaving Your Necklace

Helen Banes

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...

Helen Banes Needle Weaving

Patterns Helen Banes

Khamsa 5 by Helen Banes is based on a hand shape. The outline of a hand provides interesting possibilities for designing the outer shape of a necklace, see photo 95 Another challenge of this design process is the choice between two extremes of composition one is geometric and balanced design the other allows shapes of color to flow in an organic way. The symmetrical design is easier and takes a shorter time to complete, whereas an asymmetrical design requires continuous analysis to...

Shades Of Blue

Royal Arsenal by Gretchen Prewitt. top left This piece is based on the geometric weaving designs of Inca textiles. It also features the brass shells of a 22-caliber rifle. 80. Untitled No. 1 by Jimmylene Wertman. top right A porcelain fetish and macram techniques add to the interest of this piece. 81. Untitled No. 2 by Jimmylene Wertman. left The centerpiece is a museum replica of a gold bat-man, a Pre-Columbian adornment made by the lost wax method. Abalone shell elements and Peruvian...

Anasazi Indian Colors

Anasazi Indian Clothing

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,...

Helen Banes

Helen Banes

Timbuktu. top left Its brilliant colors were inspired by African tribal textiles. 7. Fetish Adornment, top right Inspired by a small wooden fetish Figure believed to repel any malevolent influences exhibited in the Michael Rockefeller Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. 8. Asante Gold. left Gold washed beads made by the Asante people of Ivory Coast using the lost wax method. 9. Tairona Pectoral, top left Removable gold pin in an anthropomorphic design. Collection of Mr....

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...