Jan and Gelato,
Thanks so much for responding. I am such a neophyte that I don't know
what I don't know! Your questions helped me clarify. Let me tell you
briefly what prompted my questions.
When we do our cardboard loom weavings, I often have "super weavers"
who are so far ahead of others that they often do additional weavings and
I'm able to show them more difficult weaves and knots as well. I've also
noticed that when some students have free time, they often ask to go to the
yarn scrap box and make bracelets and necklaces.
I've been recuperating these last couple of weeks from some outpatient
surgery and I have been learning to make friendship bracelets using
different styles-----trying to learn some new things I can share with
students. I would like to learn more about beading and realize it's more
than simply putting beads on a string. I think I'd want to start with the
variations of a single strand. I also like the idea of integrating it with
other units when appropriate as in Native American artwork.
I went to amazon books and art catalogs to see what books are
available. A highly rated book is the first one Gelato mentioned. I almost
ordered it, but I am always glad to hear what my ArtsEdNet colleagues think
first. It's difficult to narrow it down when starting something new. Many
>What type of beading are you interested in? Do you like the single strand
type of necklace? Or are you interested in the type of beadwork where small
regular sized beads are sewn together invarious stitches to create either a
flat work or 3d work looking much like mosaic ?
>Somewhere I have the directions for making a simple Native American beaded
bracelet out of seed beads. Kids loved it. don't know where it is though.
Still have the sample. I started them with a simple seed bead ring. Have the
directions for that too---somewhere.
I remember we used # 32 wire. These were fairly simple. even my LD/ ED kids
whipped out tons of these and gave them to their friends and decorated their
back packs with them.
>hope this helps. the back of the Sax catalog should have some simple bead