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Mini-Lesson: Ndebele Stitch

Posted by learntobead on April 24, 2020

This stitch is known by the herringbone or zig-zag pattern the beads make when stitched together. The stitch is very soft and fluid. It results in a very beautiful texturing and patterning. A lot of thread shows in this stitch, and, in this case, is a charming part of the whole effect. The beads sit in regular columns in angled pairs, forming a “V” (thus, herringbone,) shape.

Other Articles of Interest by Warren Feld:

Cleaning Sterling Silver Jewelry: What Works!

What Glue Should I Use When Making Jewelry?

Why Am I So Addicted To Beads?

A Very Abbreviated, But Not Totally Fractured, History of Beads

The Martha Stewart Beaded Wreath Project

When Choosing Colors Has You Down, Check Out The Magic Of Simultaneity Effects

The Use of Armature In Jewelry: Legitimate or Not?

Pearl Knotting Warren’s Way

Organizing Your Craft Workspace…Some Smart Pointers

You Don’t Choose Clasps, You Choose Clasp Assemblies

Know Your Anatomy Of A Necklace

Mini Lesson: Making Stretchy Bracelets

Mini Lesson: Making Adjustable Slip Knots With Thicker Cords

Mini Lesson: How To Crimp

Mini Lesson: Attaching End Caps, Cones, Crimp Ends

Mini Lesson: Brick Stitch

Mini Lesson: Flat Even Count Peyote

Mini Lesson: Ndebele Stitch

Mini Lesson: Petersburg Chain

Mini Lesson: Right Angle Weave

Jewelry, Sex and Sexuality

Everyone Has A Getting Started Story

The Nature-Inspired Creations of Kathleen

The Jewelry Designer’s Orientation To Glass Beads

The Jewelry Designer’s Orientation To Lampwork Beads

The Jewelry Designer’s Orientation To Crystal Beads

The Jewelry Designer’s Orientation To Seed and Cylinder Beads

The Jewelry Designer’s Orientation To Choosing and Using Clasps

How To Design An Ugly Necklace: The Ultimate Designer Challenge

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Posted by learntobead on September 6, 2012


Create a sophisticated, contemporary Etruscan-style collar!
Layer two Ndebele stitched strips, slightly curving the interior edge and embellishing
with chain.


Instructor: Warren Feld
at Be Dazzled Beads, 718 Thompson Lane, Ste 123, Nashville, TN 37204

Sat, 11/3, Noon-5pm
Register by phone (615)-292-0610, or in-person


($35.00 fee + Kit $160.00 + Upgrade Option) (deposit = $195.00 + Upgrade Option)
Kit at $160.00 includes gold plated clasp, chain and findings.


#1: 14KT CLASP and GOLD FILLED CHAIN Chain For Embellishment
ADD + $884.00

ADD + $148.00

ADD + $165.00

Bead weaving is a collection of hundreds of different stitching techniques and
strategies for creating pieces that approximate a piece of cloth.

The Ndebele stitch, sometimes called Herringbone Stitch, is a loose-knit stitch that lends itself
to many creative variations. It results in a herringbone pattern, or zig-zag effect.

This Etruscan Collar Necklace consists of two overlapping strips of Ndebele Stitch, a chain embellishment, and an attached choker clasp. The strips are overlapped so that they curve slightly
along the inner edge.
The challenge, here for me, was to create a sophisticated, wearable, and attractive piece that exemplified concepts about contemporizing traditional jewelry. There is considerable artistry and craftsmanship underlying Etruscan jewelry. I began to interpret and analyze this piece. I first broke it down in terms of its Traditional Components.

Contemporizing Traditional Jewelry has to do with how you take these particular traditional forms and techniques, and both add your personal style to the pieces, as well as make them more relevant to today’s sense of fashion and style. The challenge for the designer is how to keep traditional ideas essential and alive for today’s audience.

Part of the artistry of the jewelry designer has to do with the control over color. Picking colors
is about making strategic choices. And picking Bead Colors is about understanding how the bead asserts its needs for color.The jewelry designer must be strategic in the placement of color within the piece. The designer achieves balance and harmony, partly through the placement of colors. The designer determines how colors are distributed within the piece, and what movement and rhythm and effect result. And the designer determines what proportions of each color are used,
where in the piece, and how.
One set of color-theories, widely used in our Etruscan Collar, employed to make these kinds of choices have to do with Simultaneity Effects. Colors in the presence of other colors get perceived differently, depending on the color combination.

What You Will Learn:
– Creating a design-plan for a layered bead woven necklace collar
– Strategically selecting a color palette, especially in reference to “simultaneity effects”
– Implementing the Ndebele Stitch using a 4mm cube and two 2mm beads to create two strips which will later overlap
– Reinforcing the Ndebele strips
– Attaching and assembling two layers of Ndebele Stitched strips using a hybrid brick stitch/ndebele stitch technique

– Weaving in a decorative chain element along the inner boundaries of the piece, using a bookbinding stitch
– Attaching a choker clasp assembly
– Some ideas about what it means to “contemporize” a traditional piece
of jewelry

– Orientation To Beads & Jewelry Findings
– Introductory Knowledge of Ndebele stitch
– An intermediate level knowledge of and experience with bead weaving

Kit Contents:
– Step by Step instructions with text, diagrams and images
– 4mm Miyuki glass cube beads, 11/0 seed beads or 11/0 delicas or 1.8mm cubes
– Swarovski crystal Series 5000 round beads, 2mm
– gold plated cable chain
– gold plated adjustable hook/eye choker clasp
– FireLine cable thread, size D
– 4ea of size #10 and size #12 beading needles
– bees wax
– Plastic case with tight lid for carrying these supplies



LOOK N’SEE: http://www.warrenfeldjewelry.com/ecollar.htm

 1. Spectrum Gold

2. Brilliant Gold

3. Teal Terra/Antique Rose

4. Antique Amethyst/Sage Green

5. Antique Rose/Terra Cotta



The Design Perspective is the driving force that defines Warren Feld as a jewelry artist. Whether creating jewelry, teaching students theory and application, or helping jewelry and beading artists
establish themselves in business – the focus always comes back to how best to make functional, materials and aesthetic choices and tradeoffs.

Warren’s jewelry designs are characterized by multi-method approaches, intricate plays of color, contemporary adaptations of traditional pieces, and experimentation. He is adept at bead weaving, bead stringing, wire working and silver smithing. He works to bring senses of movement, dimension and sensuality to his pieces. Pieces must be both beautiful and wearable, concurrently meeting
the needs of wearer, viewer and designer alike.

In 2000, Warren founded The Center for Beadwork & Jewelry Arts, an educational program in Nashville, TN. In 2008, “Canyon Sunrise” necklace was selected as Finalist, 4th Place, SWAROVSKI’s Be Naturally Inspired Contest. “Little Tapestries/Ghindia” — was juried into SHOWCASE 500 BEADED
JEWELRY, Lark Publications, 2012. He is writing a jewelry design series entitled “How To Bead A Rogue Elephant.” Owner, Be Dazzled Beads, and Land of Odds (www.landofodds.com). Director, Jewelry Design Camp. Warren’s pieces are available for purchase at The Open Window Gallery, or online at www.warrenfeldjewelry.com.

Administers three international contests: The Ugly Necklace, All Dolled Up-Beaded
Art Dolls, and Illustrative Beader-Beaded Tapestries.

He is working to bring the CBJA curriculum online as LearnToBead.net.

Be Dazzled Beads is located in the Berry Hill section of Nashville, Tennessee. It is 3 miles south
of downtown, off of I-65.

Lunch Options:

The workshop will take a break for lunch. Within easy walking distance are these lunch places:

The Yellow Porch
Sam & Zoes
Baja Burrito
Kebab Gyro Shop
Pizza Hut
Calypso Cafe
Pfunky Griddle
Firehouse Subs
Logans Steak House
Jersey Mikes
Cheeseburger Charlies
Einstein Bagel
Panda Express
Panera’s Bread Company

If you are coming from out of town, the closest motels are
La Quinta Inn (Sidco Drive near Harding Place and I-65)
Red Roof Inn (Sidco Drive near Hading Place and I-65)

There are additional motels 1 exit further south on I-65 on Old Hickory Blvd in Brentwood.


October 2013

I: Contemporizing Traditional Etruscan Jewelry

10/6/13 thru Sat, 10/12/13

II: Fringe, Edge, Strap, Bail, Surface Embellishment in Jewelry — Art
or Not?

10/13/13 thru Sat, 10/19/13

yourself into a week-long study of jewelry design theories, and their
applications and manipulations with various materials, techniques and




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