Another piece inspired by “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork”

As I have said in previous posts, I pre-ordered “Contemporary Geometric Beadwork” by Kate McKinnon last year, so had access to some parts of the book electronically before the physical book was published, but the real thing finally arrived just before Easter. The long wait for the actual book was well worth it – the lovely spiral binding so it lies flat, the amazing photographs, and page upon page of inspiration. A large team of bead artists contributed designs and variations on the designs, and the innovative techniques are described in detail. For most of the examples illustrated in the book the colour numbers have been provided for the beads used.  I can see that I will keep returning to the book over and over again for years to come. The MRAW bellyband devised by Dustin Wedekind and Kate McKinnon is such a clever idea – and I thought why not use it to make a bezel for a rivoli? So here is the result!

blacktealgeometricEach layer of the rivoli surround is worked off an edge of the MRAW bellyband, which is itself hidden between the layers. I was able to work both inward from the band to secure the rivoli and outward from the band to add the surrounding squares.

The bail is a peyote “distorted square” as shown in Jean Power’s “Geometric Beadwork”, and I have hung it on a doubled length of tubing, with a beaded toggle as shown below.


  1. This is lovely! Are you a knitter? I haven’t done bead work making shapes with seed beads. I imaging this takes a long time, yes?

  2. I don’t knit, but I do crochet. The beadweaving can be time-consuming but this was pretty quick if you don’t count the time it took experimenting with the 5 earlier versions that didn’t quite work!

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