Sculptured Wire & Bead Weaving
...One-of-a-Kind Wearable Art
...by Sandra Yemm
Sandra's Wire and Bead Weaving 'jewel' pieces are artfully sculptured using fine wire or textile thread interwoven with gemstones, crystals, shells, pearls and glass resulting in very unique wearable art for the neck, wrist and ear. Sandra's 'jewels’ may present a well-defined pattern, or an intuitively formed pattern with a three-dimensional or smooth appearance. Most pieces move comfortably between work and play.
Inspiration for Sandra’s designs comes from her affection for the landscape which she sees as a flowing and interwoven palate of form, colour and texture. Raised in rural Ontario, her most vivid memories are of the ‘land’ – the fields, woods and streams - and how each season brought changes to the flora and fauna. Sandra now enjoys her natural forested and groomed gardens adjacent to the Bruce Trail on the Niagara Escarpment where rocks, trees and flowers are plentiful, and a waterfall is heard nearby. This tranquil location has also kindled her interest in pottery, still photography, garden & flower design, fashion design, and encaustic painting.
Sandra's work is further inspired through the principles of the Oriental art of Feng Shui. This Oriental art indicates an influence between the placement of objects and one's life situations. Thus, the placement of specific jewels in her designs have equally an aesthetic and emotional effect on both the wearer and the observer. Sandra has most recently facilitated classes in Feng Shui at Mohawk and Sheridan Colleges.
Sandra's Jewels feature only the finest quality materials - Austrian Swarovski crystals, Japanese seed beads, Tibetan silver, Czechoslovakian fire-polished glass, Chinese cloisonné, Canton enamel, Canadian and Italian hand-made lampwork glass, South Sea cultured and freshwater pearls, and precious gemstones from many countries.
A little history:
Beadweaving, also known as Needleweaving, is a technique using either a single needle or two-needles with textile thread. Crystals, semi-precious gemstones, glass, pearls, metals and beads of all sizes and shapes, can be intricately interwoven with the thread, either intuitively, or in a specific pattern.
Beadweaving 'off-loom' techniques allow the crafter to use different stitches giving a more irregular shape resulting in one-of-a-kind handcrafted work. Although some of the beading stitches may look similar, they each have different characteristics which produce individual and distinctive finished pieces. The combination of stitches, textures, colours, shapes and designs used today varies only slightly from the ancient forms passed down through family generations.
The Ndebele Stitch, takes its name from a cultural group of native South Africans whose beadwork is still practiced in its traditional form today. In beadwork, "Ndebele" is often synonymous with "herringbone." This stitch gives a subtle zigzag look to rows of seed or bugle beads, due to the tilt of the rounded beads laid together in a single stitch.
The Peyote Stitch may be worked with either an even or an odd number of beads per row which results in either a flat strip, a flat round shape, or as a tube. The name "peyote stitch" derives from the use of this stitch to decorate objects used in ancient ceremonies.
Free-form Peyote follows no set stitch or form, usually incorporating various weaves and embellishments as desired. ‘Listening-to-the-creative-flow’ describes the end result of this intuitively-driven unique piece.
The Brick Stitch has unknown origins in which individual beads are stacked upon each other much as bricks are stacked in a brick wall. This technique is found in beadwork from Africa, the Middle East, and South America.
The Right-angle weave Stitch is the basic stitch used for Japanese-style beadwork. When two needles are used, it is often called cross-weaving because the threads cross in opposite directions through the beads. Right-angle weave beads lie at right angles to one another. It is a very versatile weave - any size or shape of bead, or combination of beads can be used effectively.