Quilters and embroiderers seemed to have some of the most specific guidelines on how to technically execute a competition piece. So, with thanks to those craftswomen my musings workwomanship in beadwork suggest that neatness and sound engineering are key. More specifically:
Neatness – is the beadwork precise and tidy?
- even tension as appropriate to the stitch
- invisible starting and finishing threads
- no threads showing or crossing beads - no missed or broken beads.
|Cabella bracelet by Glenda of Dax Designs||Is it neat? Does it work and is it hardy?|
- strong joins, components, closures and/or clasps that work as they should
- form suits its function – e.g. wearable beadwork sits or drapes well
- durability – the beadwork will survive its use.
I’d love any thoughts you have on what makes for sound and neat beadwork and what we can do to work towards excellence in the technical execution of our beadwork.