In this area you can find out about design essentials in beadwork. I have been creating my own designs for as long as I have been beading, but I have met a lot of people who are a little scared of designing or don’t believe it is something they are capable of doing. Of course there will always be people who like to know exactly what they are going to be producing when they start beading, but there are occasions when perhaps you have an idea and don’t know how to execute it. I hope this section will give you some help. Personally, I believe there is a designer in all of us – you just have to be brave enough to let it out!
Even if you have no desire to create a design from scratch, you will be making some essential design decisions whenever you make a project. The most basic of these is what colour to use. Choosing colours is another area that can strike fear into the hearts of many, so I have written a series of posts giving some basic information about colour theory and then offering some suggestions that may help you to guide your choices and gain confidence to try something different – it’s all too easy to get stuck in a colour rut, so take any chance you can to branch out into something new!
If you are interested in design, even just interested in understanding the design essentials that go into creating beadwork and jewellery, then I have included some thoughts on how we use shape to guide the design process and how to choose the most appropriate materials. Finally, I am working on a whole series of interviews with top beading designers to give you some inspiration and a look at how they put these design essentials to use. If you know of a designer who you think should be featured on here, or if you have any design questions you would like answered, then please get in touch and let me know about them.