A triangle weave collar style necklace variation:
This necklace sports an embellished edge as well as decorative fringe elements.
Sometimes, however, it's nice to return to an old, familiar technique that doesn't require a lot of planning or practicing to create a lovely piece of jewelry. For me, that's beadweaving. More specifically, the triangle weave, which was the first beadweaving technique I learned over a decade ago! I was taught by a Native American instructor and have always thought of this stitch as Native American in design, but it's been employed in various forms around the world.
I learned the basic, single row triangle weave with seed beads. My first necklace has survived the years and I occasionally still wear it:
The basic triangle weave (single row): My 1st necklace with this stitch! (above)
& a close-up of the basic weave (below)
An embellished triangle weave collar style necklace:
The clear beads are the basic stitch, while the blue beads form the embellished edging
I learned that embellishing the edge (filling in the gaps of the basic triangle weave with another seed bead) results in a stiffer necklace that doesn't curve to sit nicely on the neck - so if you like the embellished look, I suggest adding an adjustable closure (lobster clasp and chain is an easy solution) because an embellished triangle weave necklace needs to be worn high on the neck as a collar or choker to look really good - or it makes for a great bracelet!
Another embellished edge triangle weave collar (above) & example of adjustable clasp (below)
I've put together a tutorial showing how to complete the basic triangle weave, as shown in my first necklace. Following my tutorial are several other tutorials showing how to make a 2nd row of triangle weave and another technique for a different look. I've also included some stunning examples of what can be accomplished with the triangle weave simply by changing up the beads you use in your design! Many people prefer to use long beads, such as bugle beads, in place of 3 seed beads or incorporate crystals and other glass beads for a completely different look. Once you get the hang of the stitch, play around with other beads to create your own unique jewelry pieces!
PZ Designs Basic Triangle Weave Tutorial: Single Row, No Embellishment
Please click on the above image for a larger version!
Beading Daily: Learn Triangle Weave - use bugle beads & add a 2nd (or 3rd!) row
Beading Daily Tutorial
Bead Jewelry Making: Triangle Weave - use seed beads singly for a different look
Example of a finished piece using this technique: Black Triangle Weave Bracelet
Black Triangle Weave Bracelet
Around the Beading Table: Triangle Weave Band - a crystal bracelet tutorial
Triangle Weave Band
Around the Beading Table jeweler Deborah Roberti seems to enjoy using the triangle weave in her designs. She has several more tutorials for purchase that also feature the triangle weave, such as the Geometric Obsession Bracelets.
Geometric Obsession Bracelets
Around the Beading Table: Hana-Ami Motif - similar to the Beading Daily tutorial, but create wheels with the triangle weave instead of rows.
These wheels can be combined in various ways for stunning designs!
Crystal Wiggles Bracelet - Hana-Ami Motif Option
Several examples are shown at the end of the tutorial, and here is another: Pinwheel Bracelet.
Pinwheel Bracelet - Hana-Ami Motif Option
I'd also like to showcase the work of jeweler and artist Laura Shea, who regularly uses the triangle weave:
(also available as a kit)
Stained Glass Triangle Cuff - embellished (double layered) triangle weave
While I love the triangle weave for its ease and nostalgic memories, it looks like I've got some exploring to do with this stitch! I hope you have enjoyed reading and learning about this weave and that you try it out for yourself. As you can see, some very extravagant designs can be accomplished from this simple and easy stitch!