|Wireweave is one of the earliest and simplest beadweaving techniques. A double-weft beadweave, it
needs no loom because it has no warp. It is often used for making seedbead rings nowadays, but has been found in
archeological sites dating as far back as 1650 where it was used with larger beads to make bracelets or anklets. |
This technique needs inner tension to make it lie flat. Before it became popular to use a wire weft to provide this
tension (hence the name Wire Weave), finished work was wrapped around the wrist or ankle. Columns of single large beads
on heavy cord or thin thong will lie fairly flat for chokers or necklaces, etc.
My father, Sterling Paul Garrett, made flat seedbead pendants using a thread weft but in over 45 years of beadworking
I have never been able to match this feat, nor have I seen any other beadworkers do this.