Diamond Weave technique is one of what I term the ‘modern’ beading techniques. It is a bead-weaving stitch that was developed by Gerlinde Lenz in the 2000s – modern times! Cath Thomas came on board with Gerlinde to write the book teaching the technique. Now, I’m sure that raises a lot of questions in your mind:
- what is Diamond weave?
- how do you learn it?
- and probably more!
So, I’m going to try and give you some answers here.
What is Diamond Weave?
This is a bead-weaving technique. So, that means, you will use seed beads, needle and thread to create a beaded fabric.
The basic stitch looks a lot like Right Angle Weave, at first glance. Now, this has confused some people over the years. Some have glanced at it and questioned how it can be a ‘new’ technique. But once you try it, you will realise that, although the finished bead layout might look similar, the flow of the stitch is completely different.
You have numerous variations on the basic stitch. Plus, you can increase and decrease. So, this gives you a lot of flexibility. But I would describe this as more of a ‘fabric’ stitch. By that, I mean, it creates a material that bends easily. So, it is perfect for jewellery.
You can use all manner of ‘traditional’ seed beads in this technique. So, naturally, rocailles and delicas will work. But so too will crystals, small cubes, pearls, firepolish beads.
How do you learn the Diamond Weave technique?
There is just one way to learn the Diamond Weave technique: from the book that Cath and Gerlinde published. You might also see it taught in classes or workshops. Plus, Cath has this wonderful video that you can look at.
You may also have seen projects published in beading magazines in the past.
What can you do with the technique?
Well, the book gives you a huge range of projects to try for starters. But this is also a ‘technique’ book. So, you can develop projects of your own.
Here is what Cath had to say on that subject:
Techniques – unless they are extremely complicated processes – cannot be protected by copyright. However, it would be nice to give Gerlinde Lenz credit for inventing all these stitches. We love to see what you make and if you agree, share your photos on the Diamond Weave Facebook page. Also, like any author, we appreciate a bit of advertisement and we’d be very happy if you’d tell others that you made it thanks to this book (this is called mutual promotion, or win-win).’ and
All the technical instructions are illustrated by graphs showing the bead holes only. Use them to develop your own design. Take them to a level only you can take them with your own special talent, using your colours, your favorite beads, your imagination. Then if you want to sell a tutorial for your own design, draw your own illustrations, graphs, etc. and write the instructions yourself. As said above, you can use legends and terminology which were developed for all to use.
So, time to start having some fun learning the technique! You can follow this link to get more information about the technique and how to learn it.