Maneuvers – Testing the Behavior of your Beadwork
Commonly I will do little exercises to see how my beadwork behaves. I call these little pieces “maneuvers”, and I have many that I’ve tried over the years. I have three boxes full of them! This little square with Interlacing Strands is a maneuver I’m currently working on.
Maneuvers can be incredibly helpful in working out design issues. They give you a sort of trial run before implementing a particular design to a large-scale piece. As you master the design on a smaller scale and take the time to work out all the angles, devise the proper stitches, and recognize how each piece will interact, you will be able to create a masterfully finished necklace, bracelet, or other piece. A little preparation on the front end can translate into much less time, energy, and frustration as you build your larger work.
What are some techniques you use to strategize or implement a new design? Let me know below! Perhaps using “maneuvering” will come in handy as you prepare your next work.