NanC Meinhardt
Artist and Educator

Maze Project:
Master Class

Free-form Right-angle Weave

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced levels are welcome.

In this advanced, process-oriented workshop, the participants will spend three days with NanC Meinhardt exploring the possibilities inherent in using free-form right-angle weave, an off-loom bead weaving technique. NanC will review flat, circular, and tubular right-angle weave. She will demonstrate how to increase, decrease, use filler beads, wander with right-angle weave, and her own adaptation called “filler bead inside increase.”

Once the techniques are mastered, the students will choose between various creative tasks, such as composing a pattern of colorful, two-dimensional stick figure shapes which intertwine playfully with one another; cover a small, three-dimensional form creating a fascinating floral pendant; or play with a self-supporting, organic form that becomes a multi-level, right-angle weave extravaganza.

Each person will have the opportunity to explore the dilemmas experienced in making art while watching their work evolve. In solving the design and technique challenges, the participant will have a crafted trail of their own creative experience.

Supplies Needed:

Please bring small amounts of the following beads to make learning samples. High-contrast colors, please. It is easier to learn if you choose high-contrast colors that you wouldn’t want to use in a finished piece.

  • 3 colors of size 8 seed beads

  • 2 colors of size 11 seed beads

  • 2 colors of size 6 seed beads

The polymer shapes will be available for purchase on the day of the workshop.

Please bring the following supplies for making your lariat or necklace.

  • Three or more colors of size 11 seed beads and/or three or more colors of size 14 seed beads. The size 14 seed beads will give you much more detail in form than the size 11s. I use a combination of both in my pieces. I like to use the bronze, silver, and gold tones of seed beads in my forms. You may do the same or choose a palette for yourself.
  • Tacky tape
  • Small scissors
  • Magnifying glasses or visors
  • Black Silamide A or Nymo Black size D beading thread. We will not be using Fireline for this project. You need black thread.
  • Size 11 and 12 Beading needles
  • Beeswax or micro wax
  • Work surface
  • Magnifying glasses or visor (seeing is very important!)
  • Power Zap is optional but a good idea.
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NanC Meinhardt Studio, LLC
Highland Park, Illinois (north of Chicago)
Phone 847-433-1510
e-mail: nanc at nancmeinhardt dot com