The Plum Egg beaded bead is an egg-shaped cluster of beads woven in the style of a "Plum Blossom" beaded bead, using a technique similar to right angle weave (check out Valerie Hector's The Art of Beadwork for a fascinating investigation into the history of Plum Blossom beaded beads). Inspired by the origami of Rona Gurkewitz and Bennett Arnstein, this beaded bead is in the shape of a truncated hexadecahedron; a polyhedron that contains 16 hexagons, eight pentagons, and two squares. This design is an ideal size for a beaded pendant, and its holes are large enough so that it can be strung through a narrow cord. Weave one of these eggs to celebrate Easter in the springtime, or weave it in the fall to mark the start of the American football season.
The Plum Egg beading pattern includes:
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