Diamond Matrix Beading Pattern Introduction Setting up a 3 Bead Diamond Matrix Rules for Setting Up a Beaded Diamond Matrix Table of Values Setting Up a Beaded Diamond Matrix Planning a Matrix Based Beading Pattern "Download Openface Master Grid"

 Diamond Matrix Beading Pattern A diamond matrix can be used to generate geometric beading patterns for openface fingerweaving. A diamond matrix is created by stringing beads on a selected number of strands. In the example, there is a total of 18 blue strands 6 of these strand are carrier strands for the beads. The total number of strands must be a even number and a multiple of the number of beads on each side of the beaded diamonds in the matrix. The example is a 3 bead matrix. To determine which strands are the carrier strands, start at the middle. The 2 middle strands are used as carrier strands. When the shed is picked up, the shed divides the stands into two layers. One layer is worked on a diagonal from the left to the right, the other is worked on a diagonal from the right to the left. In each layer, the third strand from each of the middle carrier strands becomes a carrier strand. 3 bead diamond matrix carrier strands <
 Setting up a 3 bead diamond matrix Setting up a 3 bead diamond matrix follows a set of rules. The following graphics will be used to develope and illustrate how to apply these rules. 6 strand 3 bead matrix The 6 strand 3 bead matrix has only 2 carrier strands. This is because there is only 1 strand on either side of the middle carrier strand in each layer. [note] The middle carrier strands cross each other before the beaded diamond is made. This is because there is an odd number of strands on either side of the middle.
 12 strand 3 bead matrix The next set of strands that is an even number and dividable by 3 is a set of 12 strands. The 12 strand 3 bead matrix has 4 carrier strands. There is only 1 additional carrier strand on either side of the middle carrier strands This is because in each layer there are 3 additional strands on one side and 2 additional strands on the other side of the middle carrier strand in each layer.
 [note] The middle carrier strands do not cross each other before the first beaded diamond is made. This is because there is an even number of strands on either side of the middle.
 18 strand 3 bead matrix The next set of strands that is an even number and a multiple of 3 is a set of 18 strands. The 18 strand 3 bead matrix has 6 carrier strands. There are 2 additional carrier strand on either side of the middle carrier strands This is because in each layer there are more then 3 additional strands on each side of the middle carrier strand in each layer.
 [note] The middle carrier strands cross each other before the first beaded diamond is made. This is because there is an odd number of strands on either side of the middle.
 24 strand 3 bead matrix The next set of strands that is an even number and a multiple of 3 is a set of 24 strands. The 24 strand 3 bead matrix has 8 carrier strands. There are 3 additional carrier strand on either side of the middle carrier strands. This is because on one side of each layer there are 6 strands. 6 is a multiple of 3 three, that allows 2 additional carrier strands on that side. On the other side of the layer there are 5 additional strands, therefore only one additional carrier strand can be added to that the layer.
 [note] The middle carrier strands do not cross each other before the first beaded diamond is made. This is because there is an even number of strands on either side of the middle.