Embellished tube neck

If you love the look of beaded ropes but don't want to crochet one, try making these peyote tubes and embellishing them with a picot trim. The basic tube is easy to stitch, and the picot variations seem limitless. This tube is done in even-count circular peyote, so you'll learn the step up that's necessary to start a new row. Consider using anywhere from four to ten beads for the tube's circumference and work with different bead sizes, shapes, and colors. Once the tube is done, it's ready for...

Collectible catchalls

Peyote Christmas

Enjoy the bright colors and tailored look of these diminutive baskets that feature geometric designs taken from woven plaids and quilt blocks. Use them to hold rings or to display tiny flowers or small candies. In holiday colors, they make wonderful ornaments. Each row consists of a six-bead pattern that repeats six times. The design needs to be well-defined, so choose colors with high contrast. O String 72 main-color beads onto 4 ft. 1.2m of waxed thread. Tie the beads into a circle with a...

Spiral vessels

Freeform Beaded Spiral Vessel

The spiral is an image that has fascinated humans since Paleolithic times, and it appears in the artwork of civilizations throughout the world. In nature, the spiral exemplifies the ratio known as the Golden Mean, a long-established formula for harmony and beauty. These instructions contain the techniques, not the specific directions, for making a spiral vessel. The colors, proportions, and finished shape are for you to determine. As you stitch the walls of the vessel, you can bring the form...

Beaded tassels

Peyote Stitch Bag Patterns

Liven up a tassel with a peyote-stitched beaded tassel cover. It's a great way for beginners to learn peyote while following a pattern, but it also encourages experimenting with different finishing techniques. The tassels stand alone as ornaments to hang on a drawer knob or make a great fob for your favorite pair of embroidery scissors. Try different fibers for the tassel-rayon, silk, metallic thread. So many possibilities exist. Follow the pattern for a peyote band. Zip up the beadwork and add...

Freeform peyote vase

Sculptural peyote, making use of varying sizes and shapes of seed beads, can produce special results, as shown here in this stunning vase. Using seed beads of varying size and shape 6 -11 allows for an unpredictable texture of lovely bumps and divots that produces an overall cohesive form. Try to avoid using beads with sharp edges that are likely to cut the thread, creating disasters and the need for tricky and immediate repairs. The vase pictured on pages 85 and 87 is done in a mostly warm...

Tribute to the rain forest

Free Odd Stitch Peyote Patterns

Every spring tadpoles appear in puddles and small pools and gradually turn into frogs. As a child growing up in Australia, I loved watching their metamorphosis. I am still intrigued by frogs, and I wanted to design a purse with a stylized frog design. So my artist friend, Karla Englehardt, and I graphed a frog for an odd-count, flat peyote bag. We used flat peyote to eliminate a bottom seam, and odd-count allowed us to center the frog motif and create a symmetrically decreased triangular flap....

Medicine bags

Peyote Bead Patterns Rose

Jennifer Clement developed a series of unique mandala designs for her amulet bags. Each one appears, at first glance, to be a snowflake. But when you look closer, they are actually representational images. Besides the four designs that are re-created here, she has many others available through her bead store. Read on to learn about her methods for making her bogs. I've been a header since I was a child. During the late '60s when beads were really In, my parents bought me a bead loom. I didn't...

Two threedrop peyote bracelet

Peyote Miyuki Pattern

Combining different sizes and types of beads can be a fun way to make an interesting item. For this bracelet, make use of two- and three-drop peyote to showcase Miyuki square beads in a band of Delicas. The square beads are the same size as a three-drop peyote stitch. Work single peyote around the square. Then, to add more textural interest, use two-drop peyote on the outer edge of the bracelet. If you want to add more contrast, you can use different color Delicas to frame the square bead. This...

Silver sensation bracelet

Bracelet Tube Toeal

Color, form, and texture are the elements of good design, and it's important to incorporate these concepts into your beading. This bracelet combines the soft colors of abalone with the shine and surface detail of thin silver tubes in peyote stitch. The silver tubes are stitched into cylinders that divide the bracelet into sections. Pearls enhance the bracelet's texture and shape. If you wish, try this design in gold and with bugle beads. Instead of putting pearls in the tubes, try rod-shaped...

Bead around the bead

Uneven Peyote Tubular Stitch Tutorial

20mm round wooden bead Japanese cylinder beads, 5gm each of three colors gold silver-lined copper, matte black matte gold, and ivory alabaster Nymo B or 0 beading thread, black beading needle, 10 or 12 beeswax or Thread Heaven black indelible marker or color to match main color bead 20mm round wooden bead Japanese cylinder beads, 5gm each of three colors gold silver-lined copper, matte black matte gold, and ivory alabaster Nymo B or 0 beading thread, black beading needle, 10 or 12 beeswax or...

Shaped necklace

Rebecca Peapples Bead

Using a wire armature provides a flexible core support for beadwork and opens up a whole new realm of possibilities. I love to design with large focal beads and wire-wrapped pendants, but I found that even 20-gauge wire and peyote tubes with size 8 beads weren't substantial enough to successfully highlight the larger pieces. While rummaging around in the basement, I came across some electrical wire and knew I was on to something. Using even-count tubular peyote, I beaded a tube around the wire....

Freeform peyote bracelet

Freeform Peyote Bracelet

Adding a new technique to your repertoire is an exciting adventure. You never know where it will lead. In this case, an assortment of beads in various sizes and shapes dictate a random, free-form approach to peyote stitch to build the beads into a textured band. This bracelet is proof that you don't have to work on a new technique for ages before it becomes a useful tool. Even beginners can have fun and get great results. Work the chunky bracelet lengthwise from a center spine of even-count...

Peyoteframed pearl bracelet

Japanese Beadwork

Frame a mabe pearl with a peyote-stitch bead bezel, embellish it with pearls, and then attach it to a band of five-drop peyote. Sew on a snap to use as your bracelet's clasp. O Apply a thin, even layer of cement to the back of the mabe pearl and glue the pearl to the Ultrasuede. Set it aside to dry. Trim the Ultrasuede, leaving approximately in. 3mm around the pearl's edge. Stitch through the Ultrasuede several times to anchor your thread. With the Ultrasuede facing you, pick up a bead and...

Wood rose necklace

Peyote Rose

Beaded flowers are a great way to affirm your love of gardening and beading, and they're exquisite when made with size 15 seed beads. Some people think size 15s are far too small to work with, though, so I adapted my technique to size 11 beads. Attach your floral creations to a field of green necklace and plant a grassy garden of flowers around them. MAKE THE WOOD ROSE O Thread a needle with 7 ft. 2.1m of Nymo. String 20 flower-color seed beads, leaving a 1-yd. .9m tail. Tie the working thread...

Ruffled brooch

Bead Ruffle Stitch Cabochon

In 1995, Wendy Ellsworth experienced a creative breakthrough with her SeaForm Series of undulating, intensely ruffled peyote stitch organic vessels see p. 89 for vessel instructions . I began setting a variety of different cabochons in the center of my SeaForm vessels by beading a gourd stitch bezel to hold them in place and then surrounding them with a wild ruffle. Soon I realized that with the same idea, I could create a snappy little pin or pendant, a miniature SeaForm that was both...

Peyote bracelet

Cabochon Peyote Ring

Begin the bracelet by making a peyote-stitch platform for each cabochon. Set each stone onto its platform with beadwork. Next, assemble the bracelet with the spacer bars. This bracelet is 7 in. 18cm long end to end, and the center platform is slightly larger than the side platforms, which improves the fit. For a small bracelet, 6-6'A in. 15-16.5cm , you might choose narrower spacer bars or set the two end cabochons vertically on narrower peyote platforms. O Thread a needle with 4 yd. 3.7m of...

Cellini spiral necklace

Celtic Jewelry

Circular peyote stitch takes on a sculptural look when it's worked in beads of various sizes. These sculptural spiral necklaces evolved from a technique taught by Virginia Blakelock and Carol Perrenoud at the Mid-Atlantic Fiber Arts Conference several years ago. Virginia developed the stitch and named it in honor of Benvenuto Cellini, a 16th-century Italian sculptor known for his rococo achitectural columns. The Cellini spiral is essentially circular peyote executed with graduated beads. The...

Easy peyote tube

Peyote Tubular Tutorial

If you want to learn circular peyote stitch, this is a great first project. Created in odd-count peyote with three colors of large beads, it is eye-catching, fashionable, and versatile. Odd-count circular peyote stitch with large beads is the easiest form of circular peyote because the rows have no distinct end. They just continue spiraling see Basics, p. 5 . String the tube onto a satin cord for an alluringly simple necklace. After you make the first one, try some of the variations that are...

Peyote Tube Bracelet

Flat Circular Peyote Stitch

5 Position the chainnose pliers' jaws across the loop. 6 Wrap the wire around the wire stem, covering the stem between the loop and the top bead. Trim the excess wire and press the cut end close to the wraps with chainnose pliers. Gathered peyote purse by Carol Kaplan Peyote ornament by Karen Boylan Gathered peyote purse by Carol Kaplan Peyote ornament by Karen Boylan Peyote stitch beaded handbag by Karen Boylan Peyote stitch beaded handbag by Karen Boylan Triple-tube peyote bracelets by Ava...

Peyote Stitch

Circular Peyote Stitch

What to do with all those beautiful beads Peyote stitch Seed beads come in every color of the rainbow, so why not learn the most versatile stitch for turning them into gorgeous jewelry and more Use peyote stitch to make two-dimensional flat pieces or tubes in any diameter. With beads, needles, and beading thread-and these instructions-you can make anything from bracelets, necklaces, and pins to heirloom holiday ornaments and glittering decorative vases. The Best of Bead amp Button Peyote Stitch...