Cellini spiral necklace

Cellini Spiral Pattern

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...

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...

Two threedrop peyote bracelet

Peyote Triangular Patterns

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...

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....