Piecing the peyote sections together

1. To start connecting the three peyote sections together, you first need to secure a thread to one of the peyote pieces. Insert your needle and thread any place you like into one peyote section and weave it through the beads to one end. Make at least one knot as you weave to secure the thread to the peyote section, pulling on the thread so the knot is hidden in the beads.

Make sure to weave so that eventually the needle comes out of one end of the bead section. (See Chapter 2 for more explanation on how to attach and finish off threads while bead weaving.)

Some bead weavers are knotters, and some prefer to weave the threads together as they work with no knots. It's really a personal preference, but we recommend using knots now and then when you have to reinsert a needle and thread into your beadwork. If you pull on the thread, you can pull the knot inside of a bead, and the knots won't be noticeable, so we think it's worth the extra security.

You can also glue knots to secure the thread if you'd like, something we don't usually do. Do not, however, add any glue to knots until you're totally done with any bead-weaving project. After you glue those knots, you can't unweave anything if you make a boo-boo later in the weaving process.

2. Now that your thread is coming out of one end of a peyote section (as shown in Figure 6-4), string on 4 Delica beads, 1 butterfly crystal bead, 6 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, 4 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, and 6 Delica beads.

Pay attention to the orientation of your butterfly crystal beads. You want to make sure they're all flying in the same direction. This bookmark has a definite top and bottom, as you'll see in the next section.

3. As illustrated in Figure 6-5, connect this first section and its strand of beads to a second peyote bead section by inserting the needle through the corresponding bead.

Figure 6-4:

Add butterfly crystal and bicone beads to your Delica beads.

Figure 6-5:

Connect two peyote bead sections.

Figure 6-5:

Connect two peyote bead sections.

4. Bring the needle back down through the strand of beads you strung in Step 2 (see Figure 6-6), as well as down through the first bead on the first peyote section.

Figure 6-6:

The needle goes back down through the beads.

Figure 6-6:

The needle goes back down through the beads.

5. Bring the needle back up through the bead next to it, and continue to weave until you get to the opposite end of the peyote section and your working thread is coming out of the bead on the very end of the peyote section.

6. Repeat Steps 2 through 5 so you're connecting the two peyote bead sections with two strands of Delica and crystal beads, as shown in Figure 6-7.

Figure 6-7:

Beaded strands connect both ends of two peyote sections.

Figure 6-7:

Beaded strands connect both ends of two peyote sections.

7. Following Steps 1 through 6, connect your third peyote section to the other side of the second peyote section. This time, add the beads in the following pattern: 4 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, 6 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, 4 Delica beads, 1 butterfly crystal bead, and 6 Delica beads.

See Figure 6-8 for an example of how the piece should now look.

Figure 6-8:

All three peyote sections are now connected.

8. Weave the needle and thread through the first peyote bead section, again securing with knots, so the needle comes out of a bead in the top middle of the peyote section.

Unless you're very comfortable working with a thread that is very, very long, most bead-weaving projects require you to periodically finish off an old working thread and weave in a new thread. Three feet is a good general length to start with, but it's up to you and your comfort level to determine how long you like your threads. They need to be long enough to work with comfortably, but not so long that they get tangled up.

9. String on 4 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, 6 Delica beads, 1 butterfly crystal bead, 4 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, and 6 Delica beads. Insert the needle up through the center of the second peyote bead section, continuing to weave until you come out the middle of the other side.

10. String on 4 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, 6 Delica beads, 1 butterfly crystal bead, 4 Delica beads, 1 bicone bead, and 6 Delica beads. Insert the needle up through the center of the third peyote bead section, continuing to weave and knot the thread, and use scissors to trim it off.

Figure 6-9 shows how the six strands of beads connect the three peyote bead sections.

Figure 6-9 shows how the six strands of beads connect the three peyote bead sections.

Finishing with fringe

1. Create some fun fringe at the top of the bookmarker. Weave a new working thread into the last peyote bead section so the thread is coming out the top of the peyote section. String the fringe with your choice of beads, making sure to end with a flower crystal bead and a Delica crystal bead.

Each piece of fringe can be any length, number, and combination of Delica beads and bicone crystal beads. In fact, you want to stagger the lengths, making some short and some long, so they aren't all the same length and will have more movement to them. Just make sure each piece of fringe ends with one flower bead and one Delica bead.

2. Bring the needle back down through the flower (skipping the last Delica bead on the strand) and through all the other beads on the strand, as shown in Figure 6-10.

3. Weave the needle down and up through the Delica beads on the top of the peyote bead section to space out the fringe. Continue to follow the same stringing pattern and weaving procedure in Steps 1 and 2 until you have as much fringe as you want.

We added five strands of fringe to our bookmark.

4. Finally, go back and pull off your stop beads (if you haven't already) that you strung at the very beginning of the project, weave in any extra pieces of thread, and use scissors to trim them off.

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