• The Art of Beading

    BEAD TWINS---Learning the Peyote Stitch

    BEADING..the art of attaching one bead to another by stringing them with a sewing needle or beading needle and thread or thin wire, or sewing them to cloth. Beads come in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes. Beads are used to create jewelry or other articles of personal adornment; they are also used in wall hangings and sculpture and many other crafts.
    When it stated like that is sounds pretty boring. It can actually be quite beautiful and addicting. Modern bead-work is often used as a creative hobby to create jewelry, purses, coasters, and dozens of other crafts. Beads are available in many different designs, sizes, colors, and materials, allowing much variation among bead artisans and projects. Simple projects can be created in less than an hour by novice beaders, while complex bead-work may take weeks of meticulous work with specialized tools and equipment.
    You may have learned the basics of a beading project and worked a few rows for a piece for yourself or as a gift..now you are addicted!
    Beads are what you want because that's what makes it fun. So you are off to the store to buy some.  You want it all storage containers, threads, needles, accent beads, wire, a bit of chain and maybe some crystals.  Proceed with caution you do not want to drown.  If you jump into it to quickly you may become overwhelmed and decide you are not a bead lover but a bead hater.
    Well we are here to help you wade through the waters of a beginners project.
    An easy project to begin with is even count peyote stitch or brick stitch.  The pattern is pretty easy to follow and work up relatively quickly.  There are many patterns and videos out there that you can begin with.  I have attached the basics of how to begin the peyote stitch here.
          
    Technically, for this project, you should only need seed beads (generally size 6/o or 8/o are the best ones to begin with), thread or fire-line, a needle and some scissors.  But that is only in a perfect world. Once you learn the pattern there are an endless number of possibilities and variations of beads to create a unique piece.  Keep in mind when purchasing your beads the larger the size number of the bead, the smaller the bead will be.  Meaning a size 11/0 is smaller than a 6/o seed bead. The size of the bead will also make a difference in the size of your finished braclet.

    The examples below some different levels of bead work.
    Once you get the hang of the Peyote Stitch there are many variations these are just a few.
                
    These are all examples of the peyote stitch.  As you can see depending on the size and the amount of beads used very different finished products are achieved.
    Happy Beading!!  Please feel free to contact us.  We are happy to answer questions on any beading subject or help you in the selection of beads.

    BeadTwins.net 

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