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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Beaded Beads

I am finally relearning the Peyote stitch in beading. I remember making coasters with short tube plastic beads as a child. Of course, at that time I did not realize that it was the peyote stitch. Recently I have come across some really cool beaded beads. That reminded me of the pumpkin person zipper pull I made last December. That was the start of me trying to cover wooden beads. I wasn't very happy with the result, something was not quite right.

So, now I had something look at, beautifully beaded balls, to find out how I could improve my work. That meant taking a closer look at the peyote stitch and figuring out what a brick stitch is. Some more research online lead me to the idea that you kind of make girdle around the outside, the roundest part, of the bead in peyote stitch. Close that band to make a circle and then work in brick stitch towards the hole of the wooden bead. It seems I got the hang of it as you can see from the beads below.

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