Thursday, November 16, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #37: St. Petersburg stitch

This week I am going to post about St. Petersburg Stitch. I learned how to do this stitch from my friend Stephany. She has a blog full of beady fun and was nice enough to make a "how to" chart for my blog this week! I made two things this week, first a cute little strip of single St. Pete made with the new size 11 Miyuki picasso finished seed beads. I think they are beautiful 💕 I might be in love with these beads....
  
I used two colors to easily identify the single bead and the turn bead.

As I mentioned earlier, Stephany was nice enough to create this chart on the threadpath for St. Pete stitch.


Click on over and visit her blog- show her some love :) There are a bunch of other tutorials for St. Petersburg stitch, but I find the numbered chart and threadpath is enough to understand how to do this stitch. If you enjoy this stitch I highly suggest Googling St. Pete leaves, they are beautiful!

Stephany was also the inspiration for the other project I made this week. A Double St. Pete bracelet made with SuperDuos. Stephany has blogged in the past about how she made several Double St. Pete bracelets using seed beads and SuperDuos. I borrowed her idea and made this bracelet in fall colors. I love it. I am going to wear it next week on Thanksgiving.


I stitched one side using the SuperDuos as my turn bead, then used the second/empty hole of the duo as the turn bead for the other side. 
  

If nobody told you, next Thursday is Thanksgiving which means I will be spending time with my family and being thankful, not blogging. I will be back to posting beading fun on November 30th! I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!



*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

November 23rd: Happy Thanksgiving-

November 30thDouble, triple and more Peyote stitch.

December 7th: Soutache

December 14th: Why did I do this to myself? -Bead crochet

December 21: Hubble

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, November 9, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #36: More Warped Peyote Squares

Last week I covered Warped Peyote Squares and this week I am going to cover another project that can be made with warped squares- A cute reversible bow!
One time I saw a bow that my friend Stephany had made. I asked and she said it was made of two warped squares. I took that knowledge and have made several since then :) This is the one I made for this post.
 

These bows have a little more holiday flair. I made them last year. 
  

These bows are made by connecting two warped squares together and attaching two brick stitch pieces- like in my "more Brick Stitch" post from April to them.

I took pictures, not great pictures, but here is the how to:

  

On the last row of the square, only put one bead in the corners, using the bead in the middle/point of the square as the bead for both sides.
  

  

Make a matching square that will form the other side of the bow. Use the middle/point bead as the bead for the second square. Both sides of the bow will be connected through this one single bead.
  

  

  

After they are connected together it will look like this. Weave in the thread and trim it.

Make a peyote strip long enough to cover the middle of the bow. (mine 3 wide and 13 rows long but any width that fits will work)

Wrap and zip together the peyote strip. Weave in and trim the thread.
  

Make brick stitch pieces- like in my "more Brick Stitch" post from April.
  

Twist the pieces into a spiral and ladder stitch them together.
 

 

 

 

 


Attach the ladder stitched ribbon piece to the Peyote strip covering the middle of the bow:
  

  

 

 

  

  

Next week I will be covering St. Petersburg Stitch. 

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

November 16th: St. Petersburg stitch

November 23rd: Happy Thanksgiving-

November 30thDouble, triple and more Peyote stitch.

December 7th: Soutache

December 14th: Bead crochet

December 21: Hubble

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!




Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, November 2, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #35: Warped Peyote Squares

This is another post about Peyote stitch, specifically warped squares. This week I made a matching pair of squares out of my own pattern and turned them into fun earrings.
 

There are several places online to learn how to make Warped Peyote squares! Contemporary Geometric Beadwork has a free pattern library which includes instructions on how to. There is also a weekly blog by the creators of CGB- devoted to Warped Peyote Squares. It comes out every Wednesday and has a new pattern for a warped square. If you didn't know, the CGB website is a great resource for beaders, it has vast amounts of free information, links to buy the CGB books and coming soon- new books!

Warped squares are also make the components of one of my favorite holiday go to's- beaded stars! Zip together 5 or more squares and a star is born! This star is the topper I made last year for our tree. It is made out of size 6 clear AB seed beads and is made from 5 warped squares. 

These little stars are also made with 5 warped squares. They are made from Delicas and were gifts for friends last year.
  

When two squares are held next to each other it is obvious how a star is made! The star my earrings would make is actually really pretty! :)


The Facebook group "Seed Beads and More" has several patterns for members that show the exact way to assemble a star from squares. If you aren't a member, visit the group, follow the instructions, and join in the fun! There is so much information about beading, and a great community that beads together with voluntary monthly prompts. In the summer of 2016, shortly after I joined, the group made stars as the bead a long.

Next week, for more holiday fun, I will show how to make an adorable little bow out of warped squares!

A little side note: This project broke the last of the two Tulip brand needles that I have been using since I started my battle piece. Those are the only two needles I have used. I am impressed at their durability and would still say Tulips are awesome. FYI *

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

November 9th: More warped squares with a bow!

November 16th: St. Petersburg stitch

November 23rd: Happy Thanksgiving-

November 30th: Double, triple and more Peyote stitch.

December 7th: Soutache

December 14th: Why did I plan for Bead crochet?

December 21: Hubble

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth