Thursday, February 23, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #8: Peyote triangles

2017 Thursday Bead Post #8: Peyote Triangles



There are a bunch of places online to learn how to make Peyote Triangles, one of the easiest to understand (*see my disclaimer) being the Fusion beads step by step illustrated tutorial.  Another place to check out if interested in geometric peyote stitch and triangles is the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork's (CGB) Free Pattern Library which contains pdf's of basic stitching of geometric peyote shapes and tons of wonderful information on the subject of geometric beading.  

If you search Google images or Pinterest for "Peyote Triangles" you will come across many patterns made by Anabel.  Her website has to be translated but is a great source for beautiful patterns, especially Peyote triangle patterns. For this week's post I made my version of a rainbow triangle, based on her pattern!

Click on this picture to go to her page that this pattern is on :)
Did I mention that Luminous Delicas are Blacklight reactive? :)
There are many different ways to incorporate Peyote triangles into beadweaving, for this post I made a single triangle into a pendant. If you have never seen one, a really fun way of using triangles is to make a Kaleidocycle. I have made two, the large one in the video below and a little baby one that is also made from Luminous Delicas like this week's triangle.  I mailed the baby to Kate McKinnon of CBG, they were studying Kaliedocycles for the new book and I volunteered mine! The new CGB book combo is due out soon and from what I understand it is going to have an entire section devoted to beaded machines and patterns! :) 

I learned how to make a beaded Kaleidocycle about a year ago from the Facebook group Seed Beads and More. The instructions I used are available for members in the files section of the group.


Britas Beads had a YouTube video of the construction- but it seems she has closed her YouTube account since I wrote this post. It was the only instructions outside the group I have seen. I know there will be instructions in the newest CGB books!

Just a reminder....Put those Bead it Forward squares in the mail!!!

Thanks for Reading and Happy Beading! -Beth

*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: 


March 2nd: Flat Herringbone Part II

March 9th: Totally tubular! Peyote & Cellini


March 16th: More tubes! Herringbone -twisted and not




Thursday, February 16, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #7: Brick Stitch

2017  Thursday Bead Post #7: Brick Stitch!

I watched a bunch of YouTube videos thinking that my usual pictures of flat Brick Stitch would not explain it clearly enough -there had to be a video out there that would be clear and wouldn't be confusing... 

After longer than I wanted to spend watching videos of Brick stitch, I have decided (see my disclaimer*) that the YouTube video by Beadaholique is the one I will suggest if you don't already know how to Brick stitch. It uses cubes, different colors, and describes over and over how you go under the thread not through the bead! Until you get 1:40 in you are learning Ladder stitch (what I covered in last week's blog).

What I like to do with Brick stitch is use it to go around the outside of beads and frames. "Circular Brick Stitch"

  
Both of these neon Gumdrop flower bracelets are made with Circular Brick stitch and are currently for sale in my Etsy shop if you want to see more pictures (or have to have one) 👀💗

Potomac Bead Company and Bronzepony Beaded Jewelry on YouTube both have pretty good videos about how to do this stitch around a bead the way my Gumdrop bracelets are made.
Bear is always helping with beading and blogging!

Kelly Dale, the owner of Off the Beaded Path has a video of how to do Circular Brick stitch around a ring -  my favorite way to use this stitch, and the way I made my donut for this week's blog! 

 I think I am going to add this donut to my box of beaded ornaments.

I did take pictures as I added rows:

    

    

  

Reminder: The Bead-it-Forward squares are due March 1st which is only 12 days from now! Minus how long it takes to ship them, if you are still working on 'em it is time to get them ready to ship! :)

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*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: 

February 23rd: Peyote triangles

March 2nd: Flat Herringbone Part II

March 9th: Totally tubular! Peyote & Cellini


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, February 9, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #6: Ladder stitch

2017 Thursday Bead Post #6: Ladder stitch & some Herringbone



I have never thought much about Ladder stitch other than it is what you do to start Herringbone or Brick Stitch. I googled in hopes of finding a project or an inspiration for something fantastic to do with Ladder stitch...
Apparently other than making a wrap bracelet (which I don't really enjoy because it isn't really beadweaving) there is very little about Ladder other than my thoughts that it is an essential stitch to know as the foundation for other stitches.

In my usual style I took pictures as I started this week's blog:
To do ladder stitch you pick up beads (or sets of beads) and stitch them together so that they lay side to side. It is pretty easy to understand, and if you keep tight tension easy to do!
    

   

While I was out Googling, I found a few videos about Ladder stitch that explain it better than I do:
  • Jewelry Making Professor on YouTube  has a video on how to do Ladder stitch. Included in the video was a way to do Ladder that I had never seen until I researched this blog post! I learned something new about beading!!! (About 4 minutes in is where the alternate "quick" way to do Ladder is shown)
  • Jill Wiseman has a less than 5 minute video  showing how to do Ladder stitch. It is very clear, and if you don't know about Jill, give her a Google she is a good beading teacher.
Most of the time when I am doing Ladder stitch it is because I am starting a Flat Herringbone stitch.  For this weeks blog I started a small Herringbone piece that starts with a three bead wide Ladder. I will be coming back to Herringbone in March, but here is a start!
Starting from the Ladder stitch pick up two beads at a time and weaving up and down, working across the row, adding two beads at a time. I only pass up and down through the top beads of my foundation row.
  

   
  
The tricky part about Herringbone is the turnaround at the edge. I usually step over and up to get to the next row- although there are other options...
  

    

  
This is the piece after four Herringbone rows.

Jill Wiseman has a video about Flat Herringbone. It is the clearest explanation of the basic stitch that I came across when searching. I found her to be entertaining and funny when explaining how to make the turn at the edges. 

Bead honesty for this week: I was also taught how to do Herringbone stitch with the thread showing like Jill talks about in her video, and I am guilty of teaching others to do it that way too. (insert shame emoji 😉)

*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: 

February 16th: Brick stitch

February 23rd: Peyote triangles

March 2: Flat Herringbone Part II

Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

Thursday, February 2, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #5: Peyote with multiple sizes of beads

#5 Peyote stitch with multiple sizes of beads

This week I am going to cover what wonderfulness happens when you use Peyote stitch with different sizes of beads! Sometimes this kind of peyote will be referred to as a "flat Cellini" stitch. I will be calling it Peyote with multiple sizes of beads...

One of the best examples of this wonderful use of Peyote is Jimmie Boatright's "Surfin the Waves" necklace. It was first featured in Bead & Button Magazine June 2014 but now Facet Jewlery online has the free pdf of Jimmie Boatright's Surfin-the-waves pattern! Learn more about Jimmie and her work by visiting her website :)


This is my bright colored version of her Surfin pattern! It did take a considerable amount of time to make, I have only worn it once since I made it, but it is still one of my favorite peyote pieces.


I have also made bracelets like this for years: here are three from my personal collection of jewelry. The red and blue/purple ones are about 9 years old. The silver one is only 2 years old.

I was going to make another bracelet, or a sample piece for this blog post, but life got in my way this time. This every week blog is definitely a personal challenge! I will be making something for next week- I am going to start it right now!!! Wish me luck!

By Googling the images of "Peyote with multiple sized beads" there are some fantastic inspiration pictures! 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: 

February 9th: Ladder stitch & some herringbone.

February 16th: Brick stitch

February 23rd: Peyote triangles


Thanks for reading & Happy Beading! -Beth