Monday, September 25, 2017

Stitch a clock motif for your bead embroidery - part one


In playing around with the beads that I received from Jesse James Beads, I figured out another fun motif that you can stitch to enhance your bead embroidery.

The motif is stitched with a combination of peyote and herringbone stitches, and then is stitched down to a foundation fabric.  In my e-book Bored By Back Stitch, I teach you how to create twelve different bead embroidery motifs, using nine different beadweaving stitches, so maybe you can think of this one as the baker's dozen supplement!

Materials + Tools

Jesse James focal bead
Tribal Stripes Inspiration bead mix - choose one of the 15mm beads for the focal.  Others will be used in your expanded bead embroidery design

Fire Mountain Gems seed beads

Size 8/0:
Color-lined pink
Transparent frosted root beer

Size 6/0:
Color-lined pink

Size 11/0:
Fuchsia matte

Cube beads:
Opaque metallic fuchsia squares

Beading needles
Nymo beading thread, black, size O
Foundation fabric, like ultra-suede
Double sided tape


1. Stitch back and forth through the focal bead to add two size 8/0 beads at each end.  Add both at the same time.  Leave about a 6" tail.


2.  String 10 size 8/0 beads on each side to give you 24 beads altogether.  Run the thread through all the beads a second time to tighten.  You can use a different number of beads if you want, as long as there are the same number on each side.  But if you want a clock pattern, there must be 24 beads to start.


3. Using peyote stitch, add size 6/0 beads in the same color around the ring and step up at the end.  You will have 12 size 6/0 beads in this row.

4. Create the herringbone base in this row by adding two size 11/0 beads on each 6/0 from the last row.  Stitch down through the next 8/0 from the first row and up through the next 6/0 to add the next stitch.  Repeat around, and step up through the first two size 11/0s added.

5. For the second herringbone row, add two more size 11/0s and stitch back through the pink size 6/0.  Add a root beer colored 6/0 between each stitch, stitch through the next pink size 6/0, and repeat adding herringbone stitches and more size 6/0s around.  Step up through the first herringbone stitch added this row.

6.  Add a third herringbone stitch.  Stitch down through the herringbone stack, through the pink size 6/0 beneath them, and back up through the other side of the herringbone stack to exit back at the top.

7.  Add a cube bead and a single size 11/0 as a stopper bead.  Stitch back down the left side of the herringbone stack, through three size 6/0s, and up through the right side of the next stack to repeat around.

8. Cut a small hole in a piece of foundation fabric to allow your focal bead to sink into it slightly.  Use the active weaving thread and the tail to stitch the piece down.  I started by stitching each brown size 6/0 down, and then moved out to the stopper beads and stitched them down.  End your threads on the back.  

I'm hoping to have this finished by next week so that I can show you some additional embellishment ideas and show you how to finish the piece off as a pendant.  Till then!

This post contains affiliate links.  I received the beads from Jesse James Beads free of charge in order to create several projects at no cost for you.  I purchased the FMG seed beads and tools, and they are the ones I routinely use.

Copyright 2017 Cyndi Lavin. All rights reserved. Not to be reprinted, resold, or redistributed for profit. May be printed out for personal use or distributed electronically provided that entire file, including this notice, remains intact.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Yay for Katelyn!!


Katelyn is the winner of a copy of The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry that Beading Arts was giving away.  Congratulations, Katelyn!

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Monday, September 18, 2017

A bead stitch combination to try - right-angle peyote


In the current issue of Bead&Button (October 2017), there is a stitch workshop article by Antonio Calles on a technique he calls right-angle peyote, because it combines the two stitches into a clever component that can be linked together to form all sorts of pretty designs.

You can find a couple of his projects and blank charts online (you must be a subscriber).  The basic component is easy to stitch, especially if you're familiar with both RAW and peyote.  If they are new to you, make sure you pick up a copy of B&B to get the instructions for the component!  To figure out the component and stitch together two of them as shown above took me less than 5 minutes.  It would have been less, but I changed my mind about one of the colors!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book giveaway: The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry

Last week, I shared my review of Ann Martin's new book, The Art of Quilling Paper Jewelry.  Well, today I am delighted to be able to offer up a copy for giveaway! Let me tantalize you with some images from the book that Ann shared with me...can you even believe they are made from paper??



Would you like a great book full of new projects?  Here's what you need to do...please read this carefully. Leave me a comment here and include your email address. If I don't see your email address, I will not contact you. No contact, no win, and I simply have to go on to the next person. You are welcome to spell it out if you'd prefer, for example, beadingarts at gmail dot com. If you tweet or post on Facebook or other social spots about the contest, you can leave a second comment and be entered twice! Deadline: September 21, 2016

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