Monday, July 16, 2018

Embellished peyote rope - a beading project


Last week I showed you my first beaded rope of the summer, a pretty variant on Russian spiral.  This week, I've got a plain peyote rope that I embellished for some extra fun.  It was super-simple, and you could make it in any color and size of seed beads that you want!  Just use all the same size, and as many colors as please you.

I chose size 11/0 seed beads, and worked with purple iris as the base rope and matte copper as the embellishment beads.  I chose to slide it onto a black cord necklace with a clasp already attached.  So easy! 

1. String on 12 seed beads and make a ring.  Leave a 4 to 6" tail to weave in later.  You will be adding 6 beads in each round of peyote stitch: pick up a bead, skip a bead in previous row, stitch through the next bead in previous row.  Repeat around and "step up" through the first bead added in each row to start the next row. 

2. When the rope is as long as you want it, weave your thread end back into the work on both ends. 

3. Measure to find the center of the rope.  Measure out from there to find where you want to start and end your embellishments.  This is assuming that you don't want to do the entire length of the rope, which is also fine!


4. With a rope of 12 beads, you can choose to add 1, 2, 3, 4, or 6 rows of embellishments.  Stitch up through a bead, and add an embellishment bead in the "ditch" between that bead and the next one in the same peyote row.  Here is a super good picture of it if you aren't sure what I mean: stitch in the ditch

5. When finished, I simply slipped my rope onto the black cord necklace. 


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Monday, July 09, 2018

Russian spiral rope necklace - a quick beading project


I have an extremely busy summer ahead of me, including lots of things that have nothing to do with beading, jewelry, and art!  So I decided a few weeks ago that my summer project was going to consist of a series of beaded ropes that I could work on a little bit at a time without having to figure out what I meant to do next each time I pick them up!



I started with a Russian spiral variation that was taught in the June issue of Beadwork by Carol Ohl.  You can find instructions for plain Russian spiral at this link, but I like Carol's version better since you can get almost a plaid effect with it.


I used size 11/0 seed beads and size 15/0 seed beads for the rope.  When I got is as long as I wanted, I narrowed both ends slightly with size 15s and slipped the rope onto a cord.  As you can see, I used 18 gauge copper wire to wrap the ends of the cord around the closed rings for an S clasp.

Easy-peasy, a little at a time, finished!



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Monday, July 02, 2018

Beadwoven flower pendants from dagger beads


I don't often make pieces using other people's instructions, but I had to make an exception for this pretty little pendant that Nora Toth designed for the June 2018 issue of Bead&Button!  Above on the right is the one that I made following her instructions, but then I decided to change it up slightly.  I didn't really like how the back row of daggers was covered, even though it does make the flower wonderfully full.  So I made a second one, shown on the left, using shorter beads for the top row.  Since the leaves that I used were thicker than the daggers, I used only one bead in each top spot rather than the two that the original directions call for. 

Either way, the pendant is very pretty.  A few weeks later, though, I ended up reworking the blue one, as shown below.  I would recommend pips, leaves, or chilis for your top row of petals if you want to make it like I did.   



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