For quite awhile now, Russian leaves have been all over Pinterest. I fell in love with them, but it took several months before I had the time to devote to them. I want to give a special shout out to Linda of Linda's Crafty Inspirations blog. She has posted oodles of examples and freely shares her color charts, which is a great way to get started! In the examples that I'm showing you, I plan to use the ones above as pendants, and the ones shown below as earrings.
Diagonal peyote is really not that hard...you need to decrease on one edge and increase on the other edge each row, and once you understand how to do this, the rest is easy easy easy! Jill's video will show you how.
When you're finished stitching, you'll find that the leaves lose their shapes very quickly, no matter how tight a tension you use. I decided to dip mine in Future acrylic floor polish to help maintain the shape. I dipped each one twice, letting them dry in between...first on the convex side of a spoon and the second time on the concave side.
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