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Peyote fashionista rings

Bejeweled treasures provide instant gratification

This is a perfect project for getting started with basic bead embroidery. Try your hand at beaded backstitch, peyote bezels, picot stitch, embellishments, and edging techniques.



  • 1–3 5–10 mm glass, crystal, or gemstone cabochons 
  • 20–40 assorted accent beads: pearls, crystal pearls, fire-polished beads, gemstones, or other beads
  • 16–24 3 mm sequins (optional)
  • 2–3 g 15/0 and 11/0 seed beads
  • 2–3 g 11/0 cylinder beads
  • ring finding with 10 mm platform(
  • Fireline 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D, conditioned with wax or Thread Heaven
  • beading needles, #12
  • beading foundation
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Ultrasuede

DESIGNER'S NOTE: Look for costume jewelry at antique stores or estate sales. Broken or discarded pieces may provide inexpensive and unusual components. Take them apart to incorporate the undamaged pieces into your new designs. You can also salvage findings from jewelry that is on clearance at your local mall or department store.


Peyote fashionista rings Photo A
Photo a
Peyote fashionista rings Photo B
Photo b
Peyote fashionista rings Photo C
Photo c

Ring top

Focal elements

1. Lay out the desired cabochons and/or accent beads on a piece of beading foundation cut slightly larger than the desired size of your ring top. To determine the spacing of the focal elements and beads, temporarily string a few seed beads and cylinder beads on short lengths of Fireline or thread, and place the strands between the focal elements (PHOTO A). Trace the final position of the focal elements if desired. Glue the focal elements in place, and allow the glue to dry. 

2. Cut out the desired ring top shape, leaving about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) of extra beading foundation on the edges.


1. Tie an overhand knot at one end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline or conditioned thread, and sew through the beading foundation from back to front next to the main cabochon.

2. Work in beaded backstitch around the cabochon using 11/0 cylinder beads to create the base round, ending with an even number of beads. If your cab has a low profile, you can skip to step 6. For a taller cab, continue on to step 3 to build up a peyote bezel.

3. With your thread exiting a cylinder, work a round of tubular peyote stitch using cylinders, and step up through the first cylinder added in this round. If needed, work an additional round with cylinders.

4. Work one to two rounds with 15/0 seed beads to snug the beadwork to the cab.

5. If desired, add an embellishment round using sequins: Sew through the bezel to exit the second-to-last round of cylinders. Pick up a sequin and a 15/0. Skip the 15/0, and sew back through the sequin and the next cylinder in the same round of the bezel (PHOTO B). Repeat to complete the round.

6. Stitch accent beads in place as desired (PHOTO C).

7. Using 15/0 or 11/0 seed beads or cylinders, work a round of beaded backstitch close to the bezel base and around the accent beads.

Surface embellishments

1. Continue working in beaded backstitch to create the rest of your design using seed beads, pearls, fire-polished beads, gemstones, or other accent beads.

2. When you are satisfied with the design, end the thread. Trim the beading foundation close to the beadwork, making sure you don’t cut any of the threads.


1. Cut a piece of Ultrasuede to thesize of the beading foundation. Glue the Ultrasuede to the foundation, and let it dry.

2. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline or conditioned thread. Sew between the foundation and Ultrasuede at the edge of the ring top component, and exit the front of the foundation, hiding the knot between the two layers. 

3. Make a picot along the edge: Pick up three 15/0s, sew down through the foundation and Ultrasuede, and sew back up through the foundation, Ultrasuede, and the last 15/0 just picked up. For subsequent stitches, pick up two 15/0s, sew down through the foundation and Ultrasuede, and sew back up through the foundation, Ultrasuede, and the second 15/0 just picked up. For the last stitch, pick up one 15/0, sew down through the first 15/0 picked up in the first stitch, the foundation, and the Ultrasuede, and sew back up through the first 15/0 in the first stitch. End the thread.

4. Glue a ring finding to the center of the Ultrasuede, and let it dry.

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