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Peyote paradise necklace

Flat, circular, and increasing peyote stitch create a flourish of beadwork
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Stitch a distinctive setting for a group of art-glass beads, and embellish it with gemstones and pearls. Beaded beads and an intricate clasp complete the ensemble.

SUPPLIES

necklace 18 in. (46 cm) 

  • large art-glass bead (approx. 20 x 15 mm)
  • 2 small art-glass beads (approx. 15 x 13 mm)
  • 2 cylindrical glass beads (approx. 6 x 12 mm) for toggle bars
  • 40–45 9–12 mm drop beads
  • 20–25 6–8 mm keshi pearls
  • 50–70 assorted 3–6 mm pearls, gemstones, or glass accent beads
  • 10g 8/0 Japanese seed beads
  • 11/0 Japanese seed beads
    • 10g color A
    • 5g in each of 5 colors: B–F
  • 3 crimp beads
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • flexible beading wire, .012
  • beading needles, #11 and #15
  • crimping pliers
  • wire cutters

INSTRUCTIONS

Beaded beads

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

2. Pick up 10 color A 11/0 seed beads. Using mostly As, but substituting occasional color B–F 11/0 seed beads, work a total of 14 rows of flat even-count peyote stitch to make a strip that is 10 beads wide with seven beads on each straight edge.

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FIGURE 1
3. Remove the stop bead. Zip up the strip to form a tube (FIGURE 1, a–b). Sew through an 11/0 to exit between the first and second rounds (b–c).
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FIGURE 2
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PHOTO A
4. Pick up an 8/0 seed bead and an A. Skip the A, and sew back through the 8/0, the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this stitch (FIGURE 2, a–b), and the next 11/0 in the round (b–c). Repeat six times to add a total of seven spikes around the peyote tube (PHOTO A).
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FIGURE 3
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PHOTO B

5. Sew through an 11/0 in the next round (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up two As, a drop bead, and two As, and sew back through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step and the next 11/0 in the round (b–c).

6. Sew through the last two As added (c–d). Pick up a drop and two As, and sew back through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step and the next 11/0 in the round (d–e). Repeat around four times to add a total of six drops. Repeat once more, but pick up only a drop, and sew through the first two 11/0s in the first stitch of this round (PHOTO B). Sew through the beadwork to exit between the second and third rounds from the other edge.

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PHOTO C
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PHOTO D

7. Repeat step 4, but pick up a B before the 8/0 and A. Sew back through the 8/0 and the B, and then sew through the 11/0 in the third round from the edge (PHOTO C). Repeat six times to add a total of seven spikes.

8. Sew through an 11/0 to exit between the first and second rounds. Repeat step 4 (PHOTO D) to add seven spikes to the second round from the edge. End the working thread and tail, and trim.

9. Make a second bead.

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Photo E


Necklace

1. Cut a 24-in. (61 cm) piece of beading wire, and center 11 As. String a crimp bead over both wire ends, snug the crimp bead against the As, and crimp it (PHOTO E).

2. String the large art-glass bead over both wire ends, covering the crimp.

3. On one wire end, string three 11/0s, a 3 mm pearl, two 11/0s, a keshi pearl, a small art-glass bead, a keshi, a 3 mm pearl, two 11/0s, a 3 mm pearl, a keshi, a beaded bead, a keshi, and a 3 mm pearl.

4. String 4–5 in. (10–13 cm) of As, substituting occasional B–Fs, and using an even number of 11/0s.

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PHOTO F

5. String a 3 mm pearl, a keshi, three 8/0s, a crimp bead, and 10 or 11 As. Go back through the crimp bead and the 8/0s. Tighten the wire to form a loop, leaving a bit of slack (PHOTO F).

6. Repeat steps 3–5 on the other end.

7. Test the fit. The necklace should be about 21⁄2 in. (6.4 cm) shorter than the desired length. Add or remove beads on each end if needed. Crimp the crimp beads, and trim the tails.

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PHOTO G

8. Add a comfortable length of thread in one of the beaded beads. Sewing toward the strand of 11/0s, sew through the center of the beaded bead, and continue through the keshi and the 3 mm pearl. Using As and occasional B–Fs, work in peyote stitch as follows:

  • Row 1: Pick up an 11/0, skip an 11/0 in the strand, and sew through the next 11/0 (PHOTO G). Repeat to the end of the strand.
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FIGURE 4
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  • Row 2: Working in increasing peyote, pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the next 11/0 in the previous row (FIGURE 4, a–b). Repeat across the row (b–c). As the increase stitches are added, the peyote stitches will start to spiral.
  • Row 3: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the first increase bead in the previous row. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next increase bead (c–d). Repeat across the row (d–e).
  • Row 4: Work a row of regular peyote stitch.
  • Row 5: Repeat row 2.
  • Row 6: Repeat row 3.
  • Row 7: Repeat row 4, substituting an accent bead for every third 11/0.

9. End the working thread, and trim.

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 on the other side. 

PeyoteparadisenecklaceCLASP
Detachable clasp

Embellished circular peyote and brick stitch components form a detachable clasp that completes this necklace. 

Click here to download instructions on making the clasp, toggle loop, and branched fringe for this necklace.

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