Wrapping a Gemstone Point with Peyote Stitch

I’ve always been attracted to using gemstones in my beaded jewelry designs, whether for their perceived powers of spiritual healing, or just for their raw natural beauty. My latest acquisition to my collection of healing gemstones is a large, double-pointed quartz crystal that I thought would make a nice (but large) pendant. Inspired by images I’d seen of crystal wands made with peyote stitch, I decided to stitch a rainbow of colors around my crystal to hold it in place!

Choosing colors for this beading project was harder than it should have been. After going back and forth between my favorite greens, browns, and blues, I decided to use a rainbow of colors to represent each energy center (sometimes referred to as a chakra) in the human body. My original plan was to use cylinder beads to work this rainbow of peyote stitch around the crystal, but alas — after looking through my rather extensive stash of cylinder beads (over 200 colors!), I discovered that I didn’t have a single color in the orange family! Not one! Tragedy.

Thankfully, I have more colors of size 15 seed beads than I do cylinder beads, so I found all the perfect colors for my peyote stitch rainbow. Hooray! I started using the deep red for the first few rows, and then proceeded on to the orange, yellow, green, two shades of blue, and then finally, a beautiful light lavender color for the top.

My tension was important for this peyote stitch beading project, as my crystal was wider on one end than the other, and while the finished peyote stitch fit snugly around the larger top, it would have easily slid down and off the narrow bottom. A little dab of glue on the inside of the peyote stitch secured my beadwork in place so that I didn’t have to worry so much about losing my crystal while wearing it.

A few loops of rainbow fringe at the bottom of the peyote stitch add a little bit of movement to the pendant, and a simple braided leather cord made with 1mm leather kept the finished beaded necklace casual so that I can wear it every day. I made a quick wire-wrapped hook and eye closure to keep the whole thing simple and easy. (Because I’m all about simplicity lately!)

Making this project was a fun way to just let myself play peyote stitch! I’ll save the complex peyote stitch projects for another day. Making this pendant was all about love and happiness, and wearing it will certainly make me happy.

Do you remember the last time a beading project made you happy? Take a few minutes today and flip through the pages of Beadwork magazine — you’ll find plenty of great beading projects in there using peyote stitch, right-angle weave, herringbone stitch, and more of your favorite beading techniques to make you smile. Look back at all the great projects from Beadwork magazine in 2014 with the 2014 Beadwork Collection CD. It’s got all the great content from each issue of Beadwork magazine, but in digital format! And because it’s a CD, it frees up lots of space in your bead stash for more beads.

EP1548Want to go even further back down Memory Lane? Check out the 2000 Beadwork Collection CD. You’ll find over 70 beading projects from your favorite artists like Diane Fitzgerald and Jean Campbell, Egyptian collars (remember those?), and wonderfully inspiring beadwork from artists around the world!

Bead Happy,



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