Diagonal Peyote aka Russian Leaf Stitch with the Master, Huib Petersen

Diagonal peyote stitch, also known as Russian leaf stitch is where it all began for Huib Petersen. Sit back and enjoy learning this stitch from him in his new video, Diagonal Peyote Stitch aka Russian Leaf Stitch.

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Diagonal peyote is the main stitch used in Huib’s floral beadweaving work. Huib kicks off his video covering the basics. Huib comments, “The beauty of this stitch is, it behaves like fabric cut on the bias; it has a beautiful drape and flexibility. To learn a stitch well, use a larger size bead, like a size 8.”

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Huib Shares Beyond Diagonal Peyote

Like in his Beadweaving 1 and Beadweaving 2 cubic right-angle weave videos, Huib shares, “the more familiar you are with the stitch, the more you understand it, the more you can manipulate it. It is even more fun to make something you can wear. This stitch is perfect for that.”

From the basics, Huib takes us through Russian leaf stitch to create a basic leaf design then an oak leaf.

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Beyond the Leaf

From the leaf, learn the basics for stitching a beaded zig zag. From the zig-zag basics, Huib covers how to make this necklace with accent beads in the opening of the zig-zag.

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Once you’ve mastered the zig zags, Huib shows you how to combine all the techniques to create flower petals and flowers.

Huib Petersen, diagonal peyote stitch, russian leaf stitch, seed beading, bead weaving

Inspiring

Huib also offers these words of encouragement and inspiration: “Enjoy all that Mother Nature has already created.  Translate them into your beadwork. Study all shapes and colors. Study other jewelers’ work and how they created their pieces, and used stones, and other materials in their work. Constantly ask yourself, how does this drape around the neck? How do I use a part or this design and how do I change it? How do I add to it, or take away from it so it represents my own personal style? Start your own journey to your own unique piece of wearable art. And remember, it’s practice that makes art.”

Through all of Huib’s videos, Beadweaving 1, Beadweaving 2, and Beadweaving 3, Huib encourages playing, enjoying learning the stitch, and expressing yourself through your designs. Draw inspiration from your surroundings; Huibs clearly draws heavily form nature.

Drawing From Your Surroundings

After watching Huib’s videos, I felt compelled to really think about my immediate surroundings, to see what I have around me to inspire my work on a day-to-day basis, and what I have close to me that makes me smile. I found the following things out about myself: I surround myself with all things I love. I keep special items close to me in view, including images of my family, items that remind me of places I love (like the beach!), and I surround myself with my tools! 

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I keep items that offer good ideas for color combinations, shapes, and dimensional pieces that help me “see” things before designing a piece of jewelry (like an opened walnut shell, acorns, and shells). It was a good exercise to make sure I could find inspiration if needed, and to make sure the items I love most were not pushed aside to make way for the day-to-day. When you can, take a minute to do the same exercise so even for those days you can’t get outside or open a book for the inspiration you crave, it’s already right in front of you.

Whatever it means to you to play, practice, design, and be inspired, find your path, pursue it, surround yourself with it, and have fun! Have a tip to share on how you translate your inspiration into beadwork? Please leave a comment below.

Yours in creativity,

blue_tammy

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