How To Bead A Peyote-Stitch Ruffle in 5 Easy Steps

Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a
contributing editor to Beading Daily
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I guess it's official: I'm obsessed with beading. Here's reason #746: I just finished tech editing the April/May issue of Beadwork, a monumental task in my opinion since this issue is absolutely jam-packed with beautiful projects, and it required just about around-the-clock attention. But enough of my blathering and back to my obsession. As I mentioned, I worked like a madwoman for several weeks, but instead of celebrating my completion with a hot bath or a strong drink, I cozied up on the chair in my office and looked at back issues of Beadwork! I think someone better get a thermometer . . .

But you know what? As an editor, those back issues are like old friends. They are also great to have around as inspiration, reminding me of techniques that I haven't used in a while. For instance, this morning I was paging through the December 2007/January 2008 issue and came upon Shelley Nybakke's Golden-edged Ruffles necklace. I love Shelley's work and this piece is so simply constructed with peyote-stitched ruffles that it made me want to sit down and play with ruffling peyote stitch once again. Want to join me?

Spacer 10x10 pixels You can add a ruffle to the edge of a necklace or bracelet or even stitch one to a piece of clothing. Wherever you'd like to add one, you'll need to begin with a base row of flat one-drop peyote stitch.
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To form a nice, firm ruffle, I actually like to add more than a few rows. This makes it possible for my ruffle to form smooth defined curves instead of messy ones.

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  To begin a very ruffly ruffle, which is what I'm doing here with yellow beads, work two beads between stitches rather than one. (If you'd like a more subtle ruffle, work two beads in the first stitch and one bead in the next stitch.)
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  In this row, work one bead between each bead placed in the previous row. (I've used red beads here.) See how the ruffle is starting to form?
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Spacer 10x10 pixels For the following row, add three beads between the beads added in the previous row as I've done with the orange beads here. This finishes the ruffle with a picot-style look and really pulls the ruffle into a nice exaggerated shape. If you'd like to continue ruffling, work one bead between every-other bead of the previous two rows.

Isn't peyote-stitch ruffling fun? I was so happy to be reminded of it when paging through back issues of Beadwork. Do you have a back-issue collection like I do? You can start your own in a really easy way: buy 2008 all on one simple CD. You'll be able to scroll through all the Beadwork projects from 2008 with a click of your mouse, being inspired by dozens and dozens of beautiful beaded designs.


Happy beading-

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