Looking for the Perfect Finishing Touch? Make your Peyote Stitch Pop with Instruction from Melinda Barta!

Have you ever looked at one of your peyote stitch projects and felt that something was missing? That it needed a little extra splash in order to really consider it complete? You’ll love Melinda Barta’s online workshop Mastering Peyote Stitch: Finishing Touches — the final installment in her in-depth series on peyote stitch.

If anyone knows the ins, outs, and up-beads of peyote stitch, it’s Melinda. She literally wrote the book on the subject, and now these chapters are also conveniently formatted as online workshops. Whether you’d prefer an online course, an eBook, or a tangible tome you can actually flip through, you will not regret acquiring this rich expertise in peyote stitch.

Peyote Stitch

These sparkly components are strung together to create Melinda’s Zigzag Zing.

You’ll learn all kinds of ways to pop peyote stitch designs. Through clear instructions and diagrams, you’ll tackle basic fringe, loop fringe, stitch-in-the-ditch embellishments, and all sorts of picot designs you never even knew existed. Then you’ll experiment with even more types of border decor, from whipstitch to scallops, from rope to brick-stitch.

Peyote Stitch

Melinda Barta’s Zigzag Zing bracelet takes peyote stitch to a new level with finishing touches including picot and stitch-in-the-ditch.

Peyote Stitch Projects for Finishing Touches

To solidify the techniques needed to bring these final details to life, you’ll follow along with two unique projects. To make Melinda’s Zigzag Zing bracelet, you’ll use tubular peyote stitch to bezel crystal rivolis, then add color and texture using stitch-in-the-ditch embellishments.

Peyote Stitch

Lisa Kan’s Trésor combines multiple finishing touches for a beautiful necklace.

You’ll also make Lisa Kan’s Trésor, a necklace with beautifully detailed, reversible components. With tubular and circular peyote stitch, netting, rope edging, picot, and stitch-in-the-ditch techniques, you’ll see how these fine embellishments create a truly elegant look.

Melinda’s Top 5 Tips on Finishing Touches for Peyote Stitch

Before you head off to make your own designs with these culminating features, check out these expert tips from Melinda:

Peyote Stitch

Fringe and stitch-in-the-ditch embellishments are just a few of the finishing touches possible with peyote stitch.

1. Fabulous fringe

To form a fringe, string one or more decorative beads and one bead for the tip, then pass back through the decorative bead(s) (see blue thread above). If using crystals for the decorative beads, consider stringing one small bead before the crystal (see red thread above). This will help protect the thread from accidental cutting.

2. Stitch in the Ditch

Layers of decoration can be easily added to previously stitched rows/rounds of beadwork. Exit one bead in the row/round you wish to embellish, string one decorative bead and pass through the next bead in the same row/round. Repeat as desired.

3. Scalloped edging

Give a plain edge a wavy finish by peyote-stitching one bead in every other stitch in the final row/round.

4. Creative bezels

When it comes to bezeling play around with buttons, coins, subway tokens, watch faces and much more—including cabochons that are a bit more oval or square. Keep in mind you may need to experiment a little to find the perfect number of beads for the starting rounds and the number of rounds worked.

5. Pretty and Practical

Add brick stitches along the border of your next bead-embroidered project to give the design a professional finish. In addition to being decorative, the stitches also help join and secure the layers of beading foundation and backing material.

The next time you’re this close to completing a project but just can’t put your finger on what’s missing, refer to the exciting techniques in this workshop to give it the perfect finishing touch.

Go be creative!
Tamara Kula
Producer, Bead & Jewelry Group

Featured Image: Melinda Barta’s Zigzag Zing bracelet.


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