Peyote, Beadweaving, Netting, and Mt. Vesuvius?
The peyote bead weaving stitch is a go-to stitch for many of us. Based on my observations, it’s also the stitch many of us learn first. Sometimes I wonder why it’s the first stitch as it’s not the easiest to start, and it often brings a level of frustration that would send most of us packing. But, we persevere as the lure of the beads and the finished designs we know are possible are too great to ignore.
A perfect example is the Vesuvius Bracelet design in the Beadwork Dec/Jan 2017 issue. Akke Jonkhof shares this bead weaving project with us, and for a limited time, you can also get the kit complete with the beads and a the Dec/Jan Beadwork issue.
Whether you’re new to peyote or a pro, you can’t miss the beauty of this beaded bracelet design.
Even-Count Peyote Bracelet Project
If you’re new to peyote and want a project to warm up with, try your hand at this basic even-count peyote pattern. The larger seed beads and simple approach for adding a clasp make this a great go-to and a great design to earn some confidence.
- Size 8/0 seed beads (color shown: pink lined, luster black diamond round)
- Size 11/0 seed beads (color shown: light salmon lined, transparent peridot round)
- Size 15/0 seed beads (color shown: matte violet iris round)
- 3-strand sterling silver clasp
- 6 Hill Tribes silver pendants (or similar)
- 1 jump ring
- Size 10 beading needle
- Beading thread of your choice
- 2 pair flat-nose pliers
Weaving the Peyote Bracelet
Following basic peyote bead weaving instructions, create a strip of peyote bead weaving, 12-beads wide and about 6 inches long.
- Make sure both ends have the same line up of beads so the clasp can be connected and even on each side. Weave your needle so it exits an end bead.
Pick up 7 size 15/0 seed beads, the loop on one end of the clasp, then pass the needle through the next bead in the last row of the bead weaving.
- Repeat Step 2 to complete adding loops of size 15/0 seed beads, connecting the clasp to the peyote woven strip.
Repeat for the other end of the peyote woven strip.
- Weave your thread (or start a new one) into the bracelet. Exit any bead so your needle exits toward the “bottom” of the bracelet. Pick up 5 size 11/0 seed beads and the loop of your Hill Tribes silver pendant. Skip a bead then pass the needle into the next bead, working toward the top of the bracelet.
Design tip: You can pass the needle through the next bead in the row, stretching the “fringe” for more of a point then a curve.
- Repeat to add as many Hill Tribes silver fringe drops as you’d like. Weave in any thread ends then trim close for a neat finish.
Line up the clasp with the bead weaving to see if the length will work for you.
Adding Some Hill Tribes Silver Flair
I hope you are inspired to try this bead weaving design and then add your own spin and flavor. I think once you make one you’ll want to make another. And soon you’ll be ready to advance your skills and take on more challenging designs like Akke Jonkhof’s Vesuvius Bracelet.