Use Peyote Stitch and Herringbone Stitch to Make a Triangle-Shaped Cabochon Bezel

Learning peyote stitch opened up a whole new dimension in beadwork for me.  I felt like one of those cartoon characters who suddenly gets superhuman powers, then sits back and cackles and says, "Now I will RULE THE WORLD!"  Maybe peyote stitch wouldn't give me superhuman powers, but it did give me a way to make a beaded bezel for the dozens and dozens of cabochons I had been collecting.

As a new beader, I immediately fell in love with cabochons but had no idea what to do with them.  My first attempts at bead embroidery were completely disastrous, but I still felt drawn to these lovely little pieces of stone and ceramic with no holes – what's a beader to do?

So off I went, making peyote-stitch bezels for these cabochons and then embellishing them to within an inch of their lives.  But all the cabochons I worked with were round or oval, and when I came across some absolutely amazing handmade triangular and square-shaped cabochons, I had no idea what to do with them.

Then I discovered a way to combine a little bit of herringbone stitch with a lot of peyote stitch to create easy, fun-shaped peyote-stitch bezels for these little gems!  Here's a quick rundown on how to make a peyote-stitch bezel for a triangle cabochon:

Pick two colors of size 11° cylinder beads, A for the main color and B for the accent color.  Until you're really familiar with the technique, it helps to use a highly contrasting color so you can see what you're doing, especially with the first row.  It also helps to use a smaller cabochon so you don't have to use a terribly long piece of thread.

Pick up an odd number of A and 1B.  Your first set of beads should stretch almost as long as one side of your cabochon.  Repeat until you have three sets of A with three B between each set.  Pass through the first A strung.

Work in peyote stitch using A until you get to the first B. Pick up 2B and pass into the next A.  Repeat around until you get to the step up at the end of the round.  For each round, add 2B in each corner using herringbone stitch and then peyote down the next side using A.

This is what your bezel should look like at the end of the first round.  It even looks like a triangle!

Stitch your bezel until it just pokes out around the points of your cabochon.  For this round (probably your third or fourth), add just 1B at the corners.  This will set you up for your decreases.
As you continue to work around, work decreases at the corners and pull snugly so that the peyote-stitch sides form a little cup around the points of your cabochon.

For the last row, I always use size 15° seed beads to tighten the peyote-stitch bezel and add a little more color.  You can even flip the cabochon over and add a row of size 15° seed beads to the back to tighten the bezel a little bit more.

This bezel technique works with square-shaped cabochons, too.  If you use it to make a square cabochon, make sure you use an odd number of A beads along the sides to get the best fit for your cabochon.

Want more great tubular and circular peyote-stitch projects?  Check out the Best of Beadwork: 10 Circular and Tubular Peyote Projects eBook.  Or explore some great herringbone projects in the Best of Beadwork: 12 Flat and Tubular Herringbone Projects eBook.  Both are full of projects and tips from the pros!

Bead Happy,











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