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LEARN and CREATE – triangular shaped peyote - part 1

Once you get the hang of it these fun little triangular shapes are easy to make as you use only regular flat peyote and increases. Two triangles make a cute pair of earrings and a bunch of them could be a playful set of charms.

Challenge:

  • Understanding the thread path and positioning the beads of the corners.

peyote triangle in turquoise blue AB and amethyst purple AB

Supplies for the peyote triangle:

  • Japanese seed beads size 8/0 or 11/0 in two colors, one color for the sides (SI) and one color for the seams (SE)
  • needle and thread
  • scissors and beading mat

Weaving instructions for a triangle in peyote stitch:

  • make little heaps of 6 beads (SE), as this will form the constant in creating the corners of each round; the sides will be lengthened with each round
  • to create your first round: take a good length of thread, pick up 3 beads (SE), pass a second time through all of them and go through one more bead to create a little triangle

Peyote triangle - set-up

Peyote triangle - center

  • round two: pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead, pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead and repeat once more
  • important: each time you add 2 beads, go with your needle under the thread between those two beads, pull slightly on the thread so you can reposition the 2 beads and put them awry

Peyote triangle - round 2

  • it follows that you add 2 beads (SE) to create the corners of your piece and will continue to do so for the seams
  • go through an extra bead to create a step-up and end up between the next two corner beads – you will continue to do so at the end of each row

Peyote triangle - ready for step-up to round 3

Peyote triangle - step-up

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – triangular shaped peyote - part 2

CONTINUATION: triangular shaped peyote

  • in round three you add the second color: *pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead, pick up 1 bead (SI), skip a bead, go through the next bead** and pick up 2 beads (SE), go through the next bead, pick up 1 bead (SI), skip a bead, go through the next bead, repeat one more time from *to**
  • go through an extra bead to create a step-up
  • have a closer look: on each corner you will have added 2 beads (SE) per stitch, while on the sides you have added only 1 bead (SI) per stitch at a time, the more over the corners are in a different color from the sides = this schema will continue throughout your piece
  • round four: add 2 beads (SE) on corner A, add 1 bead (SI) to the side and once more 1 bead (SI) to the side, add 2 beads (SE) on corner B, add 1 bead (SI) to the side and once more 1 bead (SI), add 2 beads (SE) on corner C, add 1 bead (SI) to the side and once more 1 bead (SI) to the side and make a step-up by going through the next bead

Peyote triangle - round 4

Peyote triangle - round 4, peyote on the sides

  • to summarize, you have made an increase on the corners, regular peyote on the sides and a step-up to access the next round
  • notice also that the corner beads sit awry or cattywampus and tower above the sides

  • round 5: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 3 times 1 bead (SI) in regular peyote on the sides
  • round 6: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 4 times 1 bead (SI) on the sides
  • round 7: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 5 times 1 bead (SI) on the sides
  • round 8: add 2 beads (SE) on each corner and add 6 times 1 bead (SI) on the sides ... and so on
  • In the last round you may add a single bead (SE) in each corner instead of 2 beads and add a little loop on the last corner
  • to fix your thread, zigzag through your finished piece

Play around with colors and design ideas, enjoy!

Peyote triangle

Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/delica-seed-beads-size-11-japan !

Do not forget: have fun, because practice makes perfect. See you soon!