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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!

COLOR and FASHION 2017


As usual, the color experts of the Pantone institute developed the colors for 2017 and the fashion designers selected their 10 favorites out of it.

Pantone colors 2017

The color of the year, a tangy spring green, is simply called “greenery”.

dune beads, green gemstones

The ten Pantone colors could be summarized as follows:

  • two greens: a bright “greenery” green and a darker grey-green “kale”
  • three blues: a light turquoise “island paradise”, a grey-blue “Niagara” and an deep “lapis” blue
  • two pinks: a subtle “pale dogwood” pink and a brighter “yarrow” pink
  • three warm colors: a vivid “primrose” honey yellow, an intense orange red “flame” and a neutral “hazelnut” beige rose.

As a result :

  • the cold tones, such as blue, grey-blue, violet blue and the variations of pink will dominate the scene. This inevitably will remember you the pastel colors of 2016. 
  • it should be noted that this time both the rich dark and the light tones will be present and 
  • it is very likely that the classic “Niagara” denim blue will overshadow “greenery”.

Dune beads and pantone 2017

With this you are ready to face Valentine and a colorful year.

Have a great happy day ... @ http://dunebeads.com/en/gemstone-beads-and-cabochons !

LEARN and CREATE – the easy odd-count tubular or spiral peyote stitch

If the step-up of the even-count tubular peyote seems daunting to you, try out the uncomplicated odd-count spiral peyote. This easy tubular peyote stitch is very accessible and a perfect project for beginners.

odd-count tubular peyote

Challenge:

  • Understanding the thread path and controlling the thread tension.

Supplies for the bangle bracelet in tubular peyote stitch:

  • Japanese Delica beads size 12/0
  • dowel or knitting needle or thick straw or a paper tube-shape 
  • thread, needle
  • scissors and beading mat

Weaving instructions for the tubular even-count peyote stitch:

  • take a length of thread, pick up 9 Delica beads, while leaving a generous thread tail to hold

Odd-count tubular peyote - starting

  • to make a circle, stitch back through all the beads as well as one extra bead

Odd-count tubular peyote - base, circle

  • put the circle over the right size dowel in the sense that the beads are aligning nicely
  • block the tail of your thread on the dowel with your fingers
  • just like with regular flat peyote, to create the first row, you *pick up a new bead, you skip a bead and you go through the next bead**

Odd-count tubular peyote - first round on dowel

  • to ensure a tubular shape, tighten your thread so that every new bead stacks nicely on top of the preceding round of beads
  • repeat * ... ** three more times
  • at the end of the row, you will see two beads sitting next to each other at the same level

Odd-count tubular peyote - end of row

  • to start the next round and close the gap, pick up a bead and go through the next bead which sticks out

Odd-count tubular peyote - pick up, skip and thru the next bead

  • work slowly and carefully in the beginning and persevere as stitching will get easier
  • after a few rounds you can put the dowel aside
  • continue until you get the desired length

Odd-count tubular peyote or odd-count spiral peyote

Observation :

  • As you fill out the gap created by two beads sitting next to each other at the same level at the end of a row, you will always find one bead sticking out at the top of your work.  Therefore, it is advisable to use end caps to finish your necklace.

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

LEARN and CREATE – bangle bracelet in tubular even-count peyote stitch - part 1

You have learned all about even-count flat peyote and are ready to attack the tubular version. Of course, you could just make a flat strip and zip it up, but for a rope necklace we surely recommend to use the tubular peyote stitch.
Contrary to flat peyote, where you use mainly tubular beads, type Delica's, this may as well be a seed bead as a Delica project.

tubular even count peyote

Challenge:

Understanding the thread path and controlling the thread tension.

Supplies for the bangle bracelet in tubular peyote stitch:

  • Japanese seed beads size 8/0
  • dowel or knitting needle or thick straw or a paper tube-shape 
  • thread, needle
  • scissors and beading mat

Weaving instructions for the tubular even-count peyote stitch:

  • to get yourself organized make little stacks of 4 beads

tubular even count peyote - getting organized

  • take a length of thread and pick up 8 seed beads

tubular even count peyote - starting

  • to make a circle, stitch back through all the beads as well as two extra beads

tubular even count peyote - forming circle

  • put the circle over the right size dowel in the sense that the beads are aligning nicely
  • block the tail of your thread on the dowel with your fingers
  • to create the first row: *pick up a new bead, skip a bead and go through the next bead**

tubular even count peyote - first round

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – bangle bracelet in tubular even-count peyote stitch - part 2

CONTINUATION: tubular even-count peyote

  • this part is very much similar to flat peyote, but you will need to push the beads upwards to ensure a tubular shape
  • the moreover you have to regulate the thread tension so that every new bead stacks nicely on top of the preceding round
  • repeat * ... ** three more times
  • to go to the next row, make a step-up by going through the next bead in diagonal, that is also the one which sticks out

tubular even count peyote - step-up

  • continue as before, pick up a new bead (here also a new color), skip a bead and go through the next bead
  • repeat * ... ** three more time and create the next step-up

tubular even count peyote - 2nd round

  • do not forget to maintain sufficient tension in your thread
  • furthermore after each step-up you start a new little stack of beads (in our sample also another color)

tubular even count peyote - upwards to next round

  • persevere during the first few rounds, as things will get easier in the next rounds
  • if you take a good look at the sides in vertical direction, you will see an alternation of ascending and descending lines
  • after four or five rounds, your tubular shape will be a given and you can remove the dowel

tubular peyote

  • continue stitching till you have reached the desired length
  • connect the ends together as the teeth of a zipper by making diagonal passes through the beads

In for a more dainty rope or bangle,

  • use Delica's in size 11/0 or seed beads in size 15/0
  • … and have fun alternating colors.

Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/japanese-seed-beads !

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

 

LEARN and CREATE – the winged or flat spiral bracelet - part 1

Build out of a center with a set of identical mirroring and superposing wings, the flat spiral bracelet is delightfully easy to make. Its flexible drape permits you to convert it effortlessly into a stunning necklace.

the winged or flat spiral bracelet

Challenge:

  • Understanding the thread path of the flat spiral weave and learning to control its thread tension.

Supplies for a winged bracelet in flat spiral weave:

  • 3 types of beads : 
    • 6x6 mm round Czech beads for the center or the spine, 
    • 4x4 mm round Czech beads for the outer edge of the spiral 
    • and 11/0 seed beads to connect them
  • thread, needle and toggle clasp
  • scissors and beading mat

Weaving instructions for a flat spiral bracelet:

  • pick up: two 6 mm center beads, four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

flat spiral bracelet - starting

  • circle back through the first two 6 mm beads
  • you have created your first wing

flat spiral bracelet - first wing

  • repeat for the other side: pick up four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed bead

flat spiral bracelet - set up second wing

  • circle back through the same two center beads

flat spiral bracelet - creating second wing

  • push the wing to the opposite side so that both sides mirror each other
  • *to create the wing of the next segment: pick up a 6 mm center bead, four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

flat spiral bracelet - set up first wing of additional set

  • circle back through the last two center beads
  • as a result, you have a part of the wing that superposes the previous one

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the winged or flat spiral bracelet - part 2

CONTINATION: flat spiral bracelet

flat spiral bracelet - creating first wing additional set

  • keep in mind to check the thread tension repeatedly
  • create the other mirroring wing : pick up four seed beads, one 4 mm outer edge bead and four seed beads

flat spiral bracelet - set up each second wing

  • go back through the last two center beads and push it to the opposite side**
  • you have created your second set of wings
  • to resume:

  • each wing is made of four seed beads, an outer edge bead and four seed beads
  • to grow the middle section, add one bead for the center at the beginning of the first wing of each set 
  • to circle back, you always go back through the last two center beads of your work

flat spiral - thread path

  • repeat * to ** till you reached the desired length

  • as each set of wings holds down the other set, you will need to attach the ultimate pair to the penultimate pair by yourself
  • attach a clasp … while using French wire or creating a little loop in seed beads
  • add a little loop in seed beads to attach your toggle bar: pick up 7 seed beads, the toggle bar and 7 seed beads
  • reinforce your loop by making several passes
  • go back through the beads of the center to add the second part of the toggle on the other side

The dainty version:

For a more elegant bracelet or for a pair of earrings use : 

  • 4x4 mm, round beads for the center, 
  • 3x3 mm round beads for the outer edge 
  • and 15/0 seed beads to connect

and do not hesitate … to be creative with the color scheme of the outer edge.

Ready to take the next step … get the instructions for a round spiral necklace @ http://dunebeads.com/en/kits-demonstrations !

Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/ ! :-)

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

LEARN and CREATE - a beaded bracelet in flat vertical netting - part 1

With the netting technique one creates a grid of diamonds, using, just like with lace, the negative space. The smaller the beads used, the more this technique makes your work resemble lace. The netting stitch may also form the basis for a richly decorated piece of work.

beaded bracelet in flat vertical netting

For flat netting one determines either the width or the length of the workpiece in advance. As a result, you work with a fixed data and a variable data.

This leads to two types of flat netting, namely:

  • vertical netting: the width of the piece is fixed and the length varies
  • horizontal netting: the length of the piece is fixed and the width varies

The visual difference between the two kinds of netting:

  • vertical netting:

    • the opening of the crossover bead points vertically
    • the long diagonal of the diamond shape sits vertically
  • Horizontal netting:

    • the opening of the crossover bead points in horizontal direction
    • the long diagonal of the diamond sits horizontally

Challenge:

  • To gain understanding of the weave pattern of flat vertical netting and to learn to control the thread tension of it.

Supplies for the beaded bracelet in flat vertical netting:

  • opt for two types of small beads or for two different colors
  • for example, go for 3 mm beads or seed beads 8/0
  • choose also a stopper bead in a different size or distinct color
  • thread, needle and toggle
  • scissors and beading surface

Weaving instructions for a bracelet in 5-bead netting:

  • to keep it simple, you should choose a different color or bigger bead for the crossover bead
  • for reasons of clarity, we have used 4 mm beads in the pictures hereafter
  • cut of about 2 meters of thread and fix a stopper bead by going twice through it at 10-15 cm from the end
  • pick up a crossover bead and two other beads and repeat this 8 times in total

flat vertical netting - starting

  • make a U-turn and head back through the forth crossover bead

flat vertical netting - 1st U-turn

  • herewith you have created the first diamond shape
  • note that to make a U-turn, you need a turning bead and that each segment consists of two beads, a crossover bead and two beads
  • if you do not make a U-turn, a segment is made of two beads, a crossover bead and two beads, hence its name 5-beaded netting
  • *pick up a segment or 2 beads, a crossover bead and 2 beads

flat vertical netting - pick up one unit

  • skip a crossover bead and go through the next crossover bead**
  • pull constantly on the thread in order to maintain the checker pattern
  • repeat from * to **

flat vertical netting - create the first row

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE - a beaded bracelet in flat vertical netting - part 2

CONTINUATION: flat vertical netting

  • you'll notice that you created a series of waves
  • on the edge of each wave you are going to attach the next diamond shape

flat vertical netting - waves to build upon

  • so never go through the middle crossover beads of the wave
  • create the next U-turn: pick up 2 beads, 1 crossover bead, 2 beads, an extra crossover bead for the U-turn and 2 more beads

flat vertical netting - creating a new U-turn

  • in short: you pick up 8 beads, that is, one segment, one crossover bead and 2 extra beads
  • pass through the first crossover bead on the edge of the next wave

flat vertical netting - top view of U-turn

  • pick up the next segment (2 beads, a crossover bead and 2 beads)
  • pass through the crossover bead in the middle of the edge of the next wavelet
  • create the next segment and pull firmly on the thread
  • make another U-turn and continue till you reached the desired length
  • persevere as the first two rows are the hardest

Note: you may modify the amount of beads between the crossover beads at will.

flat vertical netting with 9-bead segments

Enjoy and choose your favorite beads @ http://dunebeads.com/en/czech-fire-polished-round-beads !

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