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TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – necklace made with the technique of crossing wires - part 1

This necklace is composed of open and closed components. The open shapes are incorporated by the use of wire crossings. In no time you will create an impressive necklace and harvest tons of admiration by the simple and elegant technique in which you cross the two wires through the beads.

Necklace amethyst sage with the technique of crossing wires


Challenge:

  • The change of direction of the wires in the intersection beads requires that you work meticulously, and that you check each section carefully.

Supplies:

  • a unit of closed shapes: Czech glass beads
  • three units of 16x16 mm cornflake beads in Zamak
  • a sachet of Czech seed beads 11/0
  • 120 cm of 0,28 mm polyethylene thread or cabled stainless steel wire
  • a toggle clasp
  • if you use cabled wire: 2 crimp tubes, a crimp pliers and cutters
  • scissors and a beading surface

Instructions for a necklace made with the technique of crossing wires:

  • thread the wire through the eye of a section of the toggle clasp
  • fold the wire into two in the middle
  • attach the clasp with a knot or a crimp tube
  • thread both wires together through a square or rectangular bead

technique of crossing wires - starting

 

  • *further on, you will work with each thread separately
  • string on each wire 8 Czech seed beads

technique of crossing wires - adding seed beads

  • then pass one of the threads through a cornflake bead
  • add on the same side of the cornflake bead a single seed bead

technique of crossing wires - add a cornflake and seed bead

  • implement a crossing of the wires: pass the other wire in opposite direction through both the seed bead and the cornflake bead
  • at each side of the beads a thread will appear

technique of crossing wires - crossing

  • tighten up both threads so that the seed bead of the intersection gets behind the cornflake bead
  • string 8 seed beads on each wire
  • pass both threads through a square or rectangular bead**
  • check if the cornflake bead is neatly in place and if the wires are equally long

SEE - part 2

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – necklace made with the technique of crossing wires -part 2

CONTINUATION: technique of crossing wires

technique of crossing wires - check it

  • repeat from * till ** until you have reached the desired length

technique of crossing wires - check each section

  • attach both threads to the eye of the bar of the toggle clasp
  • if you used cabled wire and crimp tubes, pass both threads together through the tube, then through the eye of the bar and back through the crimp tube 
  • as a consequence, you have four wires strung through the crimp tube before you squeeze it.
  • do not forget, these wires need to stay parallel to each other
  • enjoy your creation!

necklace made with the technique of crossed wires

Tips:

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

 

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – flat two-drop even-count peyote - part 1

When you stitch a rather large piece, you may want to work faster and use the flat two-drop even-count peyote, which is a variation on the basic even-count stitch. The two-drop will also change the look of the pattern and a diagonal line in a motif will turn out more abrupt. 
Although you could use seed beads for the peyote stitch it is recommended to use Delica (Miyuki), as the perfect tubular shape of this particular bead will make it easier to gain insight in the thread path.

flat 2-drop even-count peyote

Challenge:

  • Gaining insight into the thread path in order to get used to flat two-drop even-count peyote stitch.

Supplies for a sample :

  • Delica 11/0 in three colors
  • S-lon thread D
  • needle no. 12
  • scissors and a beading surface

Weaving instructions for a sample in two-drop even-count flat peyote

  • take a comfortable length of thread, about 1,5 meter
  • leave a long tail end, about 15 to 20 cm
  • add on a bead in a different color and go twice through it in order to fix the bead, this one will function as your stop bead and is removed later on
  • as both the first and second row need to have an even number of pairs, the total number of beads needs to be dividable by 4 
  • or in other words, pick up a number of beads forming a multiple of 4
  • in our sample, we used 16 Delica in two alternating colors in order to form 4 pair of beads for the 1st row and 4 pair for the 2nd row

flat 2-drop even-count peyote - start with a multiple of 4

  • to make the U-turn and weave the 3rd row, pick up 2 beads in the 3rd color, skip the previous 2 you picked up and slide your needle through the next 2 beads

flat 2-drop even-count peyote - 3rd row

  • a section is made by picking up 2 new beads, skipping 2 beads and stringing 2 beads
  • with each section 2 beads drop a half-height

flat 2-drop even-count peyote  - pick up 2, skip 2, string 2 beads

  • continue till the end of the row, to where your needle exits the very first two beads you strung
  • which means, the tail thread and the work thread meet each other at the end of row 3

SEE - part 2

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – flat two-drop even-count peyote - part 2

CONTINUATION: flat two-drop even-count peyote

  • continue till the end of the row, to where your needle exits the very first two beads you strung
  • which means, the tail thread and the work thread meet each other at the end of row 3
  • keep the tension in your thread by sliding the thread behind your ring finger

flat two-drop even-count peyote - end 3rd row

  • when looking at the top of your workpiece, you will see only two colors, which in this case makes it easy to decide what color you need to add

flat two-drop even-count peyote - add 3rd color

  • to make a U-turn pick up 2 new beads, skip 2 beads and pass the needle through the 2 last beads you added in the previous row

flat two-drop even-count peyote - make U-turn

  • to end a thread and to start a new one, zigzag through your piece by going through 2 beads at a time
  • when finished, remove the stop bead

Please choose your favorite beads at http://dunebeads.com/en/delica-seed-beads-size-11-japan !

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

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – the turnaround of odd-count flat peyote - part 3

Once you master the even-count flat peyote stitch, you surely want to give the odd-count peyote a try as it also permits to create a diagonal.

Basically, you start in the same way as with the even-count peyote, but with an odd number of beads.

odd-count flat peyote for beginners

Challenge:

Gaining insight into how to fix the odd-count edge bead.

Supplies for a sample :

  • Delica 11/0 in two colors
  • the number of beads you set-up corresponds to the first and second row
  • S-lon thread D
  • needle no. 12
  • scissors and a beading surface

Weaving instructions for a sample in odd-count flat peyote:

  • take a comfortable length of thread
  • leave a long tail end, about 15 cm
  • add on a seed bead and go twice through it in order to fix the first bead
  • string an odd number of beads

odd-count flat peyote - starting

  • create the second row while weaving the third row: pick up one bead, skip one and go through the second bead, pick up one bead, skip one and to through the next bead, continue till you reach the end of the row
  • when you arrive at the end you will find out that you are no longer able to secure a bead between two other beads, as you miss a step-up bead
  • there are two techniques to fix the problem: the traditional turnaround and the figure 8 turn
  • note: all the odd-count bead turns will be situated at the tail side

odd-count flat peyote - 1st, 2nd and 3th row

The traditional turnaround:

  • in the traditional way you use the thread of the previous round to turn and make the step-up
  • for the first about-turn you pick up the last bead of the third row, after which you make a knot using the tail end

Odd-count flat peyote - knot with tail end

SEE - part 4

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – the turnaround of odd-count flat peyote - part 4

CONTINUATION: the odd-count flat peyote

  • then go back through the bead you just added, but in the opposite direction
  • after this you pick up a bead, go through a "high bead" and continue as before

odd-count flat peyote - go back thru last bead

  • the fourth row and all even-count rows are regular ones similar to even-count peyote
  • the fifth row and all odd-count rows are ending as followed: pick up the last bead and go with your needle under the thread at the edge of the previous row to create a loop

  • to find the edge thread: it is the visible thread at the edge of your work between the holes of the two last beads 
  • then pass back in opposite direction through that last bead you added, pick up a bead and continue as usual

Odd-count flat peyote - turnaround

The figure 8 turn:

  • the figure 8 turn is a sturdier way of creating a turnaround as you zigzag through more beads, but it will also make your piece stiffer on one side
  • at the end of the third row and all odd-count rows: pick up the last bead and make a turn
  • going down in opposite direction: go back through the bead straight beneath it, zigzag by going through the bead in diagonal in the row beneath
  • going up and return: go straight up through the bead above in the opposite direction, continue and go down through the next bead in diagonal 
  • you have arrived at the end of the one but last row
  • make a straight step-up by going back through the last bead you added
  • continue in the same way as with the even-count peyote stitch

Odd-count peyote - figure 8 turn

Advice:

  • to start your odd-count flat peyote use the figure 8 turn and then switch to the traditional turnaround
  • use the figure 8 turns when creating a fan shape

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

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – puzzling with delica … the flat peyote stitch - part 1

For those who love puzzling and sewing there is the flat peyote stitch that results in a smooth band built up from the width. It is done with small Japanese tubular beads which have a different name depending on the brand. By Miyuki they are called Delica, by Toho Treasures and Aiko, but both refer to a similar product.

Note: The peyote stitch gives the same result as the brick stitch, but differs in structure.

flat peyote stitch in delica

The simplest application - the even-count flat peyote band:

For this you use an even number of beads which will nest in each other as the teeth of a zipper. This means that from a visually point of view, just as a puzzle piece, a portion of the bead always belongs to the next row.

In addition to the flat peyote with an even number of beads, there exits both the possibility to work with an odd number of beads, by which one forms a diagonal line, as the possibility to work circular in order to create a cord. Moreover, there is a rapid method in which one adds two beads at the same time.

Difficulty:

Puzzling or following a regular pattern is not always easy and errors stand out. Therefore, it is highly recommended making a test piece and begin with a simple pattern. You could also make a sample in Japanese seed beads 8/0 in order to get used to the thread path.

Supplies for a sample:

  • Delica 11/0 or seed beads 8/0 in three colors
  • here the sample is made of: 8/0 seed beads in color a (turquoise blue frosted AB), color b (peacock emerald green frosted AB) and color c (silver-lined frosted turquoise green)
  • calculation of the quantity of beads: bandwidth divided by bead width times two
  • for example, if you want a width of 3 cm (30 mm) in 8/0 seed beads (3 mm) then you do the following calculation - 30 mm : 3 mm x 2 = 20 beads
  • why this multiplication: the number of beads you set-up corresponds to the first and second row
  • s-lon thread D or Aa
  • needle no. 12 for size 11/0 beads and no. 10 for 8/0 beads
  • scissors and a beading surface

Weaving instructions for a sample in even-count flat peyote:

  • take a comfortable length of thread
  • leave a long tail end, about 15 cm
  • add a stopper bead (in a different color) and fix it by passing twice through the bead
  • add on a seed bead and go through it twice in order to fix the first bead
  • pick up an even number of beads in alternating colors a and b

flat even-count peyote - even number of beads at start

  • keep the tension in your thread by sliding the thread behind your ring finger
  • you do not start weaving until the third row, to begin you pick up a bead in color c and go through the second bead (color b) from the end, allowing the beads in color a to drop next to each other
  • in other words, this shifts the first row and drops it a half-height downwards

even-count peyote - starting row three

SEE - part 2

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – puzzling with delica … the flat peyote stitch - part 2

CONTINUATION: the even-count flat peyote stitch

  • continue picking up a bead in color c and go through a bead in color b until you reach the end of the row

flat peyote - building up third row

  • pull the thread constantly until the X motif is visible
  • at the end of the row you go through the first seed bead you strung

flat peyote - tightening third row

  • turn your work and start the fourth row by picking up a bead in color a and go through a bead in color c, repeat until the end of the row
  • in other words, to start a new row you pick up a new bead and go through the last bead of the previous row

even-count peyote - fourth row

  • as the work progresses, peyote becomes easier, so please persist during the first four rows
  • to end a thread, zigzag several times through your piece – to start a new thread you do exactly the same 
  • to count the number of rows, count the end beads in a zigzag pattern
  • repeat this exercise in a single color beads

Once you have mastered these exercises, you may draw geometrical patterns on graph paper and convert them into jewelry.

Note:

For those who want to go professional with this stitch, there are both paying and free software programs, such as

to convert images/photos into color grids that correspond to Delicas and to assist you in giving shape to your ideas.

Thank you for choosing http://dunebeads.com/en/japanese-seed-beads-size-8  !

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

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – a daisy for Daisy … the Daisy Chain Stitch - part 1

The daisy chain (bead version) is a lovely stitch to create bracelets or anklets … and even a ring. Moreover, you can make it as playful or upscale as you wish, because you may use any type of bead, from glass to gemstone beads and from seed beads size 11/0 to 6x6 mm beads … and once you understand the stitch, you can embellish the result to end up with a very different looking bracelet that does not seem to have any flowers at all.

Idea: create the bracelet in your birthstone or the color of it – for September, see http://dunebeads.com/en/september-s-birthstones-in-blue-from-rest-to-creativity

Difficulty:

It is a stitch that will learn you to find your own perfect thread tension. You will need to keep the thread tight with equal tension to create the design, because if there is too much tension, your bracelet will not stay flat and if you do not have enough tension the center bead will not sit nicely in the middle.

Supplies for a bracelet with 4x4 mm beads:

  • 4x4 mm in two colors
  • 6 lbs Fireline thread or S-lon D
  • size 10 needles
  • scissors and beading surface

Supplies for a bracelet with 11/0 or 2x2 mm beads:

  • 11/0 seed beads or 2x2 mm beads in two colors
  • 4 lbs Fireline thread or S-lon Aa
  • size 10 or 12 needles
  • scissors and beading surface

Weaving instructions Daisy Chain with 4x4 mm beads:

  • take a comfortable length of thread
  • leave a long tail end, about 20 cm, to control the tension and to attach a clasp
  • add a stopper bead (in a different color) and fix it with a knot
  • pick up 6 beads, or 8 beads if you work with 11/0 seed beads, but always an even number

daisy chain bracelet - starting

  • create a loop: go through all the beads till the tail end and continue the circle till the middle bead on the opposite side of the tail end
  • arriving at 3th beads past the tail end, you pick up one accent bead in another color for the center of the daisy

daisy chain - ready for central bead

  • now you have to go back to the tail end and thread the needle through the bead next to it in the opposite direction
  • consequently, you work on the opposite side in parallel to the bead where you came from
  • to tighten the structure and the round shape, pull the thread toward you (never away from you)
  • as a result, the center bead sits right in the middle of the flower

daisy chain - adding central bead

SEE - part 2

TIPS and TRICKS for NEWBIES – a daisy for Daisy … the Daisy Chain Stitch - part 2

CONTINUATION: the Daisy Chain Stitch

  • the bead you just went through is also a connecting leaf-bead of the next flower
  • therefore, you will ***pick up only 5 beads (instead of 6 beads) - always an uneven number -
  • and thread back through that single bead the two flowers have in common

daisy chain bracelet - adding second flower

  • pick up one center bead and go back to the middle of the circle on the opposite side
  • check out the structure of the flower: it needs to have two beads on each side which do not connect with the preceding flower
  • simply put the flower is made of: 1 connecting bead, 2 non connecting beads, 1 connecting bead and 2 non connecting beads
  • thread through that single bead on the opposite side, respecting the parallel direction, so the holes of all the center beads are always facing in the same direction***
  • repeat *** … ***
  • when you have obtained the desired length, feel free to reinforce the structure and do another pass through the beads
  • attach a clasp and enjoy your work

Note:

  • the center bead does not necessarily need to have the same size as the leaf-beads, you could replace it by a bigger size, making it more noticeable
  • the sides of the flower garland offer you another opportunity to be creative and may be embellished
  • example: bracelet in embellished daisy chain with 16 seed beads size 11/0, of which 3 connect and a 6x6 mm central bead.

Daisy chain bracelet parisian lights

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

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