November 12, 2013

Peyote Stitch Sampler Bracelet

This peyote stitch sampler bracelet was such an exercise in patience for me!!  But it was all good since I love the results and feel like I have a better understanding of the stitch.

I've decided to take a more focused approach to learning bead stitches.  I'm still trying to learn how to make Miguel Ases Style jewelry.  I have made progress with simple designs like brick stitch circle components, but I know I need to understand more stitches and the thread paths.  There's only so much I can figure out on my own - lol.  I also need to understand how to build patterns.

I wish I could take credit for the design, but it's not mine.  It is from the book Seed Bead Stitching by Beth Stone.  I got the book used on Amazon for just over $1.00 plus $3.50 shipping.  I'm very proud of myself for that, since the book is usually $15.00 or more new and the one I received was in near perfect condition (it may have had a bent corner on the cover).  It was my first used book purchase and I may be hooked!

I looooove this book.  It explains the stitches really well, provides several projects for each stitch and then gives variations on those projects.

I used 6 lb Smoke Fireline and Japanese Cylinder Beads for my bracelet.  It was very relaxing to weave the beads - much more so than I expected.  But it took many hours just to make this bracelet strap.

I still haven't decided how to finish my bracelet.  There are instructions for a nice beaded toggle clasp that I think I will try.

I am enjoying this book so much, I have decided to resurrect my blog where I make projects from jewelry books and review them - appropriately called Lisa Yang's Jewelry Blog: Reading.

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