One of Lynn's first submissions was to the "Bead Boy" reader challenge in Beadwork magazine two years ago. She might never have worked up the courage to submit, except her 8-year-old son created and submitted his own project to the magazine first! (His "I Like Beading, a lot!" appeared in the February/March 2006 issue.)
Lynn's first featured project for Beadwork was the "Four Seasons Bag" (pictured at right) in late 2006. Just two years later, her necklace "The Big Apple" was on the cover of the August/September 2008 issue of Beadwork. Lynn is now a regular contributor to both Beadwork and Step by Step Beads. Of course, I was thrilled when she offered to design a special project just for Beading Daily readers!
Here are three notable features of the elegant black and purple Midnight Garden Cuff, available for free at the bottom of this newsletter:
1. Odd-Count Peyote Stitch Variation
Lynn used an odd-count flat peyote stitch method that she learned from Cynthia Rutledge's "Master Class" article in the October/November 2006 issue of Beadwork. This is an interesting variation that has you start a new row before the previous row is complete. If you are new to peyote stitch, you might also want to read Jean Campbell's earlier article on odd vs even count peyote.
2. Crystal Margaritas
The crystals that are stitched onto the peyote band look like little flowers. When shopping, make sure you buy ones with the hole in the middle and not the hole through one petal. (The second kind won't rest flat against the bracelet band.) I've seen these beads listed under several names: marguerite lochrose flowers, crystal margarita beads, margarita spacer beads, margarita flower discs, Swarovski margarita flowers. The Bead Directory by Elise Mann had the simplest name–it's just listed as "flower" in the section on crystals. (The book does note "Margaritas" as an alternate name.)
If purple is not your color, it's easy to change the margaritas and bicone crystals on the edging to another color. See Margie Deeb's article on using black with different colors for more ideas and tips on color choices.
3. Custom Bead and Seed Bead Clasp
Instead of using a single large bead, Lynn stacks several beads on top of one another to create her beaded clasp. Creating your own clasp is the perfect way to ensure that your clasp matches the bracelet. (Plus, it can be an economic option, depending upon the beads chosen.) If you've never created your own clasp before, see Jean Campbell's earlier article on making a seed bead loop clasp for an overview of the basic technique.
New Free Project
Midnight Garden Cuff
A formal garden of sparkling flowers bloom on a peyote stitch cuff with an elegant crystal border. Using larger (size 8) seed beads for the base means that this bracelet works up fairly quickly, a nice bonus for those of you short on time! Download Midnight Garden Cuff.
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