|This spectacular peyote stitch Bloomin' Bead was designed by Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers.|
Beaded beads are fascinating for so many reasons. It's more of that Zen-like quality of beadweaving for me: imagine making a bead out of beads! Where does one bead stop and the next bead begin?
Before I get completely off topic, let's talk about covering a bead with beadweaving to make a beaded bead. It's a fabulous way to turn ordinary wood beads into something spectacular, and these little peyote-stitch beading projects usually don't take a lot of time to finish.
To make your own peyote-stitch-covered beaded bead, you'll need the following tools and materials:
- Round wood beads. Start with round beads at first, since their shape makes it easy to shape peyote stitch around them. For this tutorial, I used a 20mm round wood bead that I found in an assortment from my local craft supply store.
- A small strip of double-sided tape, also available at your local craft supply store.
- 2 grams of Japanese cylinder beads, size 11o in color to match or contrast with your wood bead.
- 1 gram of size 15o seed beads in a color to match or contrast with your cylinder beads.
- Beading thread of your choice (6 lb Fireline recommended).
- Size 12 beading needle.
- Scissors or thread cutter.
- Additional beads for embellishment, if desired: fringe beads, drops, daggers, bugle beads, or larger seed beads.
Let's get started! Here's how to cover your wood bead with peyote stitch in ten easy steps:
A tip for maintaining even tension when working peyote stitch around this kind of beaded bead: when you pass through the first bead in Step 3, leave a thread tail that is approximately one-half the length of your beading thread. This way, you can flip the bead over and work peyote stitch on the other side of the bead without having to add a new thread!
Are you hooked on making beaded beads? This year, in celebration of their 15th anniversary, Beadwork magazine is holding a beaded bead contest! Each entry has to contain at least one of each beaded bead that will appear in Beadwork magazine throughout 2012. Want to get in on the fun? Make sure you subscribe to Beadwork magazine so that you don't miss a single issue! (And you can find all the rules for the beaded bead contest here on Beading Daily, too!)
What's your favorite kind of beaded bead to make? Take a picture of your fantastic beaded bead and post it in the Reader Photo Gallery!