Learning peyote stitch opened up a whole new dimension in beadwork for me. I felt like one of those cartoon characters who suddenly gets superhuman powers, then sits back and cackles and says, "Now I will RULE THE WORLD!" Maybe peyote stitch wouldn't give me superhuman powers, but it did give me a way to make a beaded bezel for the dozens and dozens of cabochons I had been collecting.
As a new beader, I immediately fell in love with cabochons but had no idea what to do with them. My first attempts at bead embroidery were completely disastrous, but I still felt drawn to these lovely little pieces of stone and ceramic with no holes – what's a beader to do?
So off I went, making peyote-stitch bezels for these cabochons and then embellishing them to within an inch of their lives. But all the cabochons I worked with were round or oval, and when I came across some absolutely amazing handmade triangular and square-shaped cabochons, I had no idea what to do with them.
Then I discovered a way to combine a little bit of herringbone stitch with a lot of peyote stitch to create easy, fun-shaped peyote-stitch bezels for these little gems! Here's a quick rundown on how to make a peyote-stitch bezel for a triangle cabochon:
|This bezel technique works with square-shaped cabochons, too. If you use it to make a square cabochon, make sure you use an odd number of A beads along the sides to get the best fit for your cabochon.|
Want more great tubular and circular peyote-stitch projects? Check out the Best of Beadwork: 10 Circular and Tubular Peyote Projects eBook. Or explore some great herringbone projects in the Best of Beadwork: 12 Flat and Tubular Herringbone Projects eBook. Both are full of projects and tips from the pros!
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