Peyote-Stitch Magic Wand

Oct 28, 2007

Peyote Stitch Magic Wand

This week's featured project, Star-Topped Magic Wand by Sylvia Becker, is from a sold-out issue of Beadwork magazine. Here's why I chose this holiday project for Beading Daily:

  • Inspiration. I like projects that serve as a jumping off point for my own creations. If you'd rather not make a beaded wand, you can use this project as the basis for peyote-stitched Christmas ornaments. Or 4th of July coasters. Or make tiny versions for earrings. Or use the stars to embellish a denim jacket. Or something else entirely!

  • Peyote stitch! Whether you think it's easy or not, peyote stitch is the most popular offloom technique.

  • Beaded holiday decor. Some beaders like to occasionally create non-jewelry projects, especially for the holidays. (Be sure to take the home decor poll if you want to see more non-jewelry projects--or not.)

The star begins with a circle of 90 size 11 seed beads. My sample circle measured approximately 1 3/4 inches across. The star is shaped from the outside in, decreasing at the points. The instructions assume that you have some experience using one- and two-drop peyote stitch and creating decreases. I'd love to see examples of this project by Beading Daily readers.

Peyote Stitch Tip

"A thin, single thread will produce a flexible, soft, piece that lies flat like fabric. For a stiff, freestanding piece, use thick and/or double thread. The heavier the thread, the stiffer the piece."--Beading with Peyote Stitch by Jeannette Cook and Vicki Star 

Coming Wednesday: An interview with bead artist Natasha St. Michael, plus a last-minute Halloween beading idea.

NEW Free Peyote Stitch Pattern eBook: Our first free beadweaving pattern e-book features 5 peyote stitch projects, plus two full pages of step-by-step illustrated instructions on even- and odd-count peyote, and a sheet of peyote stitch graph paper for creating original jewelry designs. Download Peyote Stitch Projects with BeadingDaily: 5 Free Peyote Stitch Patterns

Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She worked on her challenge project over the weekend--did you finish yours? Deadline is this Friday, November 2.

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EleanorJ@8 wrote
on Oct 29, 2007 3:09 PM
Really enjoying these posts. Lots of inspiration but SO SORRY offers are limited to US/Canada only
LoriP@3 wrote
on Oct 29, 2007 3:34 PM
I can't wait to make this one! I knew I kept a stash of those seed beads around for a reason. Who doesn't need a magic wand? :)
MorvorenM wrote
on Oct 30, 2007 2:39 PM
thanks for all these great ideas. I am particularly interested in this one as working on things to make for a charity Christmas fayre...looks so pretty too.
Hope I can work it out ok... beginner/ intermediate beader!
Best wishes from Cornwall UK
AlissaM2 wrote
on Oct 30, 2007 4:44 PM
I am going to try and make some of these for my neices for Christmas. Wish me luck!