Last time I was talking to you about peyote-stitch patterns,
we were talking about the best way to learn how to read a peyote-stitch
pattern. Reading a peyote-stitch pattern can be made so much easier if you have
a firm understanding of the basic mechanics of the stitch, including the thread
path and why the beads line up the way they do when working in peyote stitch.
Now it's time to talk about all the ways in which we can
mark our places when working from a peyote-stitch pattern! If you love working
from intricate peyote patterns (or even some of the not-so-intricate patterns),
it's important to have a system in place so that you can set your beadwork down
and pick it up again and know where you left off. There are a lot of different
ways to do this, so let's jump right in.
Probably my all-time favorite way of marking my place in a peyote-stitch
pattern is to use sticky notes. Back when I worked in nonprofit community
development and management, I went to a lot of conferences where they gave out
tons of sticky notes. Since my desk at work was literally overflowing with
these things, I brought them home and started using them for something much
more enjoyable: marking my place in my peyote-stitch patterns! The advantage of
using sticky notes is that they are easy to pick up and move along your peyote-stitch
pattern, and you can even write yourself little notes to remind yourself where
you left off when you stop beading. One disadvantage is that some of them can
leave a sticky film on your page or pattern, so you might want to consider
putting your pattern inside a plastic sheet protector to prevent it from
getting worn out.
In addition to protecting your peyote-stitch pattern from spills and tears, a
plastic page protector can be great for marking your place. Secure your pattern
in the page protector with a little bit of tape over the opening at the top (be
careful not to get any on the pattern if you want to reuse it) and use a marker
to draw a dot on the first bead of each row as you begin. You can also use this
to mark your place if you decide to quit mid-row.
Magnet boards are another great option for marking your place in a peyote-stitch
pattern. These are sold in most sewing and craft supply stores and consist of a
metal board that comes with a large magnet that fits across the board. As you
move through your pattern, you just slide the magnet so that it sits under your
current row. Some of these magnet boards also have optional magnifiers attached
to the magnetic strips to help you see your pattern easier.
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Do you have a favorite method for keeping track of your
place in a peyote-stitch pattern? Leave a comment and share it with the readers
here on the blog!