Have You Tried Peyote Stitch with Twin Beads Yet?

Jan 16, 2013

There's nothing like 650 grams of free Twin beads to get your creativity going, right? Well, last week, I was notified that I was one of four winners of the Preciosa Ornela Beads for Blog Post promotion, and they sent me a box containing 1,000 grams of Czech beads, including thirteen colors of Twin beads, a bag of pearlized pressed Czech glass, seed beads, and peanut beads!

I was so anxious to start playing with my new beads that I thought a good place to start would be working up peyote stitch in all of my favorite variations. Have you been looking for ways to start working with Twin beads? Start here!

I started with some good old even-count flat peyote stitch. When stitching the first row in flat peyote stitch using the Twin seed beads, you'll need to make sure that you flip the beads in the first row down so that you're going through the correct hole. The subsequent rows in flat peyote stitch are easy to do, and I love the brick-like look of the stitch using the Twins.
Flat circular peyote stitch makes a beautiful medallion when worked with Twins! What got me about this variation of peyote stitch are the lovely feathery leaves that seemed to sprout after each round. I can see this turning into a series of lovely focal medallions, accented with seed beads, and connected with some kind of chain.
Finally, I thought I'd try some tubular peyote stitch with the Twins. This was probably my least favorite peyote stitch experiment with the Twins. While I loved the feel of the tubular peyote rope (I used 8 beads for my initial ring), I felt like I just saw too much thread between the beads, and I didn't like the way the holes showed through. That, however, might be fixed with the addition of some tiny 15o seed beads between the Twins.

 

Give it a try! Sometimes, I think the best way to learn the mechanics of a bead-weaving stitch is to use a seed bead with an unusual shape like the Twins. It certainly got my creativity flowing that morning, and now I'm eager to experiment more with Twin beads in beaded ropes. (You can also check out the free beading project over in our Member Free Beading Project Gallery from bead artist Nancy Dale that uses Twin beads in a twisted herringbone rope!)

Big Sky Bracelets by Melinda Barta from Mastering Peyote Stitch
If you're looking for some fresh, innovative, and beautiful peyote stitch projects to spice up your beadwork, you definitely don't want to miss Melinda Barta's Mastering Peyote Stitch. With fabulous peyote stitch projects designed by Beadwork magazine editor Melinda Barta and some of your favorite bead artists like Sherry Serafini, Jean Campbell, and Carole Ohl, you're sure to find something to challenge and inspire you. Better yet, if you just can't wait to start beading, Mastering Peyote Stitch is also available as an instant download! All the same great content as the print version, but available for viewing on your desktop or laptop computer in just minutes!

Have you discovered something amazing while playing with your seed beads and your favorite bead-weaving stitch? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your experiences with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

P.S. Are you a bead blogger? Check out the details on how you can enter to receive your own 1,000 gram package of beads from Preciosa Ornela!


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shears58 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 5:07 AM

I am a beader and would love to win these beads. I have never tried this kind of beading and would love to get started. Thanks for the free patterns!

EvelynV@3 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 5:54 AM

I'd love to win these beads so I could design new knit and crochet beaded jewelry patterns for them. Visit evelynArts.com to see my current designs, wbich won 3 ribbons last summer at the 90fh Annual L.A. County Fair.

debbiepowers wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 6:42 AM

I love twin beads. I would love to win some.  there are so many fun things to do with these beads.. Really the designs can be endless

debbiepowers wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 6:42 AM

I love twin beads. I would love to win some.  there are so many fun things to do with these beads.. Really the designs can be endless

Quita3 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 7:17 AM

I have been beading for about 8 years. I love learning new patterns and stitches. These twin beads would be a great addition to my stash. I am a histotechnologist by profession and beading has given me a way to create jewelry using the beauty in see in human tissue everyday as my inspiration. I have my own blog if you would like to see more about my work. mystiquejewelrybydesign-mequita.blogspot.com

laura61 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 7:46 AM

I am a learner beader and I would so love those beads. It would give me a chance to try out peyote stitching and other bead weaving. I can only afford value beads and they are not good for peyote as they are so irregular in size and shape.

This would be Christmas all over again for me. :)

I also want to thank you all for the free tutorials and patterns you have on this site, they really wet my appetite for learning.

Thank you

Laura

laura61 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 7:46 AM

I am a learner beader and I would so love those beads. It would give me a chance to try out peyote stitching and other bead weaving. I can only afford value beads and they are not good for peyote as they are so irregular in size and shape.

This would be Christmas all over again for me. :)

I also want to thank you all for the free tutorials and patterns you have on this site, they really wet my appetite for learning.

Thank you

Laura

callyrose wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 8:13 AM

Oh my, I'm so envious of your windfall Jennifer!  I've had fun with the twin beads and I'm hooked on the Super Duo ones too. They challenge my thinking, "what to do with the other hole?" and I've been surprised at the results more than once no matter which stitch I'm using. Have fun, I'll be anxious to see your ideas.

BeckyP@18 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 8:52 AM

At bead retreat last fall Doris Coghill taught 3 bead netting with twin beads. It is easy and works up really fast.

BeckyP@18 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 8:57 AM

At bead retreat last fall Doris Coghill  taught 3 bead netting with twin beads. It makes a beautiful rope. It is fun and easy. I've made a couple of necklaces with it. Cheryl Erickson taught a diagonal striped peyote stitched bracelet with twins also.

Dorilvn812 wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 8:59 AM

I am am beader and would love to win these beads, i have played a littel with them but not really worked them up into a full design yet  I also have a blog  dreamshadowdesigns.blogspot.com

on Jan 16, 2013 12:30 PM

Oi, iso seria um sonho, porque eu sou do Brasil, São Paulo e não encontro preciosa orlena para comprar, eu teria de comprar pelos sites internacionais e eu gostaria de pegar na mão, sentir a textura, ver o brilho, vc sabe, seria um sonho.

mtewhey wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 1:31 PM

Those are the most beautiful beads EVER! I have a million projects in my head and I would use them to create some lovely things. My neighbor is a beader, so, of course I would share! Thanks for all  the lovely patterns. We recently lost our 10 year old Mastiff, so the patterns helped to bring a little joy in our loves. Thanks again!

mtewhey wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 1:42 PM

I donate a lot of what I make to the Animal House Shelter and they sell them to make money for the dogs & other animals. It would be nice to have new beads to create some outstanding items for the shelter. Thank you for all your wonderful patterns; they give me a lo of inspiration!

safflower wrote
on Jan 16, 2013 6:29 PM

Oh, what a nice giveaway! :) I am a beginner, and I want to learn many different styles of making jewelry. Your site is a gold mine to get inspired and learn. I am so grateful for that!

My 7-year old son enjoys beading too. He has made a friendship bracelet for his best friend. Would be nice for us to sit and be creative together! :)

DarleneJ@4 wrote
on Jan 17, 2013 11:32 AM

Love the updated look of the 2 hole beads . Would love to have the opportunity to experiment and design with them ! Thank you for an opportunity to win a prize package of these incredibly wonderful beads !

sootfoot5 wrote
on Jan 19, 2013 10:41 AM

I do not blog about beads (I blog about writing short stories ) and I .prefer superduo beads to twin beads.  That being said, I have done some pretty flat herringbone pieces with the super duo beads.  You have to keep the tension tight, but they look amazing!

Aunty Akoya wrote
on Jan 20, 2013 7:18 AM

OHYes its one of my favorites, Twinbeads are one of my biggest trends!

Love Love Love them, all sorts of beads with two holes.

Anne Marie@5 wrote
on Jan 21, 2013 6:16 PM

I haven't had a chance to work with the Twins beads yet. I would love to use them in creating the most phenomenal piece of jewelry.  Using them with peyote looks awesome!!!

I'd Love to win!

Anne

llgrotheer wrote
on Jan 22, 2013 1:53 PM

Congratulations Jennifer!  You did great!

I was just wondering on the tube if it would look better by instead of trying to hide the thread, let it stand out by using a little larger thread, in a contrasting color.

Have a Good Day,

Linda

on Jan 30, 2013 1:04 PM

I would Love to win these beads!!! I haven't had the pleasure to try them out yet but would Love to give these patterns a try! As always Thanks for giving us a chance to win something FREE!