Jean Campbell is the senior editor of Beadwork and a
contributing editor to Beading Daily
I guess it's official: I'm obsessed with beading. Here's reason #746: I just finished tech editing the April/May issue of Beadwork, a monumental task in my opinion since this issue is absolutely jam-packed with beautiful projects, and it required just about around-the-clock attention. But enough of my blathering and back to my obsession. As I mentioned, I worked like a madwoman for several weeks, but instead of celebrating my completion with a hot bath or a strong drink, I cozied up on the chair in my office and looked at back issues of Beadwork! I think someone better get a thermometer . . .
But you know what? As an editor, those back issues are like old friends. They are also great to have around as inspiration, reminding me of techniques that I haven't used in a while. For instance, this morning I was paging through the December 2007/January 2008 issue and came upon Shelley Nybakke's Golden-edged Ruffles necklace. I love Shelley's work and this piece is so simply constructed with peyote-stitched ruffles that it made me want to sit down and play with ruffling peyote stitch once again. Want to join me?
|You can add a ruffle to the edge of a necklace or bracelet or even stitch one to a piece of clothing. Wherever you'd like to add one, you'll need to begin with a base row of flat one-drop peyote stitch.|
To form a nice, firm ruffle, I actually like to add more than a few rows. This makes it possible for my ruffle to form smooth defined curves instead of messy ones.
|To begin a very ruffly ruffle, which is what I'm doing here with yellow beads, work two beads between stitches rather than one. (If you'd like a more subtle ruffle, work two beads in the first stitch and one bead in the next stitch.)|
|In this row, work one bead between each bead placed in the previous row. (I've used red beads here.) See how the ruffle is starting to form?|
|For the following row, add three beads between the beads added in the previous row as I've done with the orange beads here. This finishes the ruffle with a picot-style look and really pulls the ruffle into a nice exaggerated shape. If you'd like to continue ruffling, work one bead between every-other bead of the previous two rows.|
Isn't peyote-stitch ruffling fun? I was so happy to be reminded of it when paging through back issues of Beadwork. Do you have a back-issue collection like I do? You can start your own in a really easy way: buy 2008 all on one simple CD. You'll be able to scroll through all the Beadwork projects from 2008 with a click of your mouse, being inspired by dozens and dozens of beautiful beaded designs.