Peyote Stitch

Some Peyote Stitch Background

Peyote stitch has been around as a beadwork technique for a long, long time. Adding one bead at a time, the stitch produces a fabric of beads arranged like brick paving, one bead up and one bead down, in columns. Variations include two-drop peyote stitch, three-drop peyote stitch, sculptural peyote stitch, and freeform peyote stitch.

There are several names for peyote stitch: twill stitch, diagonal weave, and gourd stitch; however, the terms twill stitch or diagonal stitch are not usually used in describing contemporary beadwork. The term gourd stitch is used by Native American beadworkers and describes a specific use for peyote stitch. According to David Dean in his article "Is it Peyote or Beadweaving?" (Beadwork magazine, Summer 1999), gourd stitch is used by the Tiah Pia (Kiowa) Native Americans to cover items such as the rattles and fans used in their gourd dances. Peyote stitch is used to describe beadwork done for ceremonial and religious purposes within the Native American Church. Purely for practical purposes, and without disrespecting Native American beadworkers, most contemporary beadworkers use the term peyote stitch simply to describe the technique, with no religious or cultural association.

The History of Beads by Lois Sherr Dubin features a photograph of a winged scarab done in what looks like two-drop peyote stitch. The piece dates back to Old Kingdom Egypt, 2686-2181 B.C., and it makes us - and, indeed, many historians - wonder about the path that peyote stitch has tken through time, becoming part of Native American and West African cultures, appearing in Victorian England, and now gaining so much favor with contemporary artisans.

Modern Peyote Stitch Beadwork

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Beadwork has come in and out of vogue through history. In the 1960s it was popular with hippies, but not taken seriously by the general public. Not until the early 1980s did peyote stitch beadwork become popular in America, and now it has snowballed into the huge resurgence we are currently experiencing.

Today, beadwork is considered art in American, and peyote stitch is one of the most popular techniques employed. Peyote stitch is one of the most versatile off-loom beadweaving methods known, and contemporary bead artists are doing amazing things with this stitch!

Different Types of Peyote Stitch

Basic Even-Count Flat Peyote Stitch

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This method of peyote stitch calls for one size of seed bead, and it may be used to create squares for earrings or a brooch, or to make a long, narrow strip for a neck chain. A one-by-seven inch rectangle made with even-count flat peyote stitch makes a great bracelet. Sew six squares together for a box or connect two large rectangles for a small beaded purse.

Basic Odd-Count Flat Peyote Stitch



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If you want to bead a design with a centerline using peyote stitch, you'll need to use this method. It is worked basically the same as even-count flat peyote stitch, except that on one edge of the work you'll have to make a different kind of turn, and anchor your thread a little differently.

Two-Drop Flat Peyote Stitch

This is also called double-bead peyote stitch, and by using a combination of bead sizes and shapes, or three or four or more bead sets (three-drop, four-drop, etc.), you can create a multitude of textural effects. You may also use two-drop peyote to make a transition to bugle or larger beads.

Tubular Peyote Stitch

Tubular peyote stitch is a variation of peyote stitch that forms a hollow, cylindrical shape. The tube may consist of an even or odd number of beads in each row, and you can use it to cover things such as crystals, dowels, bottles, and jars, to make hollow vessels, to bead bands for hats or wine glasses, or to create a "rope" of beads. A short tube makes a perfect nestlike setting for a larger bead. A small tube is a bead. A long skinny tube can be a bracelet; an even longer tube makes a necklace. If you make a really big tube, squash it flat, and sew up the bottom: it's a purse.

Tubular peyote is used extensively for making pictorial amulet bags. We've seen patterns of animals, nature, classic artwork, and even renditions of photographs of pets and kids. Anything you can scan or photocopy can be turned into a pattern for peyote stitch.

Even-Count Tubular Peyote

If you have an even number of beads, you'll have to step up through two beads to begin each row. Every row has a definite beginning and end.

Odd-Count Tubular Peyote

If you have an odd number of beads, you'll be able to just keep going, adding one bead at a time and passing through the next "up" bead. You are actually making one long row that spirals around and around. If you're beading a design with different colored beads, you'll have to pay attention to where each row starts so your pattern will be even.

For a spiral design, start by alternating two beads of each color, then make sure each bead you add in subsequent rows is the same color as the bead you just passed through. To reverse the spiral, add the same color bead as the one you will be passing through.

Circular Peyote Stitch

Circular peyote stitch is a variation that produces a flat circle or disk of beadwork. Use this technique to cover the bottom of a bottle or the top of its lid, or to make the bottom of a bowl or vessel, or use it simply to make a circle for any purpose.

Source: Beading with Peyote Stitch by Jeannette Cook and Vicki Star, Interweave Press, 2000

4 Ways to Finish Flat Peyote Stitch

Handmade finishings are wonderful, but there are times when a commercial finding is just the thing, too. Here are four of the most common ways to finish flat peyote-stitched bracelets with store bought findings:

1.  Foldover crimp end
 
This little metal finding, also called a “basketweave crimp” is shaped like a square taco. It’s usually used for finishing off a ribbon or leather end, but it can also be used for finishing peyote stitch. Just dab a little clear jeweler’s adhesive inside the fold, place the beadwork inside the finding, then use flat-nose pliers to very gently close the finding over the beadwork. (Don’t squeeze too hard or you’ll break beads!) Once the glue is dry, just attach your clasp to the loop at the end.

2.  Magnetic clasps
 
Magnetic clasps work especially nicely for finishing peyote-stitched bracelets because the magnets allow you to just slap and wrap—no need to fuss with a clasp catch or hook. And, because they’re small, you can add more than one to the end and the closure still works. Use strong thread (like FireLine) to stitch these clasps directly to the beadwork. (I quickly stitched these to my little sample to show you where to position them, but if I were going to do this for real I would repeat my thread path as many time as the beads would handle for strength.) Note: If you wear a pacemaker, don’t use these clasps or magnetic anything!

3.  Multistrand findings
 
A third way to finish would be to stitch a connector or clasp to the end of the beadwork that’s about the same width as the beadwork. Here I’ve added a 3-to-1 connector, but a 3-loop clasp would work equally as well. Again, you’ll want to stitch your beadwork so it’s very strong, and perhaps even consider adding small segments of French wire to your thread at those points so you have a metal-to-metal connection rather than a metal-to-thread one.

4. Buttons

Placing a pretty button at one end of your beadwork and stitching a loop at the other end is a great way to turn a strip of peyote stitch into a unique piece of jewelry.

Source: 4 Ways to Finish Flat Peyote Stitch, Beading Daily, Jean Campbell, 2009

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  • In case I haven't mentioned it lately, I'm addicted to cabochons . If you take a look through my bead stash, you'll find drawers and drawers full of them -- gemstone cabochons, handmade ceramic and porcelain cabochons, even vintage Lucite
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  • My two favorite fashion trends right now (it changes often) are the raw gemstone and druzy components showing up in jewelry! Last weekend I decided to bezel an agate druzy bead with gold to create a new pendant for myself--and I've received a shower
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  • Aside from having really cool and gently used clothing, my local thrift shop is a great place to find craft supplies for my beading projects! I love to dig through the bins of sewing notions and craft supplies, looking for unusual items that I can use
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  • A few years ago, I landed a teaching gig at a large gem and mineral show in western New York. As I walked the floor after my classes, I marveled at how many different gemstone beads were available. It seemed like there were gemstones for every color,
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  • Though not technically a "beading tool," my photocopier has quickly become my new best friend. Who would have ever thought that this dusty old thing would be able to save me hours of design time and up to weeks of beading? When working up the
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  • My least favorite part of bead crochet has always been stringing all those seed beads on the thread before I start to crochet. There's just no getting around it -- no matter what I try, it always feels like a chore to me. Thankfully, bead crochet
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  • 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
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  • If you're looking to branch out into mixed media jewelry in 2013, bead embroidery is one of the easiest ways to get there! Because bead embroidery is such a versatile and fluid beading technique, it's perfect for anyone who wants to experiment
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  • A few years back I treated myself to a "beadcation." If you haven't done this for yourself yet, I highly recommend it! For my beadcation, I choose a trip to breathtaking San Luis Obispo, California to attend classes at Beads on the Vine
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  • It all happens to us from time to time. Even the best beaders find themselves stuck in a "beading rut". No matter what you do, no matter what you try, you just feel like there's nothing new and exciting to be done with your seed beads, right
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  • It's a brand-new year, and that means it's time for a brand-new challenge in the February/March issue of Beadwork magazine! This time around, editor Melinda Barta took this fun kit of beads from The Creative Fringe and got her punk on with this
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  • Melissa Grakowsky Shippee is the author of I Can Herringbone Herringbone stitch is one of those bead-weaving stitches that can be made to look completely different in the hands of two different bead artists. It's probably one of the reasons I keep
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  • My first attempts at beaded beads weren't exactly pretty. I took some beautifully finished wood beads and proceeded to cover them with some of the ugliest peyote stitch I had ever done! But after making a few of those monstrosities, I started to think
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  • Sometimes, when I can't sleep at night, I try to relax by dreaming up new beaded jewelry design ideas. (I'm not the only one who does that, right?) A couple of weeks ago, as I was trying to fall asleep, I thought about what I was going to do with
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  • Working on the cutting edge of beaded art, bead artist Darcy Horn is now trying to raise funds for her latest large-scale project, The Beaded Body. During a visit to Albuquerque in 1998, she started learning off-loom bead-weaving, and she says she hasn't
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  • Today is 12.12.12! We're almost halfway through December, and there are less than three weeks left in 2012. I always get a little nostalgic in December, and I usually take some time to meditate and reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened
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  • I've really been getting into beading with my glass spike beads from York Beads lately. Now that they come in three sizes, there's a whole new range of options out there for anyone who wants to make their bead-weaving a little more fierce! A few
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  • Some of you might have noticed that we have a new place to find free beading patterns here on Beading Daily! Our new Member Free Beading Project gallery is open, and anyone who offers free beading patterns of their own design on their blog or website
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  • There's a saying in Zen teachings: "In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities. But in the expert's mind, there are few." One of the biggest challenges for me as a bead artist, I find, is that I sometimes feel like everything
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  • Brick stitch , as I've said before, will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the first bead-weaving stitch that I felt I had truly mastered, and for a very long time, I used it for all of my beaded amulet bags and most of my beaded jewelry
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  • Being a history geek, I love to know the whole story behind how things came to be, including many of my favorite bead-weaving stitches. Many of these stitches developed independently all over the world throughout the history of the human race, but chances
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  • If I had to choose one thing that I love about creating my own beaded jewelry designs, it would be the unlimited possibilities that are presented to me every time I sit down with my sketchbook and my beads. Really, I can't think of another jewelry
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  • It's that time again! Time to look at what one of our wonderful editors over at Beadwork magazine has done with the Bead Challenge , come up with a name for that piece, and enter for a chance to win one of the bead kits used to make it! This time
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  • Looking at a few of my favorite bead weaving stitches, the first thing that I notice is that the beads are lined up in pretty much the same way: rows stacked on top of each other, nice and neat, with a few variations in the alignment of the seed beads
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  • Why do we love seed bead patterns so much? I recently posted something on the Beading Daily Facebook page about NaSeBeMo (National Seed Beading Month) , and I was thrilled to see that there are as many people out there who are obsessed with working with
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  • No matter how much time and care you put into your bracelet making projects, choosing the right clasp can make all the difference in the world. Choosing a clasp that's easy to work, comfortable, and secure for your bracelet making projects might seem
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  • What is it about peyote stitch that keeps us beaders coming back for more? I struggled with peyote stitch when I was learning how to bead -- there was just something about the thread path that I couldn't keep straight in my mind. But once I found
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  • Silly me. All through high school and college, I thought that jewelry making with materials like fiber, clay, fabric, and paper was just a fun way to make jewelry. Little did I know that it's actually mixed media jewelry , and when I need to stretch
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  • Cozy up to the December 2012/January 2013 issue of Beadwork magazine and enjoy 16 amazing beaded jewelry designs. This issue highlights your favorite shaped beads—peanuts beads, spikes, Super Duos, and more. Plus, get a sneak preview of the 2013 Tucson bead shows.
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  • Necklace making is such a personal expression of your style, and it's one of the reasons why I love making my own beaded jewelry. I definitely have my own sense of style when it comes to fashion, and so do you! You may not realize it, but your choices
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  • This year, we've been treated to a whole series of great beaded bead projects in each issue of Beadwork magazine as part of their 15th Anniversary Celebration , so I thought it would be fun for the second week of our Reader Photo Gallery Giveaway
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  • There's no doubt that if you're reading this, you're someone who knows that there's a special kind of magic in bead weaving . I don't know how else to explain the feeling I get after sitting down with just a pile of beads, a needle
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  • Lately, I’ve been seeing some very inspiring beadwork made with spike beads—so inspiring, in fact, that I finally ordered some for myself. Beware: Designs incorporating these hot new beads are anything but subtle! Today, I share with you a
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  • Last weekend, I started a new necklace making project using a huge crystal stone and an antique Chinese carving I bought from the FamilyonBikes Etsy shop. Designing the focal point of the necklace was structurally challenging, but I had a clear vision
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  • Chevron stitch is one of those bead weaving stitches that doesn't get enough attention, I think. It's an incredibly useful bead-weaving stitch that can be used to create simple beaded necklaces and bracelets as well as larger, more intricate,
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  • One of the things I love about the Beading Daily online community is the Reader Photo Gallery . It's so inspiring for me to look in there every day and see all of the beautiful beaded jewelry made by the members of the Beading Daily community! You
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  • Learning how to do peyote stitch was something of a challenge for me. After successfully teaching myself to do other bead-weaving stitches like right-angle weave, brick stitch, herringbone stitch, and netting, I made one peyote stitch amulet bag, and
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  • Flat peyote stitch is a great bead-weaving stitch to know, but starting a new piece in flat peyote can be tricky, especially for a beginner. Those first three rows always seem to want to twist in on themselves, and if you're trying to work from a
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  • My experiences with a group of traveling Tibetan Buddhist monks inspired me to create this peyote stitch prayer box necklace. Some of you may remember a blog I wrote earlier this year about the time I got to spend praying and meditating with a group of
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  • With so many different kinds of beads out there, it comes as no surprise that beads can be made out of just about anything. Really! I've seen some beads made out of pretty strange stuff -- think moose droppings, bullet casings, and chewed-on pencil
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  • If you think it takes a long time to walk through the show floor of a huge bead show like Bead Fest Philadelphia, try doing it where you know just about everyone behind the tables in the booths! Bead Fest Philadelphia was a great time for me to catch
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  • Are you someone who is struggling with learning how to do right-angle weave? If so, no worries -- you're not alone. The undulating thread path of right-angle weave can be a tough one to wrap your head around, but once you've mastered this popular
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  • Beaded wedding jewelry , and finely crafted beadwork itself, has come a long way in the last ten years. When my husband and I got married in 2003, I decided to do something a little more adventurous with my beaded wedding jewelry than just your standard
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  • One of my long-standing obsessions is using found objects in my beaded necklace and beaded bracelet designs. When I inherited a portion of my mother's old jewelry after she passed away in 2008, I started thinking about ways I could use them in new
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  • So, when it comes to beaded ropes, you think you've seen it all, right? Think again. I've just seen a preview of Lark's latest book in their Beadweaving Master Class series, Jill Wiseman's Beautiful Beaded Ropes. With this book, Jill has
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  • When it comes to versatility in bead-weaving stitches , you can't beat herringbone stitch. I can't think of another beading stitch that offers so much variation! The thread path of herringbone stitch (also called Ndebele stitch because of its
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  • Beaded broad collars started popping up everywhere about the time that I started learning how to do bead-weaving, but I waited a few years until I really felt comfortable with the stitches before I started experimenting with shaping my beadwork. I was
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  • If you haven't seen it yet, there is some serious beady eye candy over at the Battle of the Beadsmith group on Facebook. Eighty beaders from around the world were selected to compete, and the finished beaded necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and accessories
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  • You might remember about a month ago, I had set out to work on my entry for the sure-to-be-fabulous Battle of the Beadsmith, hosted on Facebook by Steven Weiss. The idea was this: Steven would pair up eighty of the world's best (and willing) beaders
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  • If you're a regular subscriber to Beadwork magazine, you'll know that this year marks fifteen years of creative, beady goodness in the pages of my favorite beading magazine! And to celebrate, the editors at Beadwork magazine have come up with
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  • After my recent sojourn to Manhattan and my bead-buying binge at York Beads, I came home with an entire hank of Czech farfalle beads. The Czech farfalle beads were the original "peanut" shaped beads made in the Czech Republic with a technique
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  • More and more couples are choosing to add very personal touches to their weddings. Going beyond just picking that song for your first dance as husband and wife, it really is the little details that count when planning the perfect wedding. And that includes
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  • I'm Kate Wilson, Junior Project Editor for Jewelry Stringing and Beadwork magazines. I've been stringing beads for about 15 years, and now I'm jumping into beadweaving. However, I still love and will always continue working on stringing projects
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  • Circular, flat peyote stitch is a great beadweaving technique for someone who wants to not only expand their beadweaving skills, but also wants to learn more about shaped and geometric beadwork. When you learn circular, flat peyote stitch, you'll
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  • Ah, yes. I can remember the first time I learned how to do circular, flat peyote stitch . I was making little peyote stitch needle cases, and I needed to create a top and bottom for the case. I can remember blindly following the directions without really
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  • This month's little box from A Grain of Sand's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club was full of fun -- and very useful! -- vintage beads. I've always loved metallic vintage beads, and this month's hoard was full of beautiful metal and metallic
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  • A very long time ago, when I first started beading, beaded bottles were very popular beading projects. Even though I loved making peyote stitch needle cases, it took me ten long years to discover how much fun stitching beaded netting is around a tiny
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  • Peyote stitch was not the easiest beading stitch for me to learn. After somehow making my first peyote stitch amulet bag using flat, even-count peyote stitch, I suddenly found myself completely bewildered as to how I actually worked the stitch. I spent
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  • I don't know about you, but I've been totally enthralled with the Beadwork magazine Designer of the Year projects from Jean Power. I've always been fascinated by shaped peyote stitch beadwork, and Jean has elevated the simple peyote stitch
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  • Thankfully, this month's box o' beads from A Grain of Sand 's Bead Hoard Curiosities Club didn't send beads flying to every corner of the room when I opened it, but it did spark a whole new set of ideas for beaded jewelry projects! Just
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  • Triangulations by Kathie Khaladkar Crystal beads are everywhere these days! When I was at the Tucson bead shows earlier this year, you couldn't turn around without seeing some glitz and glam, and walls and walls of sparkling crystal beads. Truthfully
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  • I can hardly believe it, but yesterday marked one year since I started at Beading Daily ! It's been such an amazing year, and I've thoroughly enjoyed all the writing and beading that has gone along with it. Time flies when you're having fun
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  • "Where did you come up with the idea for that piece of beaded jewelry?" I hear that all the time when I'm showing someone a piece of my handmade beaded jewelry. And really, if you know where to look, you'll find beaded jewelry design
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  • I've long been an admirer--not a maker--of beadwoven jewelry. Recently, however, I've been inspired to try my hand at a few stitches, specifically ladder stitch, brick stitch , and peyote stitch . I've found the rhythm of stitching beads to
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  • Making an open-backed bezel for a cabochon has certain advantages over making one using bead embroidery techniques. If you're using a transparent or translucent cabochon, stitching an open-backed bezel for it will allow light to pass through it and
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  • While I was in Tucson, I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Nunn of Nunn Design and after I got home, she sent me a little sample of some of their newest products, including these awesome channel beads. The channel beads were meant to be used with resin
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  • I think pretty much everyone who learns peyote stitch makes one of "those" bracelets. You know the ones I'm talking about: a wide (or narrow) strip of peyote stitch, usually even-count, with a button clasp on one end. It's probably the
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  • What is it about beaded beads that captures our imagination? The Zen Buddhist in me loves the idea that beaded beads are beads that are made out of...well, more beads! The simplest beaded beads can be made from a strip of peyote stitch or brick stitch
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  • I've always joked with my friends that if this whole beading thing doesn't work out, I'm going to pursue my other passion and open a gourmet vegetarian restaurant. At home, if I'm not playing with my beads, I'm in the kitchen cooking
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  • Have you ever looked at a seed bead pattern in the pages of a magazine and wondered how you could make it your own? Of course, it's always fun shopping for new beads when you want to make a particular beading project, but that's not always possible
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  • When my sister and I were kids, we assisted my mom when it came time to type up the directions to her knit and crochet projects. We quickly grew accustomed to the abbreviations and terms used in her patterns. How grateful was I when I started working
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  • I've got a soft spot for brick stitch . It was the first beading stitch that I taught myself that I actually understood, and for a while, I made all of my amulet bags with brick stitch instead of peyote! Even after I learned how to love peyote stitch
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  • These cabone rings can be found in any craft supply store with the yarn notions and make fabulous focal beads when covered with your favorite beading stitch! I'm a craft store junky. If I have to run into my local bead crafts store to pick up just
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  • Once you have bezeled your cabochon using peyote stitch, you can continue to work bead embroidery around it. Or, if you want a quick and easy focal piece for a beaded necklace or bracelet that combines bead embroidery and beadweaving techniques, you can
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  • I don't often wear bracelets, but I love a good bracelet making project. One of my favorite techniques for bracelet making is bead embroidery using lots of different types of beads and cabochons in all sizes! I used to be of the opinion that bigger
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  • As crafters, why do we love to do what we do? I've met a lot of beaders during the last ten years, and I've even created some new beaders through my beading classes, and they all have one thing in common: they are utterly passionate about beads
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  • I have trust issues with the cabochons I use in my bead embroidery. The first time I tried to use cabochons in my bead embroidery, I just glued them to the bead embroidery backing and started stitching around them. To my surprise and dismay, those cabochons
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  • Hello, my name is Jennifer VanBenschoten, and I am a cabochon addict. I admitted that fact years ago, although I'm not sure how much it's helped me. My cabochon collection seems to be growing exponentially every year with no end in sight. As long
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  • Once upon a time, I worked in the field of non-profit community development, grant writing and geographic information systems. I enjoyed the work, but most days I would come home feeling very stressed out and, well, fried. To counteract the stress I felt
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  • I think this winter is finally starting to get to me. We've had lousy conditions for doing any of the fun things that I love to do in the winter up here: it hasn't been cold enough for any serious ice fishing, and there's definitely not enough
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  • Some of the first beadwork I can remember seeing as a child was Native American beadwork in the collections of our local natural history museum. I was totally captivated by the bright colors of the beads and the intricate patterns that were formed on
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  • Each beading stitch has its own intricacies and tricks, and flat odd-count peyote stitch is no different. When mastering this popular beading stitch, you have to learn how to make that tricky little turn at the end of every other row. For some beaders
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  • Welcome to the new Beading Challenge blog here on Beading Daily! This is where you'll be able to come up with a name for my Challenge pieces in Beadwork magazine - and win a free beading kit! Come up with a name for this beaded necklace, and you could
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  • This Wednesday, I am frantically trying to get caught up on my Earring-a-Day challenge. Yes, fellow beaders, I got behind over the weekend on my earring making challenge, but at least I have a good reason: we took some time to celebrate my son's fourth
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  • What's not to love about beaded bracelets ? I've had a longtime love affair with beaded bracelets. Never met a beaded bracelet I didn't like. They're fun to make, fun to wear, and everyone likes a bracelet or two (try pairing up a couple
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  • My latest bead embroidery project, a large bead embroidered collar with a handmade ceramic cabochon by Lisa Peters Art . What's on YOUR beading table this Wednesday? It's Wednesday! That means we're halfway through the work week, and it's
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  • Beautiful, artistic freeform peyote stitch! It seems that when it comes to freeform peyote stitch , there are two main schools of thought. The first is that this beadweaving technique is a fabulous, artistic and creative use of peyote stitch on a whole
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  • These are some of my favorite beaded earrings from the earring making challenge I did in January of 2011. I can hardly believe that it's almost 2012! This year just flew by, which is, of course, what I say every year at this time. Over the years,
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  • Learning how to bead can be a challenge if you are left-handed! Are you left-handed or right-handed? When I learned how to ice skate, it became apparent that I am a die-hard righty. To make a turn while skating, you have to make a move called a crossover
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  • The Ootheca cuff by Rachel Nelson-Smith is a perfect example of how crystals can provide sparkle without being front and center. I love bead-weaving with crystals, but I don't think I do it often enough. (Somehow, it just doesn't work for me to
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  • Free beading patterns - we all love 'em. Free beading patterns means that you can save your money for more beads, or you can just use up the beads you already have! And one of the great things about Beading Daily is that there are free beading patterns
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  • A few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is new to beading told me that she had become bored and frustrated with her necklace making projects. She wanted a way to shape some of her favorite bead-weaving stitches for necklace making without having to learn
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  • My Back to Byzantium necklace has been the target of several instances of copyright violation. Which of the following statements is true: A. If you pay someone for a class to learn a particular design, you then own the rights to that design and can use
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  • This spectacular peyote stitch Bloomin' Bead was designed by Carol Dean Sharpe of Sand Fibers . Beaded beads are fascinating for so many reasons. It's more of that Zen-like quality of beadweaving for me: imagine making a bead out of beads! Where
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  • I've been interested in things such as yoga and meditation ever since I took a stress management class in college. (I tend to be wound rather tightly at times!) For years, I used writing as my primary practice when I was looking to do something meditative
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  • November marks six months since I've been here at Beading Daily , and I have to say that I'm thrilled to be able to sit down every day and write about my favorite thing in the entire world - beads! Having the chance to connect and correspond with
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  • Necklace making is something that has always come easy for me. Even now, I find that my sketchbooks are full of more necklace designs than anything else, and I'm always finding inspiration for new designs everywhere. My process for designing and making
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  • James, a professional shoe designer, offers assistance and advice to David. For just a few minutes while watching the second episode of Project Accessory the other night, I really, really wanted to be one of those contestants and get ten minutes at the
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  • When my friend came over to bead the other day, she asked me a very good question : How do I get to be fluent in a lot of different beadweaving stitches? She asked me a great question. It's nice to be comfortable enough with all of the major beadweaving
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  • Look at all the goodies in this beading challenge kit from The Hole Bead Shop ! I was lucky to snag one! I can still remember my first beading challenge. I was still a relatively new beader, and I had only recently mastered peyote stitch. The owners of
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  • 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
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  • Pump, pump, pump it up! Pump up your peyote stitch! Nola Bracelet Peyote Sunburst Bracelet Squared by Nancy Zellers by Jennifer VanBenschoten by Diane Hertzler Patchwork Paradise Pearly Mosaic Peekaboo Bangle by Marilyn T. Aronson by Lisa Kan by Nancy
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  • Start with an easy peyote stitch pattern, like Geometric Gemstones by Anna Neff. How to Read a Peyote Stitch Pattern: It's Easier Than You Think! Do you love those gorgeous peyote stitch patterns for flat peyote but find yourself confused when it
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  • Make Great Handmade Beaded Jewelry with Character! When you're working on a piece of great beaded jewelry, you want to give it character. After all, that's why people make, buy and wear handmade beaded jewelry, isn't it? They want something
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  • There are a few reasons why you might want to make an open-backed bezel with peyote stitch for a cabochon. An open-backed peyote stitch bezel is great for a transparent cabochon when you don't want to glue it to a backing. Or if you have a cabochon
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  • One of the things that I've been writing about for a couple of years now are basic beading skills. These are the skills that you'll find yourself using again and again on your beading journey. I've always told my students that learning how
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  • Beaded netting is such an easy beadweaving technique, and one that I think is very often overlooked or ignored by beadweavers in favor of beading stitches like peyote stitch or herringbone stitch. It's been a favorite of mine for creating supple but
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  • Being a (mostly) self-taught beader, I discovered the advantages and drawbacks of learning my beading skills from books and videos. (That was back in the Stone Age when all we had was a VCR!) It was easy enough for me to follow the diagrams and directions
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  • Tammy Jones is my bead buddy and the Online Editor for Jewelry Making Daily . I asked her to tell me about her favorite new beading or jewelry making product from the pages of Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine. Tammy found these gorgeous new Glinter
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  • So by now, I hope that you have all figured out what colors and materials you are going to use for making Linda Richmond's Net Full of Gems necklace for our first Bead Along! I've decided to use some white Howlite chips and some gunmetal lined
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  • One of the challenges of working with handmade focal beads and cabochons is picking out which beads will go with it to create a harmonious color palette. There needs to be a balance between the main colors in the focal bead or cabochon and the accent
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  • A note from Jennifer: There are two kinds of beading pattern designers in this world: those who can create gorgeous flat peyote patterns and those who can't. Carol Dean Sharpe, owner of Sand Fibers , is definitely one of those who can. Carole's
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  • I love making peyote-stitch beaded beads. Not only are they simple and fast, but it's also so easy to think up ways to embellish them! These freshwater pearl-embellished beaded beads were inspired by the Lisa Peters Art focal bead that I had in my
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  • How easy is this? Make a small piece of peyote stitch beadwork. Make sure the ends mesh with each other and then zip it up. You have just created what might be the most versatile piece of beadwork known to humankind: the peyote stitch beaded bead. You
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  • When you design your own beadwork, finding inspiration for your beading projects is an important part of the whole process. Finding new sources of inspiration can help you grow and evolve as an artist. I've found that staying open to new sources of
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  • Summers here in the Adirondack Mountains can be hot. Maybe it's just because we're all so used to spending four or five months dealing with sub-zero temperatures, but as soon as the mercury rises, all I can think about is sitting in the pool and
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  • Welcome to Free Project Fridays! I'll be posting a new free beading project every Friday here on Beading Daily , so stay tuned for some great new beading projects! The Jazzy Herringbone Bracelet made by adding little groups of embellishments to a
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  • A sampling of the earrings I made during my self-imposed creative challenge: create a pair of earrings every day for an entire month! I don't often wear earrings. Part of that comes from a habit I got into after my son was born - it's just not
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  • Human beings have prized gemstones for hundreds of years. In addition to their natural beauty, gemstones have also been coveted for their perceived mystic powers. Gemstones are believed to help heal, bring good luck and fortune, and enhance the abilities
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  • I had an idea once for a piece of beaded jewelry. It was based on a piece that I had seen in an online auction catalog from one of the big auction houses, and it was a gorgeous diamond and enamel necklace from the early part of the twentieth century.
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  • In the beginning, there were seed beads. And the seed beads were good. As a matter of fact, the seed beads were great. And they were numerous - so many colors and finishes and sizes of seed beads to choose from! A new beader (me) quickly fell to the spell
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  • Nicole's BeadBacking in an assortment of colors If you love to do bead embroidery , I've just discovered a bead backing that beats out everything else I've ever used: Nicole's BeadBacking. This bead embroidery medium was developed by bead
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  • Seed beads are beautiful. And not just because they're little and shiny - for me, the beauty of seed beads lies in the fact that you can do so much with them! Sure, you can string them all by themselves or stitch them together in a simple peyote stitch
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  • Simple herringbone ropes can be braided together to make easy and striking jewelry Dramatic curves can be achieved in flat herringbone stitch by using different sizes of beads Bead weaving is like magic to me. You sit down with a pile of seed beads, some
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  • So, the first thing that you should know about me is that I'm a total cabochon freak. I love beading with cabochons. One of the things that I always find to be a fun challenge when I'm stitching up a beaded cabochon necklace is what kind of fringe
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  • Jean Campbell shares 4 design ideas for beaded necklace shapes
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  • When I inherited my mom's jewelry after she passed away, a necklace in her collection caught my eye. It was obviously very old (Mom loved vintage jewelry, just like me!) and made from some sort of plastic, either Lucite or Bakelite. A short length
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  • Ever since Carole Cypher returned from her adventures in Japan last year, I've been hearing about these amazing new beading needles that she brought back with her. Tulip needles were reputed to be stronger, more flexible, and less likely to bend and
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  • I'm the first to admit that when it comes to my beading projects, I suffer from a severe case of B.A.D.D. (Beader's Attention Deficit Disorder). I start a new project and then something pretty catches my eye - a little pack of Czech fire-polished
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  • I'm one of those people that have resisted buying any kind of e-reader because I like my books and magazines in print. I like the pages and the smell of the ink on a fresh magazine. The only thing I don't like about my back issues and books is
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  • 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
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  • Hello Beading Daily Community! Some of you might already know me —I'm Jennifer VanBenschoten, and I've been a contributor to Beadwork magazine for a few years now. I'm incredibly excited to introduce myself to you now as the new online
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  • Learn how to work two-drop peyote stitch in 4 easy steps
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  • There is only one thing better than cracking open a new beading book, watching a brand-new beading DVD, or downloading a beading resource that you can't wait to use: sharing the experience with friends. Explore our top picks from the Interweave store
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  • Many of you know that I'm a glutton when it comes to learning, especially anything that concerns beading. I love storing facts and figures about the history of beadwork, bead manufacturing, and the business of beading. But my very favorite way to
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  • One of the best ways to feed your need to bead is to try out new ways from established pros. Jean Campbell fits the bill on that! I love trying out her tips, and her six steps to perfect wrapped loops is no exception. I’ve always had those little
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  • Beaders are a generous group. They share beads, tips, even their chocolate on occasion. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Beading Daily is the community. There are fun beaders, serious beaders (who don't fool around) and everything in between.
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  • What are you taking on your spring vacation? Try out these 3 all new projects from the Beading Daily store.
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  • Learn how to form a peyote-stitch ruffle in 5 easy steps
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I have to admit, one of my favorite things about my job as Beading Daily editor is hearing your stories on Face Book and the Beading Daily Forums. I love reading how you started on this beady path. Your high
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily You'll always find peyote stitch in bead weaving. I started out a mere 4 months ago with the simplest even-count flat peyote stitch and have been in love ever since! I've been threatening to learn a
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily I've discovered one of the most important aspects of nearly anything and everything is "in the details." Jewelry making is certainly no exception! Sure, you want your pieces to be stunning in the
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily Seed beads have changed many a life. Recently, mine! Ask my vacuum cleaner (you all know the dreaded sound of sucking up seed beads!). I'm still happy with my beloved peyote stitch and want to get up the
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily If you love beads (and who doesn't?), then today is your lucky day! We're happy to present six beautiful bead-weaving projects for you FREE , my beady peeps! The three herringbone-stitch projects have
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily For all of you keeping up with my recent beading chapter I endearingly call "GBBAWTTLSB" (Great Big Bead Adventures with Those Tiny Little Seed Beads), you know I'm hopelessly in love with the
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily One of the best parts of working in a creative environment such as Interweave is playing with my co-workers. As well as beaders, there are knitters, sewers, stitchers, metal workers, and many other skilled colleagues
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily As I spent the last weekend of October dressing my dogs for Halloween and making my holiday gift list, I had a major earth-shattering realization: there was no way I'd get all these handcrafted goodies done
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily The holidays are rapidly approaching as they do every year, same place, same time. Why am I always blindsided by this joyous gift-giving season? Am I alone here, or are you with me my beady peeps? In case you
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . My recent o bsession with seed beads has completely changed how I view my DIY (Do It Yourself) world, as well as added hundreds of new projects to my "must do" jewelry-making list. I love sharing
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily I’ve had a colorful past, but at middle age, my vices are few. I don’t smoke and have a drink only on occasion. I don’t eat gluten and avoid dairy. I’ll have some chocolate
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  • Jean Campbell is a contributing editor to Beading Daily Confession: I collect beading technique swatches like Imelda Marcos collected shoes. My collection is a bit more dorky, a whole lot less expensive, and easier to house, but item for item it may be
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . There is only one thing better than cracking open a new beading book, slipping a brand-new beading DVD into your computer or downloading a beading project that screams your name: sharing the experience with
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  • Kristal Wick is the editor of Beading Daily . I have had a beadalicious wild ride learning how to seed bead recently. Thanks to my Beading Daily peeps for your suggestions, ideas, and support as I’ve dived into the world of those tiny beauties.
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  • My mommy won’t stop beading, but she said she’d give me three bones if I bark about my favorite sparkly projects for this blog. I’m not so good at this computer thing since I’m only one year old (Sunday was my barkday) plus typing
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  • It all started with YOU, my dear Beading Daily friends! In my June 14 Beading Daily post, I decided to confess, to come clean, to air my dirty laundry, I admitted I am not a seed beader. Not only that, but I've never even tried it. Much too afraid
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  • Simple and sensational lariats– What’s not to love about lariat designs? They can be tied or looped to suit whatever length you need. Many designs are fast and easy to make: Dangle a pair of big baubles at the ends of a cool chain. Tie clusters
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  • So many beads, so little time! Peyote. Right-angle weave. Netting. Herringbone. Square stitch. These five stitches rank highest in every survey, project commentary, and request we hear on Beading Daily and in our magazines. And these are just the basics—each
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  • Are you trying to learn or improve peyote? When I first tried to learn peyote it drove me nuts. Those first rows twisted around, and for the life of me I couldn’t figure out the fix. And why did they call all the first beads strung the first TWO
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  • Turquoise dreams I love big saguaro cactus, the tall desert sentinels that look like they have arms at odd angles. They must be the most iconic cacti of all cacti. But I don’t want to use their image or shape, or coyotes or bucking broncos for that
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  • Combine for convenience Two of my favorite stitches are peyote and brick. The funny thing is, they look almost identical. The beads fit together in the same pattern. Brick looks like peyote turned on its side, or the other way around. They're just
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  • New for Beadwork in 2010 I get a kick out of seeing the reaction on some people’s faces when I tell them what I do for a living. “I design, teach, and write about beading.” Yep, it’s an unusual job, all right. It came about from
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  • So you want to seed bead? Welcome to my world! Above all other mediums, seed beads have been my biggest passion. I began beading with seed beads, and though along the way I fell in love with many other mediums and types of beadwork, nothing compares to
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  • Start the New Year with creativity! 2009 is drawing to a close, and I just can’t believe it. I think I’m still waiting for summer, which may have occurred in Minnesota on June 20 between 2:16 p.m and 2:48 p.m. I must have been taking a nap
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  • 5 Unusual Stitches Every once in awhile, I come across a new beading stitch. Some of these are actually very old stitches (the "it's new to me" category), while others are variations of familiar stitches like herringbone or peyote. A few
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  • Beading Daily turned two on August 1st. When I started several months before our official launch date, there were 1,500 members. Now there are more than 100,000! It's amazing that despite this huge growth, Beading Daily still feels much like it did when it started—a fun place to hang out with your
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  • Beading Daily is a social network, so, like many other online communities, I’ve determined we need to have a ridiculous quiz. Normally this might require all kinds of in-depth questions in order to come to its conclusion, but why not just jump ahead to the answers, so you can pick for yourself? Then
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  • “It has been taped, cut short, knotted, stuffed into a baggie, wrapped on a spool, and just plain ignored.” In the August/September issue of Beadwork, Master Class author Nancy Cain urges us not to forget about our little ol’ tail thread. In fact, Nancy teaches that utilizing our tail thread is the key
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  • I have a good friend who buys only the exact number of beads that she needs for a project. Leftovers drive her crazy. I drive her crazy, too—how can I buy beads and have no idea what I'm going to do with them? But I've been beading long enough to know that an idea will eventually come and the
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  • I like chain so much that back in April I spent a full day making my own in a wireworking workshop. Using steel wire, I made my own jump rings, formed my own links, hammered them, joined them, and polished the finished piece. The best tip I learned: once you've figured out the size of wire you need
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  • Add an automatic twist to a peyote tube by using a pattern of varied bead sizes.
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  • Almost all the instructions I'd seen for flat herringbone stitch projects started with a base row of another stitch, usually ladder stitch. So when I saw today's free project, I was momentarily flummoxed. Begin herringbone without ladder stich? I felt like the Peanuts character Linus must have
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  • Though it’s hard to imagine what life was like before I started editing Beadwork magazine and writing books about beading, I remember what drew me to pursue a career in art and design in the first place: pattern. Patterned wallpaper, patterned bedspreads, patterned Trapper Keepers (remember those?),
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  • Take a look at one of my recent bead purchases--tagua nut circles. Do you see the problem? No? Neither did I, until I started trying to design with them last weekend.
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  • Sadly, my answer is yes. I adore beads, but that doesn't mean they are always safe in my care. I spill beads onto the sofa and sit on them. I vacuum them up. Occasionally, I break them with my pliers. Once, in a scene suitable for a beading horror movie, I dropped a new lampworked focal bead onto
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  • Do you think odd-count peyote is a wicked ol’ stitch? Does the extra time and tangle to make that quirky figure-8 twist at the end of every row just burn you up?
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  • I've been looking for an earring project for an April birthday gift and this week's free project from Step by Step Beads, Crystal Corona Earrings, is perfect. The materials (crystal bicones, seed beads, ear wires) are common ones you're likely to have in your stash already or could easily
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  • Like you, I’ve taken classes of all sorts over the years. Most teachers use memory techniques to help you remember lists or a process. For instance, my piano teacher used the acronym (E)very (G)ood (B)oy (D)oes (F)ine so I could remember the lines of the treble clef; in 10th grade typing class
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  • In my beginner tap class we practice the basic steps over and over. Single taps, single flaps. The fun part is adding sounds to the basic taps, taking a shuffle and making it double shuffle, then combining basics into a time step, a double time step, a triple buck time step! The more sounds we make,
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  • One-drop peyote stitch begins by stringing an even number of beads to create the first two rows. For step-by-step instructions, see even-count peyote . See Peyote Stitch
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  • One of the most common questions I receive (other than “What’s for dinner?”) is “How do I finish a flat peyote-stitched bracelet so I can wear it?”
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  • Free Even Count Peyote Stitch Video String an even number of beads; these make up the first 2 rows. Six beads are shown here. Tip: Run a long needle through every other bead and make the “in” and “out” beads easy to identify. String
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  • Odd Count Peyote Stitch Here’s a cool trick to make odd-count peyote as easy as even-count peyote. String the first two rows (beads 1-5). String the first bead in the next row (bead 6) and work peyote stitches back towards the tail (bead 7). Pass
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  • There are a number of variations of peyote stitch: Flat peyote stitch Even-count flat peyote stitch Odd-count flat peyote stitch One-drop peyote Two-drop peyote Circular peyote stitch Spiral Peyote Tubular peyote stitch Brick Stitch and Peyote Stitch
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  • For circular peyote stitch, string 3 beads and form the first round by passing through the first bead. For the second round, string 2 beads and pass through the next bead of the previous round; repeat twice. To set up for the third round, pass through
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  • Check these pages for instructions, illustrations, related articles/magazines/books, and occasional videos on how to bead , create jewelry, whether you favor bead stitching, stringing, or wireworking. You'll also find links to selected articles on
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  • Meet the new editor of Beadwork, Melinda Barta. An interview by editorial director Marlene Blessing.
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  • Beading Daily readers are full of questions! I was reminded of this when editor Michelle Mach sent me dozens of your questions this month, ranging anywhere from “How do I hang an 18mm heart pendant? Jump rings don’t seem to work.” (use a pinch or prong bail instead) to “How do I remove a crimp cover
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  • Ladder stitch is one of those stitches that rarely gets any attention in its own right. Instead, it's used mainly as a foundation for other stitches. Many brick stitch patterns begin with a row of ladder stitch, as do some herringbone stitch patterns. In Mastering Beadwork author Carol Huber Cypher
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  • I have a sick kid at home today. She’s barking like a seal, but she doesn’t have a fever so she’s got just enough energy to knock on my office door every half hour. Not too conducive to the technical editing I’m doing this week. So I put her to good use by asking her to organize my jewelry “vault”—the
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  • Any way you count it, 2008 was a terrific year for Beading Daily! We welcomed Jean Campbell as contributing editor every Wednesday. We also welcomed our magazine editors (Marlene Blessing, Danielle Fox, Denise Peck, Leslie Rogalski, Sara Graham, Melinda Barta) and their thoughts on topics like ethnic
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  • I was at Diane Fitzgerald’s studio recently. I’ve been there before—she’s a home girl (lives in Minneapolis, too), and we get together for lunch now and then. But this time my visit was a little different. This time I was bowled over by the sheer amount of Diane’s beadwork. I swear there was double the
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  • If it's been your dream to see your project published, but have felt nervous about the submission process, you'll find inspiration in Lynn Davy's story. One of her first submissions was to the "Bead Boy" reader challenge in Beadwork magazine two years ago. She might never have worked
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  • We raised $1,143 for two cancer charities, the American Institute for Cancer Research and The Wellness Community, by selling the instructions for the Awareness Ribbon Pins created by designer Kerrie Slade. Thanks to everyone who helped make our first fundraiser a success! Two lucky readers also won the
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  • Looking for inspiration for fall jewelry? Check out these necklaces, earrings, and bracelets by Beading Daily members.
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  • Color is such a key element of good design. Yet each of us wrestles now and then with being in a color rut—“I only buy purple beads”—or wondering what shade of blue brings out the best in a new multicolored lampwork pendant. Do you ever watch The View on TV? If so, you’ll
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  • What’s the big deal about flat odd-count vs flat even-count peyote stitch? As I see it, the hubbub pretty much boils down to this: even-count is simple; odd-count is complicated. How can one thing be so diametrically opposed to itself? Easy/hard; clear/confusing; straightforward/perplexing? After just
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  • I met beader/knitter/cartoonist/all-around-creative-person Julie Ann Smith when she emailed me in response to one of the Beading Daily newsletters and asked me to take a look at some of her work. I was blown away by her bright, cheery designs! (Be sure to check out one of her peyote bracelets, The Illusion
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  • Every Friday I share a free project on Beading Daily. Today, in honor of Beading Daily's one year anniversary, I wanted to introduce you to a bunch of projects--all the projects from the current season of Beads, Baubles, & Jewels which runs on public television.
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  • I love combining bits of beadweaving with small bits of stringing or wirework. Check out my Lazy-B Ranch (ladder stitch and stringing) or Love Birds Necklace (daisy chain and wirework) as examples.
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  • Designs by Beading Daily readers that combine beadweaving techniques like square stitch or herringbone with simpler techniques like stringing or basic wirework.
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  • I met Teresa at Bead Expo Portland where she was teaching two classes, including one titled "Monster Mash" which promised to "unleash the secrets of sculptural peyote stitch" by creating fun faces with seed beads. At the show, Teresa was wearing one of her striking pieces and I was
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  • I got the inside scoop on the contest from Danielle Fox, editor of Bead Star. "We were blown away by the number of entries into our contest—we received over 1,500 eligible submissions! You can imagine, then, how hard it was for me and the other editors to select only 180 of them (twenty in each
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  • Want to create your own beaded designs in brick stitch or peyote stitch? Use this handy graph paper to plan out your project.
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  • Peyote is typically worked with one bead at a time. Some people may refer to this as one-drop peyote. Two-drop peyote stitch is worked the same way, but with two beads at a time instead of one. See Peyote Stitch
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  • String an even number of beads and make a foundation circle by passing through them two more times, exiting from the first bead strung. String 1 bead and pass through the third bead of the foundation circle. String 1 bead and pass through the fifth bead
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  • Are you new to beading? Are you wondering what can you do with all those beads you have stashed away? Beading Daily contributing editor Sandi Wiseheart shares a quick overview of some common beading techniques: Stringing: This is the first thing most
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  • Beading Daily reader Christine K. wrote, "I am a brand-new beginner now attempting to learn the off-loom stitches. Although I am generally skilled with crafts that use one's hands (e.g., I can both crochet and knit), my learning of beading stitches
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  • Nothing makes a room full of jewelry designers more excited than hearing news of an upcoming wedding. Want proof? The Beadwork editors and I recently met with Hwa Soo Park of Ezel Jewels , a talented designer who creates her own tiny, delicate findings
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  • What's in a name? Awhile back, I heard from several readers who were having trouble finding the "basket-weave crimp end findings" that Carol Huber Cypher mentions in Mastering Beadwork . I did a little looking around online and only found
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  • On Wednesday, Jean Campbell talked about not wearing her beaded rings until she was inspired by artist Frida Kahlo who apparently lived by the jewelry motto "more is better"! I confess do not wear my beaded rings either. (I'm sensing the
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  • I never used to wear jewelry to the grocery store, but after reading about all the sales that Beading Daily readers have had standing in the checkout line (" Your First Sale "), I'm rethinking that business strategy! Here are a dozen more
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  • I love blogs. I love seeing all the photos of what other beaders are working on and learning how they shoehorn creativity into their busy lives. I love stories of triumph over evil (especially evil beads or wire.) I love seeing the rallying cries for
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  • Creating the Flower Girl Barrette Writers are often advised to imagine their ideal reader and write for that person. A recent Beadwork challenge proved to me that this advice could be adapted for jewelry designers as well. Free Project: Flower Girl Barrette
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  • have never sold a beaded item that I've made. I've come close more than once, including one time at work when two coworkers were arguing over how much a necklace of mine should sell for! (And not in the way you might assume--they actually kept
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  • y Holiday Beading Above: One of my holiday gifts decorated with a ceramic snowman bead from Studio 59 . I've finished my holiday beading! It helped that my list was short this year--two pairs of earrings, a purple chain maille bracelet, and a few
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  • Making Ladder Stitch Beads Step by Step Beading Daily Reader Chris O. asked for illustrations for this week's featured project, the Lazy-B Ranch Bracelet . I took some quick step-by-step photos at my kitchen table. I used dark thread so that you could
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  • 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
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  • The Sparkle of Silver (And Other Favorite Metals) Rectangle Bangle by Stephanie Everett features silver wire. Who doesn't love silver? Apparently, not many! More than 1,000 readers voted in the latest poll ("What's your favorite metal?"
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  • I love bags. There's something that's just so appealing about having a pretty bag that you can tote your stuff in, whether a lipstick or a laptop. Other women may fuss about shoes, but for me, it's all about the bag! Over the weekend I worked
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  • The votes are in! More than 780 Beading Daily readers voted on the easiest off-loom beading stitch and the easiest stitch is . . . peyote! Here are the complete results: bead crochet - 1% brick stitch - 10% daisy chain - 6% herringbone - 7% ladder stitch
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  • What's the easiest off-loom beading stitch? That seems like a straightforward question, doesn't it? In fact, as you're reading this, you've probably already filled in the answer with . . . . what? Tubular herringbone? This past week, I've
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  • From your wrist to the table: The Faerie Queen Cuff Beads for dinner? Not literally, of course. I may not wear a lot of glittery jewelry myself, but I love seeing my table dressed up! A much smaller version of the Faerie Queen Cuff makes a beautiful napkin
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  • Last spring, I met a beader who who proudly proclaimed that she created peyote stitch bracelets with size 15 beads, nothing else. She had absolutely no interest in learning other techniques, other forms (Necklaces? Why?) or even using different sizes
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  • This is my first official post on the road. I'm at BeadFest Philadelphia this weekend, so if you're at the show, please stop by the Interweave booth and say hello! I first met Carol Huber Cypher at Bead Expo in April, when she stopped by the Beading
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  • The Challenge The idea behind the Beadwork challenge is simple: give different designers the same materials and see what they create. The August/September 2007 kit was from Lady Bug Beads and contained seed beads, Czech pressed-glass beads, crystal bicones
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  • The Beadwork editors offer tips on everything from shopping for beads to peyote stitch.
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