"A stitch in time saves nine!" Ben Franklin
"Keep your fears to yourself and share your inspiration with others!" Robert Lewis Stevenson
I would like to welcome y'all to my first challenge to celebrate my one year blogiversary. I have teamed up with Christine of One Kiss Creations to bring this challenge to you.
In the past year that Christine and I have been participating in the blog sphere we have not encountered a challenge to create a piece using a certain bead weaving stitch. So here is what Christine and I are proposing to the first 30 people that would like to participate in this challenge. Create a piece or pieces using the Peyote stitch or the Herringbone stitch and if you are truly ambitious make a piece out of each stitch or use each stitch in one piece the possibilities are
This challenge is open to those with no experience in bead weaving to the advanced bead weaver. I thought of this challenge, because of you that have commented on my blog about always wanting to try bead weaving but thought that you could not work with the tiny little beads. Well now Christine and I are putting the challenge out to you to come play. Who knows you might find that you enjoy working with the tiny little beads. You will never know until you try, right! So for those with no experience, and we do hope that some of you play along, we suggest that you start out with something simple like a bracelet, or just a practice square, we would be cool with that, at least you tried and you will know whether you like it or not. To the rest of you with different degrees of experience try a pattern that you have been wanting to do, or create your own the sky the limit.
To help the inexperienced beader Christine has found some video tutorials on the peyote and herringbone stitches. You can also find examples of how to sew the stitches in the back of beading magazines such as Bead and Button and Beadwork just to name two. You tube is also a great place to look for tutorials. There are many free patterns on the Internet too. Google for free peyote or free herringbone beading patterns.
The following site is an great site for Herringbone I have made a few of Ruby's designs (the black and pink bracelet in the below picture is my take on one of her designs) and the instructions are easy to follow. If you choose to visit this site be sure to click on the home button for more interesting items.
The following site is a tutorial on Even and Odd Count Peyote this site explains how to do both stitches with good illustrations of the stitches.
Here are some pictures of some pieces Christine and I have done in both Peyote and Herringbone.
I did my first peyote stitched bracelet back in 2005 it is the third one from the left. I saw this one in a magazine (unfortunately when I searched for the magazine I could not find it, so I am unable to give credit to the person that created the design) and fell in love I just had to find out how to make this bracelet. I ordered everything I was going to need for the bracelet from Fire Mountain Gems and I practiced the stitch while I waited for my supplies to arrive. I am so proud of this bracelet and it is still one of my favorites. The fourth bracelet from the left is another early peyote I came across this pattern in Sept/Oct 2005 Step By Step magazine it is called Square Dance and it's a two drop peyote the pattern was designed by Rea Ann Wojehn. The first one on the left I made in 2008 the pattern for this one in in the Jan/Feb 2008 Step By Step magazine this bracelet's name is Crystal Steps and was designed by Denise Peck the black one is just like the pattern in the magazine, the pink one is my swing on the pattern. The sixth bracelet is my first herringbone bracelet and it is also in the Jan/Feb 2008 Step by Step mag. The name of this bracelet is Harvest Time designed by Dottie Hoeschen. In the magazine the clasp is a loop and button and I used a slide clasp. Last but not least is the herringbone bracelet I mentioned above that I got the pattern from Ruby's Web site.
This is a peyote design by my co-host Christine it is so pretty I love how she embellished it.
Those that follow my Therese's Treasures Face book page will recognized this two drop peyote I made this one in June 2011.
This is Victoria a Cellini Spiral I did in the October 2011. The boor glass beads I won in a giveaway on Kinga Nichols' blog Crimson Frog Designs
Tubular Herringbone I created this bracelet for Michelle Mach's Suddenly Spring Hop
This Herringbone bracelet was created by Christine. This one is worked going up and down sideways.
This Herringbone bracelet was also created by Christine. Using bugle beads make the stitching go faster. Christine used bugles and hex beads in this design.
Christine and I hope that you will sign up to play "A Time To Stitch". Sign ups will go until May 12. The blog hop will be on June 12.
If you have any questions you can send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine at email@example.com
You can copy and paste this button to your side bar to remind you of the hop there is not a hyper link attached because I could not figure out how to make one LOL.
Feel free to spread the word about this challenge on your blog.
If you want to join in on this challenge leave a comment. If your email address is not turned on please leave your email address in your comment or email either Christine or I with your email address, thank you.
Happy beading Y'all