Welcome y'all to mine and Christine's first stitching challenge. There are 22 participants in this challenge including Christine and myself. The rules were simple, make a piece using herringbone or peyote or both. If you were new to bead stitching, it did not matter if you finished, just show what you have done.
I did two pieces one using herringbone and the other peyote, both of my pieces are in tubular stitch form.
The first piece I did was a pattern that I found on Ellad2's Etsy shop the name of the tutorial is The Peacock Necklace. This was a pretty easy pattern to follow and fairly easy to bead. I chose iris blue size 11 seed beads, bronze colored size 8 seed beads, 4mm blue and bronze Swaroski crystal pearls, a bronze butterfly button I purchased from Lesley Watt's Etsy shop THEAtoo for the clasp. The peyote band above the embellished center is silver lined blue Delica size 11 and bronze size 15 seed beads.
The only problem I had with this necklace was to try and keep the herringbone sections from twisting, but I could not, so I just let them do what they wanted. Once I got a hang of the beaded beads in between the herringbone sections this necklace beaded up quickly. I did not time myself, but if I were to guess, I would say this necklace took me between 12 and 15 hours to make. I am very pleased with the end results.
My next piece is a peyote spiral done in red, white, and blue size 11 seed beads(I did not use a pattern for this one). The focal is a pendant I made with one of Juli Cannon's lamp worked beads, you can find Juli's work at StudioJuls.
I call this piece "I Love The USA"
The clasp is a silver base metal heart and I used different shaped glass beads for the dangles. You might wonder what is the challenge in this? Well for me this is the first time I have ever peyote stitched a rope long enough for a necklace. I would always stop at 71/2 inches and make a bracelet or at 9 inches and add stringed beads for the rest of the necklace. I pushed myself this time to do 20 inches. Now I have a necklace to go with the flat peyote stitched bracelet I did last year for July 4th.
I hope y'all like what I have done for this challenge and that you will now take the time and visit the rest of the participants in this challenge.
Happy beading Y'all,