Niki.Tasha – Lesson 14 – Amulet Bag Strap

Hiya, Niki. We’re almost done with the peyote technique.

A decision must be made how you intend to use this small amulet bag. Will you wear it attached to your belt? or around your neck? or as a cell phone strap?

If you choose to wear it around your neck, you must decide how long you want the strap. Will you require a clasp to get it on?

If you choose to make it a part of your cell phone, you need to use wire to make the strap. And the findings will be different, too.

A – Attached to your belt: decide how far down you want the wee bag to hang. Double that measurement and that is how long your need your strap to be.

B – Around your neck: A short necklace requiring a clasp to get around your neck needs different findings than a long necklace that can easily be slipped over your head.

C – A cell phone strap: A loop will be made that fits comfortably over your hand but that is not so big that it slips easily. The idea is to keep the cell phone close but without having to hang on to it. If the strap is too loose, the cell phone will likely land on the pavement more than once.

A – A reasonable width of an Even Count Peyote strap would be 6 glass beads wide. Keep within the colour scheme you chose for the pouch itself. It works quickly back and forth and really can be made any length as long as the glass beads are in supply. Don’t get too carried away, though. The essence of grace is that the person seems unaware of herself while she is interested in you. If you are constantly tugging at your clothes or the belt adornment is being fiddled with, then you lose that grace. A belt ornament of this style really shouldn’t hang lower than your knee. You can draw out the pattern on paper before stitching or randomly pick up each glass bead in any order: this last works because you will be using the same beads that you used in the body of the Tubular Peyote.

B – An Even Count Peyote strap can work as a necklace. You will embed the thread at the side of the tube and come up in the groove between two zipper teeth. The side of the tube was established when you worked on the flap. Start the strap as any other Even Count Peyote, such as the flap and one version of the bottom. Work back and forth until you have reached the desired length. Embed the thread in the other side of the Peyote tube. If you run out of thread before the strap is its decided length, run the needle through several rows of the strap and add a couple of discreet knots along the way. Don’t cut off the tail until you have started the new thread: run the needle and thread as you did to tie off the old thread, ….. only in reverse. After several rows stitched with the new thread, go back and trim the tails left from the tying on and off of threads.

If your strap requires a clasp, decide which one you want. You will also need: jump rings for each strand hole in the clasp, bead tips to tie off the threads and you will need them in quantities to complete the job – both parts of the clasp. Check out the How-To category – so far I have the title but not the substance. It is a WIP (Work In Progress).

If the clasp is for a single strand, life just got easier. You will be working from each side of the Peyote tube towards the middle back of your neck – a little less than half the length each. Make a pyramid at the end of each strap by using only the middle 4 beads and then the middle 2 beads. Get yourself some crimps and some bead tips – I prefer the clamshell bead tip. This site can provide you with what you need: http://www.firemountaingems.com/search.asp?skw=bead+tips.

Run the thread through the bottom hole in the bead tip. Now run the thread through a small bead and make a discreet knot.  Add a small dab of glue. Close the bead tip. Add a jump ring to the bead tip and to the clasp.  Do exactly the same thing on the other half of the necklace.

You can make a completely different style of necklace; something other than the peyote technique. I would suggest using stringing wire: it’s strong and flexible. Back to the side of the peyote tube: start the even peyote strap as above. Make it very short and attach it to the edge of the wee amulet bag. This is a casing for the beaded wire to attach to. You will require crimp beads and jump rings and a clasp if the wee pouch is to sit high on the chest. You will require only crimp beads if there is no clasp. Thread the wire through the crimp bead, a bead and a 2nd crimp bead. Add your beads, run them through the casings made earlier and finish by running the wire through the crimp bead, the glass bead, and the 2nd crimp bead. Tighten up the string and use your crimping pliers on the crimp beads. When I say ‘tighten’ I don’t mean strong arm the strand – you want the strand to hang gracefully, not all bunched up on itself.

 

 

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Niki.Tasha – Lesson 13 – Flap

Hiya, Niki. This lesson is in Flat Peyote: if you used the simple bottom instructions and didn’t choose the round bottom to close up one end of the tube, then you already know how to do the flat peyote technique.

If you chose the round bottom technique, then good on you. You are learning all kinds of things about the peyote stitch technique.

Now, for the flap, we have 2 choices: a flap with a smooth and straight edge on which to add a fringe, and the uneven edged flap.

FIRST, the even edge:

1. Continue in the tubular manner BUT stop when you are half way around. ensuring you have an even number count.

2. Add a glass bead and turn back, adding a glass bead between each zipper tooth, until you are back to the beginning of the flap.

3. Add a glass bead and turn back. Continue until you have reached a length you like.

DESIGN NOTE: On a piece of paper draw the dimensions of the amulet bag. Draw the bottom edge of the flap. The space measurement between the bottom of the flap and the bottom of the amulet bag is the length of the fringe. If you ignore this measurement, your amulet bag will be out of proportion. And that takes away from the aesthetic balance of your work. Fiddle to your heart’s content with the design of the fringe. Make an inexpensive design board with a remnant of wide wale corduroy and lay out your fringe beads in the wales. Here is your chance to vary the lengths of the strands, the choice of beads, and even a pattern seen in the fringe.

4. From each ‘zipper tooth’ of the flap you will hang a strand of the fringe. Pick up the beads from one string of your corduroy design board. The bottom bead is the turning bead and it is best to be a small bead (but not so small that it slips through the next bead). Then run your needle through the whole string again. 

5. Anchor the thread in the peyote flap and come out at the next zipper tooth. Repeat Step 4 and 5 until all the beads have been added to the fringe. Anchor the thread in the flap and ensure the fringe won’t work its way out. That would really be too bad.

Variation on the Fringe:

a) Each strand of the fringe is double in length. You are going to make many loops instead of single fringe elements. This variation is best when the beads are glass seed beads. Having loops all across the flap makes for a thick fringe, and it will not have the same movement as the single strand variation.

b) A variation of a), string the loop of beads. Before you slip your needle through the beads of the flap, twist and twist and twist and twist and tw… until you have the twisted loop you desire. Once the loop has been twisted, slip the needle and thread through the flap to the next zipper tooth. Repeat until you reach the other side of the flap.

There are other variations and lots of scope for you to experiment.

NEXT, the uneven edged flap:

1. Slip your needle through a zipper tooth and add the number of beads for the longest point of the edge. Make sure it is an even number of beads.

2. Work back to the beginning, at the flap edge.

3. Run another 2 rows of even count peyote. When you get back to the flap edge again, slip your needle through the next zipper tooth.

4. Continue in this manner until your flap is as wide as half way around the tube. Varying the jaggedness of this flap by stopping before you reach the furthest edge: or, by adding beads as you did at the beginning of this flap, gives your flap interest.

Variation: Make several flaps of differing widths that overlap one another. Ensure the total measurement of the flap from side to side is not greater than half the diameter of the tube. Find this spot by flattening the tube sideways (not from end to end).

Now you are ready for the strap of the amulet bag.

 

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Note to Self 4 – Bead Journal Project

Bead Journal Project 2008Hiya. I am really sorry that I can’t remember the person on whose website I discovered the Bead Journal Project. But, happy I am for having discovered it.

This will be the 2nd year for the Project and the 07-08 participants are just finishing up their works.

And the rest of us who are waiting to start our first experiences with the Bead Journal Project are chomping at the bit, keen to get started.
It is suggested that you have a theme in which to work and this theme is the unifying link through all 12 months.  I didn’t have a theme until I was sitting in the cancer clinic’s waiting room, leafing through some magazines. All of  a sudden I saw all kinds of shapes that would be perfect for glass bead jewellery. Yes, I did. I did make notes and after we got home and before I forgot, I scribbled my notes down.
I have to wait until the beginning of September to get the first challenge. Our kids are not looking forward to the start of school but I am: that’s when I get the first challenge.
A little secret about me: I am great at charging into something but, once my curiosity is sated, I have very poor staying power and I have lots of WIP’s (Work In Progress) to prove it.  It is my hope that making jewellery the theme of this Project I will be able to finish each month’s challenge. I might even end up with a whole line of artisan jewelry based on each month’s challenge.
That’s what I think.  Helene

Note to Self 3 – Beading Popularity

Well, you know last week my sister and I attended the first annual summer gathering for the members of the OCC (Ontario Crafts Council). It was held at the president’s farm on the Niagara Escarpment.  I learned how easy bead making looks when a professional glass bead maker does it.

Well, you know I learned more than that. The glass makers are in a bit of a down turn in their market. Those marvellous people who use a torch or a blast furnace and various kilns to make the gorgeous vases and glasses and such are losing their market.

Well, you know I am rewriting a rule of physics, ‘what goes down must go up again.’ Like a bouncing ball. Once the States elect a new president and he reassures his country that good things are coming, luxury goods will begin to climb again in popularity.

Well, for some reason, which I don’t know, while the glass making industry in general is flagging, the bead making industry is growing.  I don’t understand: these beads are made of glass. They don’t stand alone but in synergy they join other beads to make something better than the separate parts.

Well, you know I am sorry about the drop in sales in the hand made glass industry.  At the same time, I am very happy that the beading industry is still healthy.

That’s what I think.   …Helene

Note to Self 2 – Fire Mountain Resource

Another great download about beading from Fire Mountain Gems.  It has some history and some how-tos about beading and has something in it for beginners and seasoned beaders.

http://www.firemountaingems.com/beading_information/beading_resources.asp?docid=BEADMAKERSHANDBOOK

 

I neither work for nor receive compensation from Fire Mountain Gems.  This link to Fire Mountain is for the convenience of the reader only.

Notes to Self – 1

Paua Disk with goldtone leaves

Paua Disk with goldtone leaves

There’s nothing important really in this post.  I have been waging a battle with my design program and so far it’s winning.  So far I have had to diagram my own circular Peyote diagrams and they are rustic.  Just because it’s now done and attached to Niki.Tasha #12 doesn’t mean I’m going to let it slip.  When I finally find a more elegant replacement for my scribble, I’ll post it.

I crashed yesterday.  By 3pm EDT I could no longer think and my pain level shot way up.  The best thing to do then is to down all tools and leave the pigpen.  I ended up in my comfy chair staring straight ahead.  MCT graciously made dinner and I did the dishes when I got up this morning.

Today is so much better than yesterday:  although, I did accomplish a lot in the short time I spent in the pigpen.  I even took a couple of photos of necklaces I have just finished. 

Paua Disk with Seed Beads

Paua Disk with Seed Beads

Niki.Tasha – Lesson 12 – Circular Peyote – Inside and Outside

Hiya, Niki.  This lesson is about putting a round bottom on your amulet bag.  Later you may decide to make a round top as well.  Regardless whether or not you make a round top, it’s a good idea to learn the circular technique from the inside out and the outside in.  I have taken some beading classes, taught some beading classes, read many articles and followed many instructions by other beading artists and I have never seen instructions for working the circular Peyote from the outside edge to the centre.  Once again, then, I am adding my own interpretation to the Peyote Techniques.

Remove the stop bead from the long tail kept from the beginning of this class.  Thread your needle and follow the steps below.

Circular Peyote From the Outside IN

 

Now you will be working with every bead and not fitting beads into the gaps between the ‘teeth.’ 

 

Row 1:  Pick up 2 beads, skip 1 ‘tooth’ and run the working thread through the next ‘tooth’.  Continue until you return to where you started.  Slip the working thread through the last bead from the previous round and the 1st pair of the current row.  It is the step up needed to start the next row.

 

Row 2:  Pick up 1 bead and run the working thread through the next 2 beads from Row 1.  Continue putting 1 bead between each group of 2 from the previous row until you reach the beginning.  Perform the step up:  the last bead from the previous row and the first bead of the current row.

 

Row 3:  Pick up 1 bead and run the working thread through the 1st  bead of the previous round.  Continue until you reach the beginning.  Perform the step up.

 

Row 4:  Pick up 1 bead and run the working thread through the 1st 2 beads of the previous round.  Perform the step up.

 

Repeat Rows 3 and 4, curling around and decreasing in size until you have only 3 beads on your thread.  Run the working thread through these 3 remaining beads a couple of times then tie off the thread with a discreet knot and work the thread through several beads and rows until you feel sure the thread will not work its way free. 

 You will probably need to add thread to this bottom bit.  Tying off and starting a new thread in Circular Peyote is no different than for Flat Even Count Peyote or Even Count Tubular Peyote.  Pull the thread through several beads, switch back several times until you are confident the thread will not work itself loose.  You may put discreet knots in the tying off and tying on processes. 

 

It is usual to work Circular Peyote from the inside out.  The beads coil around a central 3 or 5 beads.

 Circular Peyote From the Inside OuT

 Row 1:  String 3 beads and tie in a discreet knot.  The tail should be about 6 inches long.  The working thread goes through the bead closest to the knot. 

 

Row 2: Add 2 beads, pick up the next bead of the 3 original beads.  Add 2 beads and pick up the next bead on the original row.  Add 2 beads and slip the working thread through the next bead of the original 3 bead row.  You should be back where you started.  Slip your needle through the 1st bead of the 2nd row.  You are now ready to work the 3rd row.

 

Row 3:  Pick up 1 bead on your working thread and run your needle through the next bead on the 2nd row.  Add 1 bead and run the needle through the next bead on the 2nd row.  Continue until you reach the last bead on row 2.  The needle goes through it and through the 1st bead on row 3.

 

Row 4:  The same as Row 2:  placing 2 beads between each bead of the previous row.

 

Row 5:  As for row 3:  placing a single bead between each bead of the previous row.

 

Rows 4 and 5 continue to be repeated until the size for the piece of beadwork is reached. 

 

As you continue going around there will be gaps that are rather too large between the beads.  Add 3 beads between the previous row’s bead, instead of 2, to correct this. 

 

 If this piece is the bottom of a vessel of some sort, when you reach the desired size of the bottom, stop adding beads and continue upward either with the even count tubular peyote, the odd count tubular peyote, or some other technique altogether.

 You will probably need to add thread to this bottom bit.  Tying off and starting a new thread in Circular Peyote is no different than for Flat Even Count Peyote or Even Count Tubular Peyote.  Pull the thread through several beads, switch back several times until you are confident the thread will not work itself loose.  You may put discreet knots in the tying off and tying on processes. 

peyote-circular-diagrams

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