Monday, June 1, 2015

Beaded Tubular Sleeves made with Flat, Even-Count Peyote Stitch and Miyuki Delicas Size 11

Beaded Sleeve for Magnetic Clasp
Beads, Beading Thread, Bead Embroidery Needles, a Mini-Clip and a Thread Burner

List of Materials & Tools

Beads
Miyuki Delicas Size 11 work well. They are incredibly regular, have large holes and come in great color choices. 

Beading Thread
I have tried a range of beading thread for this project and now choose my thread solely based on best color match, not based on breaking strength as there is no need for great structural strength for this project, nor do I choose based on thread type. 

Here is the list of thread according to their breaking strength, : KO or Miyuki Beading Thread, 6 lb FireLine, C-Lon Bead Thread Size D, and WildFire .006. Respectively, they have 4 lb, 6 lb, 7 lb & 10 lb breaking strength. 

As to thickness of thread, they are all thin thread, but they list from thinnest to very thin in this order: KO/Miyuki, C-Lon Bead Thread Size D, 6lb FireLine, WildFire. The first two flatten the most, the last two are rounder, but will flatten a bit against a bead hole. 

KO and Miyuki Beading Thread are exactly the same product, nylon filaments laid side by side without being twisted in plies in a monocord waxed together. C-Lon Bead Thread Size D is similar but thicker and it has no wax, just a very light bond. WildFire is a thermally bonded nylon filament, white in its center with a black, frost white or camouflage green thermally bond over the filaments. FireLine is similar to WildFire, but it comes in a dark grey, smoke color and a white named crystal, both are slightly transparent. They all have their own feel, but in the end for this particular project all of them will work well. 

The major factor for a good result is an even thread tension, and that will improve with practice. Don't stress, this project is forgiving, even on the first try! 

Bead Embroidery Needles
Blunt ends are better than regular beading needles. The blunt ends lowers the likelihood of splitting the thread when going through the beads multiple times. Plus they are short and no length is needed for this project.

Mini-Clamp
I found a mini-clamp much better than using a bead as a stopper, plus I already had one laying around  on my desk from the tool kit of the Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord.

Thread Burner
Great for melting the end of the thread. Alternatives: Cut the thread after taking it around the same several beads over and over. Add a drop of Fray Check or GS Hypo Cement for added security is so desired. 

Optional - Beeswax
Good for the ends of C-Lon Bead Thread Size D. It prevents the ends from splitting when threading them into the needle. KO and Miyuki Thread is already waxed, but might need an additional waxing. WildFire & FireLine do not need any wax but the end needs to be flattened a bit before threading it. 
The magnetic clasp is a tube 22mm long and 7mm wide.
Its inside diameter is 6.2mm.

We will be covering the magnetic tube with a flat, even-count peyote stitch by first making a flat rectangle and then zipping it into a tube. Even-count means that the number of beads along the length of the peyote stitch is an even number, such as 18 beads, which is the number that will cover the length of the clasp in this instance. 

Even-Count Peyote Stitch
1.  Thread the needle. Place the mini-clamp at 24 to 36 inches from the thread end. 
 Note: If I have the full spool I tend not to cut the thread off the spool until I have completed the first half of the peyote rectangle just in case I damage the thread and need extra length on the spool side. If you are working with a 48 inch thread length, clamp it at 24 inches. 

2.  Load 18 Delica Size 11 beads. Check the length of the beads against the clasp. 

Even-Count Peyote Stitch
3.  Push the beads against the mini-clamp. These beads will become the row 1 & 2.  

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
4.  For row 3, load 1 bead and go back into row 1 & 2.
Skip the first bead, insert the needle through the second bead and pull the thread. 

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
5.  Step completed. 

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
6.  Continue, skip a bead, insert the needle through the next bead and pull the thread through. 

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
7.  Step 5 completed, continue, skip a bead, insert the needle into the next bead and pull the thread.   

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
8.  Rows 1, 2 and 3 completed. Rows in peyote stitch are counted diagonally.  
See 2 needle alternate start method listed in references below. 

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
9.  For row 4, add a bead, and go through the last bead added in the previous row.
This will be the way you start all the future rows. 

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
10.  Step 8 completed. Continue the row. 

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
11.  It is helpful to add the first 2 beads of a new row prior to pulling the thread completely through.
It helps keep the thread tension even.  

12. Once your thread is becoming short, thread it in a circle around several beads a few times. Leave the end hanging on the side. Cut the thread at spool leaving a length of 24 inches. (Skip cutting if your thread is already cut.) Continue your rows with this new thread ends until you have completed 31 rows and have 16 beads on each edge

Note: It is easier to count the beads on the edge rather than counting rows. The beads on edge are easy to see. Rows need to be counted diagonally or in zigzag.
In my note book, I keep track of the number of beads along the length and the number of beads on the edge, thus for this particular clasp I need a peyote rectangle of Delicas 11s - 18 bead long with 16 beads on the edge, for short 18b x 16b. 

Even Count Peyote Stitch Instructions
13.  The rectangle is completed with 16 beads on each edges.


Note: The thread ends are on opposite edges. This way the indentations of beads in and out or teeth on both sides are complementary. If your bead edge count matches on both edges, then your rectangle is done. If one edge has a count of 16 and the other 15, you need to do one more row. 

Peyote Stitch Tubular Sleeve
14.  Check the fit around the clasp. Join both sides for the flat peyote into a tube.
Zip the two sides together by 
zigzagging through the beads on the edge of both sides. 

Peyote Stitch Tubular Sleeve
15.  Catch 1 bead on one side, then 1 on the other side. It will create an invisible joint.
Once you reach the other side, 
go in a circle between several beads several times or go back to the other side if any of your peyote is a bit loose. Leave the end hanging on the side.

Peyote Stitch Tubular Sleeve
16.  Cut the thread a few millimeters from the edge. Melt the ends with a thread burner. There is no need to actually touch the thread if the burner if red-hot.


Note: If it is your first time using a thread burner, practice first on some extra beads and thread ends. It would be a shame to melt your hard work. Or use an alternate method listed below. 



Alternatives: Cut the thread after taking it around the same several beads over and over. Add a drop of Fray Check or GS Hypo Cement for added security is so desired. 

Peyote Stitch Tubular Sleeve for Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Here is the bracelet with the completed sleeve.
The bracelet color is Razzleberry.
The sleeve Dark Plum Delicas Size 11. 



Finishing: Attach the sleeve by stitching it to the kumihimo braid on one side. Use a new thread to do that just in case you change your mind and decide to remove the sleeve later on. It can also be left loose if you want several interchangeable sleeves. See alternative sleeves below. 

Peyote Stitch Tubular Sleeve for Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Same bracelet with Copper Delica Size 11 Sleeve

Same Bracelet with Copper Seed Beads Size 11 Sleeve. The count is 16 beads wide by 14 beads on the edges with Miyuki Duracoat Galvanized Size 11 Seed Beads.
> See tutorial for this sleeve
Note: See next blog entries coming soon showing this same process with seed beads and an odd-count peyote with mixed delicas and seed beads.

Peyote Stitch Tubular Sleeve for Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
 Same Bracelet with Dark Plum Delicas Size 10 & Copper Seed Beads Size 11 Sleeve
> See tutorial for this sleeve 



Related Peyote Stitch Tutorials
Even-Count Peyote Sleeve with Seed Beads Size 11

Materials & Tools
Peyote Beaded Sleeves
Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
KO/Miyuki Beading Thread
C-Lon Beading Thread Size D
WildFire Beading Thread
Bead Embroidery Needles
Beeswax
Magnetic End Clasps in Gold or Silver Tone

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