Friday, June 12, 2015

Peyote Stitch - The 2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

 This tutorial is for an alternate way of making the Peyote Sleeve with a Mix of Miyuki Delicas Size 10 and Miyuki Seed Beads Size 11. It is part in the series of tutorials for the Peyote Sleeves for the Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord. Start at the beginning with this post: Peyote Beaded Sleeves.

Start by beading the first 3 rows, using either the Traditional Method shown here or the 2 Needle Start

Traditional Start
Go to Step 2 on the Odd-Count Tutorial

2 Needle Start
It makes sense to use the 2 Needle Start, since you will need 2 needles to proceed anyways. 



2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

1. The first 3 rows are completed. The bead count by columns:
6 Delicas Size 10, 3 Seed Beads Size 11, 6 Delicas Size 10

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

2. Place the mini-clampon lower thread, right at bead. 
With the top thread go through the bead at the arrow.

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

3. Add 1 bead. Insert the needle into the next beads, and repeat.
Sorry the in-between picture was too blurry to use...

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

4. Continue until the end of the row, switching beads for center stripe.
Remove mini-clamp and pull on both thread to tighten the work.

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

4. Place mini-clamp on the thread on the right side. 
Proceed with peyote with the thread on left side, going to the right. 
Add a bead and catching the beads that protrude in between additions. 

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

5. Add the last 'loose' bead on this row


2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

6. Place the mini-clamp against the last bead. 

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

7. Switch to top thread/needle. Go though the last bead added. 
Continue as in above steps. 

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

8.  Continue until you have 14 beads on each edges.
The thread ends are coming out on opposite sides. 

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

9. End one side of the thread. There is several ways to do this:
You can travel the thread to the other edge. 
Or go around 4 beads repetitevely in a circle. 
Let the thread end hang out the edge. 

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

10. Check for fit. Oops, best done before the last step...

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

11. Zip both side together catching the protruding beads on each side one at a time. 
Check other tutorials to see zipping close-ups. Repeat step 9 for the second thread end. 

2 Needle Method for Odd-Count Peyote

12. Melt the ends with a thread burner.
Caution: Test this first with extra beads and thread. 
Do not burn your work or your fingers. 
I cut the thread first a few millimeters away from the bead edge, then hold a good thread burner towards the thread without touching the actual thread. The heat is enough to melt the thread and it creates a drop of molten thread. When it touches the bead edge, push the melted spot right unto the bead hole. 

Peyote Sleeve for Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

13. Here is the bead edge finished. The melted ends are barely noticeable. 

Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord

14. Attach the Peyote sleeve to one side of the clasp by stitching it in a few places into the braid. Use a leftover piece of beading thread to do that. The finished peyote sleeve, now attached to one side of the magnetic clasp, when the bracelet is closed, becomes the focal point for the bracelet. 

This 2 Needle Method has instantly become one of my favorite Peyote technique, even though I am usually reluctant to work with 2 needles. The finished product may not as tight as the regular odd-number peyote method, but both edges feel alike, whereas with the regular odd-method, one edge usually feels stiffer than the other due to the addition of the extra turn around beads. 

This sleeve was done with 6 lbs PowerPro in Green. Check this review on beading thread.

References

Peyote Stitch Tutorials
Even-Count Peyote Sleeves with Delicas Size 11
Even-Count Peyote Sleeves with Seed Beads Size 11

Get Kits, Materials & Tools
Peyote Beaded Sleeves
Kumihimo Bracelet with Long Magatamas & C-Lon Tex 400 Bead Cord
Magnetic End Clasps in Gold or Silver Tone




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