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Can I use a daisy chain for an amulet strap?

Daisy Chain Strap

A daisy chain makes a great strap for an amulet bag.

How can I keep track of my row when doing peyote stitch?

Make a Pattern Guide

Make a pattern guide from a legal-size envelope. Cut off the top half of the envelope and slit open the bottom along the fold. Cut a rectangle out of the front of the envelope two rows high and slightly longer than your pattern. Slip the pattern into the envelope. You can see two rows at a time through your "window" and the envelope easily slides up and down.

Is there a way to keep tubular peyote from flattening while beading?

Support for Tubular Peyote

An empty toilet paper tube makes a great support for large tubular peyote projects such as amulet bags. Once you have strung enough beads for the proper circumference (you will want to tie a knot between the first and last beads), cut the toilet paper tube lengthwise. Slip your circle of beads over the tube. The tube will conform to the size of the circle.

How do I rapidly string seed beads that come on hanks?

Stringing Seed Beads

For many projects, you need to rapidly string many seed beads of the same color onto your piece. Since seed beads often come in hanks (strung on a temporary string) you can use the fact that the beads are already strung to help you. There are two methods for stringing rapidly that I like - see which one works best for you.

This method works best when you are using a needle and soft stringing material (threads):

Lay out a string of seed bead in a straight line. Slip the needle along side the thread and go through as many beads as possible. While the beads are still on the needle, pull the temporary string out. Then
slide the beads on the needle down onto your permanent string.

This method works best when using stiffer beading material, such as the stranded steel products (like Beadalon):

Lay out a string of seed bead in a straight line. Pinch a row of the beads between your thumb and index finger. Pull them off of the temporary string being sure to not change their position when you pull
them off. I find that I can usual hold about 3/4" of beads in a straight line using this method. Now, insert the Beadalon through all of the beads you are holding.

What can I do with tubular peyote?

Charm bracelet "In the Round"

Make a tubular peyote bracelet and use jump rings or sew charms to it. You can further embellish it by adding semi-precious stone chips, freshwater pearls or other larger beads.

Can I use bugle beads for right-angle weave?

Using Bugle Beads

Try using bugle beads or a combination of bugle and seed beads instead of seed beads for right-angle weave. A decorative bead can be woven into the center of some or all of the squares if you wish.

How do I make my brick stitch sturdier?

Technique for Sturdier Brick Stitch

When adding a new row, instead of taking the needle and thread underneath the thread of the previous row, bring it down through the bead instead. String the two beads for the beginning of the second row and bring the needle and thread down through bead #3. Go back up through bead #2 and up through the second of the two beads. You're now ready to add your next bead.

How can I combine netting and peyote?

Netting and Peyote Stitch

Try adding a layer of netting over tubular peyote to add dimension.

What can I do with daisy chains?

Daisy Chain Bracelets

Make several single color daisy chain bracelets in coordinating colors and wear them together like bangle bracelets.

Why is square stitch called loom beading without a loom?

Loom Beading Without a Loom

Square stitch is sometimes referred to loom beading without a loom because it produces the same kind of weave. It is a great alternative when you don't want to have to deal with all those extra threads.

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