Beading Tutorial

Peyote Bracelet Tutorial – New Ebooks!

I've got some new peyote bracelet tutorials for you!  One is free, and the other one has such a teensy price that it's almost free.

So without any further ado, how about some ebook tutorials, for your peyote-beading pleasure!

Peyote Bracelet Tutorials

"Exploring All Angles" Bracelet, in the Even Count Peyote Bracelets Tutorial

It doesn't matter if you have never seen the peyote bead stitch before, or if you are a dyed-in-the-wool peyote veteran.  Check out these two pages, each with an ebook tutorial:

Basics of Even Count Peyote:  Especially for anyone who either doesn't know how to bead the peyote stitch, or is a little rusty.  Not only do you learn how to do flat even-count peyote, but there is even a project called "Windows and Doors", which is a unique bracelet.  And the ebook is free!

Even Count Peyote Bracelets:  Now that you know how to peyote bead, here are six gorgeous bracelets for you to make.  You'll learn how to use some of the more unusually-shaped seed beads, as well as learn bead embroidery on peyote!  OK, it's not free, but it's ultra-reasonably priced, especially since it has 6 projects and tons of close-up photos!  (And available for immediate download, to boot.)

"Windows and Doors" Bracelet, from the Basics of Even Count Peyote Tutorial

They are over on my new site, Beaded Jewelry Diva, which I am dedicating to beading tutorials (both free and almost-free).

So come on over and see me there; I have lots more tutorials for you there, and I'm always adding new ones for your jewelry-making pleasure!

Ndebele Stitch

The ndebele stitch is one that I've been wanting to learn, but I just haven't gotten around to.  Well, I got my chance to try it out this morning, thanks to one of the video tutorials I watched last night.  And I decided to start with tubular ndebele.

You know what?  It's fun!  And once you get three rows done, it's pretty easy.  Actually, the hardest part of learning was that I decided to try the tubular ndebele stitch using size 11 beads instead of my usual size 8.  (And here's the reason -- I'm fast running out of size 8s!)

Ndebele Stitch

Also known as the herringbone stitch, this starts out with a ladder stitch as the base.  I don't know about you, but a ladder stitch with size 11 seed beads is a little challenging; I might have had an easier time had I used Delicas, but I didn't want to use Delicas for a learning experiment.

While there's no real claim that the Ndebele people in Africa came up with this stitch, it is something widely recognized as being central to their beading culture.  And although herringbone may describe it better from our point of view, I think using the African name is more appropriate.

If you haven't tried this beading stitch, either flat or tubular, I encourage you to try it.    And to make things a wee bit easier, here is one video, then the link to parts two and three.  Just as an FYI, in this video I am referring to it as the herringbone stitch (easier to pronouce than Ndebele, which I am sure to say wrong, lol).

Remember, the part2 and part 3 video links are below.  And they do go all the way through finishing the ends and attaching the clasp.

Here's part 2.  And also part 3.  Enjoy!