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LEARN and CREATE – a “Square Element” in flat peyote stitch - part 1

Elements are parts you may potentially connect together to create earrings, bracelets, charms, pendants and necklaces to your heart's content. As in the “Plum” bracelet, the flat “Square Element” is a peyote with a tweak that breaks a straight line in two pieces to create a corner.

Square Element - top view

Challenge:

Don't forget to create a step-up to get to the following round. Pay attention to add two beads in each corner.

Supplies for the “Square Element”:

  • 11/0 Japanese tubular seed beads type Delica in two colors: color A and color B
  • S-lon thread size D and needle #12
  • scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the “Square Element”:

  • cut off about 1,20 m thread and keep 20 cm tail thread
  • set-up: pick up a PAIR number of Delica beads for each side: side 1 - 3 in color A for the side, 1 in color B for the corner, side 2 - 3 in color A, 1 in color B, side 3 - 3 in color A, 1 in color B, side 4 - 3 in color A, 1 in color B

Square element - set-up, start

  • you picked up 16 beads in total
  • pass your needle through all the beads to make a circle and continue till you get in front of a corner bead in color B

Square element - set-up, form circle

  • round 3: *pick up 3 beads in color B, skip the corner bead and go through the next bead which is in color A

Square element - round 3, add 3 beads for the corner

  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead*

Square element - round 3, add 1 bead in peyote

  • pick up 3 beads in color B, skip the corner bead and go through the next bead
  • note: this is the only round in which you add three beads in each corner
  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead
  • repeat the process *...* two more time
  • go through one more bead (which is in color B) to make a step-up and get access to the next round

Square element - round 3, step-up

  • note: the step-up consists of two beads of which one of the recent round and one of the next round without skipping a bead
  • round 4: **pick up 2 beads in color B, skip the corner bead and go through the next bead which is in color B

Square Element - round 4, add 2 beads in the corner

  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead, pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead**
  • repeat **...** three more times
  • make a step-up by going through the next bead

Square element - round 4 - step-up to round 5

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – a “Square Element” in flat peyote stitch - part 2

CONTINUATION: a "Square Element" in flat peyote stitich

  • round 5: ***pick up 2 beads in color B and go through the next bead which is in color B

Square Element - round 5, start - add 2 beads in the corner without skipping a bead

  • note: you do no longer skip a bead in the corner
  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead, pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead, pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead***
  • repeat ***...*** three more times
  • to summarize: each side in regular peyote adds an extra bead in each row, each corner is made by adding 2 beads
  • make a step-up

Square element - round 5, step-up

  • to finish, you add only one bead in each corner instead of two beads and do the rest in regular peyote

Square Element - final round, 1 bead in the corner, sides in regular peyote

  • attach your thread by zigzagging through your work piece
  • have fun !

Suggestions:

  • for a larger center, start with: 4 times (5 beads in color A and 1 bead in color B), thus a total of 24 beads or 4 times (7 beads in color A and 1 bead in color B) giving a total of 32 beads
  • for a larger square: simply add more rounds
  • you could also use seed beads instead of tubular seed beads (type Delica)
  • of course, you could make the “Square Element” in a single color or in as many different colors as you want
  • in round 3, you could add two beads in the corners instead of three beads creating a regular herringbone effect in the corners, but the final shape will be a little less square
  • for a bracelet: connect several squares by attaching bugle beads in between them

We used the following beads:

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en/ ! 

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – the “Feather” bracelet - part 1

The stunning “Feather” bracelet is nothing more than an application of the flat Peyote stitch. We chose to accentuate the middle line - which breaks the row in two halves - and selected multiple colors to create a feather-like illusion. For sure, you will have more than one fan of your “Feather” bracelet.

Feather bracelet - view

For your convenience, have a look @

Challenge:

Pay close attention to the middle line, as it is the only place you have to add two beads without skipping a bead. It is also important to remember that you do not fill out the last gap of each row in order to maintain the V-shape.

Supplies for the «Feather» bracelet:

  • 11/0 Japanese Delica beads (cylinder beads) in four colors: color A, color B or middle color, color C and color D
  • a button of your choice
  • S-lon thread size D and needle #12
  • scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the «Feather» bracelet:

  • cut off a comfortable length of thread – or if you do not wish to add thread cut off about 3 meter
  • keep a tail thread of about 15 cm
  • put a stop bead in a different color on your thread and fix it in place by making several passes through the bead, you will remove it to attach the clasp
  • set-up round: pick up 6 Delica in color A, 4 Delica in color B and 6 Delica in color A or a total of 16 beads

Feather bracelet - set up round

  • note: color B is the color forming the middle line of the bracelet
  • remember: the set-up round in Peyote contains the beads of the first and the second round
  • round 3: pick up a Delica A, skip the first bead and pass your needle through the second bead

Feather bracelet - round 3, start

  • to summarize: pick up a bead, skip the next bead and pass your needle through the following bead - do this three more times – to add a total of 4 beads, meaning an even number of beads
  • note: you have reached the middle line of the bracelet
  • to create the V-shape of your bracelet, pick up two Delica in color B, do not skip any beads, but pass your needle through the next Delica

Feather bracelet - round 3, add 2 middle beads

  • to finish the second leg of row 3: pick up a Delica A, skip the next bead and pass your needle through the following bead – repeat two more times – to add a total of 3 beads or an odd number of beads
  • to finish the row you will add exceptionally a fourth Delica and fasten it by going in the opposite direction through the underlying Delica

Feather bracelet - round 3, last bead

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the “Feather” bracelet - part 2

CONTINUATION: the "Feather" bracelet

  • to go to the 4th row and fill the gap, you pull the thread upwards between the beads
  • round 4: pick up a Delica A and pass your needle through the next bead – repeat three more times – till you reach the middle
  • pick up 2 beads B for the middle part and go on without skipping a bead

Feather bracelet - adding 2 middle beads

  • continue the Peyote stitch in color A to fill out the next three gaps
  • note: in order to maintain the V-shape, you will no fill out the fourth gap at the end of each row
  • important: each row has the same pattern – add 4 beads, 2 middle beads and 3 beads

Feather bracelet - each round, add 4 and 2 and 3 beads

  • whenever you change color, check if both sides have the same number of rounds
  • to finish your bracelet, zigzag towards the two beads at the top of the bracelet
  • make a small loop and add a button to it
  • pass your needle several times through the loop
  • when finished, zigzag again through your work and cut off the thread
  • with the tail thread add a larger loop – depending the size of your button – in between the V-shape and make several passes through it
  • zigzag through your piece and cut off the thread
  • … have fun !

Feather bracelet - view sample

Suggestions:

  • for a wider bracelet start with 8 beads in color A, 4 beads in color B and 8 beads in color A
  • you can make each section of the V-shape as large as you want and use as many colors as you like
  • you could also keep each section in the same color, without accentuating the middle line
  • and of course, you could incorporate a pattern in the sides too

We used the following beads:

https://dunebeads.com/en/db001-delica-size-11-gunmetal-metallic 
https://dunebeads.com/en/db105-delica-size-11-garnet-red-gold-luster 
https://dunebeads.com/en/db041-delica-size-11-crystal-silver-lined  
https://dunebeads.com/en/db907-delica-size-110-crystal-champagne-beige-sparkling-light-bronze-lined

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – your Spring and Summer 2020 in Cyan - part 1

As an artist you have probably developed your own color scheme, one you feel comfortable working with. But as you are also part of the fashion industry, it would not harm you to refresh it every once in a while.

Each year Pantone offers 12 trendy colors and 4 neutrals and gives a clear indication of what will be high fashion with its color of the year. These colors are used during the London and New York Fashions Shows, but in different combinations and with different intensities.

The Pantone color of 2020 is Flame Scarlet, a shade of pink-red. The London Show used an even brighter variant (Fiery Red) of it though. Also overall, we could say that all shades of green-blue cyan, the complement of red, will find their way to your wardrobe.

Orange to red colors:

Pantone 2020 - orange to red colors

  • Flame Scarlet: will the pink-red color of red Coral, red Agate, red Carnelian or red Jade illuminate your confidence?
  • Orange peel: a medium light shade of orange you find back in red Aventurine, orange-red Striped Agate and Sunstone.
  • Coral pink: a comforting light shade of red-pink that makes you think of Rose Quartz, pink Sunstone and pink Opal.
  • Cinnamon Stick: a medium orange-red brown. Will Petrified Wood or red Pietersite be your match or are you going for Botswana Agate and Opal?

Yellow to green colors:

Pantone 2020 - yellow to green colors

  • Saffron: a warm amber to spice up your pink wardrobe that will brighten up golden brown tones. What will it be: Mookaite, Crazy Lace Agate, Red Creek Jasper or yellow Opal?
  • Biscay Green: a shade of light cyan-green (aqua) or light turquoise green that hints at Amazonite and African turquoise.
  • Chive: this medium dark yellow-green, for those who love a herbal touch, will complement all the golden tones. Bloodstone, Canadian Jade and Common Opal will become their favorites. At the London Show this deep shade was replaced by the much lighter Lemon Curry that leans towards olive yellow.
  • Sunlight: this shade is described as a pale yellow … but looks rather like a light golden brown or medium champagne color. A peachy yellow Sunstone or a Picture Jasper will certainly please you.

Blue colors:

Pantone 2020 - blue colors

  • Classic Blue: a shade of deep cyan-blue with a hint of evening red in it. The frosted color of Lapis Lazuli will englobe this.
  • Faded Denim: this comfortable lighter shade of cyan-blue could be represented by blue Aventurine and jeans blue sponge quartz.
  • Mosaic Blue: a medium shade of cyan-blue that will match well with browns and pinks. It is a blue that will make you think of electric blue Striped Agate and sky blue Crazy Lace Agate.
  • Grape Compote: this medium purple or muted shade of blue-magenta might make you reach for Amethyst, (Amethyst) Sage Agate, purple Striped Agate and indigo blue Spotted Jasper.

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – your Spring and Summer 2020 in Cyan - part 2

CONTINUATION: your Spring and Summer 2020 in Cyan

The Classics:

Pantone 2020 - the classic colors

  • Lark: a low-key brown that fills the gap between warm and cold color schemes. Some of our Petrified Wood and Tiger Eye will contain this shade.
  • Navy Blazer: as the name suggests, a dark shade of blue that makes you think of Dumortierite, midnight blue Goldstone and Hematite.
  • Brilliant White: a crisp, light cyan-blue that leans towards silver gray ... for a bright festive touch.
  • Ash: a timeless, light-medium gray that works well with cyan-green, purple and pink colors. Grey gemstones such as Labradorite, gray Quartz, gray Agate and gray Moonstone will give you that edge.

Pantone spring-summer 2020 - London Show colors

As you may have noticed by now, Pantone has worked around a theme of red and cyan this year.

Share a joyful 2020 … with https://dunebeads.com/en/dune-beads-beads !

LEARN and CREATE – the “Cross my Heart” bracelet - part 1

This cute bracelet is done in a breeze … the moreover, it is a technique we have used in quite a few of our tutorials … so if you like easy projects, go ahead and browse through our blog. The “Cross my Heart” bracelet is made by crossing threads within one of the beads … and leaves a lot of room for your creativity.

Cross my Heart, in blue

Challenge:

You should pay close attention when crossing the threads and check the thread tension.

Supplies for the «Cross my Heart» bracelet:

  • 8x8 mm Czech round beads
  • 3x5 mm Czech rondelle beads
  • 11/0 Japanese Delica beads
  • polyethylene thread (fishing line)
  • two needles size 10 or 12, scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the «Cross my Heart» bracelet:

  • cut off about 1,70 meters of thread
  • because you will fold the thread in two, this will quickly become an easy to handle length and you do not really want to have to add more thread in the middle of your work piece
  • to create a loop for the clasp:
  • pick up 20 Delica beads and slide them to the middle of the thread

Cross my heart - loop, start

  • pick up one 8 mm bead and go back through all the Delica beads and the 8 mm bead

Cross my heart - attach loop to central bead

  • to reinforce the loop go once more through all the Delica beads
  • as a result, there is a thread protruding on each side of the 8 mm bead

Cross my heart - ready to start bracelet

  • to weave the bracelet:
  • thread a needle on each of the two threads
  • pick up one Delica, one 3x5mm bead and one Delica with each needle

Cross my heart - add outside beads

  • with one needle, pick up a 8 mm bead
  • with the other needle, go in the opposite direction through the 8 mm bead

Cross my heart - add 8 mm bead and cross threads

  • you just crossed your threads in the 8 mm bead and at the same time you placed the bead horizontally

Cross my heart - ready to add next segment

  • repeat:
  • pick up a Delica, a 3x5 mm bead and a Delica with each needle

Cross my heart - ready to add central bead

  • pick up an 8 mm bead with one needle
  • go with the other needle in the opposite direction through the 8 mm bead
  • continue until you have reached the desired length
  • to create the other part of the clasp:
  • pick up a Delica bead, a 3x5 mm bead and a Delica bead on each side
  • with needle one: pick up an 8 mm bead and three Delica beads

Cross my heart - adding second part of clasp

SEE - PART 2

LEARN and CREATE – the “Cross my Heart” bracelet - part 2

CONTINUATION: "Cross my Heart" bracelet

  • as the 8 mm has to remain vertical, you will not cross the threads this time
  • instead, you go with the second needle through the 8 mm and the three Delica beads in the same direction as the first needle

Cross my heart - finishing the clasp with a picot

  • put both threads on the same needle and circle back through the 8 mm bead
  • you have formed a three-bead picot at top of the 8 mm bead
  • the middle bead of the picot will be horizontal while the others will remain vertical

Cross my heart - picot

  • make a few overhand knots underneath the 8 mm bead and cut off your thread
  • optional: secure your thread by zigzagging down through your work piece while making half hitch knots before clippinh the ends
  • enjoy your creativity!

Suggestions:

  • the rondelle beads could be replaced by 4x4 mm round beads and the Delica beads by seed beads
  • if you do not like working with size 11/0 beads, you could replace them with size 8/0 beads
  • you could replace the Czech beads with gemstone beads, but this often makes the bracelet heavier. As an alternative, you could also choose https://dunebeads.com/en/lava-rock-obsidian-and-rhyolite-beads as they are light weight gemstones
  • you could of course also work with smaller beads and replace the 8 mm bead with a 6 mm bead and so on

We used the following beads:

Bleu version:

Cross my Heart, in blue, detail

Yellow version:

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – the Triangle-Angle Weave and the “Manhattan” bracelet

The Triangle-Angle Weave (TAW), a variation on RAW (Right-Angle Weave), could have stepped out of the Art Deco period. Its repetitive geometrical pattern seems to beg for straight lines and bold colors. Contrary to RAW, where you work with four beads and where the middle beads always remain parallel, the central beads in TAW are at an angle. The basic idea of weaving in a circle is the same, however. If you are not familiar with RAW, have a look @ https://dunebeads.com/en/learn-and-create-a-delightful-stretchy-summer-bracelet-in-right-angle-weave-part-1 and 2.

Sleek and sophisticated, the “Manhattan” bracelet can be worn by itself, hold charms or have a https://dunebeads.com/en/search?q=connector in the middle. As you will be working with small beads, the circular weaving in this tutorial has been reduced to a bare minimum.

Manhattan bracelet

Challenge:

This basic stitch requires no previous experience.

Supplies for the « Manhattan » bracelet:

  • 11/0 Japanese Delica beads
  • polyethylene thread (fishing line) for an invisible effect or S-lon thread in the color of your choice
  • a small toggle clasp
  • needle size 10 or 12, scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the « Manhattan » bracelet:

  • cut off about 1,5 meter thread and leave about 20 cm tail thread to attach the toggle
  • pick up 3 Delica beads and pass your needle back through the first 2 beads you picked up

TAW Manhattan bracelet - start 1

TAW Manhattan bracelet - start, triangle 1

TAW Manhattan bracelet - triangle building

  • pick up 2 Delica beads and circle through the second bead of the previous round
  • note: you just made a U-turn

TAW Manhattan bracelet - building next triangle

  • pass your needle through the next bead, which is one of the beads you just added

TAW Manhattan bracelet - get in place for next triangle

  • pick up 2 Delica beads
  • make a U-turn and stitch back through the bead you just left

TAW Manhattan bracelet - adding 2 beads

  • pass your needle through the following bead

TAW Manhattan bracelet - getting to next triangle

  • pick up 2 Delica beads and make a U-turn

SEE - part 2

 

LEARN and CREATE – the Triangle-Angle Weave and the “Manhattan” bracelet - part 2

PART 2: the "Manhattan" bracelet

TAW Manhattan bracelet - detail

  • continue till you have reached the desired length
  • add a small toggle clasp who can serve as a centerpiece of the bracelet
  • weave the thread into your work piece
  • have fun!

TAW Manhattan bracelet

Suggestions:

  • use multiple contrasting colors in the bracelet
  • add a charm at the toggle
  • if you work with a single color, give the bracelet an extra edge and use a thread in a contrasting color
  • you could replace the Delica by: Japanese seed beads or 3x3 mm fire-polished Czech beads. The latter may require that you make an additional
  • pass through the beads to assure the triangle shape.

We used the following beads:

https://dunebeads.com/en/db1681-delica-size-11-light-walnut-brown-silver-lined

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en !

Happy day, see you soon!