Thursday, September 25, 2014

Experimentation

I feel like I can be honest with you guys. I've been a bit out of it this week.

You see, I've been experimenting with peyote, and I'm afraid I made have become addicted.

What?

Oh no, not that peyote! This peyote:

Peyote Pearls

I made a couple practice swatches using two different sizes of fake pearls. I've learned I like the smaller beads better. The fabric - for lack of a better term - they create just looks more delicate and more uniform.

I've also learned that the first few rows are quite fiddly. Once the pattern's established and you've got a solid piece to hold on to, it isn't that bad, but getting it started can be a chore.

Then I got to eyeing these pearly pink glass seed beads in my stash. I'm thinking they'll make a lovely gradient bracelet, slowly fading from the paler pink to the darker one.

Pearly Pink Peyote

Finally, I've learned the whole process is really slow and tedious. Tedium, I love - getting all those little beads in neat, tidy rows - but slow isn't exactly my cup o' tea. The beginning of my bracelet, a mere inch long so far, took at least a couple hours.

Pearly Pink Peyote

It's great. I'm really enjoying the process. I just wish it were a faster process.

So have you tried peyote before? What did you think?

6 comments:

  1. Ooooh Carissa ---Do you love punishment? It does take forever to create a peyote bracelet - but you are onto a good start. Are those "e"beads which should go faster than 11 seed beads? I love the pink nugget that you are using for a toggle.

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    1. Apparently, I do. I'm not sure what size beads they are as I've long since ditched the packaging. They feel downright minuscule, but they're probably e-beads. The toggle was just something I found in my stash that matched - no idea where it came from originally.

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  2. Internet ate my comment...

    Reds and pinks are the least stable dyes so you might want to test those out before you wear them. I once spent months making a scarf out of size 11 beads, it was gorgeous, heavy, and bled all over my body and neck because the magenta beads weren't colorfast. It now is draped over a lampshade.

    As for the stitching getting quicker, it's just like any craft, it gets faster and easier with practice. Wait until you branch out into other stitches. I really like herringbone and St Petersburg.

    regards,
    Theresa

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I'll be very careful the first time I wear it and make sure it doesn't stain my clothes or anything.

      You're absolutely right though - it has definitely gotten easier and faster with a little practice. I'm really loving it!

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  3. I hadn't heard of this craft before, although I recognize it from a necklace my daughter had (which is now in with my other odds and ends to take apart and use in something else). I'm looking forward to seeing your bracelet as it grows.

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    1. I didn't know what it was called until fairly recently either, but I think I'm hooked!

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