4in1 – peyote, ladder, brick and herringbone stitch in one necklace

Everything started with turquoise cabochon. I have never embroidered with a peyote stitch and decided that bezeling the cabochon would be a perfect begining. A small cabochon pendant bezeled with beads – it was supposed to be a quick and easy project, it was supposed to be…but was it? Check that out 🙂

 materiały na recznie robiony naszyjnikI will omit the fact that I have already two other projects which are undone, but the thrill connected with starting something new is stronger. The rest can be finished in the meantime, right? After having it all justified, I started my new work from changing the initial concept:) and then I begin to look for a tutorial on how to bezel the cabochon and of course, had to make a hard decision regarding the colours of the beads. Finally, a tutorial on a peyote stitch from Qrkoko helped me, it explains everything in detail and step by step (unfortunately it is in polish version only). I give it five stars:Ocena tutorialu

On the second thought, if I were to bezel a cabochon one more time, I would draw a line around it on a felt, then embroider the first row with beads, then put the cabochon and glue it on the felt, I just reckon it would be easier, but I’m not the expert anyway 😉 Please note! I recommend you to use only toho beads, in my case those cream ones (size 8/0) were toho, but the turquoise ones weren’t. And that was a big mistake! When you bezel a cabochon with beads, their amount around the cabochon has to be even. Finishing the first row I was afraid that I will have some space left between the first and the second bead or there won’t be enough space to add the last even bead. And? It turned out I have not many space left, so I had to force my bead into the row, unfortunately, it looked worse and worse with every row that I was building up. I thought that it won’t work out and that I’d have to start all over again with different beads, however I decided to finish up the cabochon with smaller toho 15/0 beads – it was supposed to pull all the beads together, anyway have a look yourselves:

Koraliki, które nie spasowały się przy obszywaniu kabaszonu

In the end it didn’t look so bad, so I continued embroidering:

Gotowy kaboszon obszyty koralikami

There was time to embroider an edge of our project. It was done with picot thanks to a tutorial from Beadaholique. The tutorial itself is very clear, including what to do to with the thread when you finish. My rating of the tutorial is 4 stars: Ocena tutorialu

Krawędź picot

I have already mentioned two stitches with which I did my necklace and now the time has come for a bail. I did it using the ladder stitch according to the tutorial from Beadaholique. I recommend it, however a small minus for not showing how to finish up the stitch and what to do with the thread – the beginners can have a problem even with that. Anyhow, a way of doing the stitch is very quick and easy, still, when finished, the bail looks sloppy and the beads go apart, not sure why…I’ve noticed that it happens especially when we have uneven number of “rungs” in our ladder, so when you will decide to do your bail this way remember about the even number of ‘rungs’, then your bail will lay much nicer. I rate the tutorial with 3 stars: Ocena tutorialu

And here is the moment for the last stitch, which is a herringbone stitch. I used it for making a chain for my pendant. This time the spiral was made with two beads in a row and Qurkoko’s tutorial helped me once again. As it went quite smoothly, I give the tutorial 4 stars: Ocena tutorialu

Finally, here are the results of my efforts, are they satisfactory? Let me know by leaving a comment! I’m not so happy with them myself….P.S don’t mind the model please, as she looks like a deer caught in the headlights, but she is the only one I can afford 🙂

Moris wearing the turqouise necklace2

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