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Stitch Workshop: Peyote Stitch
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The amazing fact that one stitch can lead to so many possibilities is the foundation of the Stitch Workshop series. The lead-off title, Peyote Stitch, delves deep into the popular stitch and supplies complete project instruction for more than two dozen rings, cuffs, bracelets, and necklaces. Beaders can create a variety of motifs from zigzags and stripes to floral and ethnic styles.

•Master peyote, one of the most popular beading stitches
•27+ projects display the versatility of peyote
•Ideal for beaders of all skill levels
96 pages • 171 color photos • 136 illustrations
Price: $17.95
Product Number: 64230
ISBN: 9780871164230
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The new Stitch Workshop book from Kalmbach books is Peyote Stitch: Basic Techniques, Advanced Results.

If you're looking for a book to extend your skills beyond flat even and odd count peyote, this is a fantastic primer.

The introduction teaches the basic techniques and tell you about the tools, supplies and beads. The illustrations are very clear and understandable with accompanying text that is also well written. Covering how to tie secure knots, how to increase, decrease and join in peyote stitch. It also shows how to create open peyote bezels in specific shapes like square, round and triangle. It's a short and very clear introduction.

Then into the main part of the book. The projects. These go way past plain, flat peyote. The projects all call for easy to find supplies. One of the first projects is an open lacy bracelet that's worked off a base of flat peyote worked in the round. It teaches how to work with components to create a design and the open wheel shapes can be used in other projects easily.

Other designs use different bead sizes to create texture, spirals, waves and shaping.

My favorite design in this book is Laura Cabe's Ropes and Rings bracelet, which uses a variety of peyote techniques to create a bracelet that's very dramatic using rivolis, pearls, cylinder beads and seed beads. Marina Nadke's Lively Links uses increases to make ruffled links to make a lovely chain. Holler for Hoops is a very simple project that makes lovely open teardrop shapes for earrings that are elegant and look ready for the red carpet.

As someone experienced with peyote stitch, I found some great techniques and ideas in this book. They are all well illustrated enough for a beginner to learn.

-Shala Kerrigan, BellaOnline

My knowledge about peyote stitch can fit into a single, very short sentence. After flipping through the book Stitch Workshop: Peyote Stitch basic techniques, advanced results from the publisher of Bead and Button Magazine; I am a little more knowledgeable, but no less wow'd by those who can do it.

My personal favorite part of the entire book (this is coming from a non beadweaver) is that it has a brief history of peyote and the origin of the name "peyote". I didn't know the name for this stitch was used by the Native Americans when the stitch was used to depict symbols on religious artifacts. However, when the stitch was used on non religious items, it was referred to as "gourd stitch". Over the years, all variations of this particular stitch are called peyote.

In addition to the history of the term peyote stitch, the first section of the book includes a very detailed techniques section including: Flat Even and Odd Count, Circular, Tubular, Decrease, Increase, Two-Drop, Zipping, and 5 different Bezel shapes, all using peyote stitch. This section also includes information on threads, what to do with them, tools, stringing materials and more.

This particular book, according to the publisher is organized by easiest to most advanced projects. As a beginning beadweaver looking at the very first pattern called Electrifying Zig Zag Stripes, it does not look beginner level. Some of the patterns a bit later in the book look potentially do-able by a beginner, but honestly, I think this is not a book a beginner should start with.

However, that being said, there are some absolutely stunning and innovative designs in this book and if you are a beginner, it might be a big push of inspiration to keep learning so you can do try some of these designs with a little experience under your belt. There is one bracelet called Ropes and Rings by Laura McCabe that is so lush and gorgeous it makes my heart race.

There is a design where you bead around one of those curvy drinking straws for a really neat effect. One necklace you make a flower on a vine that I just love. The last project of the book shows you how to peyote stitch your way to decorative vessels! Overall, there are at least 28 projects utilizing yummy seed beads, sparkling crystals and mesmerizing rivoli, along with several other types of beads.

-Glass Addictions

Peyote stitch is arguably the most popular one with beaders. No wonder as it is not only easy but versatile. The latter can be proved by the latest book I received from Kalmbach Publishing.

The Stitch Workshop: Peyote Stitch: Basic Techniques, Advanced Results is a collection of the best 27 peyote patterns from the Bead and Button magazine. The range is astonishing from a simple pair of beaded hoop earrings to spirals, wheels, waves, balls, bezels, collars and even sculptural beaded containers.

Yes, the peyote is well worth mastering. The book has an excellent explanatory section which covers how to do flat even and odd count, circular and tubular peyote as well as how to increase and decrease. Of enormous help are the instructions of how to bead a bezel not just for a round stone but square, triangular and navette ones where decreasing at the corners becomes necessary.

Individual projects are not rated for difficulty but generally, the projects get harder further into the book. I wish there were more than the one project each for a ring, brooch and earrings. However, time-challenged individuals can select the patterns which featured balls or smaller sections to convert into earrings.

The tube beads as well as the ruffled edged beads shown below are examples of projects where one can complete the jewelry in easy stages. These are also the kind of beading one can pack and go!

One outstanding innovation is the Bead Around the Bend necklace design by Linda Gettings. She used sections of curvy drinking straws to do tubular peyote on! As you can see, the necklace maintains its shape in the focal area.

The beaded butterfly brooch was outstanding as the wings were so realistically rendered. But the highlight of the book surely are the Decorative Vessels by Wendy Ellsworth. Beading a container to hold one's beaded jewelry would be fun. The project uses 8 aught beads so it should go pretty quick.

If you love peyote stitch and use it often, then this book is for you!

-The Beading Gem

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