"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

10/24/18

Learning A New Beading Technique

Earlier this month I found a group on Facebook called Peyote With a Twist - Not Crochet (Peytwist for short). I was curious, so I joined it and this is how I learned there is a new beading technique. It bears the name of the group. The technique makes peyote stitched tubes that look just like slip stitch bead crochet rope. I love bead crochet rope necklaces. I've made a few, but haven't in several years because the eyes don't want to see the tiny thread I need to crochet with to accomplish the task. So I kind of got excited about this new peyote technique and have set about learning how to do it. It is actually fairly easy once you know how to start it.

The July 2018 issue of Bead and Button featured this technique, which was invented by Gerlinde Lenz. I didn't get that issue. My subscription ran out in June and I decided not to renew it. Anyway, Gerlinda and the other members of the PWAT group were very helpful in directing me to resources that helped me learn it, including this video:


So, here is my very first Peytwist rope necklace.



I learned the technique from the above video. I love it. It's fun to do and the finished rope turned out gorgeous. It lays very nicely on a neck.



I used a very simple pattern to start. The beads are size 11 Japanese Miyuki seed beads in a matte light gold and shiny opaque deep purple.



One of the things I learned in the group is how to make beaded end caps to finish the rope. There are instructions in the groups file section for this.



 I love the look. It goes perfect with the rope.



The rope itself is very flexible as peyote stitch goes.



More so than a regular peyote stitched tube, but not quite as flexible as bead crochet rope. I can live with that.



I am so excited about learning Peytwist. I can hardly wait to start my next rope.

Live long and prosper. \\//

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful! I've been wanting to try that technique, just haven't gotten around to it!

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