I took a beading class several months ago. The premise of the class was to teach the peyote (gourd) stitch with a rivoli and create a pair of earrings. So, I packed up my beads, scissors, thread, and needle and off I went to class.
The peyote stitch is simple enough, and it is a clean stitch, particularly when using cylinder beads such as Miyuki Delicas. The cylindrical shape of the beads help to produce a well-fitted and even creation.
The pattern was for a round bezel around round rivolis. At least that was the idea. My finished bezel turned out to be a heart shape, not round. I was such I made a mistake somewhere, until a friend of mine said that her several attempts also created non-round shapes.
What I think happened is that the teacher, in rewriting the original pattern, missed steps or miswrote the instructions. But then, that is the happy mistake.
I decided to use my heart-shaped peyote stitch piece to create a pendent instead of earrings. I took the cylinder beads and made a peyote stitch bezel. What I further plan to do is stitch a rope with cylinder beads and finish it with some sort of clasp.
You see? A mistake doesn’t really have to be a mistake.
Susan Marie Molloy
Artist and Owner, Miss Poppy’s Boutique
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