Summer peyote necklace tutorial

Posted by Mortira vanPelt
on Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Abstract peyote necklaces.

Friendship necklaces.

Abstract peyote beads.

When summer is at its peak, many jewelry lovers are on the lookout for lightweight designs that won’t interfere with staying cool and comfortable. This might mean going for a simple pendant and chain, a bit of macramé, or a few beads on a strand. But there’s no reason why we can’t have our summer jewelry, and do a little beadwork, too!

A single beaded bead is all you need to make a really eye-catching summer necklace. Your favorite design plus a few accents, and you’ve got a way to show off your beadweaving without weighing down your neck in the summer heat.

This is one of my favorite unisex jewelry designs, featuring a good old fashioned peyote tube and a few great spacers. If you’re comfortable with peyote stitch, you can whip up one or two of these necklaces in about an hour.

  1. Begin by making an even count peyote strip that is 8 rows by 12. Use a pattern or go completely freeform with your favorite colors. You’ll need about 2 feet of thread for a single bead.
  2. Zip up the edges of the peyote to form a tube, then weave in your threads to strengthen the beadwork.
  3. String your beaded bead on a leather or cotton cord. Add a few matching E beads, bone spacers, or your favorite large hole beads to either side.
  4. Tie the ends with sliding knots or finish with coil crimps and a clasp. Check out these three ways to secure the ends of a cord necklace or bracelet. 

This simple design also makes a great friendship necklace, as many summer-worthy designs do!

Mortira is a full-time bead lover with a passion for seed beads and ancient elements in beadwork. She shares her favorite color ideas, bead finds, and projects every week on her blog, Inspirational Beading.

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