Sunday, December 4, 2011

Bead Journal Project - May 2011

Well, here's the inspiration photo yet again:

This time the technique is 3-drop peyote stitch. 3-drop peyote stitch is a variation of basic even count peyote stitch that involves adding three beads at a time rather than just one bead. 3-drop peyote stitch thus works up faster than basic even count peyote stitch.

Peyote stitch, also known as Gourd stitch, is an off-loom bead weaving technique. Peyote stitch may be worked with either an even or an odd number of beads per row. Both even and odd count peyote pieces can be woven as flat strips, in a flat round shape, or as a tube.

Many cultures around the world have used peyote stitch in their beadwork. Examples of peyote stitch have been found in artifacts from Ancient Egypt, and the stitch has also been used in historic and contemporary Native American beadwork. The name "peyote stitch" derives from the use of this stitch to decorate objects used in peyote ceremonies by members of the Native American Church. The name "gourd stitch" similarly derives from the use of the stitch in decorating gourd containers.

I've not used the 3-drop technique before; I was surprised at the stiffness of the finished work.

I did rather like texture that resulted, both aspects are something to take into consideration for future projects.

I'm disappointed that it's now December and I have only managed to complete May's piece, but I am committed to completing this series. But it won't be by the end of the year!


  1. This is amazing!!! And, again, I really enjoy when you give us a history lesson too!! Such an interesting, inspiring blog! Thanks!!