This project was inspired by the gorgeous colors of Miyuki's opaque Duracoat beads. I chose four colors to make an ombre pattern for these peyote stitch beaded tubes. You can employ many different stitching techniques to create a beaded bead - one of my all time favorite things to make! For this design we will use an even count flat peyote stitch and sew up the sides to create the beaded tube.
To make the beads:
11-4490: 11/0 Duracoat Op Anemone Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
11-4468: 11/0 Duracoat Op Pansy Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
11-4462: 11/0 Duracoat Op Dk Salmon Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
11-4454: 11/0 Duracoat Op Kumquat Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
CLBD-GR: C-Lon Gray Size D - 1 spool
193-105: Japanese Thin Beading Needles
To make the necklace:
29-0443: 4mm Pink Coral Crystal Pearl
AFR-106: African Metal beads 8x12mm Brass-Copper Tone Ethiopian Prayer Beads
1.5 ft. Gold Filled beading chain .7mm
191-502-V: 1.4mm Vermeil Crimp End with Loop - 2 pieces
190-181-G: 6mm Gold-Filled Spring Ring Clasp - 1 piece
If you have not done peyote stitch before or need a refresher, check out our peyote stitch
Step 1: Begin with approximately 3 feet of thread and string on three beads of each color for a total of 12 beads across. This will be the length of your beaded tube.
Step 2: Start working in the peyote stitch, as you add each new bead and pass through every other bead from your first row. This will split the beads and create an offset pattern.
Step 3: Continue in Peyote stitch following the colors from your first row and creating a striped pattern.
Step 4: Work until you have reached eight beads in length. If you want a larger bead continue to add rows until you reach the desired diameter.
Step 5: Now you are ready to join the two sides together to create your tube.
When sewing up the beaded tube you will notice that the beads from either side interlock, making it sort of like closing a zipper.
Tip: Work around a small dowel or knitting needle to stabilize your bead while you sew up the seam and reinforce the stitching.
Step 6: Sew both ends of your thread back into the bead work. This will add tension and help your bead hold its shape.
Step 7: Once the beads are complete you can string them on the stringing material of your choice. I have used a gold filled beading chain and strung them with Swarovski pearls and African metal beads.
For more beaded bead ideas and inspirations check out our Pinterest board Beaded Beads
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