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When I see a new idea or technique I enjoy learning how its done, and for all the other beginners out there here are some simplified instructions and graphics for some of those ideas, and the basic instructions for tubular peyote!

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•   Basic Peyote Beadweaving Instructions •   How to Get that Soft and Flexible Feel
•   How to Assemble the Quick Start Pattern •   Branch Fringe
•   Trouble Just Getting Started! •   Travelling Bead Board Tips

(for circular peyote beadweaving using a form)

One of the hardest things to learn about beadweaving is how to get that soft and flexible feel to your work. Most often when starting out it has a very stiff brocade kind of feel. Sometimes this is preferable depending upon the application. To achieve a softer more flexible feel, try this tip.

Standard Form Sizing:

You will need an initial base of card stock or a manila file folder. You could also use a toilet paper roll for a small design, 86 beads across or less and shorter than 4" or if it's larger a paper towel roll. I find the card stock or manila file folder the best.

  1. String your first row of beads and making it into a loop
  2. Roll the card stock and slide the loop over one end
  3. Keep it near the BOTTOM edge, put a small pice of tape on the seam
  4. Slide the beads to the MIDDLE, tape the seam
  5. Slide the beads to the TOP edge, tape the seam
  6. Slide the beads off and tape the edge of the form shut
  7. STUFF the form with newspaper or shredded paper, make sure it ends up as firm as a stick. NO SQUISHY.
  8. Tape over the ends so the stuffing can't fall out.

Now for the tip:

If you were to use this form as is, your piece would come out too tight.

Use another piece of card stock or index card (like a recipe card or use the inserts in magazines, you know those anoying sign-up cards? They actually come in handy!) and ROLL it around your form tightly.

TAPE it firmly along the edge, you will need it to go around at least TWICE

If your form issmall, cut off the excess first before taping shut. This will give you the necessary space to keep your beadweaving from being too tight.

There should be AT LEAST a 4 bead GAP for pieces 80 beads or less, up to a 6 bead gap for a piece up to 100-110 beds around.

Once you slide your bead loop back on, don't worry, it will dissapear after the first few rows.


"Branch" fringe which has wonderful applications for different designs.

Add beads to desired length.

Go back up to where you want the first "branch." Usually 4 - 6 beads or more depending on how dense you want your fringe to be.

Eay embellishment ideas, add a larger or unique bead on the end of each branch, use different colored end beads, or diferent colored branches.

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