Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Time to Stitch Blog Hop: My Blue Peyote

It's time to reveal our projects for the Time to Stitch blog hop. Christine from One Kiss Creations and Theresa from Therese's Treasures are hosting this hop and have asked that we focus our beading to one of two stitches: peyote and herringbone. 


I started off with a pattern that I've been wanting to try from the first minute I saw it. It's called Dragon Dance by Csilla Csirmz from the Beadwork May 2012 issue. It is a combination of both peyote and herringbone where you flip the pattern every inch or so to create a wave. I started over several times, and finally completed the 6 waves to the pattern, but I think my tension on this is off and I will likely start again. Christine asked that we post projects even if not yet complete. I don't see it as a failure, but as a start to a stitch that I hope to improve on with each try. I have been wanting to try herringbone for some time, and this is my first attempt. So thank you Christine and Therese for pushing me to finally do this!  So, Instead of getting frustrated and rushing to try the bracelet again, I decided to switch over to quick, simple peyote bracelet. 


Peyote I have tried several times, and find fun. I just picked up these Miyuki seed beads the other day because I just love the color. I've been on a bit of a turquoise jag of late, and this packet was tossed in the basket on one of those trips in search of just the right turquoise combination. These did not end up in any of the turquoise pieces, but they took center stage for this bracelet. I added a silver toggle with some rustic swirls that bring a Mediterranean finish to this pretty sea blue. 


I did double check my stitch in one of my favorite books Teach Yourself Visually Beadwork, which is a great reference for many of the basic stitches. Just in case you're in search of a good reference book. 


And now it is time to check out all my fellow bead bloggers and their projects! 

28 comments:

Mandy said...

These are lovely! The way you did the clasp on the peyote strip is really cool!

Marcela Gmd said...

I love the turquoise bracelet!!!
Have a good week!

besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Amy said...

These are both so pretty!!! I also like how you beaded some of your turquoise beads into the clasp on that bracelet. The dragon pattern bracelet is pretty great too!

Amy said...

These are both so pretty!!! I also like how you beaded some of your turquoise beads into the clasp on that bracelet. The dragon pattern bracelet is pretty great too!

Duni said...

Wow, the serpentine bracelet is stunning! I can't even begin to imagine the hours that went into it!!
Also LOVE the soft mint colour of the other bracelet. Very nice for everyday wear :)

Therese's Treasures said...

Hi Cynthia,
Thank you for participating in mine and Christine's challenge. I love the Dragon Dance piece you started and look forward to seeing your final piece. The peyote bracelet is so pretty I love the soft pale turquoise seed beads and the clasp. Great job!
Therese

Mary Hicks said...

I like the dragon, but the turquoise bracelet, in its simplicity and classy clasp just knocked me out. Very sweet!

Christine Altmiller said...

The peyote bracelet is great in its color and simplicity. I have one in brick red that I wear a lot. I just wanted it to be color and nothing more. I like seeing just the pattern of peyote without changing colors or adding edging. Yours is great in how it is just that. And I really like the beads added to the clasp. Cool touch! The dragon piece is fantastic! A lot of learning going on there. The look is wonderful and wavy and I am so glad you posted it even if you saw it as a stepping stone to a better piece. That is the challenge in a nutshell :-)
I am so glad you joined us in the Hop, Cynthia! Thank you!

Lola said...

Lovely bracelets! Love the unique clasp on the teal bracelet too!

BackstoryBeads said...

Is there anything that says summer better than turquoise with a hint of silver? And you found the perfect balance - your closure is a small touch with a big impact. So elegant!

kimmykats said...

Cynthia, the turquoise is right up my alley. I would steal this and wear it any day!! I love the simplicity it just make it so fun.
I will have to come back to see you tame the dragon!

Pixiloo said...

I really loved that dragon bracelet in the magazine and your version is stunning. I love the different shades of blue. Wonderful job! Your second bracelet is just too cute. The clasp is so pretty and perfect for the little peyote strip.

Marla said...

Wow those are both just fantastic! I have got to try that dragon pattern sometime, it is really lovely!

Bobbie said...

The turquoise bracelet reminds me of the water at the Alabama shore on the Gulf of Mexico - such a gorgeous color, and so soothing! And good for you, trying herringbone for the first time. It is a fun (and quick) stitch once you get the hang of it, but you're right that tension is critical, especially when you're using several sizes of beads at once. Nice job on both!

Katherine at Terra Beadworks said...

I swear I can see movement in that dragon bracelet - it is beautiful! The turquoise one is simple but very classy with the beaded clasp - gorgeous!

Sally Russick said...

Cynthia, I love the colors and the look of the Dragon Dance stitch, beautifully done for your first attempt!
I'm in love with the turquoise peyote stitch bracelet... it is so elegant!

In the Light of the Moon said...

These are stunning!!xoxo Cat

Karen Williams said...

Nice! Dragon Dance really does remind me of a Chinese dragon. Great sense of movement.

And your peyote stitch bracelet is beautifully simple and elegant.

Emma said...

I have been eyeing off that pattern for the dragon dance for ages and just haven't got around to it. I love the colours you used in yours, they remind me of the ocean. I love the simplicity of the aqua bracelet too.. simple but stylish!
Emma
xXx

Miss Val's Creations said...

The dragon pattern is so cool! I love the waves it creates! Nice work. Those pale turquoise seed beads are just gorgeous. The color makes me want to go somewhere tropical!

Saturday Sequins said...

Wow, that wavy piece is beautiful! I love the idea of alternating weaves. It sounds complicated, but fun. :)

Suvarna Gold said...

hey thx <3

LisaS said...

Nicely done. I love the clasp!!

Paula K said...

Wow - the Dragon Dance puts me in the mood for a beach vacation and the turquoise in your bracelet points me in the direction of the Carribean. I agree with many of the others who commented on your clasp. It looks like a very unique way of attaching and also becomes part of the design. Very pretty!

Renetha aka DW said...

This cuff will go with just about anything. Wonderful.

Anca said...

Beautiful bracelet, stunning colour :D

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Ashley said...

I love the beadwork, so very pretty!

xo

Ashley

Southern (California) Belle

Kashmira said...

Loving the second one! SO classy!

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