Bead Embroidered Cabochon with Peyote Stitch Bail

VIDEO: Attach a Peyote-Stitched Bail to Bead Embroidery Edging

How to attach a flat, even-count peyote stitch bail to the brick-stitch edging on a bead embroidered piece.

Last weekend we had a really wonderful “Bead Embroidered Cabochon” class. Students learned how to set a stone (or button or anything else that’s nice and flat) using bead embroidery including back stitch, peyote stitch and brick stitch. We also learned how to construct our finished bead embroidered piece with ultra-suede as a backing and brick stitch edging. This was a four-hour class, with no breaks – and while that seems like a long time, it goes by fast! And with larger settings it can be hard to finish completely.

Bead Embroidery by student Debbie Lindh

Thanks to friend & student Debbie Lindh for sharing the piece she made in the class last weekend!

Most students wanted their piece to become a pendant which means they would have to add a “bail” to the beadwork. (The bail is the part that the cord or chain goes through.) We ran out of time for demonstrating the most popular choice: a flat-even count peyote stitched bail. So I decided to make a video showing this last bit so I could demonstrate the technique in the comfort of their own homes.

If you enjoy beadweaving yourself and want to learn a new technique, or even if you want to brush up on some skills or see how others do it, check out the video. It’s about 17 minutes and pretty casual – it’s just about the technique. If you are interested in attending one of my classes, just drop me a line!

This video specifically demonstrates

  1. how to transition from the vertical thread-path of brick stitch to the horizontal thread-path of peyote stitch
  2. the basics of flat, even-count peyote stitch
  3. how to sew together two ends of flat peyote stitch
  4. how to tie off your thread

NOTE: I’m using size 11 rounds in this video but Flat Peyote Stitch works really well with cylinder beads like Miyuki Delicas or Toho Treasures. The cylinder shape causes the beads to lock into one another tightly.

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