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Thinking Abstractly

My adventures in peyote stitch continue apace.  Below are photos of my second peyote stitch project, a bracelet using a pattern called Abstract Rhythms that I found on Etsy from Dax Bead Art Patterns.  I’m not so fond of blues, so I tweaked the colours a bit.  I also decided to use some AB finish beads to give the bracelet a bit of sparkle.  

 Abstract peyote bracelet using Beadstampede Miyuki Delica and Toho Treasure beads

Abstract peyote bracelet using Beadstampede Miyuki Delica and Toho Treasure beadsAbstract peyote bracelet using Beadstampede Miyuki Delica and Toho Treasure beads

In choosing this pattern, my goals were to reinforce the use of even-count peyote and to push me out of my comfort zone by trying something new: in this case, doing an open section within peyote stitch.  When I got to the strap ends, I found out that one side of the strap was in odd-count peyote, so it pushed me out of my comfort zone farther than I had planned.  I’m happy to say that these two goals were easily achieved, and my fears about the difficulty of odd-count peyote were entirely unfounded.

The colours used in this project are all Toho and Miyuki size 11/0 cylinder beads (Delicas and Treasures), as follows:

Miyuki DB-0200 – Opaque White

Miyuki DB-0651 – Dyed Opaque Squash

Miyuki DB-0660 – Dyed Opaque Lavender

Miyuki DB-1136 – Opaque Sea Opal

Miyuki DB-1776 – White-lined Yellow AB

Miyuki DB-1780 – White-lined Flame Red AB

Miyuki DB-1784 – White-lined Sapphire AB

Miyuki DB-1788 – White-lined Emerald AB

Toho TT-0046L – Opaque Terra Cotta

Toho TT-0048 – Opaque Navy Blue

Abstraction is my absolute favourite type of painting, so I’m pleased that I can now carry a little abstract art around with me wherever I go.  And speaking of abstracts, my current peyote stitch project is a first foray into freeform work; it’s proving to be a wild (though enjoyable) ride.  Stay tuned . . . .