Peyote Stitch Beading: Zig Zag Ruffle Necklace by Rebecca Bechel

Zig Zag Ruffle Necklace is now published as part of DIY Jewelry Making #61. This tutorial is written by one of our contributors – Rebecca Bechel. The Peyote Stitch, also known as the gourd stitch, is an off-loom bead weaving technique. In this issue, we will show you how to create this gorgeous necklace and  fall in love with these piece. For step by step instruction, do log in to our member area to follow this project. If you are not a member yet, just subscribe from the link here.

 

Materials Needed:
A – 11/0 Delicas (5gm)
B – 11/0 Delicas (3gm)
C – 11/0 Seed Beads (4gm)
D – 11/0 Seed Beads (2gm)
E – 11/0 Seed Beads (2gm)
F – 8/0 Seed Beads (5gm)
G – 8/0 Seed Beads (4gm)
H – 6/0 Seed Beads (7gm)
I – 3.4mm Drop Beads (15 beads)
J – 4mm Round Beads (14 beads)
6 lb Fireline
Clasp (1)
Jump Rings (2)

Tools Needed:
Size 12 Beading Needle
Flush Cutter or Scissors
Flat Nosed Pliers

Techniques Used:
Even Count Peyote Stitch
Flat Cellini Stitch
Bead Weaving

Finished Size:
Width: 1 ½” (widest part)
Length: Make to fit

 

 

 Below is a sneak preview of what you will see from the step by step guide available in our member area.

 

Pattern Notes:
*This pattern begins in the front portion of the necklace and works outward.
*At the end of each row, you will see the total number of beads in that row enclosed in parentheses. Ex: (4A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F)
*Detailed instructions and illustration of ‘Decrease Turn’ are shown on last page.

Pattern Terms:
*String – Add the indicated number of beads to your needle. *Pass through – Pass your needle through the indicated bead(s) without adding new beads.
*Up beads (ex: up A) – The beads that were added in the previous row and stick ‘up’ slightly higher than the other beads.

Illustration Notes:
*Beads pictured in BLACK are beads from previous steps. Beads pictured in BLUE are beads being added in the current step.
*Thread path begins at the dot and ends at the triangle.

Tips:
*To prevent tangles and fraying, condition thread with Thread Heaven or other thread conditioner.

 

Word Chart:
Row 5: 1G, 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 2A
Row 6: 2A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G
Row 7: 1H, 1G, 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 1A
Row 8: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G, 1H
Row 9: 1H, 1G, 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 1A
Row 10: 2A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G

 

From this point forward, you may need to encourage the ‘hill’ rows to pop out in the front and the ‘valley’ rows to curl around toward the back. Don’t worry too much if the ruffles aren’t exactly even. You will be able to make them slightly more uniform during the embellishment step.

 

 

Fringe Drop: String 1H and 1I. Pass back up through the H just added. Pass up through the H from Row 7 and back down through the H from Row 9.
Continue working Cellini stitch following the word chart below. Row 11: 1G, 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 2A
Row 12: 3A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F
Row 13: 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 3A
Row 14: 4A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E
Row 15: 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 3A
Row 16: 3A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F
Row 17: 1G, 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 2A
Row 18: 2A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G
Row 19: 1H, 1G, 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 1A
Row 20: 1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G, 1H
Row 21: 1H, 1G, 1F, 1E, 1D, 1C, 1B, 1A
Row 22: 2A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G
Repeat Fringe Drop and Rows 11 through 22 twelve times more. Repeat Fringe Drop one more time. (You will have fourteen drops at this point.)
Repeat Rows 11, 12 and 13.
Decrease Row 1: *String 1A, pass through next up A. Repeat from * twice more. String 1B, pass through next up B. String 1C, pass through next up C. String 1D, pass through next up D. Make decrease turn. (3A, 1B, 1C, 1D)
Decrease Row 2: String 1D, pass through next up C. String 1C, pass through next up B. String 1B, pass through next up A. *String 1A, pass through next up A. Repeat from * once more. (1D, 1C, 1B, 2A)
Decrease Row 3: String 1A, pass through next up A. Repeat from * once more. String 1B, pass through next up B. String 1 C, pass through next up C. String 1D, pass through next up D. Make decrease turn. (2A, 1B, 1C, 1D)
Decrease Row 4: String 1D, pass through next up C. String 1C, pass through next up B. String 1B, pass through next up A. String 1A, pass through next up A. (1D, 1C, 1B, 1A)
Decrease Row 5: String 1A, pass through next up A. String 1B, pass through next up B, String 1C, pass through next up C. String 1D, pass through next up D.  Make decrease turn. (1A, 1B, 1C, 1D)
 

 
 
 
 

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