Peyote and Labradorite Beaded Bracelet
Inspired by bead artist and instructor Met Innmon’s design, small Peyote stitched rectangles form the foundation of this Peyote and Labradorite Beaded Bracelet. If you get a chance to take a class with Met, take it. She is an excellent instructor who is generous about sharing her tips and techniques. If you can’t take a class, Met’s kits have excellent instructions – I learned the structure of this bracelet while making one of her kits.
Peyote is probably my favorite off-loom beadweaving stitch. The diamond shaped openings in each component gave me a challenge while working with a familiar stitch. And the repetition of components gave me practice; as a result, I felt more and more comfortable with my skills as I went along. Another advantage of working with components – easier sizing. Add a rectangle for larger wrists; take one away for smaller.
Met uses a lot of Swarovski crystals in her work, and their uniform size give consistent results. But I had a strand of faceted labradorite rondelles that called to me. So I decided to use them in this piece. Working from the gemstones, I selected creamy Delica beads for the Peyote components. I embellished the edges with size 15 silver seed beads and joined the components with labradorite. I filled the open diamonds with labradorite, too.