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Book Review - Stitch Workshop : Peyote Stitch
The new Stitch Workshop book from Kalmbach books is Peyote Stitch: Basic Techniques, Advanced Results.
If you're looking for a book to extend your skills beyond flat even and odd count peyote, this is a fantastic primer.
The introduction teaches the basic techniques and tell you about the tools, supplies and beads. The illustrations are very clear and understandable with accompanying text that is also well written. Covering how to tie secure knots, how to increase, decrease and join in peyote stitch. It also shows how to create open peyote bezels in specific shapes like square, round and triangle. It's a short and very clear introduction.
Then into the main part of the book. The projects. These go way past plain, flat peyote. The projects all call for easy to find supplies. One of the first projects is an open lacy bracelet that's worked off a base of flat peyote worked in the round. It teaches how to work with components to create a design and the open wheel shapes can be used in other projects easily.
Other designs use different bead sizes to create texture, spirals, waves and shaping.
My favorite design in this book is Laura Cabe's Ropes and Rings bracelet, which uses a variety of peyote techniques to create a bracelet that's very dramatic using rivolis, pearls, cylinder beads and seed beads. Marina Nadke's Lively Links uses increases to make ruffled links to make a lovely chain. Holler for Hoops is a very simple project that makes lovely open teardrop shapes for earrings that are elegant and look ready for the red carpet.
As someone experienced with peyote stitch, I found some great techniques and ideas in this book. They are all well illustrated enough for a beginner to learn.
You can get this book directly from the publisher, Kalmbach Books, your local bead or book store, or by clicking the Amazon (affiliate) link below.
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