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Mini Amulet Bags
A few people have asked for more detail on the construction of the geometric amulet bag pattern I posted a while back. The body of the bag is worked in tubular peyote, which some people also call working in the round. The flap and bottom of the bag are shaped in odd count peyote, then the bottom is "zipped" closed with the beads on the opposite side.
This bag is made in size 11 delicas, with twisted fringe and a simple strung strap. As you can see, it's really small, and fairly quick to work up.
You will need:
2 or 3 colors of size 11 Delica beads, you can do all the contrast in one color, or in 2 like I did. I used opaque black, silver lined red, and bright gold.
Accent beads and beads for the fringe, your choice. I don't like cylinder beads for fringe because they don't move as freely as regular seed beads.
If you don't know how to do even count tubular peyote, Suzanne Cooper has posted wonderful instructions. So start by working the body of the bag that way.
Start the pattern from the bottom, and leave a long tail to weave the bottom with when you are done. One of the hardest things to do is to not work too tightly, so when you tie the first row of beads together into a ring, try to leave just about a beads width of slack.
When you get to the top, weave your thread to where the first bead in the flat odd count peyote flap will be, and start weaving in odd count peyote. I have a tutorial here for the method I use, and Suzanne Cooper has instructions here for the traditional figure 8 turnaround.
Decrease the flap by weaving back through a couple beads and into the bead the next row starts after. Decreasing in peyote is a lot easier then increasing which is why I start odd count peyote from the widest point and work one direction then the other. After you are done, add a little dangle to the end of the flap of heavier accent beads to help hold it closed. Weave in the ends.
At the bottom, weave the little flap in odd count peyote, and match it up to the other side, flattening the bag so the middle beads of both front and back match up, then zig zag it closed.
Then do your fringe and strap.
I did a shaded version of the pattern.
If Halloween isn't your thing, here's a simple geometric pattern.
You may find you want your top flap a little longer, if you think you will, just add a couple more rows of beads before you start the decrease.
Here's a blank graph for your use.
For some of the best amulet bag patterns ever, I can't say enough about Suzanne Cooper's designs, you can check them out here. When I first started beading, I promised myself a copy of one of Suzanne's books as a gift for finishing my first peyote stitched amulet bag.
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