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Front Cover image from FreeForm Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Wearable Art Jewelry

Freeform Peyote Beading: Design and Creation of Original Art Jewelry

Published September 2010
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Hunting Fae: detail, captured cabachon Almost finished stitching back of cabochon Finished stitching back of cabochon Finished stitching back of cabochon
Five cabochons captured in beadwork

Capturing Cabochons

Class Length: 6 hours


Capture any relatively flat. cabochon-shaped object in a net of right angle weave with a decorative peyote stitch border. The captured cabachon can be worn as a broach, used as a pendant or incorportated into more complex designs.

Ater a quick review of the stitches involved, we'll get started. Along the way I'll cover increases and decreases to fit your object and ways to add additional interest with different colors, sizes and shapes of beads and patterns.

Bring your own cabachon, or cabochon shaped object, or purchase one of mine - I will have a selection of concrete and resin cabochons available.

Skills and Skill Levels required for class

Experience with right angle weave and beading in general is helpful. Check out the Open Studio Pretty Little Rings for a fun introduction to right angle weave.

Supply List

  • Pencil or pen for notetaking
  • Beading needle (I prefer the John James sharps, size 11 or 12)
  • Beading thread: Silamide, Superlon AA in coordinating or contrasting colors
  • Small, sharp embroidery scissors
  • Bead mat or tray to hold beads
  • Needle nose pliers to pull thread through tight bead holes
  • Beeswax for coating thread

Working with your cabochon, choose a variety of sizes and types of beads including:

  • One or more cabochons or cabochon-shaped objects
  • Size 11 Japanese seed beads in one or more colors
  • Optional: size 8 and/or 6 seed beads
  • Optional: a couple of larger beads, size 6s, crystals, glass, etc for the bale

Kits and Supplies

Beadkits may be available for purchase. Contact instructor beforehand to verify.

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Last Updated: July 26, 2012