make | loom beading.

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I received this amazing beaded loom kit from Purl Soho last week and decided to teach myself a new craft. I’ve done a ton of peyote style beading but never tried weaving beads on a loom.

I’m really pleased with this pattern; once the loom was set up (abysmal process), the beading work is done up really quickly. In a few short hours, I’m about halfway done with this bracelet.

Snaps coming, soon. I can’t decide if I’m going to bead on a loo regularly or not… yet.

make | peyote stitch earrings.

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I’ve been obsessively making these 3D peyote stitch triangle earrings for a few weeks now. I’m in love with the statement they make and the endless color combinations.

I also tried my hand at turning one into a large pendant that can fit through a chain around your neck and gifted it to my mum for Mother’s Day. I think she liked it and it’s end result makes me want to try my hand at another one.

Should I list some of these in my shop? Would you buy a pair?

f.o. | peyote bead church key.

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I love making these bottle openers for wedding gifts. They are really perfect–something most people need, but also not on a registry and unique to me. You aren’t getting more than one peyote beaded bottle opener at your shower, are you?

I completed this matte bead one back in early August, as a gift to a former colleague and friend who had been married in recent weeks. I never did get final snaps of the finished product, but I think she was pleased with the gift and I hope she and her husband have popped a few cool ones with it.

I really love mixing it up–sometimes making matte bead ones and other times all shiny, metallic beads like this one I made the previous summer for another friend getting married.

What are your go to small, handmade gifts?

bead.

A pair of hand beaded earrings I made for a former student, on her graduation day. I love the color combination and the slightly metallic pink of some of the beads. It definitely makes me want to get out my beads and get making.

I think I have too many hobbies; there isn’t enough time to make all the things.

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I’ve become obsessed of late with traditional peyote beading around things like pens, wine bottle openers, and the above church key, or er, bottle opener. In the true spirit of our heritage, my sister has been making these things for years, and for some reason my interest was finally peaked.

For this particular church key, I’m using a transparent style bead. It’s a perfect hot weather activity and pattern making is quite a challenge, indeed. You can check out more snaps, and follow my progress with yet another little hobby, over at its flickr set.