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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things.

I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. ...

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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : Kalata

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • peyote stitch

Pattern Description:

Do you have a whole bunch of these gorgeous briolette beads with no idea how to incorporate them into your beadwork? No problem, this project will set you straight. Start with a 10mm bead (glass, gemstone, faceted, whatever), add a bit of peyote, a bit of netting and some other odds and ends, and you'll end up with a delightfully dimensional pendant that you'll probably finish in a few hours at most.

Note: Choose your needle and thread such that the size 15 seed beads can accommodate thread three times through them. Depending on the colour (different colours have slightly different sizes of bead holes), a size 12 needle with doubled Nymo B will be fine.

This is an advanced beginner to intermediate seed beading project. It has a couple of slightly tricky steps, but you repeat each of them twelve times, which I'm told helps!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • about 1.5" in diameter


  • 11x12mm Czech briolettes (12)
  • Japanese size 11 seed beads (small amount)
  • Japanese size 15 seed beads (small amount)
  • Japanese fringe beads (25)
  • 10mm round bead (1)
  • Your favourite beading needle
  • Your favourite beading thread

You Will Also Need:

  • scissors
  • beading surface
  • good lighting
  • thread conditioner (optional)
  • magnifiers!