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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 : Zilla

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • circular peyote stitch
  • good needle and thread control
  • ability to keep tension tight

Pattern Description:

Who doesn't love stars?

Use circular (also known as flat round) peyote with well-placed increases and decreases and tight tension to make these adorable little stars. The instructions assume the use of three colours, but you could use a single colour, or change colours on every row. I like to start in the centre with the darkest colour and gradually move to lighter and lighter colours, but there's no reason you have to.

These stars are just the right size to slide onto a bead crocheted or beaded kumihimo necklace a sliders, or to attach to a jump ring (in the instructions) to use as a pendant or bold earrings, or join to another star to make a necklace. You could probably even use it as the toggle ring with your handmade or purchased toggle bar.

There are also guidelines for making larger stars (like the centre star of the necklace shown) or fatter stars (like the blue-grey pendant). This is a beautifully versatile shape to have in your arsenal!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Star is about an inch across with 11, can be made bigger


  • Size 11 or size 15 seed beads in three colours, small amounts
  • Beading needle suitable for beads chosen
  • Beading thread suitable for beads and needle
  • Closed jump ring (optional)
  • Accent beads (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • Thread conditioner (optional)
  • Beading surface
  • scissors
  • good lighting
  • magnifiers!