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Here's a beaded bead slider that's fabulous singly, in pairs or by the dozen! Work some seed beadweaving, add some faceted beads and drop beads, reinforce and you're done! This is a lovely little piece for colour studies, as the use of contrasting versus coordinating colours really emphasizes different aspects of the Wheelie. As well as making a fun slider for a necklace (it fits well on a tubular herringbone rope using four size 11 seeds per round), dangle these from large hoop earrings for some drama. You should be comfortable with even-count tubular peyote stitch. Notes about supplies: - I used a size 10 beading needle, but had to cull seed beads ruthlessly; I recommend a size 12). - For thread, I used Nymo B, doubled which is my default, but feel free to use your favourite. - The size 11 beads that you choose MUST have bead holes large enough to accommodate four thread passes; for this reason I do NOT recommend any of the Permanent Finish galvanized or gilt-lined beads as their holes are very small. Many of the inside colour-lined or silver-lined beads have smaller holes as well. Choose your needle and thread accordingly. This is a fairly quick intermediate-level project, but if you're a beginner who has even-count tubular peyote nailed, you should have no problems with this pattern. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY even-count tubular peyote stitch seed beading SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS about an inch and a half across

Recommended with this pattern

  • Japanese seed beads in size 11 (small amount)
  • Japanese seed beads in size 15 (small amount)
  • 3mm fire-polished beads (16)

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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. I've dabbled in polyclay, lampwork and silver-smithing, but immerse myself in seed beading. I teach at a local bead store, as well at national shows from time to time. Patterns in my shop are by and large based on classes I have taught, so they've been tested on real people!