Bead Society of Cape Cod

New Location as of April, 2016! The Bead Society of Cape Cod meets the third Thursday of every month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod on 307 Old Main Street, South Yarmouth, MA 02664. Come for the social hour at 6:15pm, formal meetings begin at 7pm sharp. $6 per meeting for non-members, $40 purchases a year's membership. For more information, please contact us at or write us at P.O.Box 104, South Dennis MA, 02660.

Friday, January 02, 2009

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving holiday, our November 20th meeting - Netted Beads -- was attended by many familiar faces and a couple of new ones. This was a fun project with a lot of room for variation.

Some people used the glass pearls, others their own 12 mm beads and some members improvised with different sizes and types. Jane Kucks and her helpers did a great job and a number of people had completed a netted bead by the end of the night.

Thank you very Jane and everyone who assisted!

The next meeting will be the Peyote Stitch Base Bracelet on January 15th, 2009.

We only have so many hours in a meeting and we want to concentrate on the fun stuff (embellishing the bracelet base). So there will be some homework (making the base). It will go very quickly because of the size of the beads involved. Just get your supplies together and dive in.

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SUPPLIES for 7 1/2" Peyote Stitch base bracelet.

Beads/Components/Stringing Materials:

-30 g size 4 cubes (do not substitute)
-6 g size 8 Japanese seed beads (do not substitute)
-8 g size 11 Japanese seed beads (do not substitute)
-60 4 mm flat daisy spacers
-6 lb. fireline or Nymo D thread, conditioned
-#12 Beading needle
-(2) 2" 20 gauge eye pins for toggle clasp -- silver plated eye pins will be available at the meeting

-Chain nose pliers
-Round nose pliers
-Wire cutters and scissors

Sharpie Magic Marker or other shape with 1/2" diameter to shape toggle wire loop
Bead mat, Lighting, Scissors, Ruler, Masking tape, Thread Heaven or beeswax
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In order to complete bracelet clasp and embellishment within alloted time, please come to the meeting with a completed peyote stitched bracelet base.

* When measuring the length of the bracelet, allow 1 1/2" for the toggle clasp.
* The width of your bracelet will be (4) size 4 cubes. On 2 yds of conditioned stringing thread, attach a "stopper bead." Leave an 8" tail.
* String (4) size 4 cubes and continue in peyote stitch until you reach the desired length.
* Do not cut off excess thread at either end of your bracelet base and do not remove stopper bead.
Please RSVP so that we have enough eye pins for everyone in attendance.
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Peyote Stitch Tutorial
If you need a peyote stitch refresher, almost every bead magazine or general beading book will have a tutorial. There's also a number of online tutorials, I've linked to just a few here, including one video.
Suzanne Cooper's peyote stitch tutorial
Bead and Button's Peyote stitch tutorial
Peyote Stitch Video