Saturday, February 23, 2013

Time Capsule: Tubular Peyote

Although I would never know about it unless I went searching through the archives, I am always surprised by how similar my current projects can be to those I was creating three years ago. I’m currently working with tubular peyote stitch, and getting a little frustrated at my own attachment to outrageous tension, which is ruining the ropes. I’ve been considering looking back on some older tube designs to see if the same problem was there, and sure enough, in Feburary 2010 I was working on my all time favorite tubular peyote necklace.

Chimera Fringe Necklace

As part of my series on mythology, I took a little inspiration from the three-headed Chimera to make a cascade necklace with a rope base. Even just looking at the photos, I can tell that I had much more relaxed tension back then. Too much right angle weave has created an obsession with taut threads, I suppose.

Do you struggle with tension from stitch to stitch? What’s your most troublesome technique?

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  1. Do you put something inside the tubes to give them strength so they won't collapse?

    Your work is beautiful and the color selection is marvelous!

    I have trouble with tension in that I guess I have too little tention. Sometimes the space between BEADS is different.

    1. Thanks Pamela! I don't use inserts in my rope designs, because the options are very limited, usually to either metals or plastics. Fiber cords are an option, but I so rarely get to shop for them, and so I usually stick to smaller ropes that stand up on their own. Using Fireline is a big help - it creates really sturdy ropes that don't flop or fold much.

  2. Me gusta mucho, sobre todo ahora para el verano. Vaya trabajo elaborado. Enhorabuena!!!!

  3. Mortira, that necklace is gorgeous! Do you have a tutorial on how to make the fringe part of it? Have tried to figure out how to do fringe like that on my own and it just never comes out quite right. Thanks!

    1. Hi Judy! I don't have a branched fringe tutorial up yet, but I will add it to the very top of the list. For fringe that is this lush, my basic rule is to decide on a pattern before hand, regarding how many sub-branches each of the main limbs will have. Usually the pattern backtracks, for example: 4, 3, 4, 5, repeat. Even though there is a pattern, the fringe will still look organic, and it takes out all of the guesswork.


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