THE OFF LOOM BEAD COLLECTION
off loom beading
The origins of the specific off-loom bead-weaving stitch now known as peyote stitch are lost to time.
Off-loom bead weaving is a family of beadwork techniques in which seed beads are woven together into a flat fabric, a tubular rope, or a three-dimensional object such as a ball, clasp, box, or a piece of jewelry. Bead weaving is sacred to many cultures all over the world. We have examples of modern bead weaving from all over the world; African, American Indian, Japanese, Chinese, European, etc. Beads have been vital to the communication amongst cultural groups through trade. It is so wonderful to be a part of this rich and extensive history as a bead weaver myself.
A collection made with pride and love in India.
Examples of peyote stitch date way back to Ancient Egypt—notably, artifacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamun (1332–1323 B.C.) contained peyote-stitched beadwork. What name the Ancient Egyptians gave to the stitch is unknown, but there’s no mistaking the “up bead, down bead” pattern of peyote. The Egyptian artisans created necklaces known as “broad collars” with molded tubular and teardrop-shaped beads. They also produced artwork depicting gods, kings, and other people wearing the collars.
Run the thread upward through the center three beads of row. Two wrap the thread around row one again at the same position run the thread through the top three beads of row :)
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