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3D Ballerina Bear

3D Ballerina Bear

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Button• February 2004
Ballerina BEAR
 A fun introduction to3-D peyote stitch
by Randy Wilson
• 3g Japanese seed beads, size 11
, eachof 2 colors (color A for the head, color B forthe torso)
 Japanese seed beads, size 11
, black fornose
 Japanese seed beads, size 11
, for eyes
4mm Round or faceted bead
9mm Plastic pony beads
2-in. (5cm) Head pin
Drinking straw• Nymo D beading thread or Fireline fishingline, 6-lb. test• Beeswax (if using Nymo)• Beading needles, #13• G-S Hypo Cement, super glue, or white glueTools: chain- and roundnose pliers, wire cutters
he design for these bears cameto be as I was looking for aproject that would use upplastic pony beads that I hadpurchased and never used. I experi-mented a little and found that size 11
seed beads stitched into a peyote tubewith square-stitched ends perfectly covered two 9mm pony beads andcreated a little shape with unlimitedpotential for embellishment.This 3-D bear makes a beautifulfocal bead for a little girl’s necklace.Who’d guess that plastic pony beadscould be the inspiration for such a cutelittle bear?
stepby step
First make the bear’s head, by peyotestitching a tube over two 9mm beadsand closing up one end. Embellish thetube with seed beads to add eyes, ears,and a nose. Make a second peyote tubefor the bear’s torso. Sew arms, legs, a
tail, and a ruffle for the tutu on thetorso bead. Add a wire loop bezel abovethe head and finish by stitching togetherthe open ends of the head and torso.
Cut a
-in. (13mm) piece of straw,slit it lengthwise, and slide a pony beadover it. Apply a ring of glue around thestraw and the inside edge of the pony bead
(photo a)
. Slide a second pony bead over the straw and up against thefirst bead. The straw will be hiddeninside the two beads
(photo b)
. Allow the glue to dry.Thread a needle with a 5-ft. (1.5m)length of thread. If using Nymo, condi-tion it with beeswax before threading iton the needle.String 22 color A seed beads leavingapproximately a 20 in. tail (51cm). Sew back through all the beads again in thesame direction to make a ring
(figure 1,a-b)
.Place the ring of beads over thepony beads. Size 11
seed beads aren’tall the same size so you may need toadjust the number of beads to fit overthe pony bead core. Add/remove beadsfrom the ring in sets of two so the ringstays an even number.Once the ring is adjusted to fitaround the pony bead core, sew throughthe first bead to position the needleaway from the tail
. Now work ineven-count circular peyote for 13 rows(see “Basics”). You are working fromthe top of the head to the neck. Peyotetwo eye-color beads on row four
photo c)
.Remember the ring made in step 3will be row 1 and 2 and peyote rows arecounted on the diagonal, not horizon-tally. The two eye beads can be added atany point on row four, but since thiswill be the front of the peyote tube don’tadd them next to the step up.To close up the neck end of thepeyote tube add a bead to each bead onthe last row with square stitch
(figure 2,a-c
photo d)
. Go back through thelast bead added, reverse the direction of the needle, and sew through all thebeads pulling them together into a fairly tight circle above the pony bead core
photo e)
. Reinforce the circlewith two more thread passes.Weave the needle through a few rows of the peyote tube and tie a half-hitch knot (see “Basics” and
photo f 
)between the beads. Make several half-hitch knots between beads. Don’t trimthe thread, it will be used later to addthe bear’s nose.Thread a needle on the 20 in. tailand repeat step 6 on the first row of thepeyote tube at the top of the head.Secure the thread with a couple of half-hitch knots between beads in the circle.Position the needle so it exits thebead at
point a
in the circle
(figure 3)
.String 2A, sew 8 beads around the back of the circle and exit on the other side of the circle at
point b(figure 3, a-b)
.String 2A, sew through three or fourbeads in the circle, and back through thetwo beads strung
. Sew through thefirst two beads added and back throughthe second set of two beads
. Sew through the first set of two beads onemore time
Weave the thread intothe peyote tube and secure it with half-hitch knots. Don’t cut the thread.If your ring has a different number of beads than shown in the illustration,
figure 1figure 2figure 3
figure 4
don’t worry about following the exactthread path, just center the four beadsin the ring above the eyes
(photo g)
Position the thread so it exits a beadon row 1 or 2 on the side of the head.String 2A and sew through the beaddirectly below the bead the thread exitson the peyote tube
(figure 4, a-b)
. Sew through the top bead on the head andthe first bead just added
.String 1A and sew through all fourbeads so the thread exits the same beadagain
(figure 5, a-b)
.String 4A and sew through thebottom bead and the two head beads
(figure 6, a-b)
. Sew through the firsttwo ear beads, the middle bead, thebottom two ear beads and the bottomhead bead
. Arrange the beads sothe center bead pops behind the restslightly, creating a curved ear. Pullthe thread tight and reinforce the earif needed.Weave the thread into the peyotetube to secure it. If the thread is longenough weave it to the other side of thehead and make the second ear. Or endthe thread and start a new one to makethe other ear.
Rows of seed beads are added on top of the peyote tube to form the nose. Follow the thread path illustrated in
figure 7
.The thread only goes through the beadswith a dotted line.Use the thread added for the secondear or add a new thread. Position it toexit at
bead a
figure 7
. String 1A, twoblack beads, and 1A and sew through
bead b
.Sew diagonally through two beadsand through the bead below,
bead c
.String 4A and sew through the twoblack beads added in step 1. String 4A,sew through
bead d
, and the bead below it,
bead e.
String 5A, one black bead, and 5Aand sew through
bead f 
. Sew through
bead g 
and string 10A.Sew through
bead h
, the bead below it, and
bead i
. String 5A, sew through
bead j
, the bead diagonally below, andexit at
bead g 
. Sew through
bead j
andtwo of the 5 beads just strung.Work back through all of the rowsand secure them to each other withsquare stitch
(photo h)
. Randomly stitch the rows together don’t try to gothrough every bead. You want the rowsto be connected and keep their shape,they don’t need to be stiff.End the thread and trim.
Follow steps 1-9 for the head withthe exceptions listed below.• Use color B seed beads.• Steps 6-9, the ring end of the torsois the top.
Position the thread so it exits a beadon row 12 of the peyote tube, above theclosed end.String 3A and sew back through thebead on the peyote tube
(figure 8, a-b)
.Sew through the bead directly above theone the thread exits
.String 3A and sew back through thesame bead on the peyote tube
photo i)
.Sew up through the end bead of the3-bead set above where the thread exits
(figure 9, point a)
. String 1A and sew down through the end bead of the3-bead set directly below 
.Sew up through the other end beadon the bottm row 
. String 1A andsew down through the end bead on thetop row 
. Sew up through the endbead on the bottom row and throughthe middle bead
.Sew through the other three middlebeads and pull them together
(figure 10
photo j)
.Reinforce the thread path of the topfour beads, tie off the thread, and trim.
The legs are started like the tail and then you work rows of peyote out from thetop four beads instead of cinching them
Button• February 2004
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