Saturday, February 8, 2014

January Endings and February Findings

Beading Resolutions
Making New Year Resolutions has never been something I have done, but this year I have decided to try making Beading Resolutions.

1. Use purchased tutorials to make some lovely pieces of jewelry.
2. Do more Bead Embroidery projects: 
     Trio Cab Necklace; Collar Necklace

3. Reduce my bead stash to make room for new beads.
4. Experiment with different stitch techniques.
5.  Incorporate some of the newer types of beads in my designs.

Two Hole Beads a New Style of Seed Beads

The latest craze to hit the bead market has been the two hole seed beads. One of the most popular two hole bead is the Tila or tile bead called Czech Mates. The Tila bead has a flat side and a curved side while the Czech Mates are flat on both sides. Using the Tila bead can be a challenge when trying to keep the curved side up and maintain consistency in the finished piece. I use the two needle approach in an effort to keep the curved side up and it does seem to help. The Twin or Super Duos are another type of new seed bead with a different type of challenge. The first time I used these seed beads I made a pair of earrings. I was not quite sure how to use them without having the thread show and decided to make the earrings in separate parts. Since then the patterns I have seen in the bead magazines show the thread running up the outside of the bead, which is something that runs contrary to the way I stitch. Definitely have to do more with the Twin or Super Duos and get a better feel on ways to use them. I recently purchased the Rulla seed beads; these beads look like half of a tile bead. I think these beads would be useful as a type of spacer bead or as a replacement for the Tila bead in some projects. Another new two hole bead is a round bead with the two holes offset and is being called the “Piggy” bead; it looks like a pig’s nose. I am going to work on my bead resolution #5 and try to do more with the two hole beads, but may pass on the “Piggy” bead.

The Super Duo earrings I made worked but it would be very time consuming to make a bracelet or necklace in the same manner. Here is a photo of the earrings.


I am amazed at how fast the Seedbeadersters Facebook group is growing. The group moved from Yahoo this past September with around 100 Yahoo members signing up for the Facebook group. In just five months we jumped to over 1,000 members and are still rapidly growing. The January project for the Seedbeadersters Bead-A-Long was to use the Tila or Tile beads. As inspiration I reworked my crystal and birthstone bracelet and provided a pattern for the members. We had some great projects as can be seen in this collage.

Here is a photo of the Crystal and Tila bracelet I designed and served as inspiration.

The February Bead-A-Long is Tubular Bead Crochet or Chenille Stitch. Based on photos of the current projects it looks like the Chenille Stitch is turning into a group favorite. Below are photos of my contributions.

Seed Beads and More

Is the Seedbeadersters sister group and it too is growing rapidly with over 2,000 members. Anita Adamson is the administrator of this group and she is doing a fantastic job. Anita creates “Challenges” for this group and the current challenge is Diagonal Peyote. Diagonal Peyote looks hard but once you get going it is not a hard stitch to do if you know how to do regular Peyote. To get the diagonal look the process involves decreasing at one end while increasing at the other end. A quick and fun way to learn this method is the Russian Leaf Earring video by Beading4perfectionist on YouTube. . The method in the video is one of the easiest I have seen for a Peyote start and I think a beginning beader would not find it too difficult to make the earrings.

One project that came to light in this Challenge was the Bargello or Flame stitch necklace designed by Rebecca Peapples from Bead & Button 2006 August issue. Another member had started working on the necklace and posted a photo of her progress. I was intrigued by what she had accomplished and decided to give the necklace a try. This is not a pattern I would recommend to beginning beader. Below is the photo of my necklace and I also made a pair of earrings using the Beading4perfectionist Russian Leaf Earring video as a guide.

Hot off the Bead Mat

Thought I would tackle number 4 of my bead resolutions and dug out my Kumihimo disk for a re-visit. I am not a big fan of Kumihimo; I have made a few bracelets using size 8 seed beads and 4mm rounds but trying to hide the knot of threads needed to hold the beading together can be a real challenge. This time I decided to make a necklace with size 11 seed beads. Sometime ago my friend, Saundra, gave me an Agate gemstone bead and clear Topaz seed beads. I wanted to use the gemstone bead as a cabochon pendant and the colors in the Agate were the inspiration for the colors I used in the necklace. I decided to use Pearl white, Topaz, medium grey, and yellow gold color which reminds me of the old bamboo fishing poles. I used crochet cotton thread and 44 inches of beads in each color; each Kumihimo spool held 22 inches of beads.  Having the four different colors of seed beads made it easier to keep track of where to start after setting the work down and picking it up to continue working. Kumihimo is not really difficult but you do need to know where you stop and start and to always make the turns in the same direction. There are some very good tutorials available on web and on YouTube. Here is a photo of my finished piece.

Next on the Bead Board
I have a couple of Loom projects I want to work on one is my own design and the other is a bracelet pattern called Mesopotamia by Caron Michelle (Beading Resolution #1).

Till next time,
Have Fun Beading

Friday, December 27, 2013

December 2013 and Year End

Beading Patterns and Tutorials Making Changes
I have been working on making ornament covers using two of Deb Moffet-Hall’s Heirloom Ornament designs, Joyous Angels and Christmas Fairies. The ornament bands are worked using Peyote and Brick stitch with Delica beads. Each pattern includes a full list of the supplies needed, stitch instructions, bead graph, and finishing instructions to make the ornament as designed and shown on the pattern cover. Black is listed as the background color for both the Christmas Fairies and Joyous Angel ornaments, but I decided I wanted to use a dark blue color for the background. I used Copper lined Cobalt Blue DB183 for the background on the Joyous Angel ornament and Iris Blue DB02 for the background on the Christmas Fairies ornament. In making these color changes plus using different beads to finish the ornaments I started wondering if other beaders tend to use different beads and make changes to patterns and decided to post the question to beaders I know on Facebook.
Based on the responses I received beginning beaders will follow the pattern and use the colors and beads listed the first time they make a project, but will make color changes when remaking a piece. The more experience we have with beading the more we prefer to add our own little twist to a pattern and do not always reproduce the design as instructed. When working with a graphed or charted design the changes we most often make are to the colors; trading out for colors in our bead stash. In making other types of beaded projects anything goes when it comes to following a pattern; we become more adventurous changing bead sizes and bead types and in some instances alter the complete design.
I also asked designers if they expected others to make the item as designed. There are designers who create their tutorials with the expectation others will want to use different colors and in some cases different type of beads. Others feel their design needs to be created the way it was designed without changes.  When I create a design that does not involve a bead graph/chart or specific type of bead I fully expect the beader to make the project in the colors and beads they have on hand.
Changes on projects made using a Bead Graph or Chart should be limited to color changes. Selecting different size beads can lead to a poorly executed piece and cause unnecessary frustration. For example if I had chosen to use size 11 seed beads instead of the Delica beads listed in the Ornament tutorials the finished piece would have been larger and would not have fit the ornament ball, since size 11 seed beads are larger than Delica beads.  The reverse is also true using Delicas when a pattern list 11◦ seed beads will cause the finished piece to be smaller.
Choosing a different type of bead from the one recommended by the designer can alter the design completely. We should all keep in mind the designer chose a certain type and size of bead for a reason and making substitutions does not always work. This does not mean we should not try, but we should not feel disappointed if our substitutions fail and we have to start over.
Here are the photos of the two Heirloom ornaments I made using Deb Moffet-Hall’s designs. I also changed the dress color on one of the fairies in the Christmas Fairies ornaments. I wanted the dress colors to be my Grand-daughters favorite colors.

Loom Beading
In my last blog post I mentioned I was participating in a beading challenge for the Facebook group “The Bead Loom Room.” The challenge theme was creating a piece in Christmas Colors or Winter Wonderland and somewhere on the finished piece there needed to be a bell. The bell could be part of the design, embellishment or charm. Most of the challenge pieces were cuff style bracelets. This time of year I concentrate on making ornaments so I made ornament covers instead of cuffs and ended up making two projects for the challenge. The first piece is a "Poinsettia" Ornament cover. I used a wooden loom to make the Poinsettia band and woven ends to finish the band before removing it from the loom. The bells are part of the design but are very subtle. The second piece is titled "Elves and Bells." I wanted each elf to look different with different colors for the hair, eyes, and clothes. The Elves are holding the bells as if they are ringing the bells. I made this band on a Mirrix loom using the Mirrix No Warp Ends kit. I had good tension control with this loom and plan on making more loom pieces. Here are the photos of the two challenge pieces. 





The Seedbeadersters Facebook group is growing by leaps and bounds. The members are friendly sharing tips, ideas, patterns, and helping one another with beading issues. It is great to see all the activity in the group.
The current Bead-A-Long is a “Mystery Bracelet.” At the start of the Bead-A-Long the project was a mystery because the instructions were presented in two parts and a photo showing the completed bracelet was missing. The Bead-A-Long will be coming to a close soon but the Mystery Bracelet tutorial will still be available to Seedbeadersters’ Members.
Here are photos of the finished bracelet in different color combinations.

Seedbeadersters Facebook Group:
Seed Beads and More
The Seed Beads and More Facebook group is now a Sister Group to the Seedbeadersters. Many Seedbeadersters are also members of this group and we share information and activities. Anita Adamson is the moderator of this group and she was a Seedbeadersters member when she started this group. Anita plans a monthly challenge and the current challenge involves Sharing. The idea is to share a pattern you used to make a finished piece and to post a photo of the completed project. The pattern or tutorial could be a link to a free pattern or your own pattern you wish to make available to the members for free. This has been a fun challenge and it is great to see all the different bead designs. Below is a photo of the earring design I created for this challenge and shared with both the Seed Beads and More Group and with the Seedbeadersters Group. The tutorial is called “Jewel Tone Earrings.”

Seed Beads and More Facebook Group:



Sunday, November 3, 2013

November/October 2013

November/October 2013

2 Drop Peyote Projects Completed

Last month I mentioned working on the “Christmas Daisy Chain” bracelet designed by Mikki Ferrugiaro. I also made the Mikki’s “Holiday Tapestry” bracelet. Both bracelets are graphed designs and are stitched using 2 Drop Peyote. The “Christmas Daisy Chain” bracelet went to one of my Daughters. The “Holiday Tapestry” cuff I planned to make for myself and needed to make adjustments to the pattern to make it fit. It was necessary to increase the length and I used a design element in the pattern to add the extra length and sent my changes to Mikki for approval since her pattern is protected by copyright. She approved and wanted to see the finished piece. Here are the photos of both bracelets. Mikki has some great bracelet designs which you can find in her Art Fire Studio “Mikki Ferrugiaro Designs”.   



The Seedbeadersters Group has moved from Yahoo Groups to Google Groups and Facebook. We are still doing Bead-A-Longs, answering beading questions, passing on tips, and sharing things we make with beading friends. The November Bead-A-Long project is to make a piece with the Netting stitch. Information about the November Bead-A-Long can be found on the Seedbeadersters Blog:

Join the Seedbeadersters: Seedbeadersters Google Group!forum/seedbeadersters or Seedbeadersters Facebook Group

Netting Stitch Projects

For my Bead-A-Long project I wanted to make the “Bring on the Bling” bracelet designed by Kelly Dale of Off the Beaded Path as shown on YouTube. I chose 11/0 seed beads and 4mm bicones I thought would look nice together and started the project only to discover I did not like the look. I ripped my work apart and started over with a different color of seed beads. I still did not like the look but did not want to rip apart the seed beads a second time so I decided to make something else with the netted section. The end result was a netted ornament cover I call the “Dancing Angels”. I plan to make the bracelet at another time as Kelly’s design does make a very pretty bracelet and her tutorial takes you through step by step.

Here is the photo of the “Dancing Angel” ornament cover:

I wanted to make the Ukrainian Netted Tube Necklace using the tutorial from Hot Beads and decided this would be a great gift for one of my Daughters. She has been looking for something in shades of lime and I found Ornela brand seed beads in two shades of lime. The pattern calls for 50 to 75 grams of seed beads in each color which equates to two hanks each for both colors of the Ornela seed beads leaving enough left over to make a bracelet. Here is a photo of the finished necklace.

Posting Photos

I recently had an unexpected experience with a photo of the Tila beads and bicone bracelet I posted in January show up with a new title on the Beads Magic web site. They did not say who designed the bracelet or where the photo came from. Beads Magic also included a brief schematic showing how to make the bracelet; though the diagram is not totally correct nor is the list of the beads used. I contacted them and asked they at least give me credit for the design since they obviously stole the photo. They did go back and add my name but did not make mention of the correction. Beads Magic certainly could have asked for permission prior to posting the design on their web site because they knew exactly where the photo came from without my pointing it out. This certainly has served as a lesson to me to make sure any future photos I post on the web be clearly identified as mine. I also strongly encourage others to do the same.

Here is a photo of the bracelet which I have changed with the addition of my name.

Loom and Current Project

I have been working on the Loom and created a new ornament cover called "Circle of Ornaments". This design uses regular size 11/0 seed beads. The tutorial is available in my Art Fire studio "CSD Design"

I joined the “Bead Loom Room” on Facebook and am participating in their current challenge to make a piece in “Colors of Christmas” or “Christmas Wonderland”. My project is in the bead stitching stage and I’ll post a photo next month of the completed piece.

Have fun beading!



Friday, August 30, 2013

September 2013

September 2013

Pen Covers

I have been working on Pen Cover designs and tutorials. I use the Tubular Peyote stitch technique to make pen covers for Pilot G2 pens. The pen cover designs allow for the beadwork to be done on the top part of the G2 pen. The pen cover is removable and can be placed on a new G2 pen. My latest pen cover designs include Kokopelli, a Hot Air Balloon, and Dream Catcher. I also created a Goofy pen cover at my Daughter’s request. With the exception of the Goofy pen cover the pen cover patterns are available in my CSD Design Studio on Art Fire.

Getting Back Into The Beading Groove
I took some time away from beading for home remodeling. The remodeling is done and my work space is back and I am back to beading.

First on my list was to find a project for the Seedbeadersters’ August Bead Along. I searched my files and came up with one of my own designs the Lattice Lace Bracelet.  I designed this bracelet back in 2009 and it was included in the 2010 Bead A Day Beading Calendar. I revamped the tutorial adding diagrams. The bracelet is worked in Square Stitch and Basic Stringing. The basic design uses size 8 and size 11 seed beads, but you can change the looks by changing the size and type of beads.

Made this version of the Lattice Lace Bracelet for my youngest Daughter’s birthday.

The Seedbeadersters have their own blog page and will be an extension to the Seedbeadersters  Yahoo Group. Seedbeadersters Blog

If you are a seed beader and would like to join the Seedbeadersters on Yahoo here is a link to the Home Page

 2 Drop Peyote Project
A 2 Drop Peyote Project is the September/October Project for the Seedbeadersters and I have been playing around with 2 Drop Peyote. I am finding 2 Drop goes along a bit faster than the regular 1 Drop Peyote, as long as you do not have to follow a graphed or charted design.

My first 2 Drop project was a Bitty Bead. I wanted to see if making a bitty bead using Even Count 2 Drop Peyote would work, plus it was quick to complete.  Here is a photo of the end result.


From creating the 2 Drop Bitty Bead I went on to design a “Christmas Ribbon Ornament Cover” in Even Count 2 Drop Peyote. The tutorial for this ornament cover is available in my Art Fire Studio CSD Design.

I am currently working on a 2 Drop Odd Count Peyote bracelet “Christmas Daisy Chain” designed by Mikki Ferrugiaro.

I’ll post a photo in my next blog entry.

 Seed Beads and More

Seed Beads and More is a Facebook page for beaders sponsored by Anita, a beading friend of mine. If you are on Facebook and like to bead take a look.

There are monthly challenges and the September challenge is the Beaded Bead. To help out I created an "Art Deco Bitty Bead Beading Tutorial" which is available to members of Seed Beads and More.

Until next time Have Fun Playing with Your Beads and Being Creative.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

June 2013

June 2013

Peyote Starter Strip Review
In the March blog I mentioned trying the Peyote Starter strip to make my Peyote stitched pieces. Using the starter strips really makes it a lot easier when working the first few rows; plus there is no more twisting, turning and grumbling to keep the rows in the correct position. I did find I prefer using the beaded Peyote Starter strip made from Suzanne Cooper’s web site versus the Peyote Start Card. I made a Delica bead strip and a regular size 11 seed bead strip based on Suzanne’s tutorial and followed the instructions provided with the Peyote Start Card and the instructions posted by Theresa Olin on the web. The Peyote Start Card works too but it is more suited for Delica beads than the regular size 11 seed beads.
To make your own Starter Strip you can find the pattern on Suzanne Cooper’s website.
To understand how to use the Starter Strip go to
To learn more about the Quick Start Peyote Cards and the different sizes of cards available go to Deb-Moffett Hall’s website.   
A Measuring Tool
Trying to determine the number of rows needed to make a seed bead bracelet or other piece can lead to a lot of undoing, redoing and frustration. To help me overcome some of these issues I created some measuring strips with the size and type of seed beads I use the most. I have a Delica Strip and a Regular Size 11 Seed Bead Strip. The strips are 10 beads wide and each strip is marked off in sections and each section is 10 rows. The Delica Strip has 12 sections; 120 rows. The Regular Size 11 Seed Bead Strip has 10 sections; 100 rows. I made my strips on a loom but the strips could be made using square stitch. I have used the strips many times to figure out the numbers of rows I need when designing pieces and creating tutorials. Here is a picture showing the two strips followed by a pattern. 

The Seedbeadersters June Bead Along is a Right-Angle Weave (RAW) project. There are some great tutorials available on the web for RAW.  One of the loveliest is the X’s and O’s Bracelet designed by Deborah Farrand. Her tutorial was published in the 2009 Bead & Button Special issue Brilliant Crystal Jewelry 2 pages 22-23. The tutorial can also be purchased through her family's Etsy store.
Here is my version of Deborah Farrand’s X’s and O’s bracelet.
The beads are 6mm Emerald crystal pearls, 4mm Fire Opal crystal bicones, 4mm Erinite crystal bicones, size 11 metallic gold seed beads (permanent) finish, size 15 Charlottes in 24k gold finish, and Power Pro 5lb. test braided line in green. The clasp is a hammered gold-tone toggle. The bracelet design makes use of both the Single Needle RAW technique and the Double Needle RAW technique. The bracelet was easy to put together, but I did make some modifications. The first modification was in the clasp attachment. I have found a toggle clasp needs quite a bit of flexibility when trying to close the clasp (especially if you are doing it by yourself). I added seven size 15 seed beads after the initial five 11s to attach the first half of the clasp (not the crossbar) and completed the attachment as directed. To attach the clasp crossbar I added seven size 15 seed beads after the initial five 11s and before adding the crossbar and then seven more size 15 seed beads after the crossbar to allow more give to the crossbar. When adding the side crystals the stitching thread tended to show and pulling the thread snug affected the length of the bracelet making it too short. To maintain the correct length I added a size 15 seed bead before and after each bicone along the sides.
Another good RAW bracelet tutorial is presented by Off the Beaded Path on Youtube. The materials need to make the bracelet includes  4mm and 6mm pearls or rounds, size 15 seed beads, Fireline, and a clasp (box type clasp).
I used the video as a jumping off point to create my own design for a RAW bracelet. I used semi-precious gemstone beads in white Mountain Jade, fossil beads dyed dark blue, and alabaster gold lined seed beads in sizes 15, 11, and 8. When I finished the bracelet the color combination reminded me of the Spectator high-heels my Mother wore; thus I have dubbed it the Spectator.

Come join the Beading Fun with the Seedbeadersters. Visit our home page and see what we do.
Peyote Cuff Bracelets
A while back I read about the “Amazing Adventures of the Traveling Bracelets” Sig Wynne-Evans designed traveling bracelets. I like her bracelets and wanted to try the same thing with some of my own designs. I made my first one back in February and posted the photo in the February blog.
The bracelets are Peyote stitched and mounted on metal cuff blanks.  The Peyote Cuff Bracelets take a little more time and planning but they are definitely easier to put on, wear and remove. Since February I have come up with two more designs and a better method of attaching the Peyote bracelet strip to the metal cuff.
The second one I made is for my oldest Daughter’s birthday.  Back in February I created some Bitty Bead designs for a necklace and decided to play with some of those designs to create the new bracelet pattern. This pattern is for a 1 ½ inch wide metal cuff blank. I also used the Bitty Beads to make a coordinated necklace.
I have been working ahead and trying to create some Holiday designs and the latest is a Christmas Diamond Cuff. I decided to use a 1 inch wide cuff blank for this bracelet. I like the way this design turned out and may use it again in a different color combination.
Christmas Diamond Cuff Tutorial is now available:

Thanks for reading my blog. Now grab those beads and make something new, it is what I am going to do.


Thursday, March 7, 2013

March 2013

March 2013
Choosing Bead Colors
A while back I was asked how I decide on the color of beads to use in a project and did I have a favorite color. My favorite color is red, but if you looked through my finished bead and jewelry projects only a few are red. 

My choice of bead color for a project depends on the type of project, materials and who will be the recipient of the completed piece. In making my ornament covers the colors I use are those most often seen at Christmas time; though I have been branching out and using other color combinations as I did in the Mardi Gras and the Black and Gold cover.  I recently made a Shamrock pen cover for St. Patrick’s Day and naturally chose green as the focal color.
Shamrock Pen Cover
I like using semi-precious gemstone beads and cabochons for jewelry pieces and the colors in the stones play an important part in deciding the other bead colors. I recently finished a necklace using a Blue Goldstone Cabochon with the mixed Blue and Brown Goldstone beads. To make the bezel surrounding the Cabochon I used blue, brown and gold seed beads pulling from the colors in the Goldstone beads.
Blue/Brown Goldstone Pendant and Necklace
Sometimes I make a piece using established color combinations. I did this when I made my Onyx Cuff bracelet combining black and white beads and a touch of gold.
Onyx Embroidered Cuff
Choosing color combinations can be difficult at times and you can get stuck using the same color combinations over and over. Look in your jewelry box and see if all your pieces are in the same color family.
One way to break away from using the same colors over and over is to use the Color Wheel.  The color wheel begins with the primary colors red, blue and yellow. The secondary colors added to the wheel are a combination of the primary colors giving us purple, green, and orange.  When you add a primary color to a secondary color you have colors like red violet, red orange, yellow green, blue green and blue violet. On a color wheel the colors across from one another are called complementary colors. Combining red beads and green beads or orange beads with blue beads or yellow beads with purple beads will give you a piece in complementary colors. Colors next to one another are called analogous; blue next to blue violet and blue green. A jewelry piece made using different shades of one color, tone on tone, is called mono-chromatic.  The color combination of black and white beads in the Onyx cuff makes it achromatic or a colorless theme. You can generate more color by choosing three colors that are equally spaced from each other creating a triad of colors. Putting red, yellow and blue beads together in one necklace or bracelet is one example of a triad of colors. Take a look at the color wheel and use it to add more color to your beading.
This sight gives more information on the color wheel and you can see how the different combinations of colors work.
If you need more help in selecting colors call on Mother Nature, she has the best color combinations around.

We have reached 1000 members in the Seedbeadersters Yahoo group.  The members just finished with the Bitty Beads Bead Along and made some lovely pieces. 
Go to the Seedbeadersters Home page and take a look  
Not a member? Take this opportunity to join us for some beading fun.
The current project involves making a beaded bezel for a Cabochon, Rivoli, or a large focal bead and turning it into a pendant. There are various beading techniques to use to make a beaded bezel. The tutorials I have found on the web include Peyote, netting, Right Angle weave, square stitch, brick stitch, and Herringbone.
This is a jumping off project in preparation of doing Bead Embroidery for a future Bead Along project.
Can’t wait to see all the lovely pendants the members create.
Peyote and Peyote Starter Strips
Peyote is one of my favorite beading techniques and the Bitty Beads I designed for the Seedbeadersters Bead Along used the Odd Count Flat Peyote technique. Peyote stitch is one of the most used beading techniques for bead weaving and yet it can be feared by many. The first three rows seems to be the hardest part when it comes to doing Peyote. Fortunately for us two beading mavens, Suzanne Cooper and Deb Moffet-Hall, have developed easy methods to start Peyote. Suzanne Cooper’s method uses a Peyote Starter Strip you make using the Brick Stitch technique. Deb Moffet-Hall designed and developed the Quick Start Peyote Card.
I must admit I had not used a Peyote Starter Strip until the discussion cropped up in the Seedbeadersters’ group, and I had Quick Start Peyote Cards  too.  Most of my Peyote projects have not been too wide and starting them had not been a problem for me, but I decided I would try both Starter Strip methods and see how well they work and which one I liked the best.
First up was the Quick Start Peyote Card, because I had two and did not have to make them. I am working on a Bitty Bead necklace and matching cuff for one of my daughters and used the card to make some of the Bitty Beads. Since my Bitty Beads are done in Odd Count Flat Peyote I followed the instructions on Deb Moffet-Hall’s web site for using the Quick Start Peyote Card. The card itself is made of a laminated type of paper and is designed to be used many times. The card for use with Delicas and size 11 seed beads contains 16 spaces. To make a piece wider than 16 beads you can put two cards together, which is shown on the packaging and the website. The Bitty Beads were easier and faster to make using the card. Two things to watch when using this card; be sure to hold the card closed when doing the first row or the row falls out before you can add row two and when using Fireline watch don’t yank the thread or pull it at an angle against the notches where the beads sit.  
To make my, Starter Strip designed by Suzanne Cooper, I used Delica beads. Suzanne’s pattern will make a 4” or 6” strip.  Since most of my peyote projects are not very wide and the cuff I am making is 31 beads wide I decided to make my strip a little over 3”(60 beads wide and 8 beads high). I used three different colors of beads to make the strip one main color, a different color to indicate an inch, and a third color to mark every tenth row. The strip worked very well.  I will be using it again and plan to make two more for working with regular size 11 and size 8 seed beads. This is such a handy tool I may make some for my beading pals too.
With both the Quick Start Peyote Card and the Starter Strip you will need to remove the starter piece from the Peyote project. To make it easier always use a different color thread for the first row and put a stop bead on the thread when you start the row and another stop bead when you end the row. To do the return row (row 2) use thread best suited to your project and put a stop bead on the tail and work the row. You can leave the starter strip on until you complete your Peyote or remove it after several rows are complete. Remove the stop beads from the thread used to do the first row and then gently pull the thread away.
To learn more about the Quick Start Peyote Cards and the different sizes of cards available go to Deb-Moffett Hall’s website. Good service and fast response.
To make your own Starter Strip you can find the pattern on Suzanne Cooper’s website.
To understand how to use the Starter Strip go to
My Delica Bead Peyote Starter Strip