How to Bead Weave a Peyote Watch Band

SKU VID-0984
Designer: Julie Bean
Skill Level: Intermediate
In this video learn to bead weave a watch band, attach it to a clasp, as well as attach it to a watch face using strap adapters.
Audio Transcript
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Hi, this is Julie with it's and peyote stitch now for the purpose of the video I'm going to be doing a pretty striped pattern but just to show you the wide variety of designs you can do with this technique I have a leopard print watch here so as a watch face has that leopard print and I mimicked the pattern in the watch band using the seed beads and just that peyote stitch so a lot of different possibilities of what you can do with this technique so for this particular video we're going to be using this watch face you're going to need to watch strap adapters which is going to make it so that we can easily attach our bead weaving to our watch face you're going to need a clasp I have an elegant element's clasp right here and again it's the three strand clasp as well three colors of seed beads I've got jet I've got steel metallic and then I have this pretty opaque agate blue which is very close to the 2016 Pantone color of the year serenity so I thought that would be a really pretty pop of color and here's the pattern we're going to be doing we're going to be using fire line smoke thread size point zero zero eight then a beading needle pair of scissors and a pair of chain nose pliers and then in terms of our peyote stitch the pattern is going to be 14 columns wide by however many rows you want for your particular watch strap that will help to dictate the actual length of the watch strap so without further ado let me show you how to go about making this first off we're going to attach these watch band adapters to the Lugg bars of our watch face now these are 18 millimeters across so if you are picking out a different watch face just make sure that will fit these adapters you're going to slip them over the bar like so you see they kind of grab the our and then you need to close their loop so you're just going to do that with a pair of chain nose pliers there we go and do that to both sides so one side is attached and then we're going to do the other side and now we are ready to start our bead weaving so for the thread I always recommend working with as much thread as you are comfortable with which is going to be a little bit different for everybody but it's nice if you can kind of go to your limit of how much is comfortable so you don't have to add more thread as you go for me it's six to seven feet so now we're ready to begin beating our watch strap and we're the first beaver going string on is a stopper bead so I just have a random bead and I'm going to slide it down my thread and I want to leave a tail of about 12 to 14 inches because I'm going to need to rethread my needle onto this tail at the end and use this part of the thread to attach my clasp so go ahead slide that stopper bead down and then go back through it like so and that is going to trap the bead right there it'll also be really easy to pull that bead out at the end so for our pattern this is my little sample swatch we're doing 14 columns which are here these are going to be nice long columns and the number of rows you're going to do is really going to depend on how long you want your watch strap to be so we'll determine that as we go this is flat even count peyote so we want an even number of beads and I've already measured to get a bead work that's in line with the width of the adapters as well as the clasp 14 beads across is a really nice length so we're going to go ahead and put on 14 beads we're going to start with a black one followed by two of the steel colored and then we're going to want eight of this pretty blue so three four five six seven and then eight two more steel and one more black and this constitutes our first row you can see here how that's going to line up quick little tip here if you're wanting to do a wider band just do this for your first rope your beads on your needle and line it up so then you can see how it will look against your watch or if perhaps you're using size 1000 or a different size bead you could do the same thing that gives you a nice visual cue as to how it's going to look so we already know that this is what we want so we're going to slide those beads down towards our stopper bead and now we're ready to do our second row so for our second row because we're doing stripes we want the same color to sit on top of each other so I'm going to be turning my thread around so the first bead of the second row is also going to be black so I'm going to take a black bead put on my needle and now I'm going to go through that second-to-last bead that I strung which is a silver one so I'm jumping over my black one going through the silver and pulling it down now this is where you have to do a little bit of wiggling and that's only in the first row perhaps two rows that you're going to have to wiggle a little bit and work on your tension but then it's going to get to be really nice and easy and smooth to do so we want these two black beads to sit on top of each other and you just kind of need to make them do it okay there we go almost there we go so now they're sitting on top of each other and that is the most difficult step of all of peyote once you're done with that it gets really easy so this is a great stitch for a beginner if you're new to bead weaving because this is one of the easier ones so now the next one we want is another steel colored one because again we're doing the rows so we're going to skip over this second bead here and go through the first blue one and I really like working with them my yuki delicas for this because they lock in place because of their cylindrical shape there we go so it's sitting on top of the other steel colored one so now we want another blue one again you're going to skip over one so basically the one is going to sit on top of is the one you skip over go through the next bead now there's also something called odd count peyote which is really fun to do as well and allows you to do chevron shapes and arrows things where you want a middle point you could do that for this watch band as well it would just be a different stitch technique when you do your turn around and we do have a video on showing you how to do that as well okay so we need another blue oops I have two on there okay again skip over a bead go through the next one you can see what's happening here okay now we're getting into that steel color again so the next one I'm going to pick up is going to be steel color and then we're exiting the black one make sure you don't exit the stopper bead though okay so there we go that is the first little section that we've done so you see that it is starting to already take the shape of these nice stripes so we're ready to go ahead and start our next row so the first bead on our next row is going to be black again because we want to sit on top of this black bead but starting this row is a whole lot easier than starting that last one because these are already nicely locked in place there we go no silver I'm using silver and steel interchangeably here if you are looking to purchase these beads they are steel metallic colored but I think they have a really pretty silvery tone too so we're just following our pattern so basically you see these little gaps right here those are where your beads are going okay I'm going to do another row after this one and then I'm going to do some beating off-camera here just because it is pretty repetitive I want to save some time so that we can then get to the part where I show you how to figure out how much beating you need in terms of the length and then also how to attach it to those watch band adapters as well as the clasp alright so I'm going to do one more here so we're ready to do the next row I find it easier to flip my piece back and forth so I like my thread up top so I just flipped it and that way I'm working down I'm working towards me so a black one steel blue okay one more steel colored one oops alright so that is what we've got you can see it's a nice start and like I did just mention I'm going to do some off-camera here but I do want to bring a ruler over so you can see this watch sample that we've already done to give you an idea of how much you're going to need to bead so this watch sample ends up being about seven inches long but because of the curvature of the actual watch face it actually wears more like a seven and a half inch watch a bracelet so I'm going to mimic the beading here so I'm going to do about an inch and three quarters of beadwork here for my segment and I'm actually going to do two of those because there's two panels and then I'm going to show you how to attach the clasp as well as the watch adapters which is the exact same technique for both so now I'm going to go do some beading and I'll be right back I finished my two identical panels here I want to show you how they're going to look when they are worked into a watch strap so you can see it's really starting to look like a nice piece of jewelry and you'll also note that all of my ends are unfinished I haven't tied in any of my threads at this point because I'm going to be using all of these threads again so the way you're going to actually attach the clasp part first and then we're going to attach the single piece so once the clasp is attached we're going to be attaching this one single piece to the actual watch face and I'm going to show you in a moment why we're going to do that but let's go ahead and attach the actual clasp so I still have a needle on one of these guys here it is so we're going to be using all three loops of the clasp and we're going to be creating little bead bridges to get to the loops so I'm going to pick up two black beads and one of these pretty blue beads slide those guys down and now I'm going to go through the loop on one side of the clasp and I'm going to go back down through that blue bead and then pull it so that those bees are nice and snug and then I'm going to pick up two of the steel colored beads and I'm going to go through so I'm going to skip this top bead right here and then I'm going to go through the second top bead why is a top bead I mean the ones that are poking out it might be a little easier to see on this example right here so we started by exiting here we're going to skip over this one that's poking out more and then go through the second one you and pull that down now we're going to pick up three of the blue beads that's going to be our bridge because this one we're going to make it a little bit wider and then we're going to pick up actually a fourth now you could choose whatever color you want I was kind of having fun having purple beads up top you'll see this example I had all gold ones but you know what no they look at it I didn't want a steel bead to be that middle top one maybe even a black one you can have fun with this pattern there we go maybe a black one I think I'll show up more okay so pull that down go through the loop now it doesn't matter if you go from the front to the back or the back to the front just want to make sure you take your needle and go through that loop and then you want to go back through that last bead so in this case it's black that's the one we chose and pull that down now we need three more blues and we are going to look at our beadwork and figure out where we want to go ahead and put our needle through so the third loop is going to go from here to here so that means is through this top bead that we want to go through so we're exiting so that one here is seized your show on this example if you're trying to count so we went up here so 1 2 3 4 5 so it's the fifth top bead there and pull there we go and now let's pick up two more of the steel ones one more blue because now we're back to creating a little bit of a shorter bridge of beads and back through that blue one we could either do black or we could do the steel at this point I'm going to do black just so that my sides match and then go through this last top bead right there and that is what we have so at this point jiggle it around a little bit you can easily play with the tension right here so you have it how you want it oops does jump around the table so we have just attached that clasp and at this point we could go ahead and just weave our tail in and trim off our thread but I actually want to reinforce this because this watch face is pretty heavy and so I want it more than one strand that's attached to the clasp on each side so I'm going to pick up my beadwork I'm going to put my needle into the second bead of that row along the side and I'm going to go up and I'm going to work my needle and thread all the way back to the beginning and I want to be exiting that same bead I exited from originally and I'm just following my old thread path so I'm not creating a new thread pass one more and then we're exiting where we want to be exiting okay now go back up through your beads in the same order okay go through the loop go back down through that bead again here we go we're just going to follow pattern we already created through the loop out the other side okay and at this point we can finally work our tail into our beadwork and then tie a knot and trim it so - if you aren't familiar with how to do this a lot of people have different methods I like to just do a little bit of weaving in I'm actually going to try to stick in with the silver beads just because my thread is black and my tail might be more noticeable in the blue beads when I do eventually knot it Internet so I'm just going to work in to use steel beads a little bit okay and then I'm going to poke through my beadwork this point will make sure your tail is not too long here we go I don't want to getting in the way so I've made a loop now I'm going to come back up and you don't want to get too twisty right here at the end even put your finger in it when you pull it down that helps to prevent it forgetting to twist it and then go through the loop and bring that knot down to your beadwork and then do a little bit more weed weaving I'm just going to show you how to tie this off once because this is going to be the same technique for all your threads I will show you this one time in case you're not familiar with it we don't have to go search for another video about how to do this alright so again we got that loop back up whoops so my loop came out and that's because I went back up the same exact area where I went down so that I wasn't catching any of the thread bridges under here let's see if this will do okay so it looks like my needle is coming up through that loop and there we go so we caught a thread bridge under there okay pull you can see we don't see my not anywhere do a little bit more weaving and then you can just trim your thread if you have a thread zapper it's really great you can trim it really nice and close and but you can also just use a regular pair of scissors I like to pull the thread pretty tight and snip it and then we are done with that section so now we want to attach the other panel so we're going to do it here we go here laying it out so it's going to go right here for us and we left that thread that we ended with before so I didn't trim my thread like I mentioned or weave it in so this is the thread that my needle is originally on when I was doing all my weaving I'm just going to go ahead and put a needle back on it and now we're going to follow the same pattern I do recommend at least start keeping your clasp in the closed position just because if you have it open like this it might be a little confusing as to how you orient it on here but if it's in the closed position you know exactly where it's going to line up it doesn't matter so much with a stripe or a panel could go any which way but if you are doing a pattern piece it will make a difference so we're going to pick up two black beads a blue bead go through the lip then back down through that blue bead and then we're going to pick up to the steel and go through that second top protruding bead go and now three of the blues and a black through the loop and through the black one again and pull that down and three more of your blues and at this point our clasp is properly oriented we know it is so if you want to get rid of this part and have less to work with you can so this is now a little bit easier but now we know we're facing the right direction for our clasp and then we can follow the same pattern we did here which would be two more steel another blue oops that popped out because I went through my whole in the same direction that won't work okay so here we go now loop around and down through that blue and two more black and through that last top bead it looks like I did a little thing here where I went through my own thread path there we go so for this one you'll do the same thing you did before where you'll work your needle all the way back go up through them again and then weave in your tail and tie it off alright class but it's now nicely attached so this is what we have and I wanted you to attach the clasp first and now I'm going to show you why so I'm going to model this on my wrist just do note I have a particularly small wrist is about five and three-quarters inches so it's a little bit hard sometimes to demo things like this on it but here's the watch face and I wanted you to attach the clasp first so you had one nice even band that you could try to see the sizing with so for me if I was going to do this watch I would have actually needed to stop my beadwork a little bit sooner because you see where we're at is actually overlapping those loops and that's not taking into account the little bead bridges we're going to do to attach it to the adapter but again my wrist is super small and that would probably not work for most people so this is probably a good size for a lot of people but that's how you're going to gauge it if you're making it for yourself you're going to put this on your wrist you're going to take the band and you're going to loop it around to see where it falls all so that's why I stopped my beadwork a little bit early if you see the size here let me do a side-by-side comparison so you see right here this one's a little bit shorter I did that on purpose so that if you were sizing it you would have a little bit shorter to look at and you can always add more beads if you need it to be longer so it just would save the time of having to undo any bead work if you stop a little bit early and then just add more as needed so those are a couple little design tip notes to just kind of keep in mind but now let's go ahead and attach this to our watch face and we pull out the stopper bead a really easy way to do that is to just put your needle in it and pull it will come right out and we're just going to use the exact same method to attach the bead work to the adapters as we did to the clasp just make sure your clasp is facing up so you don't want it to be backwards at this point so rethread your needle and you'll sometimes see I pinched the thread a little bit and I'm taking it between my finger and my thumb nail and I'm just flattening the tip of the thread makes it a little bit easier to place onto your needle okay so we're going to follow the exact same pattern so two black beads one blue go through the loop these are closed loops which is great they're not open they don't have a slit that your thread is going to pop through and go back through that blue bead and then two of your silver you okay and we're going to do three blues one two three and one black go through that loop come back through that black bead and it's okay if your tensions not great at this point at the very end we're going to be able to tighten it up then three more of your blue and I'm actually purposely keeping it a little bit looser so you can see what's happening here you can make it tighter as you go though okay and then we need two more steel one more blue back through the blue two more black through that end black bead and let's just pull it so it tightens it all up and if you need to work with it a little bit there we go and now you will just do exactly what you did before we're going to run your thread all the way back to the beginning and up through again and then tie it off and then you are also going to do that for the other side and I'm going to recommend just like how we kept the clasp shut to begin with when you first start doing the other side keep this panel complete go up to here start doing your beadwork and then once you've gotten to that second loop at that point you can release the clasp so you don't have as much bulk that you're working with as you're doing your beadwork but that is what there is to it to create a watch band and I'm going to just finish it off camera because again it's a time-saving thing the technique is the same it's not changing at all but I do want to show you at the end of this video what the finished piece does look like here's our finished piece so you can see we've got that watch band attached everywhere and it is ready to be worn and enjoyed and then I just did want to give you one final little design just snip it I guess it is it's not really a tip is just something to take in mind so on this example here for the leopard-print I used all matte beads so they don't really have any shine they have a little bit of Sheen but not a gloss and then in this one I used all shiny beads so they just look a little bit different so when you're thinking about your pattern you have a lot of choices of course for the design you want to do but also take into account the finish of the beads because that's going to make a difference too and how it looks you can find these projects other peyote stitch projects and all your beading supplies at you

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