Peyote stitch medallions

The open feel of lacy medallions lends a lightness to this necklace

Crystals and seed beads sparkle in this delicate necklace with a floral motif. Combine small amounts of peyote stitch, stringing, and wirework for a piece that is a delight to make.


necklace 16 in. (41cm)

  • Swarovski crystals or pearls
    • 28 6mm round or bicone
    • 68 4mm bicone
  • Japanese seed beads
    • 4g size 11/0
    • 6g size 15/0
  • clasp
  • 8 in. (20cm) 20- or 22-gauge wire
  • 6 soldered jump rings
  • 2 crimp beads
  • Nymo D or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • flexible beading wire, .014
  • beading needles, #13
  • chainnose pliers
  • crimping pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters



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1. On a 2-yd. (1.8m) length of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of a 15/0 seed bead and a 4mm bicone crystal six times. Sew through the first 15/0 to form a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up 17 15/0s, and sew through the next 15/0 in the ring. Then sew back through the last three beads (b–c).

3. Pick up 14 15/0s. Sew through the next 15/0 in the ring and back through the last three beads. Repeat three times (c–d).

4. Pick up 11 15/0s, sew through the first three 15/0s from step 2, and sew through the next 15/0 in the ring. Sew back through the first four 15/0s from step 2 (d–e).


5. Pick up a 15/0, skip a 15/0, and sew through the next 15/0 (FIGURE 2, a–b). Continue in peyote stitch (Basics, p. 140) for four stitches. Then sew through the next three beads, the next 15/0 in the ring, and back through the last three beads. Continue through the 15/0 on the next loop (b–c). Repeat five times, exiting the first 15/0 added in this step (c–d).

6. Work the next four stitches of peyote with 11/0s, and sew through to the next loop (d–e). Repeat on each loop, and exit the first 11/0 added (e–f).


7. Sew through the next 15/0 and 11/0. Pick up a 15/0, a 4mm, a 15/0, and a soldered jump ring. Skip the soldered jump ring, and sew back through the 15/0, the 4mm, the 15/0, and the next three beads (FIGURE 3, a–b).

8. Follow the thread path around the outer edge of the loops to the opposite side of the pendant, exiting at point c. Add three fringes to the bottom loop as follows:
Fringe 1: Pick up two 15/0s, a 4mm, and three 15/0s. Skip the last three 15/0s, and sew back through the 4mm and the two 15/0s. Sew through the next 11/0 (c–d).
Fringe 2: Pick up three 15/0s, a 4mm, a 15/0, a 4mm, a 15/0, a 4mm, and three 15/0s. Skip the last three 15/0s, and sew back through these beads, skipping the first 15/0 (d–e). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next 11/0 (e–f).
Fringe 3: Repeat fringe 1 (f–g).

9. Follow the thread path back to the top loop, and reinforce the beads from step 7 with a second thread path (g–h).


Make the medallions by following the steps for the pendant, but add a soldered jump ring on opposite sides and eliminate the fringe. Make two medallions.

Crystal links

Cut a 4-in. (10cm) length of wire. Make a plain loop on one end. String a 4mm, a 6mm bicone crystal, and a 4mm. Make a plain loop on the other end. Make a second crystal link.


1. Open one loop on a crystal link, and attach it to the pendant’s soldered jump ring. Close the loop. Open the loop on the other end, and attach it to a medallion. Repeat with the second crystal link and medallion.


2. Cut a 16-in. (41cm) piece of beading wire. On the wire, center 17 15/0s and the available soldered jump ring of one medallion. String an 11/0 over both wire ends to create a loop of 15/0s around the soldered jump ring (PHOTO A).

3. String an assortment of beads and 4mm and 6mm crystals over each end, occasionally putting both ends through a 4mm (PHOTO B).

4. When the strand is about 4 in. short of the desired length, string a crimp bead and one half of the clasp over both ends. Take both ends back through the crimp bead, and tighten the loop. Crimp the crimp bead.

5. Repeat steps 1–4 on the other side of the necklace.

To continue the floral motif, make enough medallions for the entire length of the necklace’s sides (eight in total). Be sure to make enough crystal links to connect them as well.
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