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Double diamond delights

Peyote and ladder stitch pendants and earrings
Doublediamondhero
This design was inspired by the Coptic crosses that Phyllis first encountered during her travels in Ethiopia. The Coptic cross is a widely used symbol in the Coptic, Ethiopian, and Eretrian churches.

SUPPLIES

blue pendant 1 7⁄8 x 2 1⁄8 in. (4.8 x 5.4 cm)

  • 2g 8/0 seed beads, color C (Czech 105, opaque grey)
  • 3g 10/0 cylinder beads, color D (Miyuki DBM0002, dark blue metallic iris)
  • 1g 11/0 seed beads, color A (Toho F451D, grey mist matte metallic)
  • 1g 11/0 cylinder beads, color B (Miyuki DB0002, dark blue metallic iris)
  • Nymo D or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

black/white pendant colors:

  • 8/0 seed beads, color C (Miyuki 592, antique ivory pearl Ceylon)
  • 10/0 cylinder beads, color D (Miyuki DBM310, matte black)
  • 11/0 seed beads, color A (Miyuki 592, antique ivory pearl Ceylon)
  • 11/0 cylinder beads, color B (Miyuki DB310, opaque matte black)
DoublediamondOPT

raspberry pendant colors:

  • 8/0 seed beads, color C (Miyuki 452, metallic dark blue iris)
  • 10/0 cylinder beads, color D (Miyuki DBM0012, raspberry metallic)
  • 11/0 seed beads, color A (Miyuki 460, metallic dark raspberry)
  • 11/0 cylinder beads, color B (Miyuki DB254, bronze luster)

pair of earrings

  • 1g 11/0 seed beads, color A (Toho F451D, grey mist matte metallic)
  • 1g 11/0 cylinder beads, color B (Miyuki DBM0002, dark blue metallic iris)
  • pair of earring findings
  • Nymo D or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Small diamond

1. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of three color A 11/0 seed beads and nine color B 11/0 cylinder beads four times. Sew through the first three As to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. The Bs in the ring will shift to form the first two rounds as round 3 is added. The As will form the corners.

DoublediamondA
PHOTO A
2. Work round 3 as follows: Working in tubular peyote stitch, pick up a B, skip the next B, and sew through the following B. Work four more peyote stitches, and then sew through the next two As without picking up any beads (PHOTO A). Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first B on the inside of the ring.
DoublediamondB
PHOTO B
DoublediamondC
PHOTO C
3. Rounds 4–6 are decrease rounds worked on the inside of the ring.
Round 4: Work four peyote stitches using Bs. Pick up an A, skip the next three As, and sew through the following B in the previous round. Pull tight so the center A in round 1 pops out and forms a corner (PHOTO B). Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first B added in this round. The beadwork should now resemble a square.
Round 5: Work three peyote stitches using Bs. Pick up an A, skip the A in the previous round, and sew through the following B, keeping a tight tension (PHOTO C). Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first B added in this round.
DoublediamondD
PHOTO D
Round 6: Work two peyote stitches using Bs. Pick up a B, an A, and a B, skip the A in the previous round, and sew through the following B (PHOTO D). Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first B added in this round. The beads added in the corners of this round will not lie flat.

4. The remaining rounds are increase rounds.
Round 7: Work two peyote stitches using Bs, and then sew through the following A and B in the corner without picking up any beads. For the next three sides, work three peyote stitches using Bs, and then sew through the following A and B in the next corner without adding any beads. Work one peyote stitch using a B to complete the first side, and step up.
Round 8: Work two peyote stitches using Bs, sewing through the existing corner A of round 6 for the second stitch. For each of the next three sides, work four peyote stitches using Bs, sewing through the corner A of round 6 for the fourth stitch. Work two peyote stitches on the first side using Bs, and step up. Sew through the next two Bs to exit the last up-bead on this side.
Round 9: Pick up three As, sew through the first B on the next side, and work three peyote stitches using As. Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and end the working thread and tail.

Large diamond

1. On 4 ft. (1.2 m) of thread, pick up a repeating pattern of three color C 8/0 seed beads and 15 color D 10/0 cylinder beads four times. Sew through the first three Cs, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.

2. The rounds of the large diamond are worked in the same manner as the small diamond.
Round 3: Work eight peyote stitches using Ds, sewing through the corner Cs. Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and step up.
Round 4: On the inside of the ring, work seven peyote stitches using Ds, and pick up a C at the corner. Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and step up.
Round 5: Work six peyote stitches using Ds, and then pick up a C at the corner. Repeat these stitches to complete the round, and step up.
Round 6: Work five peyote stitches using Ds, and then pick up a D, a C, and a D in the corner. Repeat these stitches to complete the round using a tight tension, and step up.
Round 7: Work five peyote stitches using Ds on the first side, and sew through the next C and D in the corner. For the remaining sides, work six peyote stitches using Ds, and sew through the C and D in the corners. Work one more peyote stitch using a D on the first side, and step up.
Round 8: Work five peyote stitches using Ds, sewing through the corner C for the last stitch. For the remaining sides, work seven peyote stitches using Ds, sewing through the corner C for the last stitch. Work two more peyote stitches on the first side using Ds, and step up.
Round 9: Work three peyote stitches using Ds, and then work one stitch using a C. Sew through the C in the corner, and continue through the next D. For the remaining sides, work one peyote stitch using a C, four stitches using Ds, and one stitch using a C. Sew through the corner C, and continue through the next D. To complete the first side, work one peyote stitch using a C and one stitch using a D, and step up. End the working thread and tail.

DoublediamondE
PHOTO E

Connecting the diamonds

The front of each diamond will curve outward, and the back will be flat.
1. With the back of the large diamond facing up, add 14 in. (36 cm) of thread to the beadwork with the needle exiting the C on the inside corner (PHOTO E).

2. Pick up a B, and sew through the C your thread exited at the start of this step. Retrace the thread path twice, and exit the B.

DoublediamondF
PHOTO F
3. Place the small diamond in the center of the large one with the back facing up. Sew through the center A in a corner of the small diamond (PHOTO F), and then sew through the B again. Retrace the thread path twice, and end the thread.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 for the remaining corners, but for the last corner add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and do not end the working thread.
Tip!
When connecting the diamonds, you can also start with 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of thread; then instead of ending the thread at each corner, sew through the beadwork to the next corner.
DoublediamondG
PHOTO G

Bail

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the center C in an outer corner of the large diamond. Work in ladder stitch (Basics) using Cs to make a six-bead ladder, retracing the thread path after each bead is added (PHOTO G).

2. With your thread exiting the last bead in the ladder, fold the ladder toward the back of the beadwork. Sew through the center C in the corner of the large diamond, and continue through the last C in the ladder again. Retrace the join several times, and exit the corner C.

 

DoublediamondH
PHOTO H
3. Pick up a D, and sew through the next C in the ladder. Pick up a D, and sew through the corner C (PHOTO H). Retrace the thread path, and then continue through the next D and C. Repeat these stitches to add Ds along the remainder of the ladder, and end the thread. String the pendant as desired.
DoublediamondI
PHOTO I

Earrings

1. Work steps 1–4 of “Small diamond,” but do not end the working thread.

2. With the back side of the diamond facing up, sew through the beadwork to exit the nearest up-bead next to the corner As. Pick up three Bs, three As, four Bs, an A, the loop of an earring finding, an A, and four Bs, and sew back through the three As to form a loop. Pick up three Bs, and sew through the nearest up-bead on the other side of the corner As (PHOTO I). Retrace the thread path twice, and end the thread.

3. Make another earring.

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