Project #2
Or, Sculptural Peyote around a Focal Bead

As I very vaguely recall, we actually covered two projects in Gail's peyote beadweaving class–the major one was of course the pi necklace, which in my case was finished long after class. But I think we may have had a smaller, more sculptural project suggested as well. At any rate, I certainly made this stickpin at about the same time.

I especially liked twisting the rows of the bugle beads (see right); and by using larger glass beads, the peyote very naturally cupped out. This is one of those projects that worked very naturally and easily, without a lot of false starts or head scratching (or hair pulling); it therefore has a special place in my heart. I've heard this phenomenon characterized as “flow” and I'd say that's a good term for it.

Techniques and materials: wire, nylon, glass; peyote, possibly ladder stitch. Collection of the artist.