This has been a long time coming...
but I FINALLY started my beadweaving lessons.
I decided not to crochet the beads -
didn't want to do that in the first place -
never was very good at using two sticks at one time.
I knew there had to be another way. SO
I got a needle and taught myself the peyote stitch. And used one stick. A chopstick! After a few hours, and many starts, something finally took shape - a rope!
I've seen keychains made with this stitch,
so I ended the beading before I messed up big time.
The perfect small project.
The beads look like they "relaxed" a bit. At least I know how to start and stop the rope.
I plan to keep the keychain and see how long it holds up! Will keep you informed...
(update: I think the cord I placed down the center was smaller than the chopstick. So I decided to put the beads back on the chopstick! Think it looks much better. I also used the "female" side of a barrel clasp on the end of the stick, where I will attach the ring. Lesson learned... or do we call that trial and error!?