When Bead&Button magazine began publication in 1994, a period of exuberant discovery and experimentation had begun in the bead community. Interest in traditional beadwork had revealed to a new generation of bead artists a wonderful array of off-loom beadweaving stitches from American Indian, African, Russian, and other cultures.
Pevote stitch, sometimes called gourd stitch, is a beadweaving technique adapted from Native American traditional beadwork. Many bead artists consider it foremost among their creative tools. It creates a sinuous fabric by closely nestling the beads next to each other. When a highly uniform type of cylinder bead was introduced to the American market by Japanese bead companies Miyuki and Toho, the tight weave of peyote stitch took on a new relevance. Artists could create sleek, glittering surfaces that exactly rendered charted designs. These beads gave a centuries-old stitch a new-millennium look.
Within these pages, you will find works that draw from the rich traditions of the past and those that look to the future. Selected from 11 years of publication, the very best designs have been included in these pages: beautiful jewelry, bags, and objects that make this traditional stitch supremely relevant for today's bead artist.
The editors of Bead&Button
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