This is a plea to all you beadweavers:
I've been in the studio this week working on another peyote stitch necklace. There is no one in my part of North Carolina teaching this method, so I've learned the peyote stitch from books and online tutorials. As a result, I don't have a good idea of which details to sweat and which to let go.
This week's project design is similar to my first which is the result of much experimentation. My mistakes in this first piece are not immediately noticeable, so I've kept it for myself and wear it often. Because of those mistakes, I'm not comfortable with the idea of selling it. But my question is, what constitutes a mistake?
This project started with an agatized fossil coral coin bead. I encased it with size 15 seed beads and keishi pearls. I'm delighted with the result:
Next came the peyote stitch bead tubes as accents, and again, pretty happy with the result:
I worked the odd-count tubular peyote stitch necklace base in size 11 seed beads, starting with 21 beads tied in a circle. Here I have a piece coming together even more beautifully than I had initially imagined, EXCEPT that the tubular peyote base of the necklace is so stiff that it creases unattractively when I curve it around. (x's mark the trouble spots):
Is this creasing issue just to be expected? Or is it a basic flaw, and now I have yet another necklace to keep for myself?