As much as love peyote stitch I have been pushing myself in new directions lately. Part of that is because of the Huib Petersen workshop that I took in February. This is the first of my own pieces that I have finished with what I learned from those 2 days.
The stitch base is from his waterlilly pad, but I wanted to make a surface with it. My friend Shelly help pick out the button on it (which is from a collection on antique buttons my mother in law gave me for christmas).
Once I got the button on, I wanted to do more, which normally isn't my style but I looked through my bead stash and kept going. I inserted fancy beads in the middles, but wanted to integrate a little more of the brown/coppery color. This led to another idea that I learned from Huib, stitching along edges to pull a piece together and make it tighter. I stitched in the coppery beads along the outside edge which not only led to making the piece tighter, but making it ruffle out too. I think in the end it looks like a deep sea anemone. It has really grown on me the past few days and I can't wait to make one in another color. This was really meant to be a sample, but I don't really do well with making just a sample, I love having a finished piece that I can wear. So here's my productivity on St. Paddy's Day!