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Nancy Cain's Bead Stitching Shaped Peyote Craftsy Class Review and Giveaway

Peyote is arguably the most versatile of all of beading stitches.  It is easy and fast to do. But more than that, the stitch can be used to build 3D structures to be used as jewelry components. The humble seed bead, when used in multitudes, and in skilled hands can indeed astound with their elegance and detail.

I recently received Nancy Cain's Bead Stitching Shaped Peyote class for review.

This Craftsy class covers the basic flat peyote and goes on to demonstrate how 3D designs can be created using shaping techniques. The key shapes she teaches are the geometric ones - rounds, squares and triangles.

Nancy is an excellent teacher who is particularly strong in troubleshooting. She clearly identifies the problem areas beaders might encounter and offers solutions.  Her 2.6 hr class is chock-a-block full of these invaluable tips.

One really crucial point about this class is the instructor demonstrates with larger beads than the 11/0 and 15/0 sized seed beads that you will actually be using. It's so you can see the stitching lessons clearly.

Lesson 1
Nancy introduces the basics including what sort of threads and beads to use. She covers the use of both Fireline and Nymo type threads. There are sound reasons why you use one over the other depending on the circumstance.  She shares many useful tips such as how to hold and handle threads. These help ensure you can better control tension, avoid knots and so on.

Lesson 2
While tension is important, Nancy points out how the stitching direction can affect the rigidity of the piece.  This next lesson is about creating channel beads from stitched rounds and how to "stitch in the ditch". She identifies which row is the most critical to get the foundation right.  

Lesson 3
This is a progression from the channel bead lesson where crystals and beaded picots are added as an embellishment. The left completed sample below is the actual size.  The right one is demo model using larger beads.

Lesson 4
This lesson moves on to building  3D squares using Delicas (cylinder beads).  Here the challenge is tension and also beading in the right direction so the square retains its shape.  The instructor clearly explains how to make those corner turns so it makes sense.

She also has a great way of removing unwanted beads using just a fine awl.

Lesson 5
This lesson is on how to turn the shaped peyote pieces into a bracelet! I particularly liked how she explained the way to size the bracelet to fit individual wrist sizes.

Lesson 6
The class increases in difficulty with the making of triangular shapes.  Again, the key instructions she gives makes those turns possible.  And a great tip on how to reverse beading direction properly. ( The earrings are shown in the first picture above.

Lesson 7
This lesson on variations, colors and design possibilities shows how creative this designer is!  A fun lesson after all the hard work beading up the shapes and grouping them into 3D components.  One example of how to use the channel beads is shown in the detail of her own beautiful necklace below :

Her lessons cover the 3 basic geometric shapes but she also explains how you can make heart ones.

Lesson 8
This bonus section covers the basic flat even count peyote stitch. Useful to watch if you need a refresher on this stitch. I also liked the way she  holds the thread in her non-dominant hand to ensure tension control. She demonstrates her method very well.

You may think you know peyote and bead weaving in general.  But there is much to learn when you can attend a masterclass on the peyote stitch such as this one. Nancy Cain explains clearly and simply and understands just where the pitfalls are and shows you how to overcome them. There are so many tips and tricks you can learn from a seasoned bead weaver. I certainly did.

If you want a chance to win a free access to Nancy Cain's Bead Stitching Shaped Peyote class (and ask her any question about resin clay),  please make a comment below. Make sure you leave contact info below if you do not have an online shop or blog.  The class is currently on sale too.

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This giveaway is international.

Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc. If you also do shout outs about this giveaway, those will count as additional entries too! Please say so in the comments. (The exception is Facebook - just like/comment on the giveaway status there!!)

It ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, October 10, 2016. I will pick the winner randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to leave a contact email if you don't have an online link or make sure you come back and check! Otherwise I will redraw in a week. Good luck!


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  1. These are awesome! Perfect peyote work. Would love to be that good. I'm a blog follower and subscriber.

  2. Nancy Cain is an excellent instructor, and I'm sure this class will have tips to help everyone from beginners to experienced beaders.

  3. Love Peyote would be very interesting to learn 3D versions. Blog subscriber here!

  4. Looking forward to downloading some of your tips.

  5. I so admire the work of "peyote" stitch! I've dabbled and learned a little on my own, but I sure want to be comfortable in it! Contact info:

  6. Wow! This class has been on my Craftsy wish list for a while, & winning the giveaway would make me a very happy gal. :-D I would love to add another dimension (literally) to my peyote skills. Nancy is a bead weaving teaching legend, so someone is going be a very lucky winner of this class.

    Pearl, as always, I extend my heartfelt thanks to you for the hard work you do via your blog, Facebook, etc.; beaders everywhere are the lucky beneficiaries.

  7. Love Peyote and would love to expand my knowledge to shapes!! Thanks for the chance to win this class.

  8. I love peyote stitch and this class looks like a great way to expand my skillset!

  9. I would love the opportunity to take this Nancy Cain class. I love her work

  10. Nancy is a very talented beadwork artist and it is nice to see that she is willing to share these tips.

  11. This looks like a fascinating class!

    elvetter01 at gmail dot com

  12. Bonnie
    What a fabulous looking class. I like her work very much

  13. There's always something more to learn about peyote stitch!

  14. Peyote stitch is my absolute favorite! I would love to have this information!!!!

  15. Great!!!!! I love peyote stitch and this would a wonderful addition to my peyote stitch repertiore!!!! Thank you for offering this!!!

  16. This sounds like a fantastic course. I would love to learn more about peyote and I believe that this would be a great opportunity to do so. Have my fingers crossed!

  17. Would love to win this.
    icbnett (at)

    I follow your blog.

  18. This class would be perfect! Just learning the basics, and would (hopefully) be at a point where I can jump right in! Thank you so much, Pearl.

  19. I am a relatively new peyote stitcher and really enjoy doing flat even count, but want to build on the base. I would be absolutely thrilled to be a participant in Nancy's class. Fingers crossed

  20. Would love to win this...Thank you for the opportunity!

  21. I love Peyote stitch! There is so much that you can do with it. It is definitely something I want to get better at.

  22. would love to win this giveaway. Always good to learn with a teacher. I'm a suscriber:

  23. Anna Elise DesignsOctober 4, 2016 at 10:55 PM

    Peyote is my go-to stitch. I'd love to expand my horizons (and dimensions!) with Nancy Cain.

  24. I've just started to learn some beadwork in addition to my knitting, crocheting etc. and think I'd learn a lot from this class.

  25. Love it and the opportunity expand my peyote skills in every direction!

  26. I just do flat peyote and would love to learn 3D stitching

  27. This would be a fantastic gift to receive. While I do the flat peyote stitch it would be ever so great to learn the 3d method from a pro. Thanks for the chance to win. Joyce Pinnix


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