Friday, August 8, 2008


History of the Rosary

The Rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning "rose garden" or "garland of roses" is a popular traditional Roman Catholic devotion. The term denotes both a set of prayer beads and the devotional prayer itself, which combines vocal (or silent) prayer and meditation. The prayers consist of repeated sequences of the Lord's Prayer followed by ten recitations of the Hail Mary and a single recitation of "Glory Be to the Father"; each of these sequences is known as a decade. The recitation of each decade is accompanied by meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which are events in the lives of Jesus Christ and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

To make a rosary, you will need the following materials:

59 Beads
3 Jump Rings
1 Y-Connector or Rosary Center
59 Eye Pins
1 Cross or Crucifix with Bail
8 Inches of Chain
One Pair Rosary Pliers or Round Nose Pliers and Side Cutting Pliers

The first step in making a Rosary is assembling the necessary parts.

Step 1

Pick up one of the eye pins and insert it as far as it will go through one of the beads. Then with round nose pliers, bend the straight portion of the wire over at right angles as shown in the sketch.

Note that the bend must be as close to the bead as you can make it.

Step 2

Create an eye with the bend side. The two eyes should be at right angles to each other.

This is the basic process in making a Rosary.

Now, put the pins through all 59 of the beads and form eyes on each one as above, leaving the new eyes open for connecting.

Step 3

Pick up two of the beads and hook the new eye of the first one through the original eye of the second.

This is the first step in assembling the Rosary.

Close the eye.

Using the method described above, assemble five groups of ten and one group of three. You will have 6 beads remaining for connecting to pieces of chain.

Step 4

Cutting the chain is next. Fourteen pieces are required, each two to five links long as preferred. In cutting the chain, be careful to have exactly the same number of links in each of your fourteen pieces.

Step 5

Open one of the small jump rings. Slip the jump ring through one of the upper openings in the centerpiece and one section of the chain and close it.

Step 6

The final assembly consists of joining together the various parts as shown in the picture.
Before making the final assembly of the long bead chain and the centerpiece, hold the bead chain up by one end and let it dangle freely. Then when you attach the free end of the centerpiece, see that there are no twists in the bead chain.

Be sure when you are assembling that every eye is completely closed.

Prayers of the Rosary

1 - Make the sign of the cross
2 - Say the Apostles Creed
3 - Say the Our Father
4 - Say three Hail Marys
5 - Say the Glory Be
6 - Announce the first Mystery and say the Our Father
7 - Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
8 - Say the Glory Be
9 - Say the O My Jesus
10- Announce the second Mystery and say the Our Father
11- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
12- Say the Glory Be
13- Say the O My Jesus
14- Announce the third Mystery and say the Our Father
15- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
16- Say the Glory Be
17- Say the O My Jesus
18- Announce the fourth Mystery and say the Our Father
19- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
20- Say the Glory Be
21- Say the O My Jesus
22- Announce the fifth Mystery and say the Our Father
23- Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery
24- Say the Glory Be
25- Say the O My Jesus
26- Say the Hail Holy Queen

Prayers of the Rosary

Sign Of The Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Apostles Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; he ascended into Heaven sits at the right hand of God, the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the Communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting, Amen.

Our Father

Our Father, who art in Heaven; hallowed by Thy name; Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. Amen

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of god, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end, Amen.

O My Jesus

O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, and lead all souls to Heaven, especially those in most need of your Mercy. Amen.

Hail, Holy Queen

Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.To thee we cry, poor banished children of Eve.To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.Turn then most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us,And after this our exile, show unto us the blessed Fruit of they womb, Jesus.O clememt. O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.Pray for us, O holy Mother of GodThat we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008


10 - 10mm long Transparent Green Dagger Beads
60 - Size 6/0 White Beads
10 - Size 6/0 Orange with Red Stripe Beads
60 - Size 8/0 Transparent Green Beads
#12 Beading needle
White Nymo D Thread
2 - Gold colored Clamshell knot covers
1 - Gold colored Lobster Claw
1 - Gold colored Split Ring
527 brand or E6000 brand Adhesive
Wax or the thread conditioner of your choice
Chain nose Pliers

Before beginning, please note that this will make a very long (10 inch) anklet. Each set of daisy and stem equal about 1 inch, so you can shorten or lengthen it by adding or subtracting one set of daisy/stem for each inch.

1. Begin by threading your beading needle with about 4 feet of Nymo D thread. We will be working with a doubled thread, so this will be a bit easier to manage than it sounds. Stretch the thread well and pass it over the beeswax or other thread prep product.

2. Knot the end of the thread and place one of the clamshells on the needle, shell opening out, away from the needle. Place it over the knot and add a dab of glue. Close the clamshell with the chain nose pliers.

3. Add 4 transparent green beads to the thread, then add 1 transparent green dagger bead, and 2 more transparent green beads.

4. Add 4 white beads, and 1 orange/red stripe bead. Pass the thread through the first white bead closest to the last green bead strung, pointing the needle back in the direction from which it came. Pull snug.

5. Add 2 white beads to the thread, and pass the needle through the 4th white bead added in Step 4. This will be the bead closest to the red/orange bead.

6. Repeat from Step 3 until your chain reaches the length desired.

7. Add the other clamshell to the end of the thread, shell opening toward the needle.

8. Make a large knot very close to the clamshell, so that the thread holds tight and add a drop of 527 glue. Alternately, if you have trouble getting the knot close enough to the clamshell, cut the thread off of the needle, add a single size 11/0 bead to one of the threads, and tie several overhand knots around the Size 11/0 bead. Add glue to the knot and the Size 11/0 bead.

9. Close the clamshell with your chain nose pliers and trim the threads.

10. Add the lobster claw to one clamshell end, and the Split Ring to the other.

Enjoy your "New Leaf" Daisy Chain anklet. Try using yellow beads for the flower petals with a dark brown center bead, to make a sunflower. Or a dark purple center with light blue petals for a Morning Glory vine! Make them a bit shorter for wear as a bracelet! Pretty cute!

Peyote Stitch TWO - Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch Beading

The first two steps, stringing the base row and starting the next row, are the same as in even-count peyote. You may refer back to the even count flat peyote stitch to refresh your mind on these steps. The big difference between even-count flat peyote and odd-count flat peyote comes when you get to the end of the first added row. The problem is illustrated by the following image.

As you can see, there is no next bead to go through! So we need to do a little fancy footwork in order to finish the row and begin the next one. First, when you reach the end of the row, continue through both of the last two beads of the base row. Then pick up the last bead of the new row and go left through the second and third beads from the end in the base row.

Then go up and to the right through the bead above the bead your thread is coming out of and down and to the right through the second to last and last beads of the base row once again. Then go up and left though the bead you added. Your thread should now be in position to begin the next row. You will need to use this technique every other row.

Flowered Mini-Amulet Bag

Let's try something a little more ambitious for practice with this lesson. It is possible to make a bag with flat peyote by working a pattern sideways, "zipping" up the edges to create a cylinder and using brick stitch to close up the bottom. This tiny bag will give you good practice with this technique without being too overwhelming. It's cute too!

First work this pattern beginning from the upper left hand corner. Matte transparent aqua, pink-lined clear, opaque white, opaque light green, and matte transparent dark blue were used.
Once the pattern is completed, you will need to fit the ends together and "zip" them up to form a cylinder. Connect the edges by threading up through the first bead on the other end of the same side of the piece. Then go through the 3rd bead on the original side and so on, back and forth until you get to the top. Then go back down through the beads that were skipped the first time.

Now you will need to close up the bottom. Squeeze the cylinder flat with the flower centered in the front. There should be one bead on each side that kind of sticks out between the two layers. Your thread should be coming out of one of these beads. Weave your way over there if necessary. Pick up a bead and go under the threads that go from the end bead to the beads on each side.

Then go back up through the bead you just added. Continue across the bottom 'till you get to the end.

Then add one piece of fringe for each bead you just added. Start with 5 blue beads and one daisy for the first one, then increase the number of blue beads by 5 each time until you reach the center, then decrease by 5. The daisies are pink with white centers. If you do not know how to make daisies, here's where you can learn the basic Daisy Chain stitch, omitting the dagger bead, unless you want a leafy fringe! After you make a daisy, go back around the daisy to the top and up through the blue beads and the bead your thread is coming out of. Then go down through the next bottom edge bead and repeat the process. The top edge of the bag sports triangle trim. To make it, weave up to the top of the bag and pick up 3 blue beads. Go down through the next bead at the top of the bag and then up through the following one. Repeat around the edge of the bag.

The strap consists of 5 blue beads, 1 pink, 1 white (I used slightly larger ones), 1 pink, 5 blue, 1 green, 1 daisy, 1 green and then repeat until you reach the length you want. I think it looks best as a short necklace with the bag hanging near the breastbone. Have fun with this cool variation of Peyote Stitch!

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Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Peyote Stitch One - Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch Beading

Peyote Stitch One

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch Beading

The name "peyote stitch" comes from the Native American Church where the peyote cactus is eaten ceremonially and considered a sacrament. A form of the stitch (not the more common version discussed here) is used to embellish fans, rattles, and other items used in peyote ceremonies. For this reason, some members of the church say that the name peyote should be applied to the stitch only when used in this manner and whenever the stitch is applied to secular items it should be called gourd stitch.

Most beaders continue to use the name peyote stitch simply because the vast majority of people know the stitch by this name. We don't want to offend anyone, but we don't want to confuse anyone either. Perhaps a whole new name is needed! While gourd stitch makes sense when applied to tubular peyote, it's rather inaccurate when applied to flat peyote. Where would the gourd go?

Flat peyote with an even number of beads in the base row is very simple. Tie a bead to the end of your thread and go back through it once. Now pick up the number of beads needed to complete your base row, plus the first bead of the next row. Following the diagram, you would tie on one blue bead and pick up 1 red, 1 blue, 1 red, 1 blue, and 2 red. Now go back through the blue bead closest to the end. Pick up another red bead and go through the next blue bead and so on until you reach the end. You will notice that the red beads in the base row are pushed down as you add beads on top of them. In peyote stitch, the three red beads you just added are considered one row. The base row is considered two rows. Confusing, I know, but it's less confusing than trying to follow a row on a pattern when it's zig-zagging up and down.

Now we fill in the spaces to form the 4th row. Pick up a blue bead and go through the first red bead in the third row. Pick up another blue bead and go through the next red bead and so on until you come to the end once more.

That's basically all there is to it. I will cover increasing and decreasing in a future column as well as flat odd-count, and odd and even tubular peyote. For now why not practice with a groovy faux leopard print bracelet? Here the pattern progresses horizontally rather than vertically. Repeat this pattern block until you reach the length you need.

Matte black, black lined orange, and clear orange size 11 seed beads were used for an interesting mix of colors and textures. This is how it looks made up.

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