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Each piece is woven using a traditional Native American technique called Peyote Stitch. This process separately dates back to Ancient Egypt, with many surviving pieces constructed from semi-precious stones such as turquoise or lapis (more here). 

Look closely at the image above and follow the thread. You'll see where the next bead goes. And there you have it, now you know Peyote (or Gourd) Stitch. Fine motor skills are of great help when working with size 11 and size 15 Miyuki beads, but the process is highly intuitive. Much like knitting, once the first row has been created or cast on, the rest is meditative repetition. 

Once the piece has been woven, it will then be sewn into a metal frame designed and prepared in our studio.  Much like the Shushumna Earrings pictured above, the frame must be perfectly sized, by careful adjustment, to the length of the woven piece.

Some pieces are woven, then cast in metal for greater durability with continuity of texture. These styles can be found in the Cast section, and are made in sterling silver and bronze.