Hula Girl Beaded Doll
Peyote Stitch Beaded Hula Girl
These little cuties are super easy to make and would make really cool earrings (that's how I'm gonna use mine) or you could link them hand to hand for an unusual necklace. This pattern is a variation on the "Indian Girl" pattern from Horace Goodhue's Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns.
For more "people patterns check out the Angel and Witch doll projects.
What You'll Need:
A small amount of size 11 seed beads in green, brown, red, black and one each of yellow, bronze and pink.
Size 12 or 13 beading needle.
Size A beading thread in a dark color.
You must also
know how to do odd-count tubular peyote. It's the same as even-count
tubular peyote, except there is no "step-up" at the end of
each row, instead you just keep adding beads in a continuing
To begin, pick up 11 green beads and tie them in a circle. Following the graph below work from the bottom up until you complete the graph. This creates the head and torso of the doll. Just to clarify, her skin is brown, her hair is black, her mouth is pink, her top is red, her bellybutton is bronze and her skirt is green.
Close the top of the tube you just made by going through the last five beads you added and pulling your thread tight, then go through three of the five beads again several times. Pull tight to close the gap.
Now we need to add her arms, weave down to one of the beads that is marked with a white X on the graph. Not the one on her head obviously. (g) That one shows where you attach the flower. You want your thread to be exiting the bead on the side closest to her front. Pick up 7 brown beads, skip the last one and go back through the rest and re-enter the body bead from the same side as you left it. Now weave across the back to the other marked body bead and add another arm in the same manner.
Now for the skirt. Weave down to and out the right side of one of the green beads in the base row. Pick up 15 green beads (the diagram shows fewer beads to save space) skip the last bead and go back through the rest. Re-enter the bead you left from the back and continue through the next green bead in the base row. Continue adding fringes to each base row bead to complete the skirt.
Instructions for the flower I used in her hair can be found in my Embellished Floral Choker project. Just scroll down to the first flower described there. Make one and attach it to the upper bead marked with a white X on the graph. (The one on her head this time :-) Good luck and have fun!