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Celtic Beaded Barrette
Made with Seed Beads and Flat Peyote Beading  

This Celtic KNot barrette pattern was designed at the request of a reader who wanted a Celtic knot pattern in either Peyote stitch or Brick stitch.

Unfortunately, there are not many of these types of bead pattterns, and for a good reason. Peyote, and consequently Brick stitch, are not well suited to all the straight and round lines in Celtic knot work. In order of a pattern to look good, the scale would have to be increased quite a bit for the design to work. This simple bead pattern probably doesn't even count as a Celtic knot, strictly speaking, but it does have a nice Celtic feel to it.

The barrette shown was made using teal metallic matte iris and bronze size 11 seed beads from Out on a Whim. The thread is copper colored Synbond and a size 13 needle was used. Also required is a piece of stiff felt or leather, a 2 inch barrette blank (french clip), E6000 or similar glue and some coordinating embroidery floss (optional).

The bead pattern can be worked in either odd-count flat Peyote stitch or brick stitch, Peyote was used on the sample shown, with Suzanne Cooper's two needle start to ensure good beginning row bead tension. The two-needle start is designed to be used with even count peyote but you can use it with odd-count if you re-route the needles in the following manner.

Using the thread coming out of the top bead at the end of the row, go down and back through the bead directly below. Continue through the bead to the left and the lower of the two beads to the left of that. Then go up and right through the bead directly above and on through the bead next door and through the bottom bead in the last column. Then go up and left through the top bead you originally left. Do the same thing flip flopped with the other needle and you're set. This is a case of easier done than said!

Some beaders find the decreases much easier to do than increases when working in flat peyote stitch. If this is the case, try starting in the middle of the pattern and working one half, then going back and working the other half. The two needle start will set up the needles on both ends, eliminating the need to weave in a new thread to start the second half.

The red dots on the graph show the group of beads used in the two needle start.

For a refresher or to answer questions on following peyote graphs, check this Peyote Graph Tips and Tricks feature for help.

Once the beadwork is completed, lay it on the felt and trace around it with a marker than will write on felt, such as sharp dressmaker's chalk, Sharpie brand (tm) pen or a crayon. Cut the piece of felt to fit the beadwork and use it as a template to cut a second piece. An X-Acto brand (tm) craft knife could be used for this task. Sew or glue the finished beadwork to one piece of the felt. Carefully disassemble the hair clip, taking care not to bend anything out of shape. This may take some doing, as most of these clips bend very easily. Here is what the dismantled clip look like:

Cut slits in the second piece to allow the protruding parts of the clip to fit through. It should look something like this with the felt fitted over the clip:

Fit the felt over the clip. Now glue the two pieces of felt together with the clip sandwiched in between. Allow the glue to dry thoroughly. Felt does not usualy fray, but stitching around the edges with embroidery floss gives the piece a nice finished look.

Reassemble the clip and wear your Celtic Knot Barrette in good health!

Also, if you do not choose to use the two needle start the dots on the graph could be distracting. Here is a plain graph for use with other start methods.

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