Monday, March 23, 2009

Dreadlock Beads

Spring is here. It's almost time for concerts, festivals, and dancing in the sun. Phish just got back together and played a fantastic run of shows at Hampton Coliseum, and they are doing a summer tour. The Grateful Dead is getting back together (Jerry will be there in spirit) to play some summer shows. Of course, you don't have to be a jam band loving "hippie" to have dreadlocks...that just happens to be the category I fall into.

There's no better way to show off your locks than with beaded accessories. Wear them just for fun, or use them to cover up and tighten "rough spots".
Even if you don't have dreadlocks, you can wear dreadlock beads in braids. To wear with braided hair: Separate hair and begin to braid as normal. When you reach the location of where you would like the bead to be visible, slide bead on to one of the three sections of hair, twisting as you go (you may want to clip the other 2 sections together while you are doing this so they don't come undone). Continue to braid hair, securing the end. The bead will be securely in place until you undo your hair. Neat huh?

The following beads were woven in tubular peyote stitch. Beading in tubular peyote allows for a rigid (but still slightly flexible) bead. Weaving in regular peyote or brick stitch will cause the bead to sink in, with no rigidity at all. You could still wear dreadlock beads woven this way, but they may be a little more difficult to put (and stay) in your hair. Personally, I prefer the structure of tubular peyote, so I weave all my dreadlock beads with this method.
These latest beads were stitched with toho seed beads, except for the Om and Radioactive beads, which were stitched with delica beads. Hope you like!








Please visit my online shop for more dreadlock beads in a variety of colors and styles.

11 comments:

kate said...

I really like that top one!

Hot Rocks said...

Cool!

Three Fates said...

Very cool!

storybeader said...

now let's see them in the hair! lol

Lisa said...

Those are really cute ! I was wondering if you would be willin to donate one of your items for a giveway that Im going to be having on the 1st of may ! You would be featured on my blog the day i begin the giveway ! Im trying to get about 5 people so that I can have a giveway for 5 days ! If you are interested could you please email me at a.singlerose@live.com. Thanks hope to hear from you soon!

goldensparks said...

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will drop by your site often.. Do find time to visit my blog and post your comments..
Have a great day.. Cheers!!!

iceah said...

so cool an cute c:

Walk in the Woods said...

These are fabulous! Beautiful and unique!

Grace said...

Good lord, how in heavens name do you do such intricate work in such a tiny size? This sort of stuff blows my mind. You bead artists are flipping amazing...

Anonymous said...

hey i really like the one at the top how much for it email me at mcermanski@gmail.com let me know i love your bead work im currently working on wirewrapping dread cuffs but the beads would make for a god balance

Anonymous said...

hey i really like the one at the top how much for it email me at mcermanski@gmail.com let me know i love your bead work im currently working on wirewrapping dread cuffs but the beads would make for a god balance