Sunburst Component ~ Part 3 ~ Adding the Focal

Welcome to Part 3 of the Sunburst Component Series. 

In this project we are exploring a few variations of the Brick Stitch on  a Frame Bead Weaving Technique. 

In Part 3 we will add the Focal Bead using Peyote Stitch Technique

This is and Intermediate Level project.

If you need a primer for Brick Stitch around a Frame ~ you can get mine in My Shop or in my Etsy Shop.


  • 1 – 25mm Gunmetal Hoop (soldered closed type)
  • 2 – 3 Grams – 11/0 Toho Seed Beads – Silver Lined Frosted Gray 
  • 1 – 2 Grams – 11/0 Toho Seed Beads – Silver Lined Milky Grapefruit 
  • 1 – 2 Grams – 11/0 Czech Glass Seed Beads – Jet Opaque  
  • 19 – 2.5x5mm Czech Glass Superduo Beads – Jet Opaque
  • 1 – 14mm Orange Dyed Shell Coin Bead
  • Size 11 or 12 Beading Needle
  • Approx. 5 ft. of .006 or .008 Fireline or Wildfire Beading Thread

(If you plan to make Earrings – Double the list of course.)

In Part 1 of the Series we used Brick Stitch to complete the outer rows of the project. 

Row 1:  We used traditional brick stitch to add an even number of the 11/0 Frosted Gray Seed Beads to the frame.
Row 2: We used the beads of the previous Row to and a round of Jet Opaque Superduo, 2-hole beads. 
Row 3: We added a row of Accent beads and connected the Superduos together.


In Part 2 of the Series we completed the Inner portion of the Bead Work.

Row 4: We used a Variation Brick Stitch to add the center beads.
Row 5: We reinforced the Frosted Gray Accent Beads.
Row 6: We added the Milky Grapefruit Beads to cover the Exposed thread on the front of the frame.

At the end of Row 3 ~ The working thread is exiting from the thread bridge in the Frame.

Get into Position by passing the needle down through the 11/0 Black Seed Bead directly below and over through The 11/0 Frosted Gray Seed Bead stitching in the same direction used to add the beads. (For me – I sew to the right)

Adding The Focal Bead

Pick up the Focal Bead and slide it into position in the center of the bead work.

The Goal is to add a thread bridge on both sides of our Anchor Beads (Frosted Gray)

My working thread is exiting to the right of the 11/0 Gray ~ I Sew through the bead on 11/0 Gray on the opposite side of the frame from left to right.


Sew Back through the Focal Bead (left) and then Sew back through the 11/0 Gray on this side of the bead work from the opposite side. (For me from left to right)


If you are right handed these directions will be reversed. 

Get into Position by passing the Needle through the center to the back side of the bead work. 

Securing the Focal Bead

Add a Simple Row of Peyote to the Frosted Gray accent beads at the center of the Bead Work.

Peyote Stitch Primer

Pick up 11/0 Milky Grapefruit SB – skip over one and pass through the next. 

Repeat until you have come all the way around the bead work. 




When you add the last bead you will pick up the 11/0 Milky Grapefruit Bead and Pass through the first 11/0 Frosted Gray. 




Step up into the first 11/0 Milky Grapefruit Bead.



Add one more Row of Peyote using the Milky Grapefruit Seed Beads.

Pick up 11/0 Grapefruit and pass through the next as shown. 




As you add the last bead you will pass through the 11/0 Grapefruit Bead you started from (in the Previous Row) and step up into the first one you added in this round. 

Note the stitch flows on the Diagonal

Reinforce the Bezel


Reinforce the last row by stitching though the up beads that are sticking out. 

You should be exiting from the first bead you added in the last round ~ skip over one and pass through the next and repeat until you have stitched through all the beads in the row. 

Repeat this step once more. 




Step down into the lower row of Peyote.



Weave back out until your working thread and tail thread meet and tie 2 overhand knots.

Move away from the knot and end the threads.



This concludes the Sunburst Component Series. 

The components can be very easily adapted into earrings.

But as you can see here, I have something else entirely in mnd for mine. 

Stay tuned this month for updates on this Design. 


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