Kheops Par Puca Beads – What are they?
Kheops Par Puca beads are basically another variety of seed bead. They look like small triangles – about 6mm in size – and they have two holes through each bead. You may already have used other triangle shaped beads with two holes. So, how are the Kheops Par Puca Beads different? Well, as you can see in the photo, the two holes sit parallel to one another. They move vertically through the two sides of the bead. So you will find that one side has two holes in it and the other two sides of the triangle each have one hole.
If you want to buy Kheops you can find 10g packs here.
Top Tips for Working with Kheops Par Puca beads
As with any new type of bead, it can take a little while to get used to working with the new hole layout. I keep finding that I want to pass through the top corner of the triangle, entering from one of the single hole sides and exiting from the other single hole side. Of course this is not possible! It is easiest to think of the Kheops Par Puca beads as having a base – the side with the two holes – and two sides. You will always move up and down the bead either towards or away from the base.
As I began writing up patterns for designs with Kheops Par Puca beads, I started labelling the thread path with reference to the right side or left side. I imagined I was looking at the bead with the base at the bottom and then deciding whether to move up or down through one or other side. The more I worked with the beads, the more I discovered that this was not always necessary. In some cases it was more appropriate to refer to passing from ‘one hole’ to ‘one hole’. This would mean leaving the first bead from the single hole side, then entering the next bead from the single hole side. However, it did not matter which single hole side as the bead will turn around and slot into the desired place.
It can be a little bit of a brain teaser working out how the Kheops Par Puca beads need to end up sitting. So, my top tip is to keep an eye on the diagrams and make sure you twist your bead around and move it into position. Then check that it aligns in the direction shown, ie either point upwards or point downwards.
Designing with Kheops Par Puca Beads
Traditionally a lot of my design work has taken place in my head. I imagine and plan how beads will link together to create the look I want. In the case of Kheops par Puca beads, I started out in this way. However, I quickly found that I had to actually work with the beads in order to understand how to create thread paths that were both logical and invisible. I had no problem in envisaging ways in which I might like to try laying out the beads. They could be laid end to end like arrows, or interlocked to form circles or lines.
All of these provided interesting shapes with which to play, but the challenge proved to be in sorting out the thread path to create these effects. In order to move from one hole to another, it is essential to use some seed beads to cover the thread – unless you are a fan of visible threads! So this immediately added a new element to the design. Of course it’s not just beads like Delicas that can be used to disguise a thread path or add interest. The more familiar I became with the Kheops Par Puca beads, the more I wanted to experiment. So, I began mixing in Superduos to create structure and links, and pearls to add interest. As with any other bead type, I conclude that the design possibilities for Kheops Par Puca are pretty much endless and my mind is buzzing with possibilities.
Patterns Using Kheops Par Puca Beads
If this has whetted your appetite for working with Kheops Par Puca beads, then I urge you to get some and have a play! By all means search your favourite bead shop. If they don’t already stock them, perhaps suggest this as a new line. Once you have the beads you can be brave and try creating your own designs. Or maybe play it a little safer and make a tried and tested pattern. I have a few options here to get you started. These are all easy ways into working with Kheops par Puca beads. You will also be able to find more advanced patterns once you feel comfortable with the new beads.
My Kheops Ring was based on the circular design concept and mixes in Superduos and pearls. You can find the pattern here.
This simple bracelet I named (very originally I know!) ‘Kheops: Keeping it Simple’ and it is just that. This will really help you to understand how to work the thread path and combine the beads into a straight line. The trick is all in the colouring – you can play with strong colour tones or, as I did, pick a Kheops par Puca that is shaded and then use the delicas to bring out the natural colouring in the Kheops.
As the Kheops par Puca beads are so geometric in shape, I wanted to play with that in a design. So, what better than to look to the Art Deco for some inspiration? With its strong colour contrasts and bold shapes, this Art Deco inspired necklace is a great way to develop the basic line of Kheops par Puca into a wider band.
Next stop, using Kheops par Puca beads to add edging or embellishment to a design. In this bracelet pattern, I started with a simple Right Angle Weave and then created a really interesting edge. It may look complicated, but is in fact quite simple to make. I created an even simpler edge with my Kheops Chain Earrings design.
In my Kheops Triangle necklace I combined the ideas of both edging and using components. You will see that I developed the motif from my Kheops Ring in order to create this design. You can find the photo at the top of this section. I also challenged myself to make a necklace using a single tube of Kheops beads. So, I created a focal section for a basic strung necklace design in this Kheops Focal Necklace. See the photo to the left.
I have also used Kheops beads to make a Christmas decoration, so you can find that pattern here. As you will read from the story about the pattern, the design that I ended up with was rather different from the idea that started out in my head, but I’m pretty happy with the results!
Having just recently come to bead embroidery, I have also discovered how well the Kheops bead work for that style of beading. I designed this cuff bangle around a cubist theme (you can read the whole story here) and the angular Kheops seemed a perfect fit for the project. They are really easy to stitch into place and make a lovely statement. So, if you are concerned about complex thread paths, you really don’t need to worry with this simple bead embroidery. Get the pattern here.
You can find all my Kheops patterns from this link.