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Peyote Stitch Instructions

October 24, 2019


Hi, I’m Allie with the Potomac Bead Company and I’m going to be showing you how to do a simple peyote stitch. Peyote stitch is the basis for a lot of bracelets as well as necklaces and a lot of pattern designs. So this is an easy technique for you to learn that you can embellish and take classes on further expanding your knowledge with. To use peyote I’m going to start out by using cubes. I’m using galvanized silver and galvanized gold Miyuki 3 millimeter cubes. I’m also using wildfire thread and a size 10 needle. The first thing I’ve done is put a stop bead onto my thread. A stop bead is a bead that’s different in color and sometimes different in shape that’s going to come off my project but it helps me to know where the end of my project is as well as stop the beads from falling off. To add the stop bead, I’ve taken the bead down and left myself about a three inch tail, take my needle through the bead in the same direction two times. Again this bead will come off the project and is not set to stay so you want to use something that’s bright, or that’s different than what you’re using. I’m going to be doing even count peyote so I’m going to be picking up six beads for my first set. I’m going to use silver as my first set and I’m going to pick up six silver beads and put them on my needle. It’s easiest to learn even count peyote. Once you master even count than you can go to odd count. I put six beads on and I let them drop down next to my stop bead. From now on I’m going to alternate colors when I’m doing alternating rows. I’m going to pick up one gold seed bead and I’m going to put it onto my thread Instead of passing my needle back through the first silver bead I’m going to pass over the first and go through the second silver bead in the row. The first row of peyote is always the hardest, but once you get it set up it’s fairly simple. What I want to see is that the first bead of my silver and my first silver bead or my first gold bead are laying side by side. I’m going to add another gold bead onto my needle, skip over the next silver bead and proceed to go through the following silver bead. So I’m going to constantly be skipping a silver bead. So the thread is coming out of this bead right here. What I’m going to do is add another gold bead, and this is my third bead in the step and I’m skipping that next silver bead and going through the last gold bead. Skipping over that stop bead because again, that’s just going to come off, and pulling it taut. This is now actually three rows of peyote. We have our first row which was actually two rows, and then we added three beads for our third row. Each row is going to add more and more beads to it. So now what I’m going to do is I’m going to pick up a silver bead, the Silver bead is going to go through the gold bead and lay right next to the last silver bead. I’m going to pick up another silver bead, go through the next gold bead. What happens as you start to build your rows are the beads are sticking up and popping up. That way you know exactly where your cube needs to sit and what beads you need to go through. As you continue with the peyote stitch gets easier and easier to see your pattern Now that I’m coming out of the end. I’m going to start my next row. I add a gold bead on, through my silver, pull my thread taut, add another gold bead on, pull through my silver bead. I continue in this fashion until my bracelet is done.

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  • Reply Kathryn Lee January 5, 2019 at 12:41 am

    Thank you for the tutorial. Although you chose different colored beads, the silver & gold were not different enough to see the contrast as you're teaching the stitch. Using more contrasting beads would make it easier to follow.

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