Make Dozens of Beaded Jewelry Designs With These Easy Peyote Stitch Rings

Lately, my favorite beading mantra is: quick and easy, quick and easy, beaded components, quick and easy. Yep, I’ve been beading on the go a lot lately, packing little portable projects around with me as I shuttle my son to t-ball practice and birthday parties and play dates, finding time to bead in the wee hours of the morning after my meditation practice and before everyone else in my house gets up and wants breakfast.

One of the beaded components that I’ve been revisiting a lot lately is the simple, ubiquitous peyote stitch ring. Not only are these little beaded components fun and easy to stitch up, they have dozens, maybe hundreds, of uses in beaded jewelry designs!

Check out this free tutorial from Beadwork magazine editor Melinda Barta for making your own peyote stitch rings, then read on for a couple of ideas on how to attach them to create beaded necklaces, bracelets, and earrings!

Materials:

  • Size 15 seed beads (A)
  • Size 11 seed beads (B)
  • Beading thread of your choice in color to match or contrast with seed beads

Tools:

  • Beading needle, size 12
  • Scissors or thread cutter
  • Chain nose or flat nose pliers (optional, but useful for moving needle through tight spots)

1. Peyote Ring. Use circular peyote stitch to form the ring by stitching two sides off a central ring and then zipping the sides together along the outside edge.

Center ring: Use 3′ of thread to string 44A. Tie a knot to form a circle. Pass through the first bead strung. Work one round of circular peyote stitch with 1A in each stitch (Photo 1).
Step up for each new round by passing through the first bead added in the current round (Photo 2).
Side 2, Round 1: Work 1B in each stitch. Weave through beads to exit an up bead on the other side of the center ring. You will return to this side after working Side 1; this round is worked now to make it easier when you return to finish this side.Side 1, Round 1: Work 1B in each stitch (Photo 3).
Side 1, Rounds 2 – 4: Work 1B in each stitch (Photo 4). Work with tight thread tension in Rounds 3 and 4 so the beadwork cups. Weave through beads to exit Side 2, Round 1.
Side 2, Rounds 2 and 3: Work 1B in each stitch (Photo 5).
Zipping: Fold the sides up toward each other so that Side 1, Round 4 meets Side 2, Round 3. Zip the edges together (Photo 6). Repeat the thread path to reinforce. Secure the thread and trim.

Now the fun really begins! How many ways can you think of to join or link these little peyote stitch rings together? Just a couple of ideas for you:

  • Use crystal rounds or bicones between each ring.
  • Stitch a strip of peyote stitch long enough to capture two rings together, and join each pair until you have enough for a bracelet or necklace.
  • Use your favorite gemstone beads as connectors.
  • String a strand of seed beads long enough to wrap around one peyote ring, string a focal bead, and then string a length of seed beads long enough to wrap around a second ring to join them. Repeat the thread path a few times to reinforce before you knot and clip your thread.
  • If you really want to challenge yourself, link your peyote rings together as you’re stitching them! Simply string on your 44 beads and before you close your ring, loop it through the peyote ring you just completed. Stitch as you normally would, but be aware that you may have to angle your needle a bit to get it through some tight spots. (This is the technique I used to make my Roman Holiday necklace all those years ago!)

It seems like when it comes to peyote stitch, the sky is the limit. No wonder it’s the favorite bead stitch of so many beaders these days! When it comes to choosing a favorite beading stitch, one is just isn’t enough — so that’s why I love all the projects in Favorite Bead Stitches 2015. You’ll find 32 fantastic beading projects using all your favorite off-loom bead-weaving stitches like peyote stitch, herringbone stitch, and right-angle weave! Best of all, you can get Favorite Bead Stitches as a hard copy printed magazine, or for those of us who prefer the instant gratification of instant downloads, you can get Favorite Bead Stitches as a digital magazine with all the same great content.

What’s your favorite way to use peyote stitch rings? Custom toggle clasps? Beaded earrings? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your ideas with us!

Bead Happy,

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