Odd-Count Peyote Stitch with SuperDuos

It’s the New Year! Have you made your resolutions yet? Me, either! Instead, I’m going to forego resolutions I can’t keep this year (“don’t eat potato chips”) and just concentrate on bettering myself through learning.

One area I know I can always learn new things is with beading! I have quite a beading technique arsenal, but to be honest, I haven’t done a whole lot of beading with SuperDuos. So today, on this first day of the year, I thought I’d sit down and teach myself how to do odd-count peyote stitch with SuperDuos. Want to join me?

1) String double the number of beads you’d like your final count to be. For this little sample, I want 5 beads across, so I’m stringing 10. I’m also alternating the colors (yellow and gray) so you can easily see the rows. Leave a 4″ tail.photo 1

2) Pass through the second hole of the final gray bead.

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3) String 1 yellow bead, skip the next yellow bead from Step 1, and pass through the second hole of the following gray bead.

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Repeat this across the row so you get an up-and-down situation going with your beads, achieving that signature peyote-stitch stagger.

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4) Finish the third row and start the fourth one by stringing 1 yellow bead. Tie the tail and working threads together to secure it. Then pass through the second hole of that final yellow bead. String 1 gray bead and pass through the second hole of the next yellow bead of the previous row.

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5) Keep working across the row, adding 1 gray bead between each yellow bead. For the final stitch, string 1 gray bead, pass through the top hole of the end gray bead directly below (from 2 rows before this one), and through the bottom hole of the nearest yellow bead of the previous row.

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6) Pass through the top hole of the same yellow bead and through the bottom hole of the gray bead you just added. (You have, in effect, just formed a square stitch!)

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7) Set up for the next row by passing through the top hole of the same gray bead.

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8) Work the row by adding 1 yellow bead between each gray bead and square-stitching the final yellow to the end as you did in the previous row.

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Exit, once again, through the top hole of the final bead added.

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It’s pretty easy once you get the hang of it. What’s great is that you can use this technique for just about any two-holed bead.

Speaking of peyote stitch… Melinda Barta just finished up a wonderful book all about it, The Peyote Stitch Companion. It’s an all-encompassing reference guide for all the variations of this easy, popular stitch. To celebrate its release, Melinda is giving away 30 kits of beads to the first people who buy it! She’s also challenging those winners to make a peyote-stitched something by February 26th, 2016…when MORE random winners will be chosen to receive 2 new projects from Melinda. Go for it!

Happy beading!


Jean Cox, Beading editorial director

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