Odd-count Peyote Trick PLUS Free Peyote eBook

Leslie ROgalskiCombine for convenience
Two of my favorite stitches are peyote and brick. The funny thing is, they look almost identical. The beads fit together in the same pattern.  Brick looks like peyote turned on its side, or the other way around. They're just stitched in a different way, and brick stitch makes a slightly firmer piece of beadwork than something worked in peyote. Because of this similarity, it’s easy to switch from peyote stitch to brick stitch in your beadwork.

Add a row for odd-count peyote symmetry
Many artists prefer working in the slightly speedier even-count peyote to avoid doing the twisty turn needed in every row in odd-count.  But, they want the symmetry afforded by odd-count peyote. So they work a piece in even-count, leaving the last row out of their work––and add the last side row in brick stitch. Neat trick!  Can you more experienced beaders tell which is which in these photos? Bet you can't! (Answer below.)

 
Simple switch from stitch to stitch
It’s easy to turn even-count peyote into odd-count with a row of brick. Simply start working brick off the side of your peyote strip:
1: At the end of your peyote
stitching, weave through the beads
to exit the end of the row.
  2: String 2 beads––always start a
row of brick with 2 beads––and
pass your needle under the threads
bridging the beads beneath in the
previous row.
 
3: Pass up through the second
bead just strung.
  4: Pull snug and complete the
row stringing 1 bead at a time.
Continue to work in brick or peyote
to expand your piece.

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Seed Bead Fusion
Combinations of stitches are fun whether they are shortcuts or enhancements. For some striking examples of stitch and material combos check out Seed Bead Fusion by Rachel Nelson Smith. And, her unique color combinations may be convenient solutions to your design decisions.

Which stitch was which?
The peyote-stitched sampler is on the left at the top and was used in the step shots, too. Let us know if you have other peyote tricks you can share, right here on Beading Daily.

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