Peyote Stitch Your Way into 2011

 

Kristal Wick
Kristal Wick
is the editor of
Beading Daily
You'll always find peyote stitch in bead weaving. I started out a mere 4 months ago with the simplest even-count flat peyote stitch and have been in love ever since! I've been threatening to learn a different stitch since then, but why not learn all six flat peyote stitches first? I invite you to expand your peyote stitch repertoire along with me.

Ready, set, go!

Even-count flat peyote stitch. String an even number of beads. Remember the first set of beads strung makes up both rows 1 and 2. Although they appear as a straight line of beads now, they will shift to become distinct "up" and "down" beads once you work the next row. To begin working the third row, string 1 bead and pass back through the second-to-last bead strung for rows 1 and 2. Continue stitching across following the basic peyote pattern: "Pick up 1 new bead, skip over a bead of the previous row, and pass through the next." This illustration shows an 8-bead-wide strip with the fourth row partially completed.

Odd-count peyote stitch-traditional turnaround. As the name implies, begin odd-count peyote stitch by stringing an odd number of beads. Remember the first set of beads strung makes up both rows 1 and 2. Work row 3 back across row 2 as before and, when you reach the end, tie a knot with the working and tail threads to secure the first 3 rows. Step up for the next row by passing back through the last bead added for row 3 (see the illustration's blue thread). Complete rows 4 and 5 as usual, but in order to turn around at the end of row 5, loop the thread under previous threads at the end of the beadwork. Step up by passing back through the last bead added for row 5 (see red thread).

Odd-count peyote stitch-square-stitch turnaround. Another type of odd-count turnaround involves a square stitch. In this instance, exit the end of the beadwork by passing down through the edge bead. String 1 new bead (indicated in blue), and work a square stitch. 

Two-drop peyote stitch. You aren't limited to working just 1 bead at a time. Try two-drop peyote stitch by using 2 beads in each stitch. When working subsequent rows, treat the 2 beads as one and continue stitching. 

Increasing flat peyote stitch. To get ready to work an increase, work a row with 2 beads in each stitch as you did in Figure 4 (and shown with a blue thread and orange beads in Figure 5). Stitch across the row and place 1 bead between each bead of the previous row. The increase beads that split the pair of orange beads in the previous row are indicated in blue.

Decreasing flat peyote stitch. To work a decrease, simply work across the row as before but don't add a bead in 1 or more stitches (see the exposed thread without a blue bead in Figure 6). Pull the thread with tight tension to snug the beadwork and conceal the exposed thread.

With the entire flat peyote stitch family under my belt, I'm ready to try even more bead stitching projects in Beadwork. Join me in welcoming the new year with new beading!

Come bead with me!

 

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