The Power of Peyote Stitch with Jean Power

From Jennifer: If anybody on Planet Bead knows about peyote stitch, it's today's guest blogger, Jean Power. Jean has taken peyote stitch in new directions, and her experiments with shape and geometry have created a wave of innovation in shaped and geometric peyote stitch. In today's Beading Daily blog, she shares with us how she started on her journey down the road to shaped beadwork by turning "mistakes" into material for creating spectacular peyote stitch designs.

Almost since I first began beading, my love of the craft has gone hand in hand with my love of peyote stitch. Though I found it tricky to master at the start once I had I realized my brain just seems to work in peyote. I can do every other stitch, and often design in them when called upon, but give me a needle and thread and without thinking peyote stitch is what appears.

Whether it is the satisfaction as a cylinder bead 'snaps' into place, or the ease with which geometric shapes can grow, or even just the way those little spaces sit there waiting to be filled, peyote stitch never bores me, nor do I run out of ideas to use it.

I even find that the little nuances of the stitch, which could work against you, can be seen as a challenge. How do I incorporate this into my design? An example is taking those not-always-as-smooth-as-you-would-like increases and making them a major design element by turning them into corners, horns, angles, or points.

To me peyote stitch can be smooth, textured, straight or twisted, soft and subtle or hard and angular. I see no difference as it flows from flat to tubular and back again.

How did I get like that? To me it was simple — I put in a lot of hours beading with peyote stitch. I now view it like I do a full fridge: I can open the door and know that I can create something wonderful from a set of ingredients without having to read a label or weigh an item. Along with all that beading came a lot of experimenting and a lot of observing. I constantly think 'what would happen if I did this…' and then put in the time to see what would happen. It doesn't always work, but I make a mental note and add that knowledge to the bank. I don't know when it will become useful, but it's there and waiting for me!

I greatly admire other designers whose brain works in other stitches, Marcia DeCoster with right-angle weave, or Dustin Wedekind with square stitch, for example, but to me their creations are like magical pieces. I think, How did they do that? And then I go back to peyote stitch and hopefully come up with something that has the same effect on anyone viewing it.

If you love Jean's geometric peyote stitch designs, you'll love her new eBook, Reversible Peyote Stitch: 3 Exclusive Patterns from Bead Pro Jean Power, only available in the Beading Daily Shop! These three peyote stitch beading designs will get you thinking about the peyote stitch possibilities that exist with your own designs. Challenge your peyote stitch skills when you download your copy of Reversible Peyote Stitch: 3 Exclusive Patterns from Bead Pro Jean Power today!

Bead Happy,


You can learn more about Jean, see more of work, find her teaching schedule, and read her blog at You can find more of her beading patterns and kits in her Etsy Shop.


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