7 Free Peyote Stitch Patterns for You
Peyote stitch was not the easiest beading stitch for me to learn. After making my first peyote stitch amulet bag using flat, even-count peyote stitch, I suddenly found myself completely bewildered as to how I actually worked the stitch. I spent several years trying to master peyote stitch, until a wonderful teacher showed me an easy way to work tubular peyote stitch. Once I got the hang of it, I was hooked!
Apparently, I’m not alone. There are so many peyote stitch beading designs out there, it seems like we’ll never run out of ways to change up peyote stitch and create amazing beadwork with this popular beading stitch.
Why learn the peyote bead design? This stitch, also known as the gourd stitch, is an age-old method of bead stitching that uses either an odd or even number of beads per row, allowing you to create some of the most eye-catching and complex designs ever. As you’ll see in our selection of free peyote patterns, you’ll find that you can use peyote to craft flat, round or tube shaped crafts. So you can use this wonderful method to make stunning bracelets, necklaces, earrings, handbags and home décor!
Our selection includes plenty of free flat peyote stitch patterns that are wonderful for beginners who aren’t quite ready to tackle curved or tubular styles. But if you’re an expert, fear not! Many of our free peyote stitch patterns incorporate more complex curved designs to help you take your peyote skills to the next level. These peyote beading patterns great for those who want to practice their skills or use them to develop new and exciting designs.
Peyote stitch is not the easiest beading stitch to learn, but many will agree that once you get the hang of it, you’ll be hooked! There are so many beading designs out there, it seems like we’ll never run out of ways to change up this stitch and create amazing beadwork. Interweave assembled a new collection–and included a few old favorites–of free peyote stitch patterns just for our readers. The collection includes 7 free projects that show off the versatility and how creative you can get with this age-old off-loom bead-weaving stitch. These top-quality designs are sure to inspire your creative spirit to start a new peyote bracelet or necklace today!
If you’ve ever been frustrated trying to read and follow a charted peyote pattern, you’re not alone. We’ve included a couple of our favorite peyote stitch beading blogs all about ways to mark your place in your peyote patterns and how to interpret a peyote graph for making beautiful beaded jewelry!
DIY Beaded Rings
Finger Food by Leslie Rogalski
A simple band doesn’t have to be simple at all when you add a striking, graphic pattern and your favorite colors, like in Leslie Rogalski’s Finger Food peyote stitched rings. This project is ideal for beginners who want to learn this popular stitch. Regular fans of this bead-weaving technique will find this pattern to be instant gratification. These work up so fast that you’ll be making them in every color to match your favorite outfits!
Make a Tubular Beaded Bracelet
Confetti Spiral by Marilyn T. Aronson
Tubular peyote stitch gets fancy when you change up the beads in each round. Marilyn T. Aronson’s Confetti Spiral looks like you made lots of complicated increases and decreases throughout this colorful peyote rope, but just using different sizes of seed beads is what creates the ins and outs of this bracelet. Create your own fiesta using vivid, bold colors in a Dutch spiral, where simply changing bead sizes in tubular peyote creates a dynamic twist effect. Once you get the hang of the spiraling stitches, you’ll have a samba of a bracelet on your wrist in no time!
Flat Circular Peyote Stitch Necklace Project
Pearly Mosaic by Lisa Kan
Mosaic tile work inspired this necklace in colors chosen to mimic the sea. By utilizing both transparent and opaque Japanese seed beads in two sizes, 15° and 11°, Lisa added subtle textural interest to the design. Instead of increasing stitches, one and two drop is used to expand the ring uniformly. Although made in the same pattern, the rings have alternating colors and connecting them in a particular sequence adds a sense of controlled randomness and movement. The pearl clasp closure provides a seamless connection and is modeled after a ball and socket concept. You’ll find yourself loving the soothing rhythm of flat, circular peyote stitch as you work up a series of components with your favorite seed beads to assemble into a stunning necklace.
DIY Jewelry Findings: Beaded Clasps
Playful Clasps by Melinda Barta
Finish your next project with this easily customizable toggle clasp. Not only are the gold collars fun to play with because they slide around the toggle ring, but they also help hold the toggle bar in place when worn. Enjoy the best of both tubular and circular peyote stitch with Melinda Barta’s Playful Clasps. These easy-to-make clasps let you create a whole range of beaded jewelry design possibilities, including options for those with sensitivities to metals.
How to Make Beaded Earrings with Flat Peyote Stitch
Summer Bird House Earrings by Judi Wood
Try your hand at some fun-shaped earrings with a pair of Judi Wood’s Summer Bird House Earrings. These delicate little earrings work up fast while teaching you how to achieve lines and shapes.
Make a Beaded Necklace
Dragonfly Gingko Necklace by Barbara Ellis
For a more challenging shaped project; make Barbara Ellis’ Dragonfly Gingko Necklace. Combine a striking shaped stitch pendant with other favorite beading stitches to create a piece of artistic beaded jewelry for any occasion!
Beaded Pirate Bracelet Pattern
Pirate’s Plunder by Dustin Wedekind
Use a mixture of seed-bead soup to brick-stitch an arched window that forms the clasp for a skull-faced lampworked button to peek through. Connect the window and button with a spine of accent beads and surround them with textured strands for a choker worthy of Jack Sparrow.
This free peyote stitch beading eBook is a way to expand your peyote stitch skills, learn some new bead stitching tricks, and come away with a whole wardrobe of beautiful beaded jewelry. After making a few of these free beading projects, we think you’ll understand why beaders around the world love peyote stitch!
So, think of this eBook as a way to expand your peyote stitch skills, learn some new bead stitching tricks, and come away with a whole wardrobe of beautiful beaded jewelry. After making a few of these free beading projects, we think you’ll understand why beaders around the world love peyote stitch!