Peyote Stitch

The peyote stitch is usually one of the first things a new beader learns. Flat peyote patterns are a favorite of both beginner and experienced beaders for the beautiful designs and colors used in them, and how to peyote stitch beading is considered to be a form of quiet, mindful meditation for many beaders throughout the world. It can be used to create sculptural beadwork as well as beaded jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and sculptural peyote techniques are used to create three-dimensional works of art. It’s no wonder that beaders everywhere love to create jewelry from peyote bead patterns!

Here, you will find resources on this popular technique, along with tips, tricks, and hacks. Download our 7 Must-Know Peyote Beading Stitches free infographic and our free patterns here! Before you go, check out the Interweave store for great videos, kits, books, ebooks, and magazines on popular beading topics!

Like tiny building blocks, beads can join together in an infinite number of ways. Since each bead is a unit woven neatly in place, beadwork has the rare ability to be both durable and flexible at the same time. Peyote stitch in particular has amazing versatility, from flat, detailed masterpieces to organic structures that twist […]

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Michelle Leonardo’s Ouroboros Dragon Cuff graces the August/September 2018 Beadwork cover. This edgy cuff with a freeform peyote stitch dragon head clasp was a design challenge, requiring plenty of stops and starts. Learn from Michelle how she got into bead weaving and what inspired her to create this dramatic dragon bracelet. My Artistic Background Art […]

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Stitch Pro: Peyote with a Twist

“Peyote with a Twist—Not Crochet” is a technique for using even-count peyote stitch to make cylindrical ropes that look similar to bead-crocheted ropes. The similarity is in the slant and the relative position of the beads. The beads form narrow coils or rings around the tube, unlike in tubular peyote stitch. MATERIALS & TOOLS 2 […]

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Bead Artist Gerlinde Lenz

Gerlinde Lenz is a skilled and prolific beader and bead-weaving teacher. She has developed a number of unique stitches, including Herringote, Diamond Weave, and Peyote with a Twist (also known as Peytwist). Gerlinde is generous with her time and knowledge, freely sharing both to encourage and advance other bead weavers’ skills. As a teacher, she […]

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Stitch Tips: Even-Count Flat Peyote Stitch

Peyote stitch projects are great for beginners, a favorite among bead weavers, and usually one of the first stitches a new beader learns. Master flat peyote stitch and you’ll quickly see it’s the building block for all other peyote variations. But don’t be fooled by its name —pieces made with this basic stitch can be […]

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It’s not often you stumble upon a solution to a beading problem a decade later… About 10 years ago I made some fairly simple peyote-stitched rings for a beaded chain necklace. The circular links were basically a flat strip of peyote stitch with the ends zipped together. At the time I thought I knew peyote […]

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