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!

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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Peyote Stitch: Everything You Need to Know

Millions of seed beaders consider peyote stitch to be one of the most gratifying and versatile bead weaving techniques in existence. In fact, it’s the stitch that most beginners start with — flat even-count peyote is the easiest to learn and works up quicker than many other stitches. And it’s very versatile — all of […]

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Learning Peyote Stitch as a Beginning Beader

The very first beading project I ever attempted used circular peyote stitch. I started off great but every time I put my beadwork down and tried to resume working, I lost my place. (I doubt this was the fault of the stitch I was attempting!) Now that I’ve had more experience, I find peyote stitch […]

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Peyote Stitch: Variations on a Theme You know that feeling of panic when someone asks you what type of music you like? It’s impossible to answer. Music, like beadwork, is a blend of styles built up slowly from a simple idea, a basic chord progression or stitch pattern, into a complex conversation. Peyote stitch is […]

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Peyote stitch is used around the world, in many different cultures, for many different things. Examples of peyote stitch have been found among ancient Egyptian artifacts, but the name “peyote stitch” comes from the Native American bead-weaving tradition of using the stitch to decorate the handles of gourds used for Native American peyote ceremonies. Learning […]

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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 […]

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