Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Instructions


Beading circular flat peyote stitch is so fun! Create mandalas and use a simple technique to turn them into earrings. Get links to other peyote stitch techniques and jewelry making instructions too!

What does geometry have to do with making jewelry? We can create geometric symbols using beads. In the case of a mandala, which is the geometric symbol of the universe, we stitch concentric circles.

For the beadwork to remain flat each circle must be large enough to surround the previous round of beads. So, select the most uniform sized beads from each color of seed beads.

Circular Flat Peyote StitchCircular Flat Peyote Stitch

Below are step by step instructions for stitching flat circular peyote stitch into a mandala. Then, by making one simple change, we’ll make peyote stitch earrings.

Seed beads are sold in many different gram weights, depending on the vendor. You won’t need a lot of seed beads for this project. Purchase at least one gram of each color.

Beading Supplies

  • Size 8/0 seed beads in each of five colors (A, B, C, D, E) (In this project Color A: Yellow; Color B: Turquoise; Color C: Green; Color D: Orange; Color E: Dark Blue)
  • Beading thread
  • 2 earwires
  • 4 oval open jump rings

Jewelry Making Tools

  • Size 10 beading needle
  • 2 pair chain nose pliers

Flat Circular Peyote Stitch Instructions

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 1

Step 1

Round 1: Thread 3A beads onto your thread leaving a 6 inch (15 cm) tail.

Pass through all the beads again, creating a loop with three beads in it. For greater stability, pass through all the beads again.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 2

Step 2

Round 1: Pass through the first bead (the one from which the tail thread extends) again.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 3

Step 3

Round 1: At the same time and in opposite directions, pull both the tail and working thread ends taut, creating a triangle. The tail and working threads extend from Bead 1.

You have created Round 1.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 4

Step 4

Round 2: Pick up 2B beads and pass through the second A color bead. These are the first two beads of Round 2.

We do not skip over any beads in Round 1 (yellow beads). We are skipping over the space created by the triangular shape and filling it with the beads of Round 2.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 4A

Step 4A

Round 2: Once you pull the thread taut, the 2B beads should nestle in between beads 1 and 2 of Round 1. Check your beading against that shown in the photo.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 5

Step 5

Round 2: Pick up 2B beads and pass through the third A color bead.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 6

Step 6

Round 2: Pick up 2B beads and pass through the first A color bead of Round 1.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 6A

Step 6A

Round 2: You have stitched all the beads for Round 2. The threads exit a down bead (the first bead of Round 1, the one with the working and tail threads extending from it).

To begin stitching Round 3, the thread needs to exit an up bead. We need to "step up" as shown in the next step.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Instructions Continued


Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 7

Step 7: Step Up

Round 2: Step up to begin the next round: Insert the needle through the first bead of the round just stitched (Round 2 - Turquoise) and pass through the bead.

In peyote stitch this is called stepping up. Most instructions will simply state to step up.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 7A

Step 7A

Round 2 is now finished and the thread exits an up bead. Your thread is ready to accept a bead to begin Round 3.

(You just stepped up from one round to the next. In this case from Round 2 to Round 3.)

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 8

Step 8

Round 3: Pick up 1C bead and pass through the next up bead of the previous round (Round 2 - Turquoise).


Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 8A

Step 8A

Round 3: The first bead of Round 3 - Green is shown in place. To make this happen pull the working thread taut. You may need to pull the tail thread taut as well to tighten up the bead work.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 8

Step 8B

Round 3: Repeat Steps 8 and 8A for all the up beads of this round. You skip over the down yellow beads.

Step up (see Step 7) at the end of the round by passing through the first 1C bead of this round.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 9A

Step 9

Round 4: To stitch Round 4 - Orange, pickup 2D beads, skip a bead (turquoise) and pass through the next up bead.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 9A

Step 9A

Round 4: Repeat Step 9 for all the up beads in the previous round (Round 3 - Green).

Step up (see Step 7) through the first 2D bead of this round (Round 4 – Orange).

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 10

Step 10

Round 5: To stitch the next round (Round 5 – Dark Blue), pickup 1E bead, skip over the down bead (green ) and pass through the next up bead (orange).

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Instructions Continued

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 10A

Step 10A

Round 5: Repeat Step 10 for all the up beads in the previous round (Round 4 - Orange).

Step up (see Step 7) through the first 1E bead of this round (Round 5 – Dark Blue).

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 11

Step 11

Round 6: To stitch the next round (Round 6 – Yellow), pickup 1A bead, skip over the down bead (orange) and pass through the next up bead in the previous round (Round 5 – Dark Blue).

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 11A

Step 11A

Round 6: Repeat Step 11 for all the up beads in the previous round (Round 5 – Dark Blue).

Step up (see Step 7) through the first 1A bead of this round (Round 6 – Yellow).

We are going to end with this round.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 12

Step 12 Circular Peyote Stitch Completed

To make earrings, go to Step 13.

To end circular peyote work both the working thread and the tail thread into the beadwork, tying half hitch knots as you go (See Adding and Ending Thread When Beading).

If you stop stitching here and end your threads you’ve created a mandala.

Adding Rounds to Circular Flat Peyote Stitch

You could continue to add rounds to make a larger mandala before ending the threads. If you do, be sure to adjust the size and/or the number of beads you pickup to fill the space between the up beads.

For circular peyote stitch to remain flat each round must fit around the previous round.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 13

Step 13

After you stitch the last bead on the last round (Step 11A) and before you end the working thread, pickup 5A beads.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 13A

Step 13A

Pass through the next up bead.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 13BCompleted Modified Mandala

Step 13B

End your working and tail threads. (See Adding and Ending Thread When Beading.)

When ending the working thread you may want to first work your way across the beadwork to pass through the beads that make up the triangular loop a second time and then end the thread.

Set aside your first modified mandala.

Make one more for a total of two.

Step 14 Make Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Earrings


Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Step 14


You May Also Be Interested In These Bead Stitches:

Flat Odd Count Peyote

Flat Even Count Peyote


Now turn your modified mandala into circular flat peyote stitch earrings.

Using the chain nose pliers, open one oval jump ring.
Insert the jump ring into the top of the triangular loop. Slide another jump ring onto the open jump ring.

Close the first jump ring.

Using the chain nose pliers, open the loop of the earwire and slide the second added jump ring onto the loop of the earwire.

Close the loop on the earwire.
Repeat for the second modified mandala.

You’re done!

Wear your gorgeous circular flat peyote stitch earrings with pride.

Make a pair for a friend even!

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