Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch Basics
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Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch Basics: Increase your jewelry making skills and learn how to techniques with step by step photos.

Before you start read through all of the instructions first.

Some instructions - (1) how to make a stop bead, (2) how to end a thread and (3) how to add a thread are on other pages.

Links to these pages are provided when a step calls for you to do them.

Flat Even Count Peyote Basics

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Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch Thread PatternFlat Even Count Peyote Stitch Thread Pattern

Here is the thread patten for even count peyote stitch. You can see in the above picture how the rows are created.

Each row is offset from the other by half the height of the beads used, creating 'up' and 'down' beads in alternating columns. The beads in C1 (Column 1) are 'up' beads. C2 contains 'down' beads and so on.

In the picture, the first bead at the bottom left is the stop bead.

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • beading thread, conditioned (One G brand is already conditioned)
  • beading needle, size 10 or 12
  • seed beads (for practice I'm using size 6/0)
  • scissors
  • beading mat

Prepare Thread First

To start stitching, cut about two arms length of beading thread. Stretch the thread, condition it and thread the needle.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 1

Step 1

Make a stop bead and thread an even number of beads (I picked up 6) onto the thread.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 2

Step 2

Pick up (add a bead onto the thread) one more bead.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 3

Step 3 In Motion

Skip over one bead. Pass back through the next bead.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 4

Step 3 Completed

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 5

Step 4

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 together. (Pick up a bead, skip over a bead and pass through the next bead).

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 6

Step 5

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for all the remaining beads in the original sequence picked up in Step 1.

Believe it or not you have stitched 3 rows.

You are now at the end of Row 3.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 6

Step 6

At the end of a row make a soft turn to stitch the next row left to right (when stop bead is on left). Pickup a bead.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 7

Step 7

Skip a bead (down bead) and pass through the next up bead.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 8

Step 8

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 (pick up a bead, skip over a bead and pass through the next bead).

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 9

Step 9

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 for all the remaining beads in this row.


Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 10

Step 10

At the end of a row make a soft turn to stitch the next row right to left (when stop bead is on left). Pickup a bead.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch 11

Step 11

Skip a bead (down bead) and pass through the next up bead.


Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch

Add Rows of Peyote Stitch to Finish Length

To add more rows, repeat Steps 9 through 11 until you are within one inch (2.5 cm) of the finished length of your bracelet or necklace. Then, add a clasp as called for in the project.

Add More Thread or Finish Ends


You may need to (1) add thread before you finish stitching your project; or (2) end your thread and (3) remove the stop bead and end the tail thread. Learn to do all three in this Adding and Ending Thread When Beading lesson.

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