Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch
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Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch...A favorite among beaders. Add to your jewelry making skills and learn how to with step by step photos.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Basics

Before you start read through all of the instructions first. Some instructions - how to make a stop bead, how to end a thread and how to add a thread are on other pages. Links to these pages are provided when a step calls for you to do them. Read through them first too.

Rows 1 - 3 are the most difficult and are stitched at the same time.

Jewelry Making Supplies

  • beading thread, conditioned (One G brand is already conditioned)
  • beading needle, size 10 or 12
  • seed beads
  • scissors
  • beading mat
Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 1

Step 1

Make a stop bead and thread an odd number of beads onto the thread.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 2

Step 2

Pick up (add another bead onto the thread) one more bead (light green).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 3

Step 3

Skip one bead (black). Pass through (thread the needle through) the next bead (blue).

The black bead starts Row 1. The blue bead starts Row 2 (down beads). The light green bead starts Row 3 (up beads).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 4

Step 4

Pick up a bead (dark orange).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 5

Step 5

Skip a bead (dark green) and pass through the next bead (red).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 6

Step 6

Pick up a bead (green).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 7

Step 7

Skip a bead (turquoise) and pass through the next bead (light orange).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 8

Step 8

Pick up a bead (dark green). This is the last bead of Row 3.
It sits on top of the first bead (medium blue) of Row 1.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Turn and Thread Pattern

Flat Odd Count Peyote Thread PatternFlat Odd Count Peyote Turn and Thread Pattern

There is no next bead in this row to attach the last bead to. We must anchor it to the beads that surround it. So, we make what’s called an odd count turn (follow the black line) stitching in a triangular pattern.


Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch
Odd Count Turn: Steps 9 – 14

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 9

Step 9 Odd Count Turn (First Half)

Go through three beads: (1) the bead (medium blue) immediately below the bead you just picked up (dark green bead), (2) the bead (light orange) to the right of it and (3) the down bead (turquoise) to the right and two columns over.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 10

Step 10

Thread patten after first half of odd count turn.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 11

Step 11 Odd Count Turn (Second Half)

Go through three beads: Next, go through these three beads: (1) the up bead (medium green) in Row 3, Column 3, (2) the bead (light orange) in Row 2, Column 2 and (3) the bead (medium blue) in Row 1, Column 1.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 12

Step 12


Thread patten after second half of odd count turn. The thread now exits the bead (medium blue) immediately below the last bead picked up (dark green).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 13

Step 13

Pass through the last bead you picked up (Row 3, Column 1).

Step 14

Now you have completed the odd count turn and are in the correct position to pick up a bead and continue stitching.


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