Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch
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Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch - Part 2...Increase your jewelry making skills and learn how to peyote stitch with step by step photos.

Flat Peyote Stitch Basics Continued

Part 1: Steps 1 - 14.

This page is Part 2 of the Flat Peyote Stitch Tutorial: Steps 15 to 31. (You may be thinking that this is a long tutorial, and it is. But, if you complete it you will know how to do basic flat peyote stitch. So, bead on!)

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 15

Step 15

Pick up a bead (yellow).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 16

Step 16

Skip over the down bead (light orange). We skip over down beads. Pass through the next up bead (green). We pass through up beads.


Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 17

Step 17

Pick up a bead (dark blue).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 18

Step 18

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

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 19

Step 19

Pick up a bead (turquoise).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 20

Step 20

Skip a bead (medium blue) and pass through the next bead (light green). (This is the last bead of Row 4.)

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 21

Step 21

Pick up a bead (light orange).
(It will sit on top of the first bead (light green) of Row 3.)

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 22

Step 22

Make a soft turn stitching right to left: skip a bead (light green) and pass back through the up bead (turquoise). You’re adding Row 5.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 23

Step 23

Pickup a bead, skip a bead and pass back through the next up bead. Repeat this step for all the up beads in the row. (The up beads here are dark blue and yellow.)

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 24

Step 24

Pickup a bead (the last one on this row).

There is no up bead to go through, so to make the turn we must anchor this bead to those that surround it.


Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch

Odd Count Turn

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 26

Step 26

To make the odd count turn: Go down one bead and across two beads.

(Or explained another way:  Take the needle through three beads: (1) the bead  immediately below the bead you just picked up, (2) the bead to the right of it and (3) the down bead to the right and two columns over.)

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 27

Step 27

Now the thread exits the medium colored green bead two rows down and two columns over.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 28

Step 28

From where the exits (medium colored green bead (Row 3, Column 3)) go up a bead and insert the needle diagonally down through three beads: brown bead in Row 6, Column 3; yellow bead in Row 5, Column 2; dark green bead in Row 4, Column 1.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 29

Step 29

The thread exits the bead (dark green) immediately below the last bead (red) you picked up.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 30

Step 30

Pass through the last bead picked up (red).

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch 31

Step 31

Now you are ready to pickup a bead, skip a bead and go through the next up bead as seen in Steps 15 and 16.

Repeat for each up bead in this row.

Adding Rows to Peyote Stitch

Continue adding rows to the beadwork by picking up a bead and going through the next up bead - see Steps 15 and 16. The bead you skip over is now easy to see as it is the down bead (see the orange bead in Step 16).

With the stop bead on the left:

  • When you are stitching left to right and reach the end of the row make a soft turn as in Steps 21 and 22.
  • When you are stitching right to left and reach the end of the row repeat Steps 26 and 31 - Odd Count Turn. (These may seem like a lot of steps, but once you get into a rhythm it won't seem that way.)

Add rows until you are within about one inch (2.5 cm) of the desired length of your bracelet or other jewelry. This leaves room to add a clasp.

Adding and Ending Thread When Beading


Enjoying flat odd count peyote stitch? I sure hope so! Here are few more things you need to know.

Your first thread may not be long enough to finish your piece. When you have about six inches of thread left you will need to add new thread.

To stop stitching you will need to end a thread.

You will also remove the stop bead and work the tail thread into the beadwork.

These three finishing steps are shown on this page: Adding and Ending Thread When Beading.

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