Peyote Stitch Basics
Beading Instructions

Peyote Stitch: Learn the basics of this popular bead stitch to make awesome jewelry! Even, odd count, flat, circular and more in techniques tutorial.

The term comes from Native American cultures and is also known as the gourd stitch.

The look of this bead stitch is staggered rows of beads.

It is worked off a base row where you pick up a bead, skip a bead and go through the next bead.

Peyote StitchFlat Odd Count Peyote (left) Flat Even Count Peyote (right)

Of course, this bead stitch is worked with seed beads, but you can also use many other types of bead - crystals, gemstones, two hole beads, drops, lentils, cylinders, magatamas, cubes and many more.

I first learned to do peyote bead stitch to make a bezel around a cabochon in a class on bead embroidery. Admittedly, I was too intimidated to do anything more with it.

After several years of subscribing to Beadwork and Bead and Button magazines without making anything, I've finally taken the plunge to do more. As I learn, I'll post. (I must admit, I'm having so much fun!)

Peyote Bead Stitch Techniques

How to Make a Stop Bead

Using a thread and needle in beadwork can be a slippery undertaking. How do you keep your beads from falling off the end of the thread? Learn how and why to make a stop bead.

How to Add and End Thread

Well you certainly will use a lot of it. Once you've finished stitching the project, you've gotta do something with it. Find out about Adding and Ending Thread When Beading.

Flat Even Count Peyote

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch

Flat Even Count Peyote: this seems to be the easiest. The turns are soft and simple. After the first three rows are completed, the stitch is a breeze.

Flat Odd Count Peyote

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch

Flat Odd Count Peyote: Page 1 and Page 2: the turns are a more challenging, but the stitching is the same as for even count. Use odd count when you want to center a design.

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch

Circular Flat Peyote Stitch Thumbnail

Do you like circles? Yes? Well now you can create lots of them with circular peyote. Start by learning the technique and create some cool peyote earrings!

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