Peyote stitch is also known as Gourd Stitch which is an off-loom beading technique used by many cultures around the world in their beadwork. The Native American Church originating from Oklahoma practices Peyotism or Peyote religion has used peyote stitch to decorate objects used in their peyote ceremonies and thus, the name “Peyote Stitch” has been derived while the name Gourd Stitch similarly derived from the use of the stitch to decorate gourd containers.
There are 2 variations of the Peyote Stitch. There is the even count peyote and odd count peyote. Both of these peyote stitch variations can be woven as flat strips, flat round shape and tubular. Peyote Stitch, being a versatile weaving technique can be worked into different designs and so it’s an important beadweaving technique to include in a handmade jewelry maker’s skills.
Here are some basic videos on different variations of Peyote Stitch