This is a project for beginners who like to learn Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch. Peyote stitch is a versatile beadweaving technique and with flat odd-count or even-count Peyote you can create wonderful handmade jewelries.
With this short tutorial you’ll learn how to create a Peyote pattern, how to easily start a Peyote Stitch, how to zip it up or make the ends meets to form a circle or a ring.
Materials & Tools
1 pack of 3 colors of 11/0 seed beads
60 inches beading thread
2 beading needles Scissor
Ruler or tape measure
Cut 60 inches beading thread. Pick up an extra bead and pass the needle back thru the bead 2 times, leaving at least 7 inches tail. This bead will serve as your “bead stopper.” For the 1st row, slide in 2 orange, 2 blue, 2 white, 2 orange and 1 blue
Tip to starting a Peyote Stitch
Pick up your extra beading needle. Without a thread insert the needle through the beads starting with the last bead (blue bead) then skip the 1st orange bead and insert through the 2nd orange bead. Skip again the 1st white bead and insert through the 2nd white bead. Follow the same skipping and inserting through the bead until you come out of your bead stopper.
Do the same for the next color of beads until your thread comes out of the last orange bead. At this stage you have completed your 4th row. Repeat from Step 2, 3, 4 & 5 until you reach your desired length or diameter that will fit your ring finger.
In case you need to change or renew your thread, simply pass the needle back thru several beads in zigzag direction and going up and down. The thread will not slip off, even without a knot. Then cut off excess thread.
Step 6: Zipping up a Flat Peyote
After you have reached your desired length and your beadwork now fits your finger you need to “zip up” the beadwork to form a circle or a ring.
Fold your beadwork and make the ends meet. To determine if you can zip up your Peyote beadwork, after folding your right side beadwork should start with a down bead, if so then you can zip it up; otherwise, add another row or remove one row.
Coming out from your very last bead, pass the needle back thru the 1st up bead from your left side, going up like shown in the pattern. Weave in zigzag direction, passing the needle thru the up beads.
Keep pulling the thread as you pass the needle thru the up beads. You can use a mandrel to make it easier to zip up your beadwork and to keep its form.
You have completed your Peyote Beaded Ring! Hope you like it!
Now you know how to weave a Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch!
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