How to weave 2-Drop Peyote Stitch Beading Tutorial

2-Drop Peyote Stitch beading technique is a variation of Peyote Stitch. The difference with 2-Drop Peyote Stitch is that instead of picking up 1 bead, 2-drop means you need to pick up 2 beads at a time. 2- Drop Peyote Stitch may seem simple, but using this beading technique lessens the time of building up your beadwork or creating your beaded project. The technique is also great for making patterns for bracelets!

Here is a basic pattern for 2-Drop Peyote Stitch. Prepare 2 colors of seedbeads.

peyote stitchStep 1:Fig 1 – String seed beads in pairs and in the following order: 2(A), 2(B), 2(A), 2(B), 2(A), 2(B), 2(A)

Fig 2 –  String 2(A) then pass the thread into the 2(B). Pull the thread. Repeat this step 3 times.

peyote stitchStep 2:Fig 3 – Pull the thread tight and you’ll see that the beads aligns into a zigzag direction. There will now be 3 rows of Peyote Stitch.

Fig 4 – Let’s continue…Step-up and pass the thread into 2(A) from the 1st row. Now your thread is in position to start another row.

peyote stitchStep 3:Fig 5 – Add another row of 2-Drop Peyote Stitch. String 2(B), skip the next 2(B) from the 2nd row and then pass the thread into the next 2(A). Repeat this step 2 more times, ending the current row by coming out the last 2(A).

Fig 6 – Continue to add another row this time using 2(A). Pick up 2(A), pass the thread into the next 2(B). Repeat this step 3 more times.

peyote stitchStep 4:Fig 7 – Immediately after you strung the last 2(A) from Fig 6, you’ll do a step-up. Pass the thread into 2(A) from the previous row. Find your way, weave through several beads until you come out the last beads you just strung  Now, you have completed the 5th row and your thread is in position to start another row.

Fig 8 – Looking at the diagram, you need to string 2(B) to complete the 6th row.

peyote stitchStep 5:Fig 9 – Build your beadwork. Repeat Fig 7 & 8 until you reach your desired length or achieved your design.


Hope you like this basic 2-Drop Peyote Stitch beading tutorial! Look at what I’ve created with this beading technique 🙂

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Practice the technique with these free patterns and tutorials I have found! I’m sure you will fall in love with the technique as I did 🙂 Simply click the images to see the tutorials!

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Sky Aldovino

I am a self-taught beadweaver who loves to learn and share her knowledge on jewelry making through blogging and published tutorials you'll find at DIY Beading

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