Beads Basic - Introduction to Beading



Peyote Stitch Beading Techniques

By  Mandy Buchanan 

Peyote stitch really refers to a number of different beading techniques including flat even count, flat odd count, and tubular even count peyote stitch. In this article we will briefly describe these different techniques but there are plenty of tutorials available which will be able to teach you how to do this particular beading stitch if it is something you would like to learn.

Peyote Stitch Origins

Peyote stitch actually has its origins in Native American roots where the peyote cactus is eaten as a sacrament in the Native American Church. During this ceremony instruments are used which contain a form of peyote stitch and as such we have taken the name from there. Native Americans themselves however may prefer to term this stitch gourd stitch but this would apply more particularly to tubular peyote.

Flat Even Count Peyote Stitch

Flat even count peyote stitch is perhaps one of the easier peyote stitching techniques. You start your first row by going through the first bead twice. Then add on an odd number of beads for the first row plus one to start the second row (each row should be an even number of stitches) After you have been through the first bead of the second row, you will go back through the following bead on the previous row before picking up the next bead of the second row and will continue this pattern row after row until you have completed your beaded fabric.

Flat Odd Count Peyote Stitch

Flat odd count peyote stitch starts in the same way as the flat even count but when you get to the end of the second row it becomes a bit more complicated and there is a fancy figure of eight type stitch which you will need to do in order to complete the second row and start working on the third row.

Tubular Even Count Peyote Stitch

Tubular peyote stitch is done in rounds and creates a cylindrical shape. You will start this technique by adding all stitches for rounds one and two to your thread and then going back through the first stitch threaded in order to get your circular shape. After this you start round three and after threading the first bead of round three you will go through the following bead below it in round two. Continue with this pattern until you have a cylinder the length you want.

The peyote stitch that is used in beading is taken from Native American origins and includes a number of different beading techniques including flat even, flat odd and tubular peyote stitch. This technique can be used to create a variety of objects from beaded fabrics or cylinders.

This article was written by Mandy Buchanan. If you would like to learn how to do peyote stitch as well as number of patterns for this stitch visit


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