Peyote Stitch Tutorial

Peyote stitch is a pattern used to weave beads together using a needle and thread. This is still used in many traditional cultures to make symbolic headdresses and jewelry. Depending on the stitch technique that is used, the resulting woven pieces could be flat strips, tubes or flat round shapes, and can be used to create bags, jewelry, images, and other decorative elements. Read on to learn how to do flat peyote stitch.

Even count... Odd count... What's the difference?

Patterns with an even number of columns are called "even count". Patterns with an odd number of columns are called "odd count".

With an odd number of columns, the transition from one row to the next has to be handled differently. Because of that, some people find odd count peyote harder to do. Don't give up. It's not as hard as it seems at first, and there are a couple of different options. I have included instructions for two of them below. The first is the easiest to master. The second, while a bit more complicated, I think leaves a neater edge. You can pick the one that suits you and your projects the best.