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Peyote Stitch Basic - Learn Even Count, Odd Count and Tube in One Earring Design

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In today's post, I am going to cover a very popular beading technique - peyote stitch. Using one earring design, I will show you three basic peyote beading techniques including even count, odd count and tube; as well as how to connect all the components together.

This is the first part of a two parts tutorial. After the covering all the basics in this lesson, in the next part I will teach you how to design your own pattern using peyote stitch. So stay tuned for the next lesson.

Part 1. Even Count Peyote

Even count peyote is very easy to learn. The name "even count" means it starts with even number of beads. Follow along with the video or the step-by-step picture instruction and you will master it in no time.

Remember the peyote stitch always has a zig zag pattern on the edge. To create a "smoother" look, you can add smaller beads to the "slots" as shown in picture 12 below.

Part 2. Odd Count Peyote

The name "odd count" means it starts with odd number of beads. This stitch is not as straightforward as even count because you need to change the direction of the thread at the end of the row. In the video, you can see how to do that in slow motion.

If you still don't get it, please pay close attention to the picture 5 to 8 below. Follow the direction of the arrow to see how the thread goes.

I also drew a diagram below showing you how to change the direction of the thread at the end of the row. If you ever get confused about odd count peyote, this should be a good reference.


Part 3. Peyote Tube

Both even count or odd count beaded square can turn into a tube quite easily. For this project, I used odd count because we need to hang the tube in the center (you can see it more clearly in the next part). There is no center line in even count peyote.

Part 4. Assemble

Now it's time to connect all the beaded components together. They might look boring individually, but together, with a few embellishments, they can create a quite dramatic look.

By the way, if you don't know how to make the earring hook used in this project, check out my tutorial how to make five types of ear wires here.


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  • Hi, I just found you and I am so.. glad I did. All my peyote patterns are here. Thank you so much for sharing you knowledge. You make it look easy. Can’t wait to get started. I will continue to visit to get more familiar with your web site. Please stay safe. Blessings.

  • I love your method of showing different stitch work! The pictures are so clear!! Thanks!


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