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Do you enjoy bead weaving with the peyote stitch? Creating beaded triangles is extremely satisfying and can be a component for many types of projects such as earrings and necklaces.
Any beader who has minimal experience with peyote can attempt triangles. If you do not have any experience with peyote stitch, I highly recommend practicing flat peyote stitch before attempting circular. For all of these triangles, you use a circular peyote stitch. I first learned this stitch from Carol Huber Cypher's Mastering Beadwork. This stitch is also available in many other books, magazines, and online sources. If you do not have any experience with peyote stitch, I highly recommend practicing flat peyote stitch before attempting circular.
I did not invent any of these triangle techniques and do not claim any copyright to any of these designs. I learned the basics from other beadweavers. I decided to put together these instructions after I got a request from a fellow beader who was looking for a little advice to get her started. Please feel free to share the directions with others.
At this point, I have not taken step by step direction photos for any of these triangles. Most of the directions are pretty self-explanatory if you have any experience with beadweaving. If you need further clarification on anything, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me directly. Happy beading!
Peyote Stitch triangle: how to make post earrings with Peyote Stitch triangles
Flat, Closed Peyote Triangles
I create a stop bead that I work into the finished triangle. You can create a separate stop bead if you want. I create my stop bead and then make a circle with three delicas (one of which is the stop bead). I loop my thread through the circle twice (which I do with open and tubular triangles, too). The next row will have two beads in each spot, which creates the corners of the triangles. You’ll continue to work your way around, adding two beads for the corners, and stepping up at the end of each row. For earrings, I normally make the triangles with at least 1” sides (sometimes bigger, generally not smaller). For pendants, I normally make 2”-2½” sides. For the last row, sometimes I put one bead in the corner instead of two.
Flat, Open Peyote Triangles
Create a stop bead. Decide how many beads you would like to have per row. It must be an odd number. I’ve never made a triangle with more than 9 bead rows, but there really is no limit. Make sure to count your beads carefully for the second row so you put the corners in the right places. Normally my first few rows do not look anything like a triangle. It takes 4-5 rows for the piece to start taking a triangle shape. It’s really important to make sure that everything is pulled tight after every row so the shape doesn’t get warped. Otherwise, it’s the same as working a flat, closed triangle.
How to Make a Tubular Peyote Stitch
Tubular Peyote Triangles
To create a tubular peyote triangle, start with a flat, open peyote triangle. I always end the last row with one corner bead instead of two so the “zipped” row corners end can share that single bead. This is what I’ve seen most people do on Etsy, but you’re welcome to do it a different way if you like. After I’ve created my flat triangle, I take out my stop bead and transition that thread out. You can wait until you’ve finished the piece, but I think that it’s easier to do it now. Then I take my main thread again and work my way back to the first row. I use this first row to build the other side of the triangle. It will take a couple rows to get the tubular aspect going. After you’ve worked back to the top, “zip” up the front and the back. If you need help with “zipping," let me know.
A Few More Ideas for This Technique
Squares Instead of Triangles
You can also make flat, open, or tubular squares using this same technique. Just add an extra side. Flat squares folded over make wonderful bails. I used a ceramic donut by Kristie Roeder (ArtisanClay on Etsy) for this necklace.
I’ve also folded over flat squares and flipped them the other way to make earrings like this.
I got a custom order for some tubular squares in late 2010. You can read more about them here. These were tricky because of the way the square likes to fold naturally, but they were fun.
Once you have mastered this technique, there is no limit to the possibilities for it. Feel free to share your other ideas for peyote triangles in the comments.
Great Beading Books
Some of My Favorite Beading Resources
- Patterns by Carol Dean Sharpe (SandFibers) on Etsy
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Did you enjoy this article? Check out Part II!
- Beaded Peyote Triangles: Part II: More Ideas, Patterns, and Stunning Jewelry Inspiration
This article follows up on my first beaded peyote triangles articles. It has pictures of lots more triangles for inspiration as well as links for patterns.
Dianne Daniels on September 26, 2017:
Jacobb9205 on February 10, 2015:
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 16, 2013:
Thanks, shai77! Yep, you use the same technique to make flat circles.
Chen on March 16, 2013:
Really nice work, those are great looking. What would you use to make flat circles like this? Nice hub.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 15, 2013:
Thanks, lorddraven! That's great. I use Miyuki delica seed beads for all of my peyote triangles.
Nice, Victoria. :)
Author Victoria Sheffield from Georgia on March 15, 2013:
I make and sell jewelry. thanks!
Sam Little from Wheelwright KY on March 15, 2013:
Very interesting. I am always looking for craft projects for my patrons at the library. This was very useful. Do you have a recommended brand of bead to buy by any chance?
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 08, 2013:
Thanks, Deb! I'm really proud of that original triangle design. Have fun experimenting with your leftover delicas. :)
Cyndi, thanks! It is beautiful and wonderful as well as time consuming. I find it relaxing, though. :)
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on January 08, 2013:
Voted up and across - what a beautiful hub! I haven't ever done this kind of beading but it looks beautiful and wonderful. Does it take a long time? It seems like it would, haha. You're talented and amazing! :)
Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 08, 2013:
That is creativity so beautiful thanks for sharing
Deborah Neyens from Iowa on January 08, 2013:
Thanks for this. I love the green triangle on the bracelet. I've never experimented with the peyote stitch, although I've done a lot of other beadwork. I do have lots of leftover delicas so I can practice.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 06, 2012:
Paula, I'm glad that this is helpful for you. Flat squares will never lie flat. You aren't doing anything wrong. That's just what happens to them. As you can see in my photo examples, all of my squares are either flat squares folded over or are tubular squares.
Thanks, luv2cre8it. Nope, you don't start with two open triangles. Read through my instructions for the tubular peyote triangle in this article. You'll start with an open flat triangle and go from there.
luv2cre8it on August 06, 2012:
Hi! Your work is beautiful! My question is for the tubular peyote triangle. Do you start with 2 open triangles? I am completely stumped:( Please help!!!
Paula J on July 26, 2012:
Thank you so much. ITs great to see a tutorial that tries to get us to understand the concept so we can understand what we're doing and work on our own projects instead of counting one bead at a time to make an exact copy without any understanding of the overall geometry. The problem is, I made a flat square, but its warped like crazy. Any idea what I might have done wrong?
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 19, 2012:
I'm so glad that this will help you, Jenny! Thanks!
Jenny on April 19, 2012:
It was the open and tubular triangles that had me stumped, but now I understand. Thank you. Your work is beautiful!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 27, 2012:
Thanks Silwen! You're right that a good quality seed bead makes all the difference for precision beadweaving like this. I only use delicas for peyote triangles.
Silwen from Europe on March 27, 2012:
Really nice technique. I used it to make some nice 3d triangle pendants. The key for success is good quality seed bead. I tried some Chinese beads, and the result was terrible. I think that Delicas perfectly fit peyote stitch.
Thank you for great hub.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 27, 2012:
Thank you alocsin and iamaudraleigh!
iamaudraleigh on March 27, 2012:
Beautiful creations!!! Voted up and shared!
Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 27, 2012:
Not that I have any craft skills but these look beautiful. Voting this Up and Useful. And sharing this.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 04, 2011:
No problem! Best of luck. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Thekla Georgeou on October 04, 2011:
Thanks, I am going to give this a try. I appreciate yor response. Thekla:-)
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 18, 2011:
sarika007 on July 18, 2011:
its really nice...
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on July 12, 2011:
Many people on Etsy do use the techniques that I've outlined in this hub.
women north face on July 12, 2011:
This is what I’ve seen most people do on Etsy