Fun Peyote Stitch Projects
I taught myself how to do peyote stitch when I was making jewelry to supplement the dwindling income from a day job I loved. It proved to be a therapeutic and creative outlet and my customers loved the pieces I was able to create. I spent hours designing and creating bracelets and rings that were unique, beautiful, and satisfying to make.
On this page, I want to share my love of peyote stitch with you. At the beginning are several tutorials for the different styles of peyote stitch, including even or odd count, flat or tubular, and circular. Later, I share simple patterns you can use and a variety of tutorials for the more advanced stitcher.
A Little Background on Peyote Stitch
Peyote stitched artifacts have been dated back to ancient Egypt. More commonly known, many Native American people use peyote stitch in traditional ways - such as to wrap natural materials for dances and ceremonies. Its name originated because it was used to provide a beautiful wrap around peyote cactus (pictured at the right) for ceremonies. Another name for it is gourd stitch - also for its decorative use on ceremonial gourd containers.
Over time, a wide variety of techniques that fall into the category of peyote stitch have been developed including odd and even count flat, even and odd count tubular, and circular with many variations within those stitching techniques as well. The nice thing is that if you understand the basic idea behind peyote stitch, you can move easily between the different techniques based on your beading needs.
Beadwork Pattern Book
Are you a Peyote Stitcher?
Basic Peyote Stitch Skill Building Videos
Even and Odd Count Flat Peyote Stitch
I am most familiar with even count flat peyote stitch as it is the simplest to learn and do. It involves an even number of beads that will remain consistent throughout the design (though it is possible to increase or decrease stitches for certain designs). To get a tight even stitch in this style of beading like the one pictured at the top of this page, it is important to use beads that are of consistent size and shape. My favorites to work with are Miyuki Delica Seed Beads (size 11), which come in a wide variety of colors all with excellent consistency of size and shape.
After you have learned how to do even count peyote stitch, you can play with variations, such as the 2 drop even flat peyote stitch, where you add 2 beads for every stitch instead of only one. It creates a pleasing effect as it spreads out the pattern and gives the designer greater flexibility in adding color and design.
Similarly, the odd count flat peyote stitch style (video below) is simple to learn and apply. When even count is used, some designs cannot be centered exactly on the piece. Odd count gives the design freedom to be centered when that is important.
Tubular and Circular Peyote Stitch
Tubular peyote stitch is idea for certain situations, and just as the name suggests creates a closed tube of beadwork. I have seen it used nicely as a beautiful decorative cover for a simple ballpoint pen, and it also looks great as part of a lanyard design. Watch the tutorial to the right to learn how.
Circular peyote stitch can create lovely floral looking beadwork among other things. It is flat as with the even and odd count flat peyote stitch, but the beader works in the round as in the video to the right.
Swirls Cuff Patterns
Fiddle Dee Dee is selling a .pdf file of this beautiful swirl pattern on Etsy.com. Well worth it so you can make your own swirls in your perfect color choices.
I love this pattern!
This beautiful diamonds pattern is available for a small fee from Craftsy. I like this pattern because the variety of colors and the change in every line keep me interested and paying close attention through the whole project.
Pearly Mosaic Necklace - Plus 6 other patterns
This gorgeous necklace is just 1 of the 7 peyote stitch patterns you get free in the e-book Peyote Stitch Projects from Beading Daily: 7 Free Peyote Stitch Patterns plus Bonus Guide to Reading a Peyote Stitch Patterns.
Fireline - My Favorite Beading Line
Fireline is the best line for peyote stitch because it is so very strong, durable, and resists knotting and twisting. It was designed for anglers, but has found a home with beaders. I like 6-pound test because it strikes a balance between strength and weight/width of the line. I also love the colors it comes in so I can match my projects.
Hint: Do not buy Fireline from a craft source. They charge more for the product than Amazon or your local sporting goods store.
Monster Mash Cuff
The Monster Mash Cuff is a great beginner's project. It takes simple even count flat peyote stitch and makes it wild and fun through the use of various bead sizes, shapes and colors.
Best of all, because of the variety in it, no one will ever know if you make a mistake!
Undulations Bracelet - Tutorial
Using a variety of sizes of seed beads, you can make this Undulations Bracelet from Feathered Fibers. I like the way the instructor, Carla Barrett, shares good detailed instructions about how to make this exact bracelet and also gives several examples of color variations.
Gold & Sapphire Ring
Who says you can't afford sapphires? Designed to imitate Lady Di's engagement ring, this free Gold & Sapphire Ring pattern from Bella Online is beautiful, quick, and will catch everyone's eye.
Summer Surf Bracelet Pattern
From an author right here on HubPages, here's a free Summer Surf Bracelet Pattern to help you get ready for the sunny season and to pick up your mood in the off-season.
Spring Vines for Your Wrist
I love this spring vines pattern and Bead & Button Magazine online shares it free of charge. The scallops along the edges and the subtle color choices really finish the look. Check out the full pattern for Spring Vines here.
Free Peyote Stitch Pattern Pages
- Pattern Pages
23 free peyote stitch patterns ranging from fish and flamingos to beads, bracelets, and more. Also, patterns are available in brick stitch, herringbone, and more.
- Peyote Stitch Patterns - A to Z
63 peyote stitch patterns organized from A to Z. You'll find tons of inspiration here!
- BeadsFriends - Home
Bookmark, earring, bracelet patterns and more. Also, find a blank white pattern page so you can create your own designs.
- Laughing Bird Beads
Make pictures with your beads for framing or wall hangings. Laughing Bird Beads has intricate patterns for colorful and beautiful birds. Unfortunately, these free patterns do not include a color guide.
Alligator Clasp Finishing Technique
Use this photo tutorial to see how to add an alligator clasp to finish a peyote stitch bracelet or necklace with this tutorial from Craftsy.
4 Ways to Finish Peyote Stitch
Learning peyote stitch is one thing, but how do you finish the ends so they look nice?
Jean Campbell of Beading Daily provides brief instructions for four different beautiful endings.
Now that you know how to do the basic stitches, hopefully you have had some practice with flat peyote stitch. Applying that basic knowledge to get creative, you can make any of a number of beautiful artistic jewelry pieces, from rings and necklaces to earrings and bracelets. And much, much more.
EMBELLISH YOUR PEYOTE STITCH PROJECTS!
PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CRAFT!
CREATE NEW AND BEAUTIFUL ART DESIGNED FOR YOU!
What items on this page are you most eager to create?
What materials or colors will you use?
Will you make gifts or items for yourself?
© 2013 Monica Lobenstein
What did you think of the Peyote Stitch projects you found on this page?
Ibtisam from Pakistan on September 01, 2020:
Lindzey Drayton on June 19, 2018:
I loved all of the video’s they helped a lot
Jacobb9205 on February 10, 2015:
Snakesmum on February 06, 2014:
Don't think I could do it, but perhaps I'll try something simple........
maryseena on July 03, 2013:
Looks too complicated to try! But the results are beautiful!
Melissa Miotke from Arizona on April 25, 2013:
I'm not sure I would have the skill to do this myself but I love the end product and would definitely buy a piece:)
Trulee Ann from Arkansas City, Kansas on March 28, 2013:
Osiyo:Extremely well shared. Photos and descriptions were enjoyable.Squid Blessings to this one!Blessings.......Annlee
RoadMonkey on March 08, 2013:
What a great craft, have never seen anything like this before. Really interesting.
EmmaCooper LM on March 03, 2013:
I hadn't heard of Peyote stitch before. Thanks for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel.
VspaBotanicals on March 02, 2013:
Truly beautiful stitch work.
Vikki from US on February 24, 2013:
Really great instructions ;) #blessed
randomthings lm on February 17, 2013:
This is very cool...i need to learn how to do this!
Angela F from Seattle, WA on February 17, 2013:
Excellent reference for beaders. I learned to do Native American themed pieces on a loom as a kid. Hard to believe I had more patience for it then than I do now! *blessed
Carol Fisher from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK on February 17, 2013:
The Peyote stitch jewellery is lovely. I've seen it before but didn't know its name. I'm determined to try this, it's just the kind of thing I like to do.
crstnblue on February 10, 2013:
Blessed, too! : )
crstnblue on February 10, 2013:
Great job done & cute ideas! : )Thanks for sharing!
hungry-deer on February 07, 2013:
Great lens, you have reminded me of something I used to love. I have been beading a lot when I was teenage, until the moment my little brother wanted some revenge and binned secretly the whole ton of beads I had in my collection. But i might return to it, seeing these wonderful creations! Thank you
Magda2012 on January 30, 2013:
This is really interesting and beautiful. I like the bracelet.