Start by deciding where to begin reading the pattern. For even-count peyote, this needs to be a corner with a recessed bead; for odd-count, it needs to be a corner with a protruding bead in a row that begins and ends with protruding beads. In most tubular beading patterns, you should begin in a corner near the end of the diagonal line of cells that are outlined more heavily than the others.
- Learn more about reading even-count peyote patterns.
- Learn more about reading odd-count peyote patterns.
After preparing your needle and thread, string all of the beads for the first two rounds, starting at your selected corner. In the example, I used Size D Nymo beading thread and a size 10 Tulip beading needle. The beads are size 11/0 Delicas. I started at the lower left corner.
Because my pattern has 58 columns, I strung 58 beads. Based on the pattern colors, these are all cream beads. (It's a good idea to double-check your count before moving on.)
Next, pass through the first bead again and pull the thread gently taut to create a ring. (In the photo above, the orange bead is my stop bead, which initially helps to keep the beads from falling off.)