Count your beads carefully to make sure that you have an even number of beads, and then tie them into a ring. Slip the ring onto a pencil, dowel or stick, or some other type of support. For larger tubular even count peyote stitch projects such as beaded bags and amulet bags, you can use a cardboard paper towel roll.
If your ring of beads fits very tightly around your chosen support, your finished piece of beadwork will be very loose. If the ring is very loose, your beadwork will most likely be very tight.
Holding a piece of tubular even count peyote stitch can be very difficult in the beginning, but don't get discouraged. After you've stitched a few rounds, you'll have more to hold on to, and it will get easier. Using a support to hold your beadwork will also make it much easier in the beginning.