Peyote is one of the most popular beadweaving stitches. It has two flat versions: even-count, which has an even number of vertical columns, and odd-count, which as odd number of columns.
The odd-count version is slightly more complicated in that you need weave into your beadwork at the end of every other row to change direction.
- Review even-count peyote before trying the odd-count version.
How to Begin
Start odd-count peyote the same way you start the even-count stitch. The only initial difference is that you begin stringing an odd number of beads, rather than an even number. In the diagrams above, seven beads are strung initially.
Turn, pick up the first beads for the next row, skip a bead, and pass through the next bead. Keep your thread pulled taut after each stitch, as usual.
Continue this process until you reach the beginning of the line of beads that you initially strung. This represents the first three rows of beadwork.
Tip: The first few rows of peyote stitch are always the most difficult, because you need hold the beads between your fingers to keep them from flipping. For an easier approach, give Quick Start Peyote Cards a try.