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Peyote Stitch
Samples Part II

Beadwork February/March 2001
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All the following samples will be made with single thread, not doubled. You will be working in rows for these samples. Each time you begin a sample, string on one extra bead as the stopper bead, tie it on the end of the thread in a single knot with a 4" tail to stitch in later when you take the stopper bead off. After you have made the first three rows, take off the stopper bead and use a needle to stitch in the excess thread following the thread path in the piece. The stopper bead is not included in the sample bead counts.

Supplies

General Instructions

It is very important that you follow the thread path for samples when adding new thread and stitching in loose threads. In a jewelry piece, it is not noticeable if you take the thread across and between the beads to stitch your thread the opposite direction. In a sample however, you want to show the exact thread path and threads crossing the thread paths will defeat the purpose.

When working in flat rows, you will begin the first stitches from the end opposite the stopper bead. To add new thread, start your needle at the opposite end from where the thread will begin again, leaving a 2" tail, take the needle through from the bottom to the top following the thread path and bring it out to where the next bead will go. Then cut the 2" tail off from the beginning point and continue. When stitching in loose thread, continue following the thread path to the other end of the piece before cutting off the loose thread.

Czech Peyote Bead Colors

Delica Peyote Bead Colors

Peyote Rows - The first beads you string , the 1st color, will break into rows 1 and 2. The 2nd color beads you add will become row 3. Row 1and 2 in the flat peyote stitch samples will always be the 1st color; rows after that will alternate in the 3 colors. The last row you make should end with the 1st color. Follow the illustrations for making the samples.


Peyote/Gourd Stitch is an ancient stitch.  It is easy to see that once one begins to play with beads, needle and thread, stitches seem to just evolve.  One stitch easily works into another such as peyote stitch to brick stitch.  The more you experiment, the more stitch variations you will find.   Peyote stitch is universal in that it can be found in beadwork on most continents around the world and used extensively by many cultures.  There is a love for beading that transcends distance and time.  Peyote happens to be one of the most popular beading stitches today.

This second set of peyote samples uses the same bead colors and general instructions as the first set of peyote samples.  Use the supply list and general instructions from the first Peyote samples as a guide for making this group of beadwork samples.

There are three samples, each can be worked in both Czech beads and Delicas.  These samples are combinations of more 1drop, 2 drop and 3 drop peyote stitch.  After making these samples, put them next the first set of peyote samples we made and compare them.   These three samples give the stitch a whole new look.


2D1D150.jpg (5735 bytes)
Czech Beads
Peyote - 2 drop/1 drop
3 colors
33 beads across
38 rows long
Del2D1D150.jpg (4386 bytes)
Delica Beads
2drop-1drop-a25.gif (1707 bytes) 2drop-1drop-b25.gif (2233 bytes) String 33 beads, Color 1, string 2 beads of Color 2, skip 2 beads,  go through the next bead, string 2 beads of Color 2, skip 2 beads and go through the next bead, continue to end.  The next row, string 1 bead of Color 3, take the needle through 2 beads, string 1 bead, Color 3, continue to the end.  The next row will be adding 2 beads and taking the needle through 1 to the end.  Continue alternating 2 beads in one row and 1 in the next and alternating the 3 colors to the end.

3D1D150.jpg (5449 bytes)
Czech Beads
Peyote - 3 drop/1 drop
3 colors
32 beads across
38 rows long
Del3D1D150.jpg (4295 bytes)
Delica Beads
3drop-1drop-a25.gif (1775 bytes) 3drop-1drop-b25.gif (2059 bytes) String 32 beads, Color 1, string 3 beads, Color 2, skip 3 beads, take the needle through 1 bead, string 3 beads, skip 3 beads, take the needle through one bead, continue to end.  String 1 bead Color 3, skip 1 bead, take needle  through next 3 beads, continue to end.  Continue alternating 3 beads in one row and 1 in the next alternating the 3 colors to the end.

3D1D2D150.jpg (5749 bytes)
Czech Beads
Peyote - 3 drop/1 drop/2 drop
3 colors
31 beads across
38 rows long
Del3D1D2D150.jpg (4289 bytes)
Delica Beads
3drop-1drop-2drop-a25.gif (1548 bytes) 3drop-1drop-2drop-b25.gif (2037 bytes) String 31 beads, Color 1, string 3 beads, Color 2, skip 3 beads, taken the needle through 1 bead, string 3 beads, skip 3 beads, take the needle through 2 beads, alternate to end.  String 1 bead Color 3, skip 1 bead, take needle through 3 beads, string 2 beads skip 2 beads, take needle through 3 beads, alternate rows with 3 beads, 1 and 2 bead row combinations to the end., continue alternating the 3 colors to the end.

You can combine sample groups together for new creations.   How about a peyote miniature quilt with little samples groups worked in squares and stitched together?  If you make one, please send me a photo or image to share with everyone.  

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