Peyote stitch is very commonly used by jewelry makers especially when making bracelets. In this tutorial, I am going to show how you can weave beads using Peyote stitch.
This is a simple procedure for making flat, rectangle or square shapes. The woven product will resemble a brick wall.
In future tutorials, we shall see how to weave flat triangles / chevron shapes and also 3D tubes etc.
Note: The procedure for making peyote stitch brick wall varies based on whether we start the project with even number of beads or odd number of beads.
This tutorial shows the procedure for making the brick wall with even number of beads.
I will be using two different colors to make this tutorial easy to follow.
We will start the project with a stop bead. This is the bead that is added temporarily to prevent other beads from slipping and falling off from the thread. This is usually a bead in contrasting color so it can be easily identified and removed when the project is done.
Pick up the bead with the needle.
Move it all the way to the end of the thread leaving a tail of 5 inches. Then pass the needle again through the bead in the same direction.
This will anchor the bead.
In some cases, if the bead is slippery, you can repeat the above mentioned step a few times to securely anchor the bead.
For this demo, I am going to pick up 12 purple beads.
We are ready for the next row.
Pick up a bead with the needle.
Skip 12th bead and pass the needle through 11th bead.
The new bead will sit side by side near bead number 12. Also note how 11th bead is pulled to the right.
Pick up another bead
Skip 10th bead and pass needle through 9th bead.
See the brick pattern forming?
Continue till the end.
How to make peyote stitch brick wall
Now let us see how to make the brick wall.
Just like we added the second row of beads, we will be adding 6 beads. Red arrows show where they will be added.
This step will be easier as we will be able to clearly see which bead has to be skipped and where the new bead will go.
Adding one more row of green beads.
Continue to weave the beads till you reach the desired length.