Peyote rows are counted diagonally. So, this "swatch" of peyote is 6 beads wide and 6 rows tall.
1. Create a "stop bead" by passing through a bead twice and sliding it down to about six inches from the end of the tread. This bead will be taken off later and is only to stop the beads from sliding off the end.
2. String on six beads. This will become the first and second row.
Hint: I usually start with about 1 1/2 yards of thread. Any longer and I get too many tangles.
3. Add another bead, turn and pass back through the next to last bead of the first row ( it was the 5th bead you added).
Try to keep the thread pulled snug as you go.
(This can be hard to do at first, but trust me, it will get easier as you practice!)
4. Add another bead. Skip bead #4 and pass back through bead #3.
5. Add another bead. Skip bead #2 and pass back through bead #1.
6. Add another bead. Turn and pass back through the last bead of the row just completed.
The edge of the beaded strip becomes a series of peaks and valleys. As you work, you are adding beads to the valleys and passing through the peaks.
7. Add another bead and pass through the next raised bead. Repeat to the end of the row.
8. Keep repeating these steps until the strip is as long as you want.
When you are done, you can slide the stop bead off, put a needle on the tail thread, and weave it into the piece, circling around to prevent it from pulling out:
9. To end, weave the thread through the beads in a circular pattern 3-4-times, then trim.
Even Count (using an even number of beads):
Odd Count (using an odd number of beads):
The only difference between even and odd count peyote it in the "turn" that takes place at the end of each row.
Here is a 7 bead row of brick stitch. Follow the black line to see the path needed to make the turn and get into position for the next row.
I usually just stick to even count!
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