Peyote stitch

Peyote stitch is one of the most versatile and best-loved off-loom beadwork techniques used in the world today. It is a very flexible stitch, and when worked it almost feels like a fabric.

Thread tension plays a large part in the final appearance and texture of this stitch. The stop bead not only plays a vital role in keeping the first row of beads from falling off the tail end of your thread, but also allows you to tighten the tension of the beadwork.

Single or double thread?

Peyote stitch is usually worked with a single thread. If you wish the project to be freestanding you could consider a double or thicker thread, but this does tend to knot and tangle more easily. Work several samples to see what suits you best.

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