Easy peyote tube

If you want to learn circular peyote stitch, this is a great first project. Created in odd-count peyote with three colors of large beads, it is eye-catching, fashionable, and versatile. Odd-count circular peyote stitch with large beads is the easiest form of circular peyote because the rows have no distinct end. They just continue spiraling (see "Basics," p. 5).

String the tube onto a satin cord for an alluringly simple necklace. After you make the first one, try some of the variations that are suggested on page 16 or try some of your own ideas.

PEYOTE STITCH TUBE O Thread a needle with a comfortable length of doubled beading cord. Sew through a contrast-color stop bead twice, leaving a 9-in. (23cm) tail. Q Pick up seven beads in the following order: two color A, two color B, two color C, and one color A. Slide them to the stop bead. Go through the first bead again to close the circle (photo a). Be careful to not split the thread when going back through a bead. When starting a tube, it helps to put it on a chopstick, dowel, or other form to keep the beadwork tight so you can position new beads correctly. Keep the new row near the tip of the chopstick. Maintain tension by keeping the cord taut between two fingers of the hand holding the chopstick. © Pick up one A bead, skip the next bead on the circle, and go through the

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• size 6" seed beads, 10g in each of three colore

• 2 large-hole beads for dangles

• Stringth bead cord, size 1 -3, or nylon upholstery thread

• dear nail polish or G-S Hypo Cement Optional: chopstick or dowel third bead (photo b, p.15). Pick up a B bead, skip the next bead on the circle, and go through the fifth bead. Pick up a C bead, skip the next bead on the circle, and go through the next bead, which is the last bead on the first round. © Pick up one A bead and go through the first bead added in round 2 (photo c). © Continue in this fashion, adding one bead per color in each round to form spirals of color (photo d). Discard malformed beads. Don't worry about tension at first. After the third round, give the working thread a gentle tug to

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h snug the beads together. From now on, it will be obvious where each new bead goes, and the tension will take care of itself. When the tube is long enough to hold, you may put the chopstick aside if you wish.

@ If you need to add thread, thread a new needle and go through two or three beads two rows back, working toward the old needle. Tie a half-hitch knot (see photo e and "Basics"). Follow the old thread path through a few more beads and tie another half-hitch knot. Repeat two more times, ending with the new needle exiting the same bead as the old needle (photo f). Resume work with the new needle. After working a few rows, take the old thread through a few beads and tie a half-hitch knot. Repeat at least twice. End by going through a few beads before cutting off the thread. Dot the knots with glue applied from the tip of the needle. Q When you reach the desired length for your necklace, untie the stop bead. Gently pick off the first few rounds of beads until you reach stitches with firm tension. Work the beads you've picked off onto the other end of the tube so the necklace is still the desired length. 0 To finish, tie a half-hitch knot between the last bead and its neighbor. Go through all the beads at this end of the tube at least once (photo g) and knot to the body thread again. Weave back along the thread path as in step 6 to end the thread.

© Repeat step 8 to end the starting tail in the same manner.


O Use a piece of wire as a harness to string the tube onto satin cord. Cut a piece of craft wire more than twice the length of the tube. Double it and feed the folded end through the tube, being careful not to come through the beadwork. Thread the satin cord through the folded end and pull it back through the tube (photo h). Pull one end of the cord out and center the tube on the cord.

© Use large-hole beads for decorative dangles. Pass the cord through the bead and tie an overhand knot (see "Basics") at the end of the cord. Snug the bead up against the knot and repeat on the other side of the bead. Repeat on the other end of the cord.


Vary color, size, or type of bead for different effects. Start with five beads if you use size 5". For lengthwise stripes, use different colors on the first row, then match the color to the bead below as you work. Changing colors after several rows will make horizontal stripes. Size 5" triangle beads align flat-side out. Drop-shaped beads interlock with the bulb-end showing for a nubby texture. - Samontho Lynn

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Alternative circular peyote sta rt

Beginning beaders sometimes get frustrated with circular peyote stitch at first because they experience the "Barbie Skirt" syndrome. They put what seems to be the right number of beads around a form and begin stitching only to find the work soon flaring out. What they end up with is a beautifully beaded skirt fit for a Barbie doll.

To prevent this from happening, remember to remove half the beads from the foundation row. This creates the space into which you will weave the second row. Here's what to do:

O Measure the form you'll be beading around by wrapping a string of beads around it (photo a). Then remove half of them. For example, for a 50-bead pattern, begin with 25 beads. If your initial round of beads is an uneven number, add one more. (If the tube is too loose, you can break a bead out of row 2 later on.)

Note: If you're using this method to begin a project with a predetermined bead count for the foundation row, first string the specified number of beads. Then, make a form to bead around by cutting a toilet paper roll lengthwise, bringing it in to fit in the circle of beads, and taping it. Then remove half the beads as indicated above. Q Run the needle through all the beads again to form a circle, and place the circle over your form an inch or two down from the top (photo b). As you work, keep going in the same direction as the thread.

© The secret to a solid foundation row is holding onto the tail (tape helps). Use your thumb to hold it snugly to the form and put the needle through one bead to lock the row in (photo c). Tighten it by pulling on the tail and working thread.

O Pick up one bead and go through the next bead on the foundation row

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(photo d). Repeat until you reach the last bead on the row. If there were an odd number of beads in your total circumference, you can just keep going round and round like this. But if there were an even number of beads, you'll need to work step 5 at the end of each row.

© Pick up one bead and go through the last bead of the foundation row (the bead you went through in photo c) then go through the first bead of the second row. This is called the "step-up." If you lose your step-up, you have increased one bead. That's where people tend to go wrong. - Nicole Campanella

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  • siiri wahlman
    How to start a large peyote tube?
    7 years ago
  • bethan
    How do you do double hitch knots around beads?
    6 years ago
  • matilda
    How to make the first w rows of tubular peyote stitch when there are contrasting colors ineach row?
    2 years ago
  • ulpu
    How to get tension right in peyote circle?
    1 year ago
  • menegilda hornblower
    How to make long peyote tube and be sturdy?
    1 month ago

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