Basic Peyote Gourd Stitch

te is one of the most-used stitches in creating beaded fabric. It is easy to stitch and can be Bed in many.' ways for a variety of different looks.

I a tension bead length of doubled thread, leaving a 6" rail, ingon 11 more beads.

The first couple of rows in peyote bendwork are the most difficult rows to stitch when starting a new protect.

lg the needle the last bead and i through the third The last two beads will sit on top other. You may to use your fingers tip of your needle these two beads i position.

5. Turn the piece, string on a bead, and continuing adding beads in each of the valleys and passing through the up-beads until the swatch is almost square.

6. End die stitching thread in the piece using one of die techniques described on page 79.

7. Unthread the tension bead and thread rhe needle with rhe two tails. End this thread using the other ending technique, page 79.

. a bead, pass through the fifth bead, add another bead, and i through die seventh bead. Continue adding beads in this tr to the end of the row. You should notice that there are and "valleys' (or is and down'

g) created. You I stitch through the rads and rhe beads t are added six in the vs. and bccome the eads for the next

so you have the choice of adding two smaller beads as a set in combination with a saigle larger bead. This technique works especially well if you arc combining 11° beads and 8° beads.

Double-Peyote Stitch

In this variation, you add two beads ar a time, but rrear them as a set. You stitch through both beads, a* if they were a single bead, lhey are counted as a single bead ai well.

The itiuilUr ivory beads are worked in double-peyote. while ¡he fiirjj-r blue beadi iirr worked nt the b,tsic ¡xyote so you have the choice of adding two smaller beads as a set in combination with a saigle larger bead. This technique works especially well if you arc combining 11° beads and 8° beads.

Double-Peyote Stitch

In this variation, you add two beads ar a time, but rrear them as a set. You stitch through both beads, a* if they were a single bead, lhey are counted as a single bead ai well.

If you are planning a project that will combine beads of different sires in a piece, consider using double-peyote stitch,

The itiuilUr ivory beads are worked in double-peyote. while ¡he fiirjj-r blue beadi iirr worked nt the b,tsic ¡xyote

3. Continue adding two beads per set until you reach the end of the row.

4. Turn the piece and add two beads at a time to build up the rows. At the end of the third row, it should be easy to sec the hills and valleys creatcd by the peyote stitch. You wit add the sets of beads in the valleys and sritch through the hills, just as in the basic peyote.

1. Thread on a tension bead, and then ad J 12 beads (six two-bead sets).

3. Continue adding two beads per set until you reach the end of the row.

2. Bring the needle around, add two beads, and pass through die fifth and sixth beads (the two beads in the third set).

Sampla of test swatches.

^eyote Variations: Transforming the Swatch i ding loops to the swatch:

c the swatch is to the desired size, needle through the until the needle is exiring a head at the edge and end of a six seed beads to the thread. (Size 11° beads work well tor g loops.)

tion the end of the six beads against the swatch and pass -h a bead near the end of die row to anchor the loop. Pass another bead in the row, and then pass back through the beads again to strengthen the loop.

rk the needle through the bead swatch (as it you were tying to the opposite comer.

a six-bead loop, as you did above, to this corner also. The thread yon can pass through the beads and the loops, the cr the swaich will be.

Sampla of test swatches.

6. End the cord by knotting around threads within the swatch, as explained in the landing a Thread section, page 79.

7. Pass through two or three beads and knot a second time as the loops on swatches often are subjected to 3 lot of wear and tear.

8. Cut off the excess rhread and remove the tension bead.

9. 'Ihrcad the needle onto the rails and work the tails into the swarch, endi ng by knotting around threads. Pull taut and cut ofF

die excess thread.

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