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Video:How to Do Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch

with Melissa Shippee

Flat Odd-Count Peyote stitch is an elegant beading pattern that can lead to beautiful results Get a thorough demonstration of how to to a flat odd-count peyote stitch in this how-to video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Do Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch

Hi, I'm Melissa Shippee, owner of WildEyeDesigns.net. I'm here today with About.com to show you how to flat odd-count peyote stitch.

Materials You'll Need for Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch

To do flat odd count peyote stitch, you're going to need a beading needle, beading thread, and seed-beads. Cylinder beads are the preferred material for doing peyote stitch because of their cylindrical shape.

How to Start the Odd-Count Peyote Stitch

To start you'll pick up your first row according to your pattern. When you're doing odd-count peyote stitch, you're always going to start with an odd number of beads. Here I'm picking up seven. You'll then work your first row off of the initial row by picking up a bead, skipping over the last bead added and stitching through the one after that. I left a little bit of tail thread so that latter on I can put my needle onto the tail thread, weave it into my beadwork, and trim it. You'll want to leave enough thread that it will be easily workable when you put your needle onto it.

How to Continue the Row in the Stitch

To continue this row, I pick up a bead, skip over the next bead and stitch through the one after that. Then I repeat. I'm picking up a bead, skipping over a bead and stitching through the next bead toward the start of the initial row that I picked up. When I get to my last stitch, I don't have a bead to stitch into so what I do is I stitch through the first bead I picked up in the initial row, in the opposite direction, so that the bead I've just picked up sits right next to that initial bead.

Doing an Odd-Count Turnaround

The next step is to do an odd-count turnaround. I'm going to do a figure eight pattern, in the beads with my thread in order to get set-up for my next row. I'm going to stitch through the next two beads on the diagonal, then reverse direction, and stitch through the adjacent bead, the one after that.

Adding on the Third Row in the Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch

Now I'm going to stitch through the last bead I picked up in the reverse direction to do the next row. The next row, which is an even row is easy because I don't have an odd count turnaround at the end. So I pick up my last bead, stitch through the adjacent bead in the reverse direction, stitch through the next two beads on the diagonal, reverse direction then the next two beads on the diagonal so I'm stitching through three beads on the diagonal.

Finishing Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch

Then the last step for the odd-count turnaround is to reverse direction and stitch through the last bead added. If you're stitching a bracelet, you'll just continue adding even rows and odd rows with the odd count turnaround until your bracelet is the length you desire minus the length the clasp will add. The thread moves through the beadwork in an alternating pattern. At the end of each odd count row there is a figure eight where you did your odd count turnaround. At the end of each even row, there is just a turnaround. And that's how you do odd-count peyote stitch.

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