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Flat, Even 3-Drop Peyote Stitch

Step 1

String 5 feet of thread through a size 12 needle. Tie on a stop bead by picking up one bead and passing the needle and thread through the bead in the same direction so that the thread wraps around the bead. A stop bead is temporary and will be removed later. It prevents your beads from sliding off of the thread while you’re getting started.

Step 2

To begin weaving flat, even 3-drop peyote, string an even number of beads. The total number of beads, when divided by 3, must equal an even number. To weave four columns of three drop peyote, string twelve beads on the thread. These beads will become the first two rows.

Step 3

String three beads. Skip the last three beads. Pass the needle and thread through the next three beads.

Step 4

String three beads. Skip three beads and pass through the next three. The thread is now exiting the first three beads strung.

Step 5

Start the next row by stringing three more beads. Skip over the first three beads and pass through the next three “up” beads, which were the last three beads strung in the previous row.

Step 6

String three more beads. Skip over three beads and pass through the next three “up” beads. Continue until the thread is exiting the first three beads of the previous row. Four rows are now completed.

Step 7

Repeat steps 4-6 to continue adding rows until you reach the desired length.

To End a ThreadStep 8

Once your thread gets too short to work with, around 3 or 4 inches, finish the row you are working on, so that your thread is coming out of the edge of the beadwork.

Step 9

Work your thread back through the previous row, working back across the beadwork in a step-like pattern. After weaving through at least one row, trim off your thread tail.

How to Add a New ThreadStep 10

Thread a size 12 beading needle with approximately 4 feet of thread. Go through the bead next to the one you exited from when you ended your last piece of thread. Leave a 6 inch tail.

Step 11

Weave down through the row in a step-like fashion. Continue until you have exited through the last “down” beads on the opposite side.

Step 12

Continue to peyote stitch where you left off when you ended your thread.

Step 13

When you’re finished weaving, remove the stop bead, thread a needle on the tail and weave the thread tail into the beadwork as described in step 9. Weave in any other remaining thread tails using the same method and trim off any excess thread.

Step 14

Congratulations, you have learned the basics of three-drop, even count peyote stitch!