Learn How to Two-Drop Peyote Stitch

Most beaders have a go-to stitch. It's the stitch that we each hang our hats on. The stitch that feels like worn-in jeans. It's the stitch that seems most natural. It's the one that makes the most sense to the way our brains work. What's your go-to stitch? I'm thinking about my beading buddies and their go-to stitches: I happen to know that Marcia DeCoster's favorite is right-angle weave. Dustin Wedekind told me once how much he adores square stitch. Diane Fitzgerald is a brick-stitch lover. And I'm definitely a peyote-stitch devotee.

I think I like peyote stitch because it goes so fast. But sometimes I want my peyote stitch to go even faster. It's during these times that I go for two-drop peyote stitch. It's done just like traditional peyote stitch, but you use two beads in each stitch instead of just one. Here's how it's done:

1) Like regular even-count peyote stitch, string an even number of beads to form the base rows. As with any flat peyote-stitch project, this base strand will end up forming the first two rows in a peyote-stitched strip.

 

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2) String 2 beads (I've used magenta here), skip 2 beads from the initial strand, and pass back through the next 2 beads on the strand.

3) Continue across the strand. I usually like to tie a knot with my tail and working threads to keep the beads in place. The stitching I've just done makes Row 3.


4) String 2 beads (I've used light green here) and pass back through the last 2 beads added in the previous row; repeat across the beadwork, adding 2 beads at a time, to form the fourth row.

If I wanted to cover ground even more quickly, I could do three-drop peyote stitch, adding three beads in each stitch. Any more than three-drop gets a little unstable because you're not really making a tight fabric anymore, but it never hurts to play!

One reason that peyote stitch is my go-to stitch is that there are so many variations: circular, tubular, sculptural, freeform. Just check out this beautiful project, Camelot Cross, by Carole Ohl that was featured in the February/March issue of Beadwork magazine. It includes a great use of two-drop peyote stitch:

What do you love about your go-to stitch? Or maybe you don't have one? Either way, celebrate your go-to stitch with a subscription to Beadwork magazine, where each issue features dozens of stitches; some might be your go-tos, others might be your go-tos in waiting!

Happy beading-

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Jean Campbell is the founding editor (and currently the senior editor) of Beadwork magazine and has written and edited more than 45 beading books. She has written for Beading Daily and has appeared on the DIY Jewelry Making show, The Shay Pendray Show, and PBS' Beads, Baubles, and Jewels where she gives how-to instructions, provides inspiration, and lends crafting advice. Jean teaches jewelry-making workshops throughout the United States and calls Minneapolis home.

3 thoughts on “Learn How to Two-Drop Peyote Stitch

  1. Can you teach polygon weave stitch? I want to learn that stitich but is difficult to find
    tutorials about that,and in my country I don’t have the facility to learn some stitches.

    Martha Ossa

  2. I LOVE THIS STITCH, BUT I FIND ( AND MAYBE IT’S BECAUSE I’M A BEGINNER)
    MY BRACELTES COME OUT TOO LOOSE EVEN WHEN I PULL MY THREAD TIGHT. ANY SUGGESTIONS?
    THANKS SO MUCH AND HAPPY BEADING!

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