Each beading stitch has its own intricacies and tricks, and flat odd-count peyote stitch is no different. When mastering this popular beading stitch, you have to learn how to make that tricky little turn at the end of every other row. For some beaders, that can be harder than actually learning how to do peyote stitch!
Now, I've never been a big fan of the "one size fits all" mentality when it comes to learning new things, and the good news is that there are at least three different ways to make that little turn when you're working in flat odd-count peyote stitch. Don't feel like you have to use the same method all the time, either. Each method for making the turn in flat odd-count peyote stitch has its own advantages, depending on what kind of beading project you're trying to make. Take a look at these three popular methods:
When using nylon beading thread like Nymo or One-G, take care not to split your thread when making any of these turns. Because they require multiple thread passes, you should also be aware that your beads may fill up with thread sooner than you think. If the bead feels tight when you try to insert your needle, try to find an alternate thread path or pick a different method of making your turn.
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Do you have a favorite method for making that turn in flat odd-count peyote stitch? Leave a comment on the blog and share it with us!