The votes are in! More than 780 Beading Daily readers voted on the easiest off-loom beading stitch and the easiest stitch is . . . peyote!
Here are the complete results:
- bead crochet - 1%
- brick stitch - 10%
- daisy chain - 6%
- herringbone - 7%
- ladder stitch - 9%
- netting - 8%
- peyote stitch - 32%
- right-angle weave - 6%
- spiral stitch - 12%
- square stitch - 6%
- other* - 3%
An illustration of flat peyote stitch.
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*My favorite answer for "other" was "stitch I just learned." So true!
Are you surprised? I knew that peyote was the most popular stitch, but I didn't know that people thought it was the easiest one. Do you think it's popular because it's easy, or are those two things not related? Please leave a comment if you have more to say on this topic!
My Extreme Ladder Ring
I made a "Ladder Ring" that ended up being 24 inches long! I used it as a hatband for a straw hat that I like to wear when I'm working outside. If I were to do it again, I'd make a taller band with four beads in each row instead of two.
I also spotted a completed Ladder Ring on the Nutsy Coco Creations blog. She used a solid color for her edging and a range of iridescent colors for the body of the ring. I have yet to see two Ladder Rings that look exactly the same!
Five Beading Tips
I asked Beading Daily readers for advice for those new to beadweaving and received hundreds of helpful tips. Here are five of them:
"The best tip I have is to do a LOT of pieces that use just one stitch at a time so you don't get confused. Eventually you'll have a whole repertoire of stitches to work with and then you can combine, adapt and play with them to your heart's content."—Louisa Chadwick
"Make sure you have good lighting, I struggled for ages before I got a daylight lamp. Then, hey presto, it was all so much easier."—Karen Kenny
"Learning to knit or crochet beforehand gives you basic skills of working with a thread and some sort of needle and controlling the tension of the thread in a more macro scale. I think being able to control thread tension is one of the most important skills in weaving off loom. If you don't have an even tension throughout your piece, the resulting fabric will not be consistent."—Bernadette Johnson
"My advice to anyone new to off-loom beadweaving is find different directions for the same stitch. I also am a new beader and have discovered stitch pattern directions from book to book varies. Some directions may be easier to follow than others for the same stitch."—Maria
"RELAX!!!! It will come with time and relaxed practice, no matter which stitch you try first. Remember to breathe!"—Jyl Milner
I'll be sharing more tips and advice from readers in the future.
NEW Free Peyote Stitch Pattern eBook: Our first free beadweaving pattern e-book features 5 peyote stitch projects, plus two full pages of step-by-step illustrated instructions on even- and odd-count peyote, and a sheet of peyote stitch graph paper for creating original jewelry designs. Download Peyote Stitch Projects with BeadingDaily: 5 Free Peyote Stitch Patterns
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NEW Free Peyote Stitch Pattern Booklet: Our first free beadweaving pattern e-booklet features 5 peyote stitch projects, plus two full pages of step-by-step illustrated instructions on even- and odd-count peyote, and a sheet of peyote stitch graph paper for creating original jewelry designs. Download 5 Free Peyote Stitch Patterns