Making That Crazy Flat Odd-Count Peyote Stitch Turn

Feb 2, 2012

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:

The Classic Figure Eight. The first method I learned for making the flat odd-count peyote stitch is the classic Figure Eight. To make this turn, you add the last bead of the row, then stitch back down into the peyote stitch beadwork and make a turn that resembles a figure eight or an hourglass. The Figure Eight turn is great for maintaining even tension when you're making something like a peyote stitch cuff bracelet.

Down and Back Again. An easier method for making the turn in flat odd-count peyote stitch is to stitch down through the beadwork so you are exiting through the edge, add your bead, and then stitch back through the edge bead in the previous row.

Faux Brick Stitch. The easiest method I've come across for making the flat odd-count peyote stitch turn is to catch the thread between the previous two edge row beads. Stitch across your row as usual, and pick up your last bead. Stitch under the thread between the last two edge beads and then back into the bead you just added. Keep an even tension when using this method, since pulling too tightly can cause your peyote stitch to curve.

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!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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SandFibers wrote
on Feb 4, 2012 10:26 AM

I love that there are many different ways to get the same results. :)  

I do something similar to the Figure Eight, but it's a little less involved. A step-by-step photo tutorial can be found on my blog: sandfibers.blogspot.com/.../odd-count-peyote-la-sand-fibers-quickie.html

Linda@194 wrote
on Mar 14, 2012 3:45 PM

I use the two-needle method taught by Carol Cypher.  Start your work in the middle of your thread.  When you get to the 'odd' end, lay down your working thread, pick up the other thread and go to the other end and back.  Then just keep repeating this.  I always shied away from odd count until I learned this and it makes it so much easier!