What's Better Than One Free Peyote Stitch Pattern? Seven Free Peyote Stitch Patterns!

May 17, 2012

Peyote stitch was not the easiest beading stitch for me to learn. After somehow making my first peyote stitch amulet bag using flat, even-count peyote stitch, I suddenly found myself completely bewildered as to how I actually worked the stitch. I spent several years trying to master peyote stitch, until a wonderful teacher showed me an easy way to work tubular peyote stitch. Once I got the hang of it, I was hooked!

Apparently, I'm not alone. There are so many peyote stitch beading designs out there, it seems like we'll never run out of ways to change up peyote stitch and create amazing beadwork with this popular beading stitch.

We've assembled a new collection - and included a few old favorites - of peyote stitch patterns just for our Beading Daily readers that shows off the versatility of peyote stitch, and how creative you can get with this age-old off-loom beadweaving stitch.

  • A simple band of peyote stitch doesn't have to be simple at all when you add a striking, graphic pattern and use your favorite colors, like in Leslie Rogalski's Finger Food peyote stitched rings. These work up so fast that you'll be making them in every color to match your favorite outfits!
  • Tubular peyote stitch gets fancy when you change up the beads in each round. Marilyn T. Aronson's Confetti Spiral looks like you made lots of complicated increases and decreases throughout this colorful peyote rope, but just using different sizes of seed beads is what creates the ins and outs of this peyote stitch bracelet.
  • Circular peyote stitch is another basic peyote stitch technique that gets the royal treatment in Lisa Kan's Pearly Mosaic necklace. You'll find yourself loving the soothing rhythm of flat, circular peyote stitch as you work up a series of components with your favorite seed beads to assemble into a stunning peyote stitch necklace.
  • Enjoy the best of both tubular and circular peyote stitch with Melinda Barta's Playful Peyote Clasps. These easy-to-make clasps let you create a whole range of beaded jewelry design possibilities, including options for those with sensitivities to metals.
  • Try your hand at some shaped peyote stitch with a pair of Judi Wood's Summer Bird House Earrings. These delicate little earrings work up fast while teaching you how to achieve lines and shapes when working in flat peyote stitch.
  • For a more challenging shaped peyote stitch project, make Barbara Ellis' Dragonfly Gingko Necklace. Combine a striking shaped peyote stitch pendant with other favorite beading stitches to create a piece of artistic beaded jewelry for any occasion!
  • Once you're confident with your peyote stitch skills, free form peyote stitch comes together easily, so stitch up one of Dustin Wedekind's Pirate's Plunder necklaces. Use your favorite skull beads and a treasure trove of your favorite seed beads to make a stunning peyote stitched neck adornment!

Finally, if you've ever been frustrated in trying to read and follow a charted peyote stitch pattern, you're not alone. So we've included a couple of our favorite Beading Daily blogs all about ways to mark your place in a peyote stitch pattern and how to interpret those peyote stitch patterns for making beautiful beaded jewelry!

So, think of this eBook as a way to expand your peyote stitch skills, learn some new bead stitching tricks, and come away with a whole wardrobe of beautiful beaded jewelry. After making a few of these free beading projects, we think you'll understand why beaders around the world love peyote stitch!

Bead Happy,


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ScottishSue wrote
on May 18, 2012 6:41 PM

Once again thanks for the patterns.

NOTE:  The Dustin Wedekind pattern "Pirate's Plunder" is actually done in brickstitch, NOT peyote.


on May 19, 2012 8:02 AM

This is more of a technical comment.  I use my iPad for saving all the free ebooks so that I can follow them while at my bead desk.   On the last couple ebooks I've downloaded, the pictures of the jewelry do not show up.  I've downloaded many of the ebooks  and patterns purchased on interweave and have never had a problem before. Any solutions?