Conquering the Peyote Stitch Dodecahedron

Jan 15, 2014

peyote beading dodecahedrons
Really, is there anything you can't do with peyote stitch? Since I figured out how to make a beaded dodecahedron out using right-angle weave, I've been playing around with creating these challenging geometric shapes using peyote stitch to fill in each little unit and create a solid structure. Using peyote stitch with the dodecahedron form has really made me excited for creating some new three-dimensional structures. Are you up for a little beading challenge? The best part of this advanced peyote stitch project is that all you need to get started are just two colors of size 11 seed beads! Ready to give it a try?

The peyote stitch dodecahedron begins with a structure created with right-angle weave. You can follow these instructions, or try this free pattern for a dodecahedron using right-angle weave from our friends at  Bead Origami.

Materials:

  • 10 g seed bead size 11, color A
  • 1 g seed bead size 11, color B
  • Optional: 20mm wood or plastic round bead for core
  • 6 lb. beading thread

Tools:

  • Size 12 beading needle
  • Size 12 sharps (short) beading needle (optional)
  • Scissors or thread cutter
  • Chain nose pliers or thread puller (optional, but extremely useful for this project!)

Step-by-step Instructions

This structure is created easily with a single length of thread. Cut 8 - 10 feet of beading thread, and string a stop bead, leaving a 6" tail.

Pick up: 1 B, 4 A. Repeat for a total of 5 sets of beads. Tie into a loose ring, and pass through the first 5 beads strung. You'll want to work with relatively loose tension for this technique, since the panels of the finished peyote stitch dodecahedron will tighten up considerably when you begin to fill them in!

Unit 1: Pick up 1 B, 4 A. Repeat until you have picked up 4 sets of beads. Pick up 1 B and pass through the 4 A you were exiting in the previous step.

Pass up through the next 1 B and 4 A.

Pick up 1 B, 4 A. Repeat for a total of 3 sets of beads, ending with 1 B. Pass through the next open set of 4 A in the base ring.

When we create our beaded dodecahedron base, we'll be adding beads so that we have sets of 3 B in each corner where the right-angle weave units meet.

Pick up 1 B, pass through the next 4 A, and through all the beads added in the previous step, except for the last B added.

Pick up 1 B, pass through the next set of 4 A in the base ring.
Add two more units using right-angle weave, making sure to add B beads to the corners for sets of 3 as shown in the photo.

To add the last unit, pick up 1 B, pass through the last empty set of A in the base ring. Pick up 1 B, pass through the first 4 A from the first unit you added.

Pick up 1 B, 4 A, 1 B, 4 A, 1 B. Pass through the 4 A from the fourth unit, the B you added at the beginning of this step, the 4 A in the base ring, the second B that you added in this step, and the 4 A from the first unit you added to the base ring.

Pull your beading thread slightly so that the beadwork forms a loose cup shape.
To begin adding units for the second round, pass through the next B and 4 A to your left.

To add the first unit of the second round, pick up 1 B, 4 A, 1 B, 4 A, 1 B, 4 A, and 1 B. Pass down through the 4 A that come before the 4 A you exited at the beginning of this step.

Pick up 1 B, pass through the next 4 A from the first round of units. Pick up 1 B, pass through the next 4 A.

Add 4 more units of right-angle weave, adding B beads at the corners.

If you are using a 20mm core bead, insert it before adding your last unit.
To "zip" up the top of your dodecahedron, work your thread so that you are exiting from a set of 4 A. Pick up 1 B, pass through the next 4 B. Repeat until you have added a total of 5 B, one in each corner.
tubular peyote stitch peyote beading

Now we begin the peyote stitch to fill in each little panel!

Exiting from a B bead, pick up 1 A. Skip the next A, and pass through an A.

When you get to the next B in the ring, pass through it, treating it and the last A you passed through as one bead.

peyote beading tubular peyote Continue in tubular peyote stitch all around the ring, stepping up through the last B and A beads.
tubular peyote stitch dodecahedron

In the second round of peyote stitch, you'll add 1 A, then decrease by passing through the next 2 A in the round without adding a bead. Pull snugly as you work, and you'll see a small star forming in your peyote stitch.

Pass up at the end of the round.

tubular peyote stitch peyote beading dodecahedron

To seal up your peyote stitch panel, pick up 1 B, pass through the next A in the round. Repeat for a total of 5 B. Pass through all B beads again, skipping the A beads. Weave your thread through the beadwork until you are exiting another B bead and continue filling each little panel with peyote stitch.

When you've filled up all the panels, weave your threads in, and trim close to the beadwork.

I'm always amazed at what you can do with just basic peyote stitch -- add a bead, skip a bead, pass through the next bead! It seems as though there are an infinite number of ways that designers are using this popular bead-weaving stitch to create some pretty incredible beadwork.

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What's next for my peyote stitch dodecahedrons? Well, I've got a little supply of old rivolis that I bought on eBay years ago. I'm thinking about how to use the peyote stitch and netting bezels I designed for my Twinkling Star beaded necklace to create a dodecahedron filled with rivolis. I've got some serious beading to do!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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momcat560 wrote
on Jan 15, 2014 1:17 PM

Thank you, thank you, thank you so much for the Peyote Stitch Dodecahedron tutorial!  I have two or three other sets of instructions for these and have found them somewhat confusing.  I am a visual learner and, looking at the pictures put it all together in my mind!  Awesome!

rxpkls wrote
on Jan 16, 2014 6:56 AM

Can't wait to try this as written, thinking about leaving center free on either side so I can use it as a focal bead in a kumihimo bracelet.

ladybard wrote
on Feb 21, 2014 2:05 PM

Thank you for this!  I'm a new learner so I may have to try a few easier projects before this one but I really want to learn how to do these.  Just a question: is the center core bead necessary?  At first, I thought it may be, but the way the instructions were worded at that step seem to make it sound like it may not be required to finish the bead.

Thank you so much!!