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7 Free Peyote Stitch Projects Plus Bonus Guide to Reading a Peyote Stitch Pattern

Jan 25, 2009
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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 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!


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Linnie2461 wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 11:33 AM
Thank you !!
Prettyhrses wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 1:33 PM
Thank you!
on Jan 26, 2009 1:42 PM
Welcome, Melinda! I love receiving Beading Daily. Thank you for this gift of 5 free Peyote projects. I can't wait to get started! Bayside Beader
Vicki-anneC wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 1:57 PM
Thank you for your generous gift. I've already made the Midnight Garden Cuff and it gets lots of compliments.
saxen wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 2:36 PM
Thank you very much - I'm a newbie to Peyote - so I am looking forward to try this out. For easy download - right click and choose "Save destination as.." (I hope it says so - I'm from Denmark, so it is my translation) - choose a place to save it and you're done. Happy beading
BettyN@5 wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 2:39 PM
Thank you very much for the five peyote patterns. Can't wait to try them as my favourite stitch is peyote. Many thanks also for the beading daily news. It is great to get it way down here in great New Zealand. Betty Boop
unicorn wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 2:51 PM
tank you so much for the gift of 5 free peyote patterns ruthy
ljjohnson54 wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 3:01 PM
Thank you so much. Love the patterns!!!
BeverlyH@19 wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 3:02 PM
Thank you for the 5 free peyote stitch patterns.
momafert wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 3:43 PM
thank you ! the weather station has our area under a winter advisory for the next 48 hours, gee-wiz.... 5 free patterns and a big pile of beads and my new warm Christmas slippers , hummmm,what ever will I do while it's snowin'-n-blowin' outside ?!?! (the hard part is trying to decide what project to start first ) my thanks again to beading daily ! cyndy
ron@6 wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 5:35 PM
I am a new member to Beading Daily and so far it is wonderful! My local beadshop gave me your website. Thanks!!!! Does anyone have a pattern for the beaded bicone crystal pendant thats shaped in a ball. These pendants sell for over $100 in well known dept. stores. Thanks for being out there for me. ron
linnerlu wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 7:04 PM
I had no problems getting the free pattern booklet to download. Thanks so much!
Curupisa wrote
on Jan 26, 2009 7:30 PM
Thanks a lot for the download! The document opens ok.
on Jan 26, 2009 8:30 PM
I have the absolute latest Adobe Reader download, I just updated. So...why does it say the file is corrupt? Hmm...too bad, it looks very interesting.
Penny@85 wrote
on Jan 27, 2009 3:49 AM
Thank you, this opened ok for me and is just printing off..... just have to decide which to make first, or should I finish what I have on the go at the moment, or finish the cross stitch I started before Yule or...??
Rosemarie @8 wrote
on Jan 27, 2009 5:58 AM
Vielen Dank für die Anleitungen.
Danielle wrote
on Jan 27, 2009 8:05 AM
If you have the latest version of Adobe Reader and are still having issues, the easiest solution is to right click on the pdf and save it to your computer. Then open your saved file.
Sharon@356 wrote
on Jan 27, 2009 12:24 PM
Thank you for the five patterns. I just downloaded and saved them. I printed off the one I wanted to work on. I had no problems at all. I believe have an updated version of Adobe Reader that there should be no problem.
on Jan 28, 2009 7:43 AM
Thanks a lot
Sandy@238 wrote
on Jan 28, 2009 6:47 PM
Sandy L. Thank you for the five Free Peyote Stitch Patterns. Going to start working on them right away. THANK YOU
judi2706 wrote
on Jan 28, 2009 6:52 PM
Thank you so much for the free peyote patterns!! I have been searching for the Banded tapestry cuff/Kathy King for some time. This bracelet is to die for!! Anyone who cannot decide which bracelet to start with...let me just tell you that this one is gorgeous when done! Love BD and I have done over 20 years of stitching with fabric and beads. I always seem to come up with new ideas and what I don't come up seem to find it for me.
Crafty Girl wrote
on Jan 30, 2009 3:55 PM
Wow! Thank you!! This is awesome. I love free patterns!! :o)
PhillyR wrote
on Jan 31, 2009 2:09 AM
Absolutely FABULOUS! Thank you so much!!
LornaW@3 wrote
on Feb 1, 2009 6:10 PM
I'm another Mac person who is getting a "corrupt file"message when trying to download this file. And I do have Adobe Reader. Someone please help; I would really like to try these great looking patterns. Thanks.
lucy@51 wrote
on Feb 3, 2009 7:23 AM
Thank you very much. I love Peyote stich. Lucy
Mari @25 wrote
on Feb 8, 2009 3:05 PM
Eu amei!!!!!! Simplesmente maravilhoso!! Mari Brasil
on Feb 13, 2009 12:37 PM
I am a tad slow at times. I just downloaded the 5Peyote projects with no problems. Now I just have to learn to do the Peyote stitch. LOL rosie
ellenpurcell wrote
on Feb 22, 2009 8:44 AM
Thank you for the 5 Free Peyote Stitch Patterns. I was able to download all pages. I made a ring at work yesterday.
nobbi wrote
on Feb 24, 2009 11:56 AM
wow!superschön! thanks a lot.
Martina1984 wrote
on Feb 26, 2009 3:44 AM
Thank you very much
on Feb 26, 2009 7:48 AM
merci beaucoup
dewdrop3 wrote
on Feb 27, 2009 9:50 AM
Fab .. another set of lovely patterns to add to my collection from Beading Daily .. thank you, they help fill many a dark evening with warm colours and beading pleasure!
conny@5 wrote
on Feb 28, 2009 8:32 AM
Vielen Dank für die schöne Anleitung.
Suz27 wrote
on Mar 2, 2009 7:02 PM
I have found that I cannot open any files unless I do the following first: scroll across the top of the page to where it says sign in. I click on that and enter my email addy and my BeadingDaily password. After a moment, it switches back to the download page, and I can then click on the download to get the patterns. This happens every time to me although I am a member and have the latest adobe. Hope it works for everyone else.
Mary Beth@11 wrote
on Mar 3, 2009 9:14 AM
Can't wait to start the new projects! Thanx:)
misty282 wrote
on Mar 3, 2009 9:17 AM
Thanks so much for the 5 free patterns, I didn't have any problems with downloading the pdf file. Conly
starla wrote
on Mar 5, 2009 7:26 PM
I'm new to this but would love to make a ring for one of my favorite friends. What does 11 with the "degree sign" mean? Any recommendations on beads for the lovely rings in the "Finger Food" pattern? Many thanks! Starla
on Mar 16, 2009 4:38 AM
As with all the others before me THANK YOU. Beading daily is about the only thing I get regularly to read, and I love it. You add pleasure to my day. Sue
pscmarler wrote
on Mar 27, 2009 11:45 PM
Ok, I am really late BUT, I have downloaded this file. I see 4 different e-mail addresses on here requesting the file. I am sending them to you all. IF there is anyone else that perhaps wants it and IF my email attachment works and you guys are able to download it, then I would be more than happy to send it to others. I have The Shield Deluxe as my virus protection and my files are checked before attaching incase anyone is worried about that. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in me sending this file to you. Please put 5 Peyote Pattern in the subject to make sure I know it is the pattern question otherwise, I usually delete junk mail that I don't know the senders. I hope that I can help anyone. BeadingDaily, Thank you SOOO much for the emails and the free downloads, I LOVE trying new ideas and I already have WAYYYYYY too much money invested in beads and findings. More than enough that I can try any project without having to go out and buy anything. :-) Hubby is sick of seeing me with beads BUT oh well! My peace and my serenity. Happy Beading. Stephanie Marler, Illinois
tafries wrote
on Apr 2, 2009 3:21 PM
I forgot I loaded this before and I just downloaded it again. I had no problem with it either time. Love these. Thanks for the projects. I could never afford to make anything if I had to buy the patterns always. Those who give their expertise to others to share will be rewarded. Terry, AZ from PA
nini67 wrote
on Apr 7, 2009 9:03 AM
To those of you who are having trouble with corrupted downloads, check your computer's virus protection options. Sometimes you have to manually click a box to allow the download to pass. I had to find this out the hard way, I tried 5 times & two different browsers before I found this out. Hope this helps. Thanks Beading Daily for the beading projects. Juanita from Quebec, Canada.
LorrieH4 wrote
on Apr 7, 2009 1:35 PM
If you cannot download it here, just go the FREE PROJECTS on the first page of this newsletter and it is there as it was published here in January. I had no problem downloading it there.
RoxanneS@6 wrote
on Apr 9, 2009 7:21 AM
Download worked like a charm...Thank you very much.
GutaG wrote
on Apr 15, 2009 8:04 AM
Obrigada amei! bjs byguta Brasil.
leedee wrote
on Apr 29, 2009 7:23 AM
I finally figured out how to download this and now as a happy beading clam can begin to use ahuge stash of seed beads.I needed something like this to bring me back to beading I,ve not done much since my daughter-in-la moved away we used to work together in my craft room and created like crazy,but when she moved out of state I just couldn't stay at anything all alone this is stupid I know for an 80year old to act like a baby.This will kick start this old lady into having some fun again Thank You all for great connebts
Runa3 wrote
on May 21, 2009 2:51 AM
Muchas gracias!! Besos...
AnneM@34 wrote
on May 26, 2009 7:28 AM
Thank you very much. I am excited to try making the rings and one of the bracelets in the very near future and then to try more of the patterns. Kind Regards, Anne M. from Ontario, Canada
JANI@5 wrote
on Jun 4, 2009 1:42 PM
Estan super super espectaculares, muchas gracias.
Kassie5 wrote
on Jun 22, 2009 12:33 AM
Wow- these patterns are absolutely stunning and I can't wait to try them. Thanks to all the designers for sharing. Kassie France
dschleue wrote
on Jun 24, 2009 6:36 PM
Thank you sooooo much! Can't wait to try these out!!!
on Jul 2, 2009 3:48 PM
Thanks very much for the free patterns - I am anxious to get started! Jackie
babika wrote
on Jul 9, 2009 2:19 AM
super,super super
mrgz20 wrote
on Jul 10, 2009 6:10 AM
Thank you very much. Those are just wonderful
Notesong wrote
on Jul 10, 2009 7:46 AM
Great patterns^^ Going to have to buy some seed beads and try it out. I think my 9 year old daughter will enjoy these too. The instructions seem clear enough for her, with a bit of guidance. Good job!
on Jul 11, 2009 6:50 PM
Thank you very much for these wonderful patterns. I am sort of a new comer to the world of beads and weaving and am so excited.
on Jul 11, 2009 6:51 PM
Thank you so much for the opportunity to have these exciting patterns. I am so excited about my new love for beading.
JudyM@58 wrote
on Jul 15, 2009 3:08 PM
Thank you, these are awesome. For those of you having problems downloading because of the error message that it's a corrupt file, try using Mozilla Firefox browser, I never have a problem with that browser. Thanks again for the patterns, JMY
edee@3 wrote
on Jul 28, 2009 9:39 AM
i'm hooked on the rings! made 13 so far in all sizes. i add a picot on each side with size 15 seed beads . also i use hex 11 beads for the border. when i use s.l. gold or s.l. crystal same border and picot they just pop! Edee
frantastic3 wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 2:38 PM
Tip for Mac users: I couldn't download the file in Firefox, but I switched browsers and in Safari, it downloaded just fine. Try a different internet browser!
heather@154 wrote
on Aug 29, 2009 7:03 AM
Thank you for the 5 free peyote stitch patterns. I am looking forward to trying them out, as they look really nice.
Rakugal wrote
on Aug 29, 2009 10:09 AM
Thank you
sandra@146 wrote
on Aug 31, 2009 12:12 PM
lovely carm bracelet, thanksss
VirginiaB@35 wrote
on Jan 20, 2010 6:02 PM

Thank you so much for making these patterns available.  To  Interweave Press...I am most grateful for all your  wonderful publications.