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Tubular Peyote Rope Instructions

Jun 12, 2008
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Designer: Bonnie Brooks
Published: June 13, 2008
Technique: Tubular Peyote

Learn tubular peyote to make a rope for a focal pendant like “Turn It Over” by Gabrielle Neijman on page 11 of the July/August 08 issue of Step by Step Beads, or wear it alone as a slinky bracelet or necklace.

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kose2 wrote
on Jun 13, 2008 11:17 AM

twith the ubular peyote technique you can make different bracelets changing the colr of the beads tks vm i'm going to to make different of these tubes .

WindandSea wrote
on Jun 13, 2008 12:24 PM

I know this might sound silly, but I am not sure what the term "step up" means.  It is used in Step 5 and again the the "tip" box.  Can you explain for us novices, please.  Thank you.

TubaishiR wrote
on Jun 15, 2008 12:12 AM


MaritzaR wrote
on Jun 18, 2008 11:12 AM

Perfect! The instructions  and the graphic are really good!

on Jun 18, 2008 12:56 PM


Did you ever get your question answered?  Since you are making a tube, rather than something flat, you need to "step up" to begin the next round of beads.  One thing that might make this easier to see/understand is to use a straw or something of a similar shape to bead around the first few rows until you can see the pattern.

Anyone else have some tips or a way to explain this?

JennyWren3 wrote
on Jun 18, 2008 1:40 PM

Kathleen, perhaps a more direct explanation will help.  Once you've done peyote in a circle you're going to meet your start bead again.  In order to form a cylinder it's necessary to take an extra "step" by passing the needle "up" through TWO beads (the start bead and the next bead "up" in the next row).  This gives you the starting point for the next "round" (or row) of peyote.  You'll make the same extra step at the end of each round of peyote--going from the start bead of that round through the first bead you *added* in that round.  What will end up happening is that you'll be going up and over by one bead for the beginning of each round.  So as you make successive rounds your starting point will begin to spiral around the tube.  You'll see this if you use a different color bead for the start (or end)  of each row.  Does this make sense?  I hope I haven't confused the issue.

Stella@14 wrote
on Jun 26, 2008 6:18 AM


IrenaT wrote
on Jun 30, 2008 6:48 PM


Thanks, the best instuctions to do Tubular Peyote Rope.

MARIA@157 wrote
on Jul 1, 2008 12:25 PM


pandora@3 wrote
on Jul 2, 2008 10:35 AM

I can't wait to try this. BUT the directions only tell you how to add the clasp to the END of the tube. How do you put the other side of the clasp on the beginning of it?

PatriziaS2 wrote
on Jul 3, 2008 1:24 PM

Thank's a lot!

GiliZ wrote
on Jul 20, 2008 11:35 PM

it's a wonderfool technic, so relaking, easygoing and loveley outcome.

NoelineS wrote
on Jul 22, 2008 8:41 PM

Thank you for this great pattern, very easy to follow. Sincerely

Noeline from Australia

WahlM wrote
on Jul 24, 2008 3:09 PM

Merci beaucoup pour ce partage de schéma ..

Thank you for this great pattern, very easy to follow. Sincerely

WindandSea wrote
on Jul 25, 2008 4:56 PM

Dear Michelle and Jenny,

Thank you both very much for the great explantion.  I will try it tonight.  I am sorry it took so long for me to get back to you on this.  I have had lots of things going on in my life.  This is the first time I have been on the internet in a month.  Thanks again for the instructions.  I very much appreciate your time and efforts.

Have a creative day!!!!

WindandSea wrote
on Jul 28, 2008 9:32 PM

Hi Michelle and Jenny!!!

Thanks for the great directions.  It works great.  I love it.  It was really very easy once I got past the third row.  Now I just have to figure out what to do with my new wealth of knowledge.  Any ideas?  Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Kathleen from No. Sacramento, CA

Caryn_m_s wrote
on Aug 6, 2008 8:34 AM

to Pandora: To add the other side of the clasp, use the long tail end of the thread from the beginning (that's why you leave 10 inches) and follow the same steps as attaching the end (step 7 & 8).



verna@6 wrote
on Aug 6, 2008 1:01 PM

Thanks, I am going to try this stitch in my next project. Wish me luck.

AnnaC@17 wrote
on Aug 11, 2008 1:01 PM

I feel so stupid because I can only get to the second round then I don't what to do could you help pass this part may be with picture after the second round?  Thank you in advance.  


Wendy@162 wrote
on Sep 22, 2008 8:21 PM


Am a new member.  Can't figure out how to zip or end my tubular peyote stitch into a circle.  Would appreciate if anyone can guide me.  Thanks.

on Oct 7, 2008 12:12 PM

HI! Leslie here, editor in chief of Step by Step Beads. I hope I can answer some of these questions:


Think of it this way: Picture a barber pole with a red stripe running around a white pole. The red stripe is a spiral, one continuous red line.  If you stitch a peyote spiral around a straw, it is like one stripe, a continuous row that goes around and around, each circuit around the straw sitting on top of the one before. It is not really forming rings.

Now... picture stacking rings. If you make concentric rings, one by one, when you complete a ring you have to start the next ring in a new row that will sit on top of the ring just stitched.  Once you finish one ring , you have to "step up" to start a new ring . In beading this usually means having your needle exit in position to start the new row or ring. This is called "stepping up" because you literally step up from one row to the next row, where the new row will be. You step up when a stitch does not allow for continuous growth.


REMEMBER--in peyote you string rows 1 and 2 at the same time, and stitching row 3 makes them fall into their zipper-tooth alignment.   Are you remembering tthat you  skip every other bead as you add new beads? Once you have your initial circle knotted, you only add three new beads in each row before you step up.


I assume you mean your tube to be endless, like a bangle? To do this, each end must fit into the other, like teeth of a zipper. You must make sure the end rows have the "in" beads" and the "out" beads correct. Try adding a row to one end if your ends don't seem to fit. Then, have your thread exit an "out" bead, and pass trhough an "out" bead on the other end. continue this way, passing through the "out" beads, as you piece the tube ends together.

FINSIHING the tube ends as a rope, ot a circle:

If you do NOT want an endless tube, simple pass through the "out" beads at the end of your tube and pull them snug, cupping them together slightly. Repeat 2-3 times to secure. Tie your working thread to an existing thread in the tube end in a neat overhand knot, and weave the thread into the beadwork along existing thread paths to secure. Trim. You can now, on new threads, attach a loop and button closure to your ends.

digupstuff wrote
on Nov 21, 2008 9:10 AM
To "step up" in tubular peyote is to add a new row above (or below, however you're working on it) the last one. Sometimes it looks like you are going in between, but when you pull it all together, it stacks on top of itself pretty nicely. Hope this helps?! Happy Thanksgiving! <3 Elizabeth :D XOXOX
DorothyH@10 wrote
on Jan 5, 2009 8:58 AM
To Kathleen and other newbies -you can read until the cows come home, but seeing the technique in video is the way to go. Laura McCabe "Intro to Seed Beads" on Beaducation is the greatest. Luv her mantra:
LisaD@82 wrote
on Mar 3, 2009 10:49 AM
DorothyH, thanks so much for adding this link. It helped very much. I am homebound and have been having a difficult time figuring out the step up technique. Now i get it!
michelle p@5 wrote
on Jun 16, 2009 6:06 AM
slavetobeads wrote
on Jul 10, 2009 8:27 AM
Great instructions. I don't use the tail to put a clasp on. If the clasp breaks or you need to change it the rest of the necklace stays in tacked. I weave and knot or glue the tail then start with another piece of thread to add the clasps. slavetobeads
ClarisseS wrote
on Jul 17, 2009 4:19 PM
merci pour ce partage bizzz domino
Manjeri wrote
on Aug 8, 2009 12:56 PM
Hi leslie, I know Im kinda late but i would like to know how to make peyote cube shape tube beads, I've been searching like crazy to find the method but unable to find anything on it, please help me out!!