Peyote Stitch

Peyote stitch has been around as a beadwork technique for a long, long time. Adding one bead at a time, the stitch produces a fabric of beads arranged like brick paving, one bead up and one bead down, in columns. Variations include two-drop peyote stitch, three-drop peyote stitch, sculptural peyote stitch, and freeform peyote stitch.


Make a Beaded Mandala With Bead Netting

Last week, I shared my story about how a visit to a local shaman and some beads braided into my hair resulted in some pretty cool creative projects. Well, I’m still riding that big wave of creativity, and now I’m playing with making tiny beaded mandalas using netting stitch! Beaded netting stitch is one of…


Wrapping a Gemstone Point with Peyote Stitch

I’ve always been attracted to using gemstones in my beaded jewelry designs, whether for their perceived powers of spiritual healing, or just for their raw natural beauty. My latest acquisition to my collection of healing gemstones is a large, double-pointed quartz crystal that I thought would make a nice (but large) pendant. Inspired by images…


Beyond Basic Peyote

Peyote is one of the first stitches that most people learn when they start to learn beadweaving. (In fact, circular peyote stitch was the first technique I learned, when I undertook to make Melinda Barta's Big Sky Bracelet—which, I'm embarrassed to admit, I still haven't finished.) We've recently published several great projects in Beadwork magazine…