How to Design My Own 3D Peyote Stitch Designs

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How to Design My Own 3D Peyote Stitch Designs
Peyote stitch can be used to make flat beadwork designs as well as 3-dimensional designs. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Peyote stitch is an ancient method of stitching seed beads into flat 2-dimensional or even 3D designs. Peyote stitch can make a colourful design used as a pendant or ornament such as a brooch, or it can be used to make animal charms and other sculpture-like items. The only real difference between a flat peyote project and a sculptural project is turning the first row into a circular shape and working "in the round."

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Seed beads
  • Needle
  • Beading thread
  • Graph paper
  • Coloured pencils

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  1. 1

    Draw your proposed design on the graph paper.

  2. 2

    Use your coloured pencils to indicate where your bead colours will change. For a flat design, simply stitch the beads in place as drawn.

  3. 3

    Follow the pattern, replacing one square of the grid paper with one bead. If you are using multiple bead sizes, you will have to determine the number of squares to represent the various sized beads you have.

  4. 4

    Follow the pattern for a 3D design but extend the colour choices and specific bead patterns to allow for the sides and back.

Tips and warnings

  • Looking at other pattern layouts may help you with your designing skills.
  • Drawing the thread into the pattern layout may be helpful but is not required if you look at your project as rows placed one on top of another.

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