Peyote Stitch Beading
stitch, also known as Gourd stitch, is an off-loom
technique. Peyote stitch may be worked with either an even or
an odd number of beads per row. Both even and odd count peyote
pieces can be woven as flat strips, in a flat round shape, or as a
tube. Tubular peyote is used to make pouches or to decorate
objects such as bottles or fan handles.
Many cultures around the world have
used peyote stitch in their beadwork. Examples of peyote stitch have
been found in artifacts from
and the stitch has also been used in historic and contemporary
beadwork. The name "peyote stitch" derives from the use of
this stitch to decorate objects used in
ceremonies by members of the
Native American Church.
The name "gourd stitch"
similarly derives from the use of the stitch in decorating gourd
basics of Peyote stitch seed beading. We will go over flat
even-count Peyote, odd-count Peyote, circular-Peyote, and increasing
& decreasing. At the end of this class you will have the
confidence to follow a pattern to make a bracelet or a necklace.
ALL MATERIALS INCLUDED.