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  • Peyote Stitch Beading

    Peyote stitchPeyote stitch, also known as Gourd stitch, is an off-loom bead weaving 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 Ancient Egypt, and the stitch has also been used in historic and contemporary Native American beadwork.  The name "peyote stitch" derives from the use of this stitch to decorate objects used in peyote ceremonies by members of the Native American Church.  The name "gourd stitch" similarly derives from the use of the stitch in decorating gourd containers.

    Learn the 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.

    Cost $40.00.

A Classic Heirloom

When you pass on something special to one of your heirs, it is called an "heirloom".  When that item is very special - and valuable, it is called a classic heirloom.  We sell everything needed for you to create that piece of wearable art that you can be proud to pass on to the next generation.  This is why we call our bead & jewelry shop "Heirloom Classics".