Peyote Stitch 101

Peyote Stitch 101: Part 3

Peyote Stitch 101: Part 3

beadweaving bracelet

Oh, I love stitched cuffs. Let’s make this little beauty shall we?

If you are just joining us for the Peyote Stitch 101 series you can learn about the basic supplies in Part 1 and peyote stitch in Part 2.

Gather your bead weaving supplies plus a button and a center piece (I used a rhinestone flower button).  

Measure your wrist and determine how long you want to make the bracelet.  Now subtract one inch. That is how long you will make your peyote stitch.  For example, if you want your cuff six inches long then minus one equals five inches. The loop that wraps around the button will make up for the subtracted one inch.

Cut a piece of fireline 30 inches long. Start your peyote stitch as in Peyote Stitch 101: Part 2. Instead of stitching between every single bead, you will need to stitch between every five beads, like shown below.

Continue peyote stitch until you have reached your wrist measurement minus one inch. In the example above, your peyote stitch would be five inches long.

Tying Off

Tie a knot when you have six inches of thread remaining. Weave the end through a few beads and snip the excess thread.

Starting a New Thread

Cut another 30 inches of fireline. Weave the thread through a few beads, leaving about two inches. Tie a knot and continue the peyote stitch where you left off. Snip the excess thread at the beginning of the fireline.

Attaching the Button

Cut a piece of fireline 20 inches long. Weave through a few beads, tie a knot, and weave through a few more beads to center the needle where you want to position the button. I like the center of my buttons to be half an inch to one inch from the end of the cuff. Loop through the button and then back through the beads at least four times. Then, weave through a few beads, tie a knot, and snip the excess fireleine. Be sure to go back and snip the excess fireline at the beginning. Attach your center piece just as you did the button.

Attaching the Loop

The loop acts as a closure for the cuff by wrapping around the button. Start a new thread as described above in ‘Starting a New Thread’. Create a loop like shown below by adding beads until you reach a length of two inches. Then, tie off as described above under ‘Tying Off’. For a sturdier loop, cut another piece of fireline and stitch through the loop again.

Now you have a pretty new cuff your friends will squabble over. 

Peyote Stitch 101: Part 2

Peyote Stitch 101: Part 2

If you are just joining us for the fresh petite series Peyote Stitch 101, don’t forget to catch up on the necessary supplies in Part 1.

Today we will learn the basics of peyote stitch and make a ring!  Once you get the hang of it you can make one in 15 minutes. Be careful… it’s addicting. 

Cut a piece of Fireline or other beading thread 30" long. Follow Steps 1-5 below. The first bead threaded is called a stop bead because it stops your woven beads from coming undone. 


Before completing Step 5, measure your finger size and stitch as long you need to comfortably wrap around your finger.

Once Step 5 has been completed, rethread the 6” strand at the beginning into the needle head. Weave through a few beads, tie a knot like in Step 5, weave through a few more beads, and snip excess thread.


  • When using fireline, use your fingernail to flatten the end of a strand. This will make it easier to insert into the needle head.
  • When starting out, wrap the thread through the stop bead two to three times for better ‘stoppage.’
  • In Part 1 I mentioned that I prefer fireline because it is ‘grippy.’ If you have chosen to use fireline you will be able to tell now that beads do not easily slip off the fireline once threaded. Nothing is more annoying than having my beads slipping off.
  • Pull the thread tight after each bead. Do not try to weave an entire row before tightening. 

Meet me here next Monday for Part 3 where we will make a cuff!

Peyote Stitch: Part 1

Peyote Stitch: Part 1

One of my favorite crafting techniques is jewelry stitching because the supplies are easily portable. So when I am camping with the family I can still squeeze in a little bit of crafting. I’m not so sure my sewing machine would fit in around the campfire.

So begins a three part fresh petite series on even count peyote stitching with beads. Odd count peyote stitch is a little more difficult to pick up than even count. Perhaps I will make that another series if there is enough interest. By the end of the even count series you will have made a ring and bracelet. Today I will go over the few basic supplies needed to begin stitching/ weaving jewelry.


Seed beads for stitching or weaving jewelry come in a variety of shapes including, but not limited to, round, square, and hexagon.

Source: ArtBeads

Czech Glass Beads are the typical seed beads found at your local craft store such as Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, and JoAnn’s.

  • Upside: They are cheap and great for learning a new jewelry stitching technique.
  • Downside: The bead sizes are not consistent, which can make your pattern appear off and the holes are poorly drilled, which can cause your thread to shred while weaving through the beads.

Miyuki delicas and Toho seed beads are usually found at specialty bead and jewelry making shops.

  • Upside:  They are more precisely drilled, which will offer a more professional and polished look.
  • Downside: These beads are more expensive.

Size – Typical seed bead sizes are 8/0, 11/0, and 15/0. A larger number indicates a smaller bead size. For example, 15/0 is a smaller bead than 11/0. Some beads, primarily square beads, are indicated in millimeters, such as 1.8mm.


Bead weaving thread needs to have the following characteristics:

  • flexible enough to weave in and out of beads
  • strong enough to not shred from constant rubbing against beads
  • fine enough to fit through the head of a needle
  • have enough grip/ bead resistance to stabilize the weave (you will see what I mean in Part 2)

With those characteristics in mind, I am only going to cover Fireline and Nymo, as these threads are my most preferred for stitching with beads.

Fireline – Fireline is my personal favorite to work with. It comes in different strength ratings starting at 4lb, which is plenty strong for simple jewelry bead weaving.

  • Upside: Less likely to shred than other thread options.
  • Downside: More expensive and only comes in two colors, grey and crystal, which actually looks white.

Source: Artbeads

Nymo – Nymo thread comes in several thicknesses. Size D is an all purpose size that would be fine for the projects you will complete during this series.

  • Upside: Comes in several different colors, which allow it to blend into projects better.
  • Downside: More likely to shred if woven through the beads too much.

Source: Artbeads

Beading Needles

Beading needles are long and flexible to make maneuvering between small beads possible. For the projects you will be completing in this series any needle size 10 to 15 will work.

Source: FusionBeads

Get your supplies together and meet me back here for Peyote Stitch: Part 2. You will learn the basics of even count peyote stitch and complete your first project: a ring!

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