Beading Guides

Beading Basics: Flat Peyote Stitch

Peyote stitch is the most common stitch around.  It’s not hard to master, and peyote stitch makes it easy to incorporate images into your design.  In this post, I will show you how the stitch is done and you’ll be beading happy in no time!

First thing first, thread a needle and attach a stop bead to your desired length of beading thread.  A stop bead prevents the beads you pick up from sliding off your thread at the other end.  To attach a stop bead, pick up any bead that is not in your design and sew through it again.  The image below can serve as a guide.


Next you will string your desired number of seed or cylinder beads.  If you have an even number of beads you will use even count flat peyote stitch, and if you have an odd number you will use odd count flat peyote stitch.  We will go over even count first.  Now, pick up an even number of beads with your needle.


You will be now sewing in the opposite direction.  Pick up a bead, skip the next bead in the row, and sew through the next. Repeat to the end of the row.  When you get to the last stitch you will work a turn.


Pick up a bead and sew through the next bead in the previous row.  Repeat until you get to the end and work a turn.  Continue working turns and adding rows until you reach the desired length strip.



Sometimes it is nessecary to use an odd number of beads.  Odd count flat peyote stitch is almost the same as even count with one major difference, the turns.

Start with an odd number of beads and work a row as explained above.  When you get to the last stitch, pick up a bead and sew through the next bead in the previous row. Continue through the next bead up in the first row, the bead under it, the next bead, the bead over the one you added in this step, and exit the bead you added this step. This is what is known as a figure 8 turn.  See step:2, red line to green.

Continue adding rows and making turns to finish the strip.





I hope you enjoy this beaducational post! Feel free to contact me at with any questions you might have.

As always, Happy Beading!





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