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Basic Beading Stitches

Peyote (my version anyway)

This is the first stitch I learned. The thread goes in horizontally to the beads shown.

You first string the number of beads you wish to have for the width of the project. In this case I used 12 beads.

For the second row you begin with one more bead and pull the needle under the thread of the last two beads on the first row. Pull the thread and needle back over through the bead. This gives you a thread under and over and through the bead you just added.

Then thread another bead and run just the thread under the thread between the third and fourth bead. Again run the needle and thread through the bead.

Keep adding one bead at a time, back and forth to create your rows.


Thread through the row of beads that equal the width of your project. For the second row put the needle and thread through 2 more beads.

Pass the thread back through the second-to-last bead of the first row, and back through the second bead you just strung.

Keep doing this by adding 1 bead at a time, passing through the third-to-last of the first row, and back through the bead just strung. Repeat this with 1 bead at a time to complete each row.


I find this one the more difficult of the three. For the sample I strung 13 beads across for the top row. Then add 5 more beads. pull the needle and thread through the 5th row from the end of the first row.

String another 5 beads, skip 3 beads of the base row and and go back through the next.

Repeat to the end of the row, passing through the 5th, 6th and third beads of the ones you just added and going out of the third. Turn the work over and repeat.

I find that if I used a piece of tape it kept the rows straight. especially when first starting a project. The sample shown to the left has the left hand side a bit squashed. All the netting is supposed to be the same size across and it is just an error in the scanning of the sample.