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Free Bead Weaving Pattern Instructions: Beaded Peyote Stitch Triangle (Flat, Open, and Tubular)

Updated on January 5, 2013
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Do you enjoy bead weaving with the peyote stitch? Creating beaded triangles is extremely satisfying and can be a component for many types of projects such as earrings and necklaces.

Any beader who has minimal experience with peyote can attempt triangles. If you do not have any experience with peyote stitch, I highly recommend practicing flat peyote stitch before attempting circular. For all of these triangles, you use a circular peyote stitch. I first learned this stitch from Carol Huber Cypher's Mastering Beadwork. This stitch is also available in many other books, magazines, and online sources. If you do not have any experience with peyote stitch, I highly recommend practicing flat peyote stitch before attempting circular.

I did not invent any of these triangle techniques and do not claim any copyright to any of these designs. I learned the basics from other beadweavers. I decided to put together these instructions after I got a request from a fellow beader who was looking for a little advice to get her started. Please feel free to share the directions with others.

At this point, I have not taken step by step direction photos for any of these triangles. Most of the directions are pretty self-explanatory if you have any experience with beadweaving. If you need further clarification on anything, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or contact me directly. Happy beading!

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Flat, Closed Peyote Triangles

I create a stop bead that I work into the finished triangle. You can create a separate stop bead if you want. I create my stop bead and then make a circle with three delicas (one of which is the stop bead). I loop my thread through the circle twice (which I do with open and tubular triangles, too). The next row will have two beads in each spot, which creates the corners of the triangles. You’ll continue to work your way around, adding two beads for the corners, and stepping up at the end of each row. For earrings, I normally make the triangles with at least 1” sides (sometimes bigger, generally not smaller). For pendants, I normally make 2”-2½” sides. For the last row, sometimes I put one bead in the corner instead of two.

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Flat, Open Peyote Triangles

Create a stop bead. Decide how many beads you would like to have per row. It must be an odd number. I’ve never made a triangle with more than 9 bead rows, but there really is no limit. Make sure to count your beads carefully for the second row so you put the corners in the right places. Normally my first few rows do not look anything like a triangle. It takes 4-5 rows for the piece to start taking a triangle shape. It’s really important to make sure that everything is pulled tight after every row so the shape doesn’t get warped. Otherwise, it’s the same as working a flat, closed triangle.

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How to Make a Tubular Peyote Stitch

Tubular Peyote Triangles

To create a tubular peyote triangle, start with a flat, open peyote triangle. I always end the last row with one corner bead instead of two so the “zipped” row corners end can share that single bead. This is what I’ve seen most people do on Etsy, but you’re welcome to do it a different way if you like. After I’ve created my flat triangle, I take out my stop bead and transition that thread out. You can wait until you’ve finished the piece, but I think that it’s easier to do it now. Then I take my main thread again and work my way back to the first row. I use this first row to build the other side of the triangle. It will take a couple rows to get the tubular aspect going. After you’ve worked back to the top, “zip” up the front and the back. If you need help with “zipping," let me know.

A Few More Ideas for This Technique

Tubular herringbone rope with a peyote bail and a ceramic donut focal.
Tubular herringbone rope with a peyote bail and a ceramic donut focal. | Source

Squares Instead of Triangles

You can also make flat, open, or tubular squares using this same technique. Just add an extra side. Flat squares folded over make wonderful bails. I used a ceramic donut by Kristie Roeder (ArtisanClay on Etsy) for this necklace.

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I’ve also folded over flat squares and flipped them the other way to make earrings like this.

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I got a custom order for some tubular squares in late 2010. You can read more about them here. These were tricky because of the way the square likes to fold naturally, but they were fun.

Once you have mastered this technique, there is no limit to the possibilities for it. Feel free to share your other ideas for peyote triangles in the comments.

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      Dianne Daniels 

      11 months ago

      excellent

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      Jacobb9205 

      3 years ago

      Looks amazing!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, shai77! Yep, you use the same technique to make flat circles.

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      Chen 

      5 years ago

      Really nice work, those are great looking. What would you use to make flat circles like this? Nice hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, lorddraven! That's great. I use Miyuki delica seed beads for all of my peyote triangles.

      Nice, Victoria. :)

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      Author Victoria Sheffield 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      I make and sell jewelry. thanks!

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      Sam Little 

      5 years ago from Wheelwright KY

      Very interesting. I am always looking for craft projects for my patrons at the library. This was very useful. Do you have a recommended brand of bead to buy by any chance?

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      Rose Clearfield 

      5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks, Deb! I'm really proud of that original triangle design. Have fun experimenting with your leftover delicas. :)

      Thanks, DDE!

      Cyndi, thanks! It is beautiful and wonderful as well as time consuming. I find it relaxing, though. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      5 years ago from Western NC

      Voted up and across - what a beautiful hub! I haven't ever done this kind of beading but it looks beautiful and wonderful. Does it take a long time? It seems like it would, haha. You're talented and amazing! :)

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      That is creativity so beautiful thanks for sharing

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      Thanks for this. I love the green triangle on the bracelet. I've never experimented with the peyote stitch, although I've done a lot of other beadwork. I do have lots of leftover delicas so I can practice.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Paula, I'm glad that this is helpful for you. Flat squares will never lie flat. You aren't doing anything wrong. That's just what happens to them. As you can see in my photo examples, all of my squares are either flat squares folded over or are tubular squares.

      Thanks, luv2cre8it. Nope, you don't start with two open triangles. Read through my instructions for the tubular peyote triangle in this article. You'll start with an open flat triangle and go from there.

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      luv2cre8it 

      6 years ago

      Hi! Your work is beautiful! My question is for the tubular peyote triangle. Do you start with 2 open triangles? I am completely stumped:( Please help!!!

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      Paula J 

      6 years ago

      Thank you so much. ITs great to see a tutorial that tries to get us to understand the concept so we can understand what we're doing and work on our own projects instead of counting one bead at a time to make an exact copy without any understanding of the overall geometry. The problem is, I made a flat square, but its warped like crazy. Any idea what I might have done wrong?

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I'm so glad that this will help you, Jenny! Thanks!

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      Jenny 

      6 years ago

      It was the open and tubular triangles that had me stumped, but now I understand. Thank you. Your work is beautiful!

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks Silwen! You're right that a good quality seed bead makes all the difference for precision beadweaving like this. I only use delicas for peyote triangles.

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      Silwen 

      6 years ago from Europe

      Really nice technique. I used it to make some nice 3d triangle pendants. The key for success is good quality seed bead. I tried some Chinese beads, and the result was terrible. I think that Delicas perfectly fit peyote stitch.

      Thank you for great hub.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thank you alocsin and iamaudraleigh!

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      iamaudraleigh 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful creations!!! Voted up and shared!

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      alocsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Not that I have any craft skills but these look beautiful. Voting this Up and Useful. And sharing this.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      No problem! Best of luck. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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      Thekla Georgeou 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, I am going to give this a try. I appreciate yor response. Thekla:-)

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Thanks!

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      sarika007 

      7 years ago

      its really nice...

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      Rose Clearfield 

      7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Many people on Etsy do use the techniques that I've outlined in this hub.

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      women north face 

      7 years ago

      This is what I’ve seen most people do on Etsy

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