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Peyote Helpful Hints

Updated on February 6, 2013

Peyote a difficult stitch?

Quite a few beaders have tried and failed to do the peyote stitch. It took me a while but looking through the internet for tutorials and videos helped me a lot. But my peyote always came out stiff. I sent out the word to all of the great beaders on my list and they sent me back my comments. With their help, I learned to make a soft, silky peyote bracelet. I was so excited. Then I started looking for ways to start peyote as that is the most difficult part of peyote other than odd count peyote. I found a few of those. I will be putting some of that information in this lens. I will also give you the links to the blog posts I wrote to explain these situations.

Hopefully, this will help you to learn how to do the peyote stitch so that you will learn to like it.

Oh the picture here is a pattern called Starry, Starry Night by Van Gogh, by my friend, Suzanne Wester.

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Cardinal I beaded in Peyote for my Dad
Cardinal I beaded in Peyote for my Dad

Starting Peyote

One of the major problems for beaders

One of the major problems identified by many beaders whether they are beginners or experienced is starting the piece. This has turned many a beader away from beading the peyote stitch.

I shied away from it for quite a while because I felt it would be too hard. I had found a book that had a cardinal picture in it by Fel Bullock that I wanted to bead up for my Dad as he is a Cardinals baseball fan. I got it out and found out it was peyote so I played with it using several tutorials on the internet. I finally was able to get it finished with a whole lot of frog stitching (rip-it, rip-it, rip-it). This is the picture attached to this module.

To get some helpful hints on how to start your peyote piece, go to my blog and look at the tutorial on Starting Peyote Tutorial. This article will show you several variations of ways to start your peyote.

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Starting Peyote using 2 Needle Start

Diamonds and Triangles Accessory Set - Designed by Grandma Marilyn's (me)

Diamond and Triangles Accessory Set designed in peyote by Grandma Marilyn's
Diamond and Triangles Accessory Set designed in peyote by Grandma Marilyn's

This lovely pattern contains a pen wrap, lighter cover and lip balm cover. This would be a good set for anyone, male or female. If they don't smoke, I am sure they light candles or something else....even if they only give someone a light. If you don't bead and want one, you could always contact me.

The bead pattern for this lovely accessory set can be found in my Grandma Marilyn at the Boutique shop.

The beaded and ready to give as a gift set is located in my eCrater shop.

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Patriotic Turtles Cuff
Patriotic Turtles Cuff

How to get your Peyote to be soft and silky

When I first started creating projects with peyote, I would keep my tension very tight. This is what everything I read told me to do. Everything I beaded up was stiff as a board. Of course, I thought it was supposed to be that way. Then one day, I won a contest sponsored by SandFibers. It was so beautiful it made me want to cry. It was so soft. Then my friend, Suzanne Wester sent me some work that had been done by her bead fairies so that I could take pictures of them. I thought I had died and gone to heaven. They seemed to run off my hands like water. They were so silky, soft. I decided to ask all of the different beaders I knew how they make them soft. I got several replies back and decided to share it with everyone. Her is the link to How to Get Soft Silky Peyote. I hope that this helps you like it did me. The picture here is the first item that I finished that had that soft silky feeling.

The bead pattern for this lovely bracelet can be found in my Grandma Marilyn at the Boutique shop.

The beaded and ready to give as a gift set is located in my eCrater shop.

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NEVER SAY

you can't do it. Once you do, you can't do it. You just jinxed yourself.

Peyote Poll

Sweetie - Dad's Dauchsund who died
Sweetie - Dad's Dauchsund who died

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Hmmm, was here before but I guess that was on a day that comments were not coming through.....stopping by today to bless your beautiful peyote stitch creativity....love it and it is my pleasure to return!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 

      7 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Thank you. I have loved crafts forever.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 

      7 years ago

      @hayleylou lm: Thank you. I love both beading them and designing them

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      Grandma-Marilyn 

      7 years ago

      @GiftsBonanza: I used to think this way, too. Then I got hooked on the little tiny seed beads.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Love this! You are so crafty!

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      hayleylou lm 

      7 years ago

      Simply beautiful :)

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      GiftsBonanza 

      7 years ago

      This is wonderful - not something I think I have the patience to do myself, but it is just lovely

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      Grandma-Marilyn 

      7 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: Thank you. I will be adding more pictures of my beadwork and bead patterns to other lenses.

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      JanieceTobey 

      7 years ago

      I love your work! Beautiful!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 

      7 years ago

      @blessedmomto7: Thank you. Glad you stopped by. I have been trying to sell it but that doesn't seem to be happening so I started selling the beading designs and they are selling.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 

      7 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Thank you for the compliment on my work. I want to encourage others to learn themselves and to teach their children. This could be good quality time together.

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      blessedmomto7 

      7 years ago

      I'm not a beader, but this stuff is really lovely. I had to check your lens just to find out what peyote was!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      You work is beautiful! I agree with you, "never say you can't do it!" I am so glad you were able to find the help you needed. There seem to be so few crafters these days, since so many women have to work outside of the home, that it isn't always easy to find assistance especially on the more difficult stitches. I have grown to love youtube!

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