Keeping Us in Stitches - Peyote Stitch

The peyote stitch, also known as the gourd stitch, is an ancient off-loom bead weaving technique. First found in artifacts from Ancient Egypt and then extensively throughout historic and contemporary Native Americian beadwork. This versitile stitch it may be worked with either an even or an odd number of beads per row. Both even and odd count pieces can be woven as flat strips, in a flat round shape, or as a tube. Tubular peyote is used to make pouches or to decorate objects such as bottles, pens, gourds or other objects.

Kathryn's beaded box from a previous post is created using the peyote stitch.  Once learned  this stitch can be used to create so many amazing designs.  We hope to help bring some of the best tutorials together here for you to have sucess in mastering this technique.

First up we found a great video tutorial from Facet that takes the mystery out of reading a beading chart for peyote and other charted stitches.


Next up, we have a foundational peyote stitch tutorial from Fire Mountain Gems.

Potomac Bead Company also brings us an exceptional video explaining the basics of the peyote stitch.


If you want a bit more information and step-up your skills we recommend this video from the Jewelry Professor.


There are also several great written tutorials by Fusion Beads, Beading Daily and Inspirational Beading (lesson 1 and lesson 2) that will make peyote stitch one of your new favorites.

If you know of more great resouces teaching the peyote stitch, let us know by contacting us at and we can update this blog.

Thanks for being part of our beading adventure!

Happy Beading!




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