Flat, Odd Count Peyote Stitch

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Odd count peyote stitch is exactly like even count peyote stitch, except when turning around to start a new row. On half of the rows, the hard turn requires a few extra steps, which involves weaving the thread a few beads in from the edge and then back to start a new row. On the other half of the rows, the easy turn is made the same way as in even count peyote stitch. 
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Tip 1This technique can be done with various sizes and shapes of seed beads. However, Delica seed beads will fit perfectly together, like brick.
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Step 1

String 5 feet of thread through a size 12 needle. Tie on a stop bead by picking up one bead and passing the needle and thread through the bead in the same direction so that the thread wraps around the bead. A stop bead is temporary and will be removed later. It prevents your beads from sliding off of the thread while you’re getting started.

Step 2

To begin weaving flat, odd count peyote, string an odd number of beads.

Step 3

String one bead. Skip the last bead. Pass the needle and thread through the next bead so that two beads sit right next to one another.

Step 4

String one bead. Skip one bead and pass through the next bead.

Step 5

String one bead. Skip one bead and pass through the next bead.

Step 6

When your needle is exiting the second bead from the end of the row, string one bead. Pass through the bead directly beneath the bead just strung to begin the hard turn.

Step 7

Pass through two beads, heading toward the middle.

Step 8

Turn around by passing through the second “up” bead from the edge, the next “down” bead working toward the edge, and both of the two beads along the edge. Congratulations, you have just completed a hard turn.

Step 9

String one bead and pass through the next “up” bead.

Step 10

String one bead and pass through the next “up” bead.

Step 11

String another bead and pass through the last “up” bead in the row. You have now completed 4 rows of odd count peyote stitch.

Step 12

To begin the next row, string one bead. Pass through the second bead from the side.

Step 13

Continue across to the opposite side, adding a bead between each “up” bead until the thread is exiting the last “up” bead in the row.

Step 14

When your needle is exiting the second bead from the end of the row, string one bead. Pass through the bead directly beneath the bead just strung to begin the hard turn.

Step 15

Continue the hard turn by passing through two beads, headed toward the middle.

Step 16

Complete the hard turn by passing through the “up” bead third from the edge, the next “down” bead second from the edge, and both beads along the edge.

Step 17

Repeat steps 9-16 until reaching the desired length.

To End a Thread
Step 18

Once your thread gets too short to work with, around 3 or 4 inches, finish the row you are working on, so that your thread is coming out of the edge of the bracelet on the side with the simple turn.

Step 19

Work your thread back through the previous row, working back across the bracelet in a step-like pattern. After weaving through at least one row, trim off your thread tail.

To Add a New Thread
Step 20

Thread a size 12 beading needle with approximately 5 feet of thread. Go through the bead next to the one you exited from when you ended your last piece of thread. Leave a 6 inch tail.

Step 21

Continue until you exit the edge bead on the easy turn side. to peyote stitch where you left off when you ended your thread.

Step 22

Continue to peyote stitch where you left off when you ended your thread.

Step 23

Complete a hard turn and continue to stitch as described in steps 9-16.

Step 24

When you’re finished weaving, remove the stop bead, thread a needle on the tail and weave the thread tail into the bracelet as described in steps 18 and 19. Weave in any other remaining thread tails using the same method and trim off any excess thread.

Step 25

Congratulations, you have learned the basics of flat, odd count peyote stitch!

         

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