Discover five fun things you can make using Peyote Stitch. Hint, hint — it’s not just beaded jewelry.
From flat designs to tubular pieces, there are a lot of things you can make using Peyote Stitch. It’s a very versatile bead weaving technique which probably lends to its popularity.
You can use this stitch to make so many items. If you’re ready to explore Peyote Stitch, then this list of things to create will be helpful.
5 Things To Make Using Peyote Stitch
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1. Peyote Stitch Jewelry
Let’s start with the obvious, shall we?
You can most certainly use Peyote to create beaded jewelry, ranging from simple designs to complex pieces that take days to complete.
If you’re just learning how to peyote stitch, I highly recommend starting out with Flat Even Count Peyote patterns for beginners. And, don’t think just because you’re making an easy pattern that it will be boring. There are many ways you can add pizzazz to a simple design.
One way is to use multiple colours to create an interesting pattern within the beadwork.
Then, there’s my personal favorite which is to use various bead shapes and sizes to add a beautiful texture to the finished piece. That’s exactly what I did when making my Ruffled Collar design (as seen in the first image in this post).
Once you get the hang of the basic techniques, you can move on to more advanced variations e.g. this free tubular peyote stitch pattern.
2. Beaded Tube Beads
One of the great things about Peyote Stitch is that you can zip the ends together. This means you can take a flat piece of beadwork and turn it into a seamless tube.
You can use this beaded tube as a component in other pieces of jewelry. String several together to make a unique beaded bracelet or necklace or attach ear wire hooks and use them as earrings.
Some people even turn these beaded tubes into pen covers. This is a fun way to decorate any boring old pen.
Here’s a simple tutorial for how to make beaded tubes:
3. Beaded Toggle Clasp
A toggle clasp is a two-piece closure. One end of the clasp forms a loop. It’s usually in the shape of a circle, but there are plenty of other shapes available e.g. hearts or squares. The other half of the clasp is a T-shaped bar. The clasp is closed by pulling the T-bar through the open loop.
Toggle clasps are typically made of metal but you can definitely create your own beaded versions using Peyote Stitch. The advantages of this are:
- You’ll have a clasp that perfectly matches your beaded jewelry
- You can make it any size you prefer
- These are perfect for anyone who suffers from metal allergies or sensitivities. The entire component is beaded so there’s no metal to worry about.
Here’s a Peyote Stitch Toggle Clasp tutorial you can try.
4. Beaded Bags
Did you know that beaded purses gained popularity in the late 1800’s? The world was becoming more mobile due to the Industrial Revolution and women needed a way to carry their possessions around.
Eventually, these handmade beaded bags were used, not just to show off their skill set to other women, but also to gain the attention of possible suitors.
These accessories have never lost their appeal over the years. You can make your own beaded bags whether they are pretty evening clutches or amulet bags.
5. Make Beaded Homeware
If you love beading, why not try making some home decor? This is a great way to infuse your personal style into your house.
You can create items like these DIY monogram coasters, placemats or even beaded flowers. Yup, that flower in the photo above is beaded and it looks amazing!
Sure you can make the beaded flowers and put them in a vase but I can think of other ways to use these amazing 3D beaded blooms e.g. attach some wire and use them as napkin rings. The world’s your oyster here and you’re only limited by your imagination.
Interested in making peyote flowers? Check out this tutorial by Gems Plus Leather on Etsy.
During the holidays, try making some decorations for your tree like this beaded ornament cover pattern. I mean, why not?
So, there you have it — five fun ways to use Peyote Stitch. Which one will you try?