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Blog posts of '2016' 'November'

LEARN and CREATE – the easy odd-count tubular or spiral peyote stitch

If the step-up of the even-count tubular peyote seems daunting to you, try out the uncomplicated odd-count spiral peyote. This easy tubular peyote stitch is very accessible and a perfect project for beginners.

odd-count tubular peyote


  • Understanding the thread path and controlling the thread tension.

Supplies for the bangle bracelet in tubular peyote stitch:

  • Japanese Delica beads size 12/0
  • dowel or knitting needle or thick straw or a paper tube-shape 
  • thread, needle
  • scissors and beading mat

Weaving instructions for the tubular even-count peyote stitch:

  • take a length of thread, pick up 9 Delica beads, while leaving a generous thread tail to hold

Odd-count tubular peyote - starting

  • to make a circle, stitch back through all the beads as well as one extra bead

Odd-count tubular peyote - base, circle

  • put the circle over the right size dowel in the sense that the beads are aligning nicely
  • block the tail of your thread on the dowel with your fingers
  • just like with regular flat peyote, to create the first row, you *pick up a new bead, you skip a bead and you go through the next bead**

Odd-count tubular peyote - first round on dowel

  • to ensure a tubular shape, tighten your thread so that every new bead stacks nicely on top of the preceding round of beads
  • repeat * ... ** three more times
  • at the end of the row, you will see two beads sitting next to each other at the same level

Odd-count tubular peyote - end of row

  • to start the next round and close the gap, pick up a bead and go through the next bead which sticks out

Odd-count tubular peyote - pick up, skip and thru the next bead

  • work slowly and carefully in the beginning and persevere as stitching will get easier
  • after a few rounds you can put the dowel aside
  • continue until you get the desired length

Odd-count tubular peyote or odd-count spiral peyote

Observation :

  • As you fill out the gap created by two beads sitting next to each other at the same level at the end of a row, you will always find one bead sticking out at the top of your work.  Therefore, it is advisable to use end caps to finish your necklace.

Of course, we would love to see you choose your beads and findings @ http://dunebeads.com/en/delica-seed-beads-size-11-japan !