Friday, January 11, 2008

Methods to Weave Odd Count Peyote

Following my post yesterday on methods to weave peyote (beautifully illustrated by Carmilla of Carmilla Bijoux), I had a wonderful discussion with my friend Louise Hill about the various techniques used. There are many ways to weave odd count peyote and I thought I'd share them all with you. There are pros and cons to each technique too, which I've touched on briefly. The important point is that you choose whichever method works best for you.

susan mandelMethod One: The "Erase the edge and add it back later" method. This method uses even count peyote stitch to weave the majority of the work. The missed edge row is then added back using brick stitch. The benefit of this method is that even count peyote is simple to weave. The downside is the brick stitched edge can sometimes stiffen and distort the work, depending on how good you are with tension.

susan mandelMethod Two: The "Loop over the threads" method. (Check out Carmilla's illustration at Carmilla Bijoux). This method requires that you get your needle and thread under the edge thread of the prior row. I've heard this method described as "fast and easy". The downside to this method is if you are decreasing, your edges may not align themselves neatly. If you pierce your edge threads, unravelling when pulling out a stitch can be challenging too.

susan mandelMethod Three: The "Roundabout" method. I use this method. To see a beautiful illustration of this, check out Carmilla's blog at: Carmilla Bijoux. This method is most often noted as being "challenging" and "difficult". However, once you get it, it's not so bad. The downside of using this method is a thread line can form all along the inside edge of the third row and be noticeable, particularly if you are using a thread color in contrast to the beads. It is also challenging to unravel.

susan mandelMethod Four: The "Keep weaving, don't stop" method. The advantage of this method is the thread is in a continuous line and no "turn arounds" are necessary. Unravelling work is fairly simple. The disadvantage is if you are following a pattern, it can get quite confusing.

I hope this inspires you to try different methods to weave odd count peyote. It's a little bit challenging, but once you get it, you'll love it! (Thank you Carmilla for the inspiration on the topic!)
PS: You can read more about the various peyote stitch techniques by downloading this free tutorial from Bead & Button Magazine: Peyote Basics. Enjoy!

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DayByDay4-2Day said...

I can do this as long as I don't have to add or decrease. What is the trick to that??

SuzyQ said...

You can download a free pdf from the Bead and Button website - it will show you how to increase and decrease:
Peyote Basics

Pencio said...

Thanks a lot !
I have another easy method.
I make an illustration, I hope you can understand.
I can't really explain in english, my english is so poor, but it consists to turn around the thread of the beginning. You must not cut the thread of the spool.

SuzyQ said...

Pencio, this is brilliant!!!!