Peyote stitch is a basic beadweaving technique done without a loom (off-loom). Peyote stitch is also called the gourd stitch by the Europeans who introduced it to indigenous tribes all over the world along with glass beads. American Indians renamed it after bead adorned ceremonial objects, and the name stuck in the bead weaving world.
Peyote stitch allows you to create something that looks like beaded fabric, where the thread isn’t visible. The beads lock together to form magical patterns and tapestry forms.
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Samples shown below are created by Cheri Meyer who teaches our peyote stitch jewelry workshops.