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Odd-count peyote contributes to successful design

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One of the things I love about my job here at Bead&Button is that I get the chance to test the instructions for the designs we're publishing. For our December issue, one of the pieces I worked on was Jackie Schweitz's yummy "Crystal crossings" bracelet. It's drop-dead gorgeous and was a blast to make. A key design feature that makes this bracelet successful is the odd-count peyote base. This allows the surface embellishments to line up symmetrically.

Working in flat odd-count peyote is very similar to working in even-count peyote stitch. The only difference is there is an odd number of beads in every other row. Because of this odd number, there will be no "up bead" to sew through at the end of the odd-numbered rows. In this video, I demonstrate two different methods for making turns — a figure-8 turn (also called a hard turn) and a thread bridge turn. And, as a bonus, we also include an animation of stitching a hard turn. It's really not as intimidating as it sounds! Give it a try — I think you'll love the results as much as I do!
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