Can you adapt peyote patterns for loomwork?

We just got a question from a reader about whether you can adapt a peyote pattern for the loom and I wanted to answer that question with a couple of visuals. So I'm going to do it here so everyone can get the answer.

When you look at loomwork, you'll see that the beads line up in rows straight across. In peyote, however, there is a gap between the beads in a given row and the next row is nestled in those spaces. That means that a peyote pattern won't translate directly into loomwork. Here's an example - I originally created this pattern in peyote (left) and the snowflake imagery is very crisp and clear. Then, using the software I created the pattern in (Bead Tool), I changed it to loomwork (right) and while it still looks like snowflakes, it's not as nice as the original.
loomwork_2
You could achieve this without changing the pattern by simply reading two rows of your peyote pattern at once.

In some patterns, it may not matter that much, like the one below. Originally done in peyote, I changed it to loom and it still looks good!
loomwork_1
So, you can try reading two rows of a peyote pattern at a time, but you have to understand that the image will not look exactly the same. Does it matter? That's up to you!

To find out before putting hours of work into a project, you might want to get familiar with a graphing program like BeadTool (which does cost money but is fairly inexpensive) or Easy Bead Patterns (a free program). You will be able to save a lot of stitching time and you'll know what your piece will look like when you're done.
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