Tips for getting started
If you’re struggling with the first few rows, try one of these three methods:
1. After stringing the beads for rows 1 and 2, pinch the beads between your thumb and forefinger. Pick up the first bead for row 3, skip the end bead, and sew back through the previous bead (Photo a). Continue holding the beads in place as you complete the row (Photo b).
2. If the pinch method doesn’t work for you, try passing a wire, pin, or needle through every other bead on the first strand (Photo c). This creates the peyote arrangement, making it easier for you to see which beads to sew through in the next row.
3. Another option is to use a Quick Start Peyote card. These durable, laminated cards have openings to hold the beads in row 1, turning them into up-beads from the start (Photo d). This makes it a cinch to add subsequent rows. Get them at quickstartpeyote.com.