Tubular and circular peyote bracelet

A favorite stitch among beaders, peyote stitch worked in the round offers a wide variety of options for your beadwork. Whether you want to give your beadwork sculptural dimension or supple softness, you’ll find peyote stitch has the qualities you need. 
 
Peyote stitch: Tubular
Tubular and circular peyote bracelet fig 1

Tubular peyote stitch follows the same stitching pattern as flat peyote, but instead of sewing back and forth, you work in rounds to form a tube.

Pick up an even number of beads to equal the desired circumference. Tie a knot to form a ring, leaving some slack (figure 1 and photo a).

Tubular and circular peyote bracelet fig 2

Put the ring over a form if desired. Sew through the first bead after the knot. Pick up a bead, skip a bead in the previous round, and sew through the next bead (figure 2 and photo b).

Repeat until you’re back at the start.

Tubular and circular peyote bracelet fig 3

Since you started with an even number of beads, you need to step up to be in position for the next round. Sew through the first bead added in round 3 (figure 3, a–b and photo c).

Pick up a bead, and sew through the second bead in round 3 (b–c). Repeat to achieve the desired length.

Tubular and circular peyote bracelet fig 4
Figure 4

If you begin with an odd number of beads, you won’t need to step up; the beads will automatically form a continuous spiral (figure 4).

Tubular and circular peyote bracelet fig 5

Circular peyote stitch is worked in rounds like tubular peyote, but the rounds stay flat and radiate outward from the center as a result of increases (figure 5 and photo d) or using larger beads (figure 6 and photo e).

Tubular and circular peyote bracelet fig 6
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