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Fast peyote: Flat, even-count

Peyote fast flat even figure 1
Figure 1
Step 1: Attach a stop bead to a comfortable length of thread, and pick up an even number of seed beads. Work four rows in standard flat, even-count peyote stitch.

Step 2: Pick up the same number of beads you started with in step 1. Drape them across the beadwork, and sew through the end up-bead of the previous row, going in the opposite direction (Figure 1).
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Figure 2
Step 3: Skip the last bead picked up, sew through the next one, and continue through the next up-bead on the previous row (Figure 2, a–b). Continue across, zigzagging through every other bead in the group you just picked up and the next up-bead on the previous row (Figure 2, b–c).
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Figure 3
Step 4: Repeat steps 2–3 until you reach the desired length, adding thread if needed. Figure 3 shows the next two rows completed. To finish, remove the stop bead and end the thread.

TIP! While fast peyote does hasten your stitching, you’ll get bogged down if you pick up the wrong beads, so always double check that you’ve got the right beads on your needle before stitching them in place.
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