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Fast peyote: Flat, odd-count

Peyote fast flat odd figure 1
Figure 1
Step 1: On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a stop bead and an odd number of beads. Work in flat, odd-count peyote stitch for a total of four rows (Figure 1).
Peyote fast flat odd figure 2
Figure 2
Step 2: Exiting an edge down-bead, pick up the same number of beads you picked up to begin the previous step. Cross over the beadwork, and sew under the thread bridge on the opposite edge (Figure 2, a–b). Sew through the last bead picked up, going in the opposite direction (Figure 2, b–c).
Peyote fast flat odd figure 3
Figure 3
Step 3: Sew through the next up-bead in the previous row, skip the next bead in the group you picked up in the previous step, and sew through the following bead (Figure 3, a–b). Repeat across the row, zigzagging between the newly added beads and the previous row. Exit the first bead picked up in step 2 (Figure 3, b–c).

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the length of the band, adding thread if needed.

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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