Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Peyote and Patience

Today's A-Z Blog Challenge is the letter P.

Patience is something I've been told I have a lot of...yet I often feel I could use more. Particularly as I get older!

Peyote is an off loom beading technique that has been used by cultures all over the world. Once mastered it is incredibly versatile!

However, mastering peyote, requires some patience. You can't really do this stitch faster than one bead at a time. And you have to take special care that the thread doesn't twist and tangle. But the effect is worth the time it take to make.

When I first started out learning peyote I thought making a vessel would be a great idea.

That was about 12 years ago or so, and at that time I didn't have the patience to plan or follow a design chart so I was just winging this. Apparently I didn't have the patience to FINISH this!

And it would be some years before I mastered circular peyote! I believe I was just winging it on the bottom of this as well:

But as the years passed and I accepted the fact that this wonderful stitch would just take time, I started enjoying it and doing much better with it!

I really love, love, love the effects of tubular peyote with graduated sizes of beads. This is known as a Cellini spiral:

Many years ago I would get so frustrated that pieces took so long. Now I love the process and have so much fun with all the different shapes and methods involving peyote!


  1. I love peyote stitch. That combined with brick, I can do all sorts of things. From flat work to 3D figures...they combine seamlessly so both stitches are great for intricate shaping.


  2. Bless you, I am still looking for patience!

  3. Believe it or not I seem to have avoided peyote at time because it doesn't have the depth I like but maybe.......


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