Two and Three Drop Peyote Stitch

  • 01 of 08

    Two Drop Peyote

    A ring and swatch both made with two drop peyote stitch
    Lisa Yang

    Two drop peyote stitch is a variation of flat peyote stitch that uses two beads in every stitch instead of one. It is very similar to doing regular peyote stitch, but you can make a piece of equal size much quicker because there are two beads in each stitch. 

    Besides being quicker, one other advantage of two drop peyote is that you can make more rounded edge designs than you can with regular peyote. 

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  • 02 of 08

    Materials for Two Drop Peyote

    Peyote beads on wire on a rock
    Lisa Yang

    Two drop peyote works best with cylinder beads because they are typically even in size and the beads snap into place. You can use any type of thread for peyote stitch — Nymo or other nylon threads will result in a more supple finished project while Fireline or other fishing line type thread will have a piece with more body.

    To begin, on a comfortable length of thread, pick up your first two rows of beads. In order to do two-drop peyote, you will be stitching two beads at a time instead of one, so make sure that you double the number of beads that you will be using.

    Also keep in mind that if you pick up an even number of sets of 2 beads, you will be working in flat even count peyote stitch.
    If you pick up an odd number of sets of 2 beads, you will be working in flat odd count peyote stitch.

    After you have picked up the first two rows of beads, pick up 2 more beads. Skip the two beads at the end of the row and pass the needle through the next two beads.

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  • 03 of 08

    Stitching Two Drop Peyote

    2 drop peyote tutorial of beads on thread on a rock
    Lisa Yang

    To continue stitching in two-drop peyote, simply pick up 2 beads instead of 1 for each stitch. Make sure that you pass through two beads in each stitch. Make the turn as you normally would for either even-count or odd-count flat peyote stitch.

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  • 04 of 08

    About Three Drop Peyote

    three drop peyote beads on thread on a rock
    Lisa Yang

     Three drop peyote stitch is another variation of flat peyote stitch. It uses three beads in every stitch instead of one or two.

    Like two drop peyote, one of the main benefits of three drop peyote is that you can make a piece of equal size much more quickly than with regular peyote since you are using three beads in every stitch.

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  • 05 of 08

    Three Drop Peyote Materials

    Starting 3 Drop Peyote Stitch with beads on thread
    Lisa Yang

     Like other flat peyote stitches, you can use almost any size and shape beads with three drop peyote. Your results will be more uniform and even if you use Japanese delica beads or other cylinder beads, but there is no reason you can't use Czech or other round, slightly irregular beads. The resulting beadwork will have a more organic mood, but will be pretty and equally sturdy.

    You can also use the same threads that you would use with regular peyote. Fishing lines such as Fireline and WildFire work equally as well as nylon threads like Nymo and Silamide. It is all a matter of personal preference and how you intend to use the finished beadwork.

    To get started with three drop peyote, prepare a comfortable amount of thread. Pick up three beads for each stitch. In this example, we have four groups of three beads. These beads will make up the first two rows of peyote stitch. Keep in mind that if you pick up an even number of sets of three beads, you will be working in even count flat peyote stitch. If you pick up an odd number of sets of three beads, you will be working in odd count flat peyote stitch.

    To begin stitching, pick up three beads, skip the last three beads of the prior row and stitch into the next group of three beads (the gold beads in the picture). Pull thread taut and align beads so they are on top of each other in columns.

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  • 06 of 08

    Continue Stitching Three Drop Peyote

    three drop peyote beads on needle and thread
    Lisa Yang

     Continue stitching three drop peyote by picking up three beads for each stitch and passing through the next set of three up beads in the row. You will notice that the beadwork will grow much more quickly than with single or double peyote stitch. 

    Make the turn at each end of the work as you normally would based on whether you are doing even count or odd count peyote.

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  • 07 of 08

    Designing with Three Drop Peyote

    Two samples of 3-drop peyote: one with delica beads and another with Toho and Czech round 11/0 beads
    Lisa Yang

     Three drop peyote lends itself to geometric designs. It is well suited to making tiles that can be used as jewelry components or wide sturdy bracelet bands or straps for purses. Three drop peyote is also great as part of a free form peyote design.

    This photo gives you an idea of the contrast between a three drop peyote swatch done with 11/0 cylinder beads (green and off-white) and a swatch done with round 11/0 beads. The round beads have a much more organic and textural nature.

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  • 08 of 08

    Other Ways to Use Two and Three Drop Peyote

    two drop peyote heart ring
    Lisa Yang

    You can use two and three drop peyote stitch in a number of wonderfully creative ways:

    • Use two drop peyote when you would like your design to have more curves since the way the beads are offset gives more options than regular peyote.
    • Use two and three drop peyote when working in freeform peyote stitch to add layers, texture, and depth to your work.
    • Tubular odd count peyote stitch and tubular even count peyote stitch also work well when you try them with two or three drop peyote.
    • Try combining regular peyote stitch with two or three drop within the same piece — pick up two or three beads, then pass through one bead. You will have a pattern that alternates single drop peyote with two or three drop peyote to add texture to your beadwork. You can also try adding two hole beads, like Tilas into the design.
    • You can also use two and three drop peyote to combine cube, triangle or larger round beads with seed beads.

    Above all, experiment and have fun!

    Edited by Lisa Yang