Sculptural Peyote Triangle: A Brief Tutorial
This tutorial assumes the reader has the following skills:
- Flat, even count peyote stitch
- Zipping up peyote stitch
- Brick stitch
A tutorial for the first two skills can be found here: http://www.beadandbutton.com/How%20To/Basics/Peyote%20Stitch/2006/08/~/media/import/files/pdf/9/3/0/peyotebasics.ashx
. A tutorial for the third skill (i.e., brick stitch) can be found here: http://www.beadandbutton.com/en/How%20To/Basics/Brick%20Stitch/2006/08/Brick%20stitch%20basics.aspxStep 1
(pictured below): Leaving at least an 18" long tail, create a flat peyote strip 9 beads high
(start with 18 beads on needle for rows 1 and 2, 19th begins row 3) by 6 beads wide
. Be certain there are 6 beads on both edges. Step 2
(pictured below): Create an "ear"
(i.e., a triangular tip to your peyote strip) in brick stitch, beginning where your thread is exiting from your last step. Use traditional brick stitch
which naturally decreases by 1 for each row. Your final tip bead will sit perpendicular to the others. For those using the brick stitch tutorial referenced above, the edge of your peyote strip serves as your beginning "ladder".Step 3
(pictured below): Using the tail from step 1, create another "ear" on the bottom
of your peyote strip identical to the one you created in step 2Step 4
(pictured below): Using the tail thread, weave down your "ear" until you reach the first bead of the peyote stitched piece (6th bead from top). Starting there, "zip up" your peyote tube
. Stop "zipping up" when you reach the beginning of the top "ear". Your goal in this step is to create a hollow tube with an open "ear" on both ends
. Do not cut your thread.
: Repeat steps 1 - 4 to create two additional "legs"
for your triangle, for a total of 3.Step 6
(pictured below): In steps 6 and 7, you will "marry" the ears of two of the "legs" you have created. To begin, stitch together the tips of the "ears" of two of the legs
. These tips will be lying perpendicular to the rest of the "ear".Step 7
(pictured below): The final step is to "marry" the remainder of the "ears" to one another
. Keep in mind that you must carry out this step ON BOTH SIDES of the "ears" at each joint of your triangle
. Simply stitch them together so they meet side by side.
My method (which is likely not the most efficient), was to begin with the 2nd bead from the top of Ear1 (thread heading DOWN that bead / away from tip of ear). I then stitch UP the 2nd bead from the top of Ear2. Finally, I stitch DOWN through both the 2nd and 3rd beads from the top of Ear1. Continue in like manner until you reach the beginning of the tube.
The finished triangle will look something like this: