Stitches: Two Drop and Three Drop Peyote

by: Jill Wiseman

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peyote stitch is a wonderful stitch but it also can take quite a long time because you are picking up one bead at a time and so a lot of times when you're doing like a large flat work bracelet one of the good things to do is use what's called a two drop or three drop peyote pattern it's a very similar thing you're doing they're stitch very similarly it's just that you're picking up more beads at a time the drop simply means you with peyote stitch when you add a bead the bead prior to it will drop down a half step and so that's what they're talking about with the drop so a normal peyote stitch would be considered a one drop peyote because one bead drops down with a two drop peyote stitch you're going to have two beads that drop down and a three drop will of course have three beads that drop down so let me show you what I'm talking about here is a pattern that I am working on this is a pattern by a friend of mine she does a lot of flat work peyote pieces her name is Carol Dean sharp she's known as sand fibers on Etsy and she is this is a three drop pattern and what I'm looking at when I say three drop is if you look along here the beads are in sets of threes so the sticky out is here are three black here we've got three that's a cream a black and a cream but you'll notice that you still have the half step down and then the sticky Audis it's just that your sticky-outy is three beads instead of a single so let me show you how that all works up this is a copy of the pattern and when I'm starting this out I'm going to pick up the beads from the first two rows here so I'm just going to pick all of this up now because I am demoing here I'm actually only going to pick up oh let's say let's say we're going to pick up right to here okay so here we go I'm picking up the beads for the outside and then three black and then another three black ok come your bead there we go another three black next one is one black and two of the cream and then the last one is two cream and one black okay I'll bring those down to the end of my thread here leaving myself about a four to six inch tail below it because I want to be able to weave that back in later now when I come back on this pattern and let me show you here so I've picked up two here now I'm going to come across and do these sets of beads to make the the prior beads drop down and give me that peyote stag or look so the first set of beads that I'm going to pick up here are two black and one cream one cream so now I've got three beads on my needle I'm going to skip the first three beads of this segment that I've already strung and then I'm going to pass through the next three beads and when I do that there we go oops and then I didn't pass through three IOS I did okay here we go it just does not sit and right I've got to convince it to sit right there we go be good little beads there we go so now you've got three stacked on top of three and you're coming out of a set of three so my next set that I'm picking up are going to be all black one two three and I'll do the same thing I'm going to skip three and pass through the next three

and then I've got one more set for this row and those are going to be all black also so I'm skipping three I know black is not the best thing for you to see on video I wasn't thinking when I just picked up these same old beads okay so now we're at the end of our row and here's where you can see we've got the sticky Audis all established on both sides and now I can just continue doing my peyote pattern back and forth this way in the past I have shown you when I talked about how to follow diagrams I told you that sometimes I find it difficult to follow these kinds of diagrams to keep my place and then I would use a word diagram when I'm doing a to drop or three drop peyote I actually find using these diagrams easier and what I do is I go along is as I finish each row I will actually just mark out with a sharpie marker the beads that I have done so here I've done all of these I came back and I did this next row and so now I'm ready to do this row I also will take a piece of paper so now I can kind of mark where I'm at so when I'm going through to look what I'm doing next it's going to be these beads these beads these beads and then I would come around and do my next row all right so doing two drop peyote would be just the same you're just going to do two beads instead of three beads at a time it makes peyote go much faster and it also still creates that same gorgeous supple effect you can also do a 2 drop 3 drop one drop all in the same pattern and there's no reason why you can't do that it it's a good way to get some color variation and establish a color pattern for instance you might want to do three beads on the outside edges then graduate to two beads and then have a single bead in the center that would give you an odd count peyote because that's five sets of beads but it also gives you a really cool pad to establish with color so play with the two bead and the three bead peyote drop

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