This tutorial shows how you can make a flat peyote stitch brick wall with odd number of beads. This is slightly more complicated than the peyote stitch brick wall made with even numbers. A brick wall with even numbers is a whole lot easier than this one. Being familiar with that will help you understand this better. So my suggestion is that you read that tutorial first (link above).
This is how a peyote brick wall with 5 rows will look like.
Why do we need to learn this odd number peyote stitch?
There are some patterns that require a middle row. For example,
A diamond with a middle row and 4 rows above and 4 rows below it (total of 9 rows).
Similarly, a chevron pattern. The red line indicates the middle row (total of 7 rows)
If you think you won’t be doing any patterns with odd numbers, you can skip this tutorial. But it is not as hard as it is made out to be. So lets get started shall we?
Stop bead: As explained in the even numbers tutorial, we will be temporarily adding a stop bead to prevent beads from slipping out. It is usually in a contrasting color so we can easily identify and remove it. This is just like the knot we add at the end of the thread before we start embroidery.
Pass needle through the bead once and pass it again through the bead in the same direction.
If the bead still slips, repeat it two or three times.
Pick up 5 beads. I am going to use two colors. The green ones will be pulled to the right and become middle beads.
The end where we have the stop bead is the tail end. That is where all the action will happen 🙂 . The other working end will be done just like the even number peyote stitch.
Let us start row #2 now. Pick up one bead. This 6th bead will sit right next to the 5th. Pick up the 6th bead and pass the needle through the 4th.
It will look like this.
Pick up the next bead.
Skip the 3rd bead and pass needle through the 2nd.
Pick up another bead.
Now this one does not have a green bead to pass through.
We cannot simply turn around and start the next row.
If we did so, there will be a gap between the 1st and the 8th bead. The 8th bead has to be first anchored and joined to the previous row.
After anchoring the 8th and 1st bead, we have to make an U-turn to bring the needle back so it is in proper position to start the next row. So we are now going to make a loop that resembles the English letter X.
Pass the needle through 1st, 2nd and 7th bead. Then we will make a U-turn and come back. Why do we have to go down so many beads?
We have to reach a spot where there are two beads sitting side by side which will enable us to make the u-turn. So we have to go back through 3 beads till bead #7 since bead #2 does not have another bead sitting next to it.
Only then we will be able to make a u-turn.
So now let us start passing through the 3 beads (1st, 2nd and 7th) to form the X.
Now it is time to make the u-turn.
This is going to resemble the English letter X, the two lines will crisscross at the 2nd bead.
But once we reach bead #2, we have to take a small detour so that the needle comes out of the 8th bead in the direction that we want – Pointing away from us.
Let us make that u-turn now.
Time for the detour now.
Starting the detour.
Needle in correct position. Pointing away from us.
Now we are ready for the next row. The rest of the row will be just like regular peyote stitch.
Pick up a green bead and pass needle through the purple bead.
Once we reach the end of the row, we simply turn around and continue the next row. On this end, we wont be doing any of that difficult loopty loop business. That happens only at the tail end.
So let us turn back and start the next row.
Here we are again at the problematic tail end.
So to anchor it, we have to make the X. This time, we can choose to pass through 2 beads or 3 beads before making the u-turn.
The following few pictures show how it looks when we turn around after passing through two beads.
There you go. The needle is in position for next row.
One more row later.
Continue adding rows till you reach the desired length.
It was a pleasure making these tutorials. Please share them with your friends. I would love to hear your comments too. So type away in the comment section below. 🙂