DIY : No Stash — Beads Count – Ofbeaddesigns – Medium

Peyote and Brick

Peyote is a very popular stitch and probably the very first most new beaders learn because it is quite easy. Another reason is that you can draw beautiful patterns with it, as it creates smoother grading of elements. When becoming more advance in beadweaving, peyote is the stich to begin combining different size beads in your creations. It’s limit is to have strait sides. Of course you can modify it, but it is not as comfortable, and it will look thick on row ends. This is the stitch you can bead a 3D star or a Russian Leaf.

Brick stitch looks similar to peyote, but it is beaded differently, with beads leying horisontally as opposed to peyote. This stich is mostly used to creat patterns with grading edges. Beaders like it for creating earings, brooches, hair pins or pendants, if they should look flatter.

Beading Peyote

First of all the number of rows will be even. There is a technique for odd peyote, but in this article I’d like to stick to the basics. My example is based on 10 rows of 10 beads.

Step 1: Pick 11 beads, skipp two beads and pass backwards through the 3rd bead from the end.

Step 2: Continuing to bead backwards pick 1 bead, skip 1 bead from the last used and pass through the next one. Add 3 more beads beading like this till you get to the end. You should have 5 paired beads and 5 single beads.

Step 3: Pick 1 bead, skip the bead your thread exted from and pass through the last added bead in previous step. Then add 4 more beads as described in previous step.

Keep beading like that until you have the necessary length.

Brick Stitch

Step 1: Pick 2 beads and close them in a circle.

Step 2: Pick 1 bead, pass up through the last added bead in previous step and up through the one added in this step. Then pick 1 bead pass down through the previously added bead in this step and up through the last added. Continue beading in the manner till you have 10 beads in a row.

Step 3: Pick 2 beads, pass under a thread between the last 2 beads added in previous step, then up through the last added bead in this step. Then pick 1 bead, pass under the thread between the next pair of beads from previous step and up through the on you have just added. Add 8 more beads same as the last one.

How many beads?

Here is a table with weights and measures according to the samples I have made. Please note that they may vary slightly, when using Rocail and Miyuki seed beads.


You may find helpful the following articles to find the amounts in one pack to calculate how much you need to buy for your project:

No Stash — TOHO

No Stash — Miyuki

No stash — Preciosa

Happy beading!

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