Every once in a while you’re going to run
into some instructions or an instructor who will tell you to use a two needle start to
peyote. It’s a fairly unusual way to start peyote because it is kind of awkward, you’re
obviously using two hands and two needles, but there is a good reason for doing it and
I’m going to tell you why as I’m going along here, but here’s how you would get this started.
What I’ve done here is I’ve got a single length of thread and I attached a needle to both
ends so needle on one end, needle on the other end. And the way we get started is you’re
going to pick up two beads, and technically what you should do I suppose is pick up one
bead on each needle. After that, you bring those down and you center it on your thread.
Now, you’ll notice that they basically just sit together so if you wanted to pick them
both up, this first two at the same time it’s no problem. Then what you’re going to do and
this is the way that I work this best, is I work then with picking up the next single
bead with two needles and if they were one and so you just want to make sure you get
the tip of both needles through a single bead. And you pull it on through and what’s going
to happen when you tighten up is both those needles went through that bead the same direction
so you’re going to notice that (come on tighten up here buddy, you’re on camera, behave!)
there we go, so you get that side by side followed by one bead action going on really
well. I was able to get both needles at the same time through this bead because I’m working
with some size 8 seed beads, if you’re not able to do that, what you have to do, and
I’ll show you this next. Next we need to do a set of 2 beads again, one on each needle,
and you bring those down, you can do these independently one at a time if you want, there’s
no reason why you have to pretend like you can be both right and left handed at the same
time. But if you have to do it, if you can’t get both needles through a single bead what
you can do is bring it down on one needle until it’s on the thread and then you bring
your second needle through that bead and now you can tighten it up. Like so, okay so right
about now you’re going “why on earth would I go through all of this” Well there’s a couple
reasons, one is it is fairly common for people to have a very different tension on their
third row than they do on rows one and two. And what happens if you’re working with a
long length of peyote is one side will be curved and the other side will have a looser
tension and so you end up with sometimes a quite distinct curve in your piece, in what
should be a straight piece of peyote. So especially if you’re working with a really long piece
of peyote this is a better way to go ahead and get your tension nice and even. The person
who I see reference this the most is actually Cynthia Rutledge, she has several projects
where she has you doing like 300 stitches of peyote and then joining them in a circle
and to work off those ends so that they’re nice and even, this is the way to go with
adding all of this. But then your next question is “okay, this is a flat piece of peyote how
would I turn it into a circle” the answer is, once you’ve gotten the number of beads
that you need on this you just flip it around, and with your two needles coming out of a
single bead then you’re going to take one of those needles and pass it through a bead
on one side and then you’re going to take your other needle and pop it through the bead
on the opposite side. And that, is how you end up joining this back into, I made such
a small sample but there’s a little tiny peyote tube now, with perfect tension and it’s all
connected. And then what you would do is to continue on with working peyote at this point
is you’d drop one of the needles and work with just a single needle and you’d go on
with a single needle peyote, so at this point for instance, I would just pick up one, skip
one, pass through the next sticky-outy and just go on with a single needle and work my
piece that way. Which is why you don’t want to go crazy with the length of thread on both
of your needles, one of them can be shorter than the other. So that’s the trick and reasons
why you would use a two needle peyote start and you might find it that you really like
it, so I really suggest trying it first. I actually have gotten better at it doing this
demo, I almost felt like I knew what I was doing, so try it out a couple times, see if
you like it. And let me know down in the comments wouldn’t ya? I love it to hear if you find
some of the information in these videos helpful. Thanks.

42 thoughts on “Stitches: Two-Needle Start for Peyote”

  1. A new technique that I have never heard about or seen in any pattern.Going to give this a try.Seems like fun.
    Thank you! ūüôā

  2. That was a great video I just learned peyote stitch and I was wondering why my project curved now I no why so just tried it your way and it was straight and so much easier to hold thanks for the video can't wait to see what's next have a great Christmas and a safe and happy new year

  3. WOW! that's cool,but it's the first time i see using two needles for Peyote stitch & i will try this method & i will tell you how it goes for me Jill. Great tutorial i really enjoy to learn this new way to do it Thank's to share!

  4. love it for starting and maybe finishing as well. I made several bangles using 2 needles. My bid problem with peyote is odd count turn around. I never get it. What I need is the best teacher in the business making a video of that. lol Jill, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in doing these videos. You are really special. Those boards look wonderful but why would one need 12?? Thanks again. Terry

  5. Thanks, I am enjoying your videos as much as I have your book on beaded ropes. I tried this today, much cleaner smoother piece starting with the two needle technique.

  6. Could you, potentially, continue on both sides?  Single needle, of course, for each, but is there a reason why you couldn't?

  7. fantastic tutorial. Do you have a website Jill?  I to am a kinetic learner and learn visually. Thanks so much for sharing  x

  8. i  liked  this  because i  have difficult with peyote. But what can  i do with the olher needle
    thanksss
    i loveeee your work.

  9. Love, love, love your videos. I am a newbie and already very addicted. I use this two needle method a lot for odd count peyote. Makes it easy to start my project and makes my turns a breeze. Thanks so much for your videos. Going to the bead and button show for the first time this year and am very excited!  I will search you out at the meet the teacher event. Happy beading!
    Tara

  10. This is a great tutorial. I always have trouble starting out peyote and this method makes it easy and as you said straight on both sides. My sister recommended this video to me and it was a excellent recommendation.  I love your videos.

  11. Awesome tutorial! ¬†Thanks so much for sharing you knowledge with all of us, ¬†your are an awesome tutorialist! ¬†(is that a word… LOL) ¬†But that is what you are!

  12. I absolutely loooved this tutorial.  Your tutorials are great, Jill!  I have been beading, mostly peyote, for a couple of years now, but always have trouble with the first three or four rows.  I had never heard of the two-needle start.  Until now, I have always used a headpin in every other bead of the first row to make sure I don't get the first few rows twisted, but that can be a pain to hold on to the beads and the headpin.  It's hard to keep the tension consistent also, but at least it stays straight and the rows aren't twisted.  I haven't tried the two-needle  yet since I just saw the video, but I  just KNOW this will work better.  I couldn't wait to tell you how great this is!  If you could have seen the big goofy grin on my face as I watched you doing this, you would have thought I had just discovered ice cream!  Thank you so much!  I am going to subscribe and look forward to watching ALL of your tutorials!.

  13. Thanks for this tutorial! I loved it and I couldn't believe how easy it is to start a peyote stitch this way. I've been beading for years now and I've been so frustrated by the first few rows of peyote that for a very long time, I didn't use peyote stitch but used brick stitch instead (width-wise brick stitch looks the same as length-wise peyote stitch). Of course the resulting tension is not the same as the brick stitch is much stiffer and thus bracelets (which are my favourite kind of project)  which are made from brick stitch are less comfortable than peyote stitch ones. Anyway, thanks again for this amazing new method РI've tried it and I can now proudly declare that I am no longer scared of peyote stitch!

  14. Very helpful, I haven't beaded for quite a while and was ready to give up, thanks to this two needle video you saved the day for me. Thank you so very much.

  15. I first found your tutorial about 6 months ago and found it be be a great technique. I have always struggled with the third row as well and now the tension is great in the first few rows. Thanks so much for sharing your expertise it is most appreciated.

  16. OMG. I can't believe what a difference this makes! I'm sure I tried gourd stitch 20 years ago and got discouraged because of how hard it is to start. But this makes all the difference! I'm working on a bracelet now. Next is to watch your video about reading charts! Many thanks

  17. Thank you very much for sharing this video Jill,
    Can I use this technique for the peyote with a twist – not crochet ?
    Thank you very much,
    From Brenda Freeman.

  18. Kim Caldwell
    I just love your videos and watch them almost exclusively. Do you have a video for starting flat odd count peyote. How would one turn around to continue 4th row. This video was great but I do not wish to join into a circle.

  19. I try the 2 needle peyote and I love it. I just continue to a flat peyote. I have try for at least 3 month to get the first 3 rows to come out right.
    I did the 2 needle in no time at all. Thank you.

  20. Wow! I forgot about this until now. I love it. I am finding 2 – needle stitching helps with tension & stability when making many patterns. Thank you!

  21. When you get to end of doing the number of stitches you need after you use 2 needles, then you have to make a turn for flat peyote, is the first row after the turn considered row 3 of a pattern if that is what I am following? Thanks for the turorial. I am going to give this a try.

  22. WOW! That is a great idea – I wish I would have watched this before. Going to send this over to my email so I can keep it awhile. Thanks Jill!

  23. I really appreciate this video and this technique. It's a lot easier that the regular peyote start – at least for me. I have also been working with your peyote starter strip – a real treasure that has made me a lot more eager to do peyote stitching. Thank you.

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