Peyote spiral rope
I have finally learnt how to make a peyote spiral rope. I’ve attempted many versions and have finally found a method I like and actually cracked it! (Many times I’ve tried different ways and ended up with a tangled mess rather than a luxurious rope!) Have any of you had experiences like this?
Once the pattern is established it really makes sense and it is totally logical. It starts off as a nice easy even count flat peyote rectangle and then by joining opposite corners it magically turns into a spiralling rope. By using a contrasting colour on the edges of the flat rectangle, keeping track of the pattern is a cinch and also creates an attractive swirling pattern.
So here we go, step by step photos of how I made it! First, choose a colour for the spiralling stripe and your main colour. I’ve used Size 11/0ToHo seed beads. They are super high quality and produce a very even stripe that makes it super easy to keep track of the pattern, however, once you get proficient you may feel you can do it all one colour, or a random mix of colours. I chose these satin and opaque beads because they photograph well and they are actually a nice combination too. I’ve used Fireline thread which is beautiful to work with, doesn’t tangle too much and is easy to thread on through my size 10 beading needle
Make your first row of one stripe bead, eight main beads and one stripe bead. This is your peyote base row.
Work the second row in the opposite direction. Thread a stripe bead, pass through the second to last bead in the previous row. Thread the main bead, pass through the fourth to last bead in the previous row. Work along the row in this way ending by passing through the first stripe bead threaded. Notice how the newly threaded beads sit on top of the beads in the first row. Work the third row by threading a stripe bead, pass through the next bead which you’ll notice is popped up, add the main bead and pass through the next bead which is popped up.
Carry on working like this until you have done 11 rows. Step 3 doesn’t actually look like 11 rows but it is! To count peyote rows count the beads up the side outside edge added to the beads next door to them. There should be 11 on this side and 11 on the opposite side. As you will see in step 3 my working thread is exiting on the right-hand side of the work and my beginning tail is at the bottom left. Next, pass the needle through the stripe bead on the top left of the work. Notice the needle direction.
Now pass through the main colour bead at the bottom right. Notice the needle direction.
There are loads of ways to use your peyote spiral rope! Here I have made a necklace using a fairly short length and attached chain at each end.
I hope you have been inspired to have a go, have fun!