Chapter 7 Gourd Stitch (Round Peyote Stitch)

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 INTRODUCTION TO GOURD (Round Peyote) STITCH

The Gourd stitch can be used to make very pretty rope-style bracelets, anklets, necklaces, chokers and belts. Patterns such as daisies, chevrons, lightning bolts, god’s eyes and many others can be incorporated into it. Print out the pattern page and make copies to create your own designs. Experiment and have fun with it. You can make very exotic draw-string bag covers. Adding fringe on the bottom can make it even more beautiful. Different types of fringe are explained in Chapter Two. For earrings, do about five to eight rows, then add fringe.

Alternate names for this stitch include: Round Peyote or Paoti

Example

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 STEP 1

Pick up the first bead on the needle. Pull the bead down the thread, leaving six to eight inches of thread as a tail. Now pass the needle up through the bottom of the bead. Try not to split the thread as it will be removed later.

See Starting in Chapter One for detailed explanations of this process.

Step 1
Figure 7.1

ROW 1

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 STEP 2

String twelve more seed beads onto the needle.
Step 2
Figure 7.2
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 STEP 3

Make a circle by passing the needle back through all thirteen beads starting with bead #1.
Step 3
Figure 7.3
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 STEP 4

End this first row by passing the needle through bead #1 yet again. Pull the thread tight.
Step 4
Figure 7.4

ROW 2

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 STEP 5

Pick up a bead (#14) and pass the needle through bead #3.
Step 5
Figure 7.5
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 STEP 6

Pick up another bead (#15) and pass the needle through bead #5.
Step 6
Figure 7.6

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 STEP 7

Pick up another bead (#16). Pass the needle through bead #7.
Step 7
Figure 7.7
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 STEP 8

Continue in this manner for beads #17, #18 and #19 passing the needle through every other bead each time (#9, #11 and #13 respectively) as shown.
Step 8
Figure 7.8
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 STEP 9

End this second row by picking up bead #20 and passing the needle through bead #14 (the first bead in Row Two). Pull the thread tight. There will be seven beads altogether in Row Two.
Step 9
Figure 7.9

ROW 3 – Basket Row

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 STEP 10

Pick up bead #21 and pass the needle through bead #15.
Step 10
Figure 7.10
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 STEP 11

Continue in this manner for beads #22, #23, #24 and #25, passing the needle through a bead in Row Two each time (#16, #17, #18 and #19 respectively) as shown.
Step 11
Figure 7.11
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 STEP 12

Pick up bead #26 and pass the needle through bead #20 to finish Row Three. Pull the thread tight.
Step 12
Figure 7.12

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 STEP 13

The work should now form a tube or basket as shown in Figure 7.13
Step 13
Figure 7.13

ROW 4

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 STEP 14

Add another row by repeating Steps 10 through 12 and adding six to all bead numbers.
Step 14
Figure 7.14
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 STEP 15

Pick up bead #33 and pass the needle through bead #27 to finish Row Four. Pull the thread tight.
Step 15
Figure 7.15

ROW 5 – Basket Row

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 STEP 16

Repeat Steps 10 through 12 again but this time add thirteen to all bead numbers.
Step 16
Figure 7.16
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 Row N

You may continue to add as many rows as you like by repeating Steps 10 through 12. Alternate between seven (even rows) and six (odd or basket rows) beads per row.

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