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Flat peyote stitch (even count)

With all beadweaving stitches, tension is the key to excellent results. For most projects, you'll want to weave with a gentle, even tension that results in a supple bead fabric. If you're tense or nervous, your tension will reflect it, and your beadwork will be stitch. However, for sculptural beadwork, you usually need to use the tightest tension you can manage.
Figure 1: String one bead and loop through it again in the same direction, leaving a 6 to 8 in. (15-20cm) tail. String more beads to total an even number. These beads comprise the first two rows. (As you weave, the beads of the new row will nestle into the spaces between the beads on the previous row. Remove the extra loop and weave the tail into the beadwork later.)
Figure 2: Every other bead from the figure above drops down half a space to form row 1. To begin row 3, (count the rows diagonally) pick up a bead and stitch through the second bead from the end. Pick up a bead and go through the fourth bead from the end. Continue in this manner. End by going through the first bead strung.
Figure 3: To start row 4 and all other rows, pick up a bead and go through the last bead added on the previous row.
Figure 4: End threads by weaving through the work in a zigzag path. Begin threads the same way, exiting the last bead added in the same direction.

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