Peyote Watchband Tutorial
Learn how to make your own beaded peyote watchband. The bead stitch used to create the watchband is the peyote stitch and it is worked using seed beads. To make this beginner friendly, I did two things. The first thing I did was modify the traditional peyote stitch graph paper. I outlined each row in a different colors. I colored the row number to correspond to the outline color. I added some arrows. Plus, I enlarged the pattern. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this will make it easier for people to read the chart. (However, I do know that the chart doesn’t look as pretty as the standard chart.) The second thing I did is provide options regarding how to adjust the size (length) of the project.
Materials for the the Peyote Watchband
- 1g 1.5 mm Japanese Seed Beads Silver
- 7g 2mm Japanese Seed Beads Silver
- 1g 10/0 Czech Seed Beads Black
- 1g 10/0 Czech Seed Beads Olive Jade Lumi
- 1g 11/0 Czech Seed Beads Opaque Yellow
- 1g 10/0 Czech Seed Beads Green Turquoise Opaque
- Watch Face
- Bead Stitch Connector (Toho Shoji NY–SHCT-1817)
- 2 5mm Jump Rings
- 1 Lobster Clasp (test that jump ring works with the clasp you chose and adjust accordingly)
- Beadalon® WildFire™ beading thread diameter 00.20 —Black
- Chainnose pliers
- Bentnose pliers
- Big Eye Needle
How to Adjust Size (length) of the Peyote Watchband
The size of the finished project is 7 ¾” long. There are several ways to adjust the size. One, you could increase or decrease the number of rows worked in the transition rows. Two, you could choose a smaller watch face to make it smaller. Three, you could choose a larger clasp to make it larger. Four, you probably could make it a bit smaller by using a ribbon crimp instead of stitch connector. To use the ribbon crimp, I would work four to six rows of the peyote stitch. Depending on the ribbon crimp you selected, you might need to adjust the number of rows.
Instructions for Peyote Watchband
Make 2—one for each side of the watch face.
On four feet of beading thread add a stopper bead. Pick up a stopper bead. Going through it in the same direction, pass through a couple of more times.
Stitch Connector Strip
Use the 1.5 mm silver seed beads to create a strip that will cover the bar of the stitch connector.
Pick up 12 1.5mm silver seed beads.
Pick up one bead. Skip the first bead. Pass the needle through the next bead.
Repeat all the way across.
Continue working in the peyote stitch until you have 14 rows. The first 12 beads you picked up counts as two rows.
Transform Strip into Tube
Slip the strip through the stitch connector and zip stitch the ends together. Pass through the beads from the other end as if you had picked them up. You will be moving the needle in a zig-zag fashion.
Secure the two end beads together by passing down through the end bead on the opposite side and back up the bead that the thread was exiting at the start of this step.
Using 2mm silver seed beads, work four rows of peyote stitch.
Click below to download the PDF pattern. Follow the pattern.
Complete the Band
Using 2mm silver seed beads, work ten more rows of the peyote stitch. These ten rows will be used to connect to the watch face. Slip through the watch. Zip stitch the tenth row to the first row. Connect the end stitches the same way you did for the connector strip tube. Weave in thread ends and trim.
The clasp is a lobster clasp and a jump ring. On one end you will attach the lobster clasp and the other you will just attach the jump ring.
Use pliers to open a jump ring—moving one end towards you and the other end away from you. Slip the jump ring through the loop of the stitch connector and the lobster clasp. Close jump ring by moving both ends toward the center.
Click here for a tutorial on opening and closing a jump ring.