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 Decreasing Even-Count Peyote Stitch 

by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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Goal: To taper the ends of a woven peyote strip to one-bead wide so you can add a single-strand clasp.
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Start Your Peyote Stitch Pattern

Step 1
Cut a three yard length of Nymo®. Add your needle to the end first off the spool. Apply thread conditioner if you'd like. Add a stop bead to the end, leaving an 18-inch tail which will be used to attach the bracelet to the clasp later. Do not use this bead when working your pattern.
Step 2
Thread on six size 8/0 seed beads; bring them down to the stop bead. Begin the peyote stitch.
Step 3
Continue to work the peyote stitch until you have completed enough rows (for either a bracelet or necklace) minus the length the clasp will add. Remove the ''stop bead.''

Decreasing Your Peyote Stitch

Step 4
To decrease the end of an even-count peyote stitch, weave your peyote strip as long as you'd like or to the length your project instructions indicate.
Step 5
As your needle exits the last bead in the last row, weave it into the bead work, turning the needle around back in the direction it came. The goal is to weave through the beads, not over them, as you don't want to see the thread--it is not only unsightly but it will create an area of weakness in the design.
Step 6
With your needle facing the other direction, pass the needle through the last bead strung in the next to last row, then through the last bead strung in the last row. Pick up a new bead and pass the needle through the next 'popped up' bead in the row. Continue across the row.

Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you've decreased as far as you'd like or as your project instructions indicate.

To end, weave your thread into the beadwork until the thread is secure. Trim any excess thread.

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