THOSE PESKY FIRST THREE ROWS IN PEYOTE STITCH

I've had some e-mail from new beaders who are having trouble identifying the first three rows in flat peyote stitch depending upon whether you choose to start beading at the bottom of a pattern or at the top. Here are some little diagrams that should help you.

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The first two diagrams shows the beads if you start at the top and work down, beading right to left on the first row.

1. String the first two rows (beads 1 through 29) as shown below.

2. Begin weaving beads 30 through 44. Although this is the first row you actually weave it is the third row of your pattern. Just consider the first two rows to be free! Capish?

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The second two diagrams shows the beads if you start at the bottom and work up, beading left to right on the first row.

1. String the first two rows (beads 1 through 29) as shown below.

2. Begin weaving beads 30 through 44. Although this is the first row you actually weave it is the third row of your pattern. Just consider the first two rows to be free! Capish? Hmmm, does this sound familiar?

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You are free to bead from top to bottom, left to right, right to left, bottom to top, or start in the middle! The only rule is that there are no rules!