A very old and traditional stitching technique is that of either creating a pattern by fastening beads to fabric by stitching or simply weaving tiny beads together. Peyote stitch patterns have been around for a very long time. The Egyptians created burial garments using these patterns over 4,000 years ago! The practice of creating patterns using this ancient technique got its name from the American Plains indians who created beaded items for their ceremonial prayer meetings.
The peyote stitch is a creative combination of the older African traditions and Native American traditions with current crafting trends to create an original and unique stitch. The versatility peyote stitch patterns provide make the peyote stitch an excellent choice for variety and interest in many different craft projects including jewelry, accessories, apparel and even small framed pieces used when decorating.