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Is Netting Peyote Stitch?

Is netting stitch just an extension of peyote stitch? In Better Beader Episode 110, Allie unlocks the answer. Be sure not to miss out on Allie's thoughts and then be sure to leave your argument in the comments below! Remember there is no right or wrong answer, it is based on what you as a beader believe is the correct answer.

Episode Transcript


Beaded netting is a stunning technique that creates intricate, lace-like designs using simple beading stitches. In this article, we'll explore the similarities and differences between beaded netting and peyote stitch, based on insights from a recent Better Beader episode by Potomac Beads. Whether you're a seasoned beader or just starting out, this guide will help you understand the unique characteristics of each stitch and how to choose the best one for your next project.

Understanding Beaded Netting

Beaded netting is a family of stitches that create a net-like pattern using beads and thread. Some common variations include:

  • Right-angle weave (RAW)
  • Netting stitch
  • Square stitch

These stitches share similarities in their structure and appearance, but each has its own unique characteristics and thread paths.

Is Beaded Netting the Same as Peyote Stitch?

While beaded netting and peyote stitch may look similar at first glance, they are actually distinct techniques with different thread paths and bead placement.

Key differences include:

  • Peyote stitch creates a more solid, fabric-like structure, while netting stitches have a more open, lacy appearance
  • Peyote stitch typically uses a single bead size, while netting often incorporates multiple bead sizes or shapes
  • The thread path in peyote stitch follows a zigzag pattern, while netting stitches have a more circular or square thread path

Choosing Between Beaded Netting and Peyote Stitch

When deciding which stitch to use for your project, consider the following factors:

  • Desired appearance: Do you want a more open, lacy look (netting) or a solid, fabric-like texture (peyote)?
  • Bead selection: Will you be using a single bead size (peyote) or incorporating multiple sizes/shapes (netting)?
  • Project type: Some projects, like amulet bags or beaded ropes, may be better suited to one stitch over the other

Ultimately, the choice between beaded netting and peyote stitch comes down to personal preference and the specific requirements of your project.


While beaded netting and peyote stitch share some visual similarities, they are distinct beading techniques with their own unique characteristics. By understanding the differences between these stitches, you can make informed decisions when selecting the best one for your beading projects. As always, don't be afraid to experiment and try out both techniques to discover which one you prefer!

For more beading tips, tutorials, and inspiration, be sure to check out other episodes of the Better Beader series by Potomac Beads.

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