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New animation: How to make a Peyote Triangle

In addition to animating the build of the PodCast Bead for our library, Julia Pretl has now done the basic Peyote Triangle and the Warped Square is coming next.

These forms are the basis of geometric architecture.

Please feel free to share as you like!

You can choose to reinforce the center start with a second pass, or a knot, if that’s your style, or you can wait to do that later when you finish. If you like your triangles springy and cupped, by all means make a tight start. If you like them flatter, leave the start thread loose.

Weave in the starting thread and your working thread after your triangle is the desired size, and consider reinforcing the edge with a final pass of thread through the last two rounds if you want it to be sturdy and stand up to play.

The “step-up” (moving from one finished round to the next) is beautifully illustrated here- pay attention to the final stitch of each round – to finish each round, you pass through two beads, which puts you in position to begin the next round. Your step-up will travel forward with each round.

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Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

4 comments on “New animation: How to make a Peyote Triangle

  1. Marie Benoit
    April 15, 2020


  2. Farah adeeba Mughal
    April 1, 2020

    Hi Please could you send a simple triangle With care

    Sent from my iPhone


    • katemckinnon
      April 1, 2020

      I am not sure what you are asking?
      This is the simplest triangle we make. : )

  3. Sandy Raynes
    April 1, 2020

    Thank you, I love these! Stay safe and hope you are feeling better Kate! ❤

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