Peyote Stitch

PEYOTE STITCHIn my beading it is so easy to just use a simple wrap technique. It’s easy, it’s quick, and my work is still well-planned so it comes out pretty, tidy, even. But, when I really want to achieve something awesome I use peyote stitch. The design suddenly becomes tricky and requires more attention, more time. Our current state of the nation is using peyote stitch. Higher education requires peyote stitch. Motherhood definitely requires peyote stitch! Let me reach a little more here and say that the Creator’s favorite stitch is peyote.

One by one our actions affect our design. In order to achieve our goals we must focus on not only what we are doing now—the bead we are picking up—but where the needle is going next—our comfortable habits—and where the design’s direction is headed based on the last bead or on the bead in front of it—our desires vs. our needs. Peyote stitch, politics, school, life, all of these demand your focused attention on many beads, connected by our conscientiousness. There is nothing wrong with a simple wrap, in beading it has its own desirable traits. In an ever-evolving world though, where our own consumerism affects people across the globe, we have no choice but to participate in the meticulous peyote stitch, or become the bead three lines back that requires remediation.

In life and in peyote stitch you cannot work too far ahead, and it’s dizzying to try to do so. Mistakes are bound to be made, the stitch becomes potentially haphazard, and if you expend too much time rushing, you may break your thread pulling it tight…life falls to pieces. It is not easy to pick up beads, just like it’s not easy to admit you could have done things better.

I struggle with this often. Taking on extra responsibility in life only adds to my design, but what gives me a glimmer of satisfaction is that I am learning and teaching all at the same time. Learning to go out and march because there are women who don’t have the voice I do (#MMIW), but also because there are libelous writers (Milo Yiannopoulos I am talking about you) who are spouting that there should be a cap on women studying science and math. *Insert scoff here* My children are watching though, and I am teaching them that hard work, focused on a very attainable goal, creates beauty in life. It is a valuable thing to know your worth, it is invaluable not to be taxed by that knowledge. Recognize that we must all actively participate. Each and every one of us matter, as does the Earth that keeps our design grounded.

Celina Gray is a student at Salish Kootenai College.

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