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WELCOME pick your favorites

Seed Beads

7 Delica diamonds
by Beth Maddocks

10 Fleur-de-lis
by Josie Fabre

12 Houndstooth cat
by Lesha McPhearson

14 Turkish embroidery
by Mahide Erkan

16 Aqua terra
by Julia Gerlach

19 Candy hearts
by Belinda McCoy

22 Chain of hearts
by Bobbie Yoakum

25 Bewitching bracelet
by Josie Fabre

28 Prancing reindeer
by Josie Fabre

30 Snowflake sashay
by Bobbie Yoakum
Two-hole Crystals,
Beads Pearls & Glass
34 Waltzing waves 58 Desert flower
by Michelle Heim by Rae Arlene Reller

37 Spiky Tila 61 Chessboard crystals


by Kassie Shaw by Melissa Grakowsky Shippee
40 Diagonally delightful
by Connie Whittaker 66 Sparkle check
by Giorgia Scardini
42 Fun & feathery
by Thomasin “Alyx” Alyxander 68 Rondelle rendition
by Beth Moser
44 Pinwheel blossom
by Julia Gerlach 70 Fanciful bangle
by Jayashree Paramesh
47 Cobblestone bangle
by Nichole Starman 73 Leaf motif
by Julia Gerlach
50 Style on the square
by Shoshana Rubin 76 Not-your-grandma’s
costume jewelry
54 SuperDuo subtlety by Marion Leffler
by Svetlana Chernitsky

PLUS
3 from the editor
80 basics
Seed
Beads

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BRICK STITCH / PEYOTE STITCH

Delica
diamonds
bracelet
Stitch a kaleidoscope of
color with this pattern,
based on a classic
quilt motif.

designed by Beth Maddocks

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stepbystep
Row 122
[1] On a comfortable length of thread
and leaving a 1-yd. (.9 m) tail, work
in ladder stitch (Basics, p. 80) to make
a ladder of 25 background-color 110
cylinder beads. These beads form row
12 of the band; rows 1–11 will be
added later. Zigzag back through the
ladder to stabilize it.
[2] Work row 13 in brick stitch (Basics)
as follows, referring to the pattern,
reading it from left to right:
• First stitch: Pick up two background-
color cylinders, sew under the thread
bridge between the first two cylinders
in the previous row, and sew up through
the second cylinder just added.
• Subsequent stitches: Pick up one
background-color cylinder, sew under
the next thread bridge in the previous
row, and sew up through the cylinder
just added. Repeat this stitch to the end
of the row, picking up the appropriate
color cylinder for each stitch.

PATTERN
Edge beads
to be added
in step 6
Row 12

Rows 1 - 11

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[3] Work rows 14–122 as in step 2, [7] Using the tail, work rows 1–11 Difficulty rating
always picking up the appropriate colors as in step 4.
as indicated in the pattern. Read the [8] Align half of the clasp on the end
pattern from right to left for even- of the bracelet just completed. Using
numbered rows and left to right for the tail, sew through the beadwork to
odd-numbered rows. End and add exit a cylinder near the first loop of Materials
thread (Basics) as needed. the clasp. Sew through the loop and bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)
[4] Work row 123 as follows: back through the cylinder your thread • 10 g 110 Miyuki cylinder beads for
• First stitch: Pick up two background- is exiting. Sew through the adjacent background color (DB0010, black,
color cylinders, sew under the thread cylinder, sew through the loop, and sew or DB0310, matte black)
bridge between the second and third back through the cylinder your thread • 1 g 110 Miyuki cylinder beads for the
cylinders in the previous row, and sew is exiting. Retrace the thread path of diamonds in as many colors as you
up through the second cylinder just both connections. choose; each diamond consists
added. This begins the taper at the [9] Repeat step 8 to attach the remain- of 16 cylinders
end of the bracelet. ing two loops of this half of the clasp, • 1 3-strand slide clasp
• Subsequent stitches: Work stitches and end the tail. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of • nylon beading thread, size D
with one cylinder each, as before. thread to the other end of the bracelet, • beading needles, #11
[5] Work rows 124–133 as in step 4. and attach the loops of the other half
[6] Sew through the beadwork to of the clasp in the same manner. w
exit the far-right cylinder in row 122. EDITOR’S NOTE
Working in flat peyote stitch (Basics), As an alternative to step 6 (adding
add background-color cylinders to this a row of peyote stitch to one edge),
edge of the pattern, thereby making the you could work an increase brick
two edges symmetrical and centering stitch at the end of every other row
the design. End the working thread. as you make the band. To do so,
simply work a second brick stitch
off of the last thread bridge in the
row, so that you have two new
beads attached to the last thread
bridge. Remember, you would only
do this for every other row.

Beth Maddocks grew


up and went to college
in Ohio, studying art
history and chemistry.
Since then, she’s lived
and worked in San Francisco;
Washington, D.C.; and Switzerland,
where she most recently worked for a
pharmaceutical company. She designs
and sells quilt patterns as well as a
few beadwork patterns based on
quilt motifs. Visit her websites at
www.piecebynumberquilts.etsy.com
or www.piecebynumber.com.

www To watch a video on brick


stitch, go to www.BeadAndButton.
com/videos.

25 Beaded Bracelets 9
THREE-DROP PEYOTE STITCH

Fleur-de-lis
bracelet
Wear a classic motif with
this quick-to-stitch pattern.

designed by Josie Fabre

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Difficulty rating
110 hex-cut cylinder
110 cylinder bead
Materials
bracelet without the clasp
67⁄8 x 13⁄4 in. (17.5 x 4.4 cm)
• 10 g 110 hex-cut cylinder beads
(Miyuki DBH0035, metallic
galvanized silver)
• 5 g 110 cylinder beads (Miyuki
PATTERN 2 PATTERN 3
DB0453, galvanized dark
gunmetal)
My inspiration for this piece • nylon beading thread or
came from the fleurs-de-lis Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #11 or #12
that are seen everywhere in
Louisiana. It’s worked in
www To watch a video on
three-drop peyote stitch,
how to work in three-drop
which means this bracelet peyote, go to
comes together quickly. www.BeadAndButton.com/
videos.

stepbystep
[1] On a comfortable length of thread Josie Fabre has
or Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a been beading for
12-in. (30 cm) tail. Starting at the lower- more than
left corner of pattern 1, pick up 24 110 10 years. She
cylinder and hex-cut cylinder beads for resides in Slidell, Louisiana.
rows 1 and 2: one hex-cut bead, 22 110 She is a full-time scientist and
cylinder beads, and a hex-cut. mother but beads every
[2] Following pattern 1, work the band chance she gets. She is
in three-drop peyote (Basics, p. 80), end- inspired by nature, art,
ing and adding thread (Basics) as needed. and architecture. She also
[3] To create a toggle bar: On 1 yd. enjoys photography and is
(.9 m) of thread and leaving a 6-in. beginning to combine her
(15 cm) tail, work a strip of flat even- photographs with her jewelry
count peyote stitch (Basics) that is 18 designs. Contact Josie at
beads wide and 12 rows long. You can josie@fabres.net, or see more
work the bar in all one color bead, or of her work at www.josie.
follow pattern 2 to create a center etsy.com.
stripe. Roll the strip into a tube, and
zip up (Basics) the end rows.
[4] At the center of the toggle bar, make
a flat even-count peyote tab two beads
wide and eight rows long (pattern 3).
Use the two red boxes in pattern 1 as
a guide to attach the tab. End the thread.
[5] To create a toggle ring: On the other
end of the band, use the 12-in. (30 cm)
tail to exit the 10th bead from the edge.
In flat even-count peyote, make a strip
28 beads long and two beads wide.
Attach the strip to the 10th bead from
the other edge, and end the thread. w
PATTERN 1

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LOOMWORK

Houndstooth
cat bracelet
Transform a classic
fabric motif into an
adorable pattern of
tessellating felines.

designed by Lesha McPhearson

www To watch videos on how to use a loom,


go to www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.
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stepbystep Difficulty rating

[1] Prepare the loom with 33 warp


threads according to the manufacturer’s
instructions, or watch our how-to Materials
video — go to www.BeadAndButton. bracelet 7¾ in. (19.7 cm)
com/videos, and search “loomwork.” • 110 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
[2] Tie a comfortable length of thread - 10 g color A (DB0310, opaque
to the far-left warp thread, leaving a matte black)
6-in. (15 cm) tail. Tie the thread near - 9 g color B (DB0221, gilt-lined white opal)
the top of the loom if you wish to work • 19 x 8 mm 5-strand box clasp
the pattern from top to bottom, or tie (www.firemountaingems.com)
the thread near the bottom of the loom • Fireline, 6 lb. test
to work from bottom to top. Thread the • beading needles, #12
loomwork needle on this thread. • loomwork needle, or extra-long beading
[3] Reading the pattern from left to needle, #10 or #11
right, pick up the appropriate beads for • bead loom
the first row (either the bottom row of
the pattern or the top row, depending
on your choice in step 2). Sew behind EDITOR’S NOTE
the warp threads (figure 1), use your If you prefer, this pattern may be
finger to push the beads up between worked in square stitch (Basics).
the warp threads (figure 2), and sew
back through the beads over the top
of the warp threads (figure 3). Lesha McPhearson was
[4] Work as in step 3 for the entire a teacher in the ’70s and
pattern. Using the #12 beading needle, ’80s, a legal assistant in the
end your thread when it gets short ’90s, and a professional
(Basics, p. 80), and then add a new driver in the 2000s until
thread as in step 2. her artistic urges took over. She has
[5] When you complete the pattern, always been intrigued by ethnic, geo-
use the #12 beading needle to end metric, and abstract designs as well as
the working thread and tails. Remove tessellations and repeating patterns.
the beadwork from the loom, and Email her at beadholden@msn.com, or
do the same for each warp thread. visit www.artfire.com/ext/shop/studio/
[6] Add 10 in. (25 cm) of thread at one beadholdendesigns.
end of the beadwork. Center half of the
clasp on this end, so that the loops are
hidden behind the beadwork. Stitch
each loop to its neighboring beads,
retracing the thread path of each con-
nection. End the thread. Repeat at the
other end of the beadwork. w knot

FIGURE 2

knot

knot
FIGURE 1

PATTERN FIGURE 3

25 Beaded Bracelets 13
PEYOTE STITCH

Turkish
embroidery
Create a bracelet
inspired by Turkish
rug motifs.

designed by Mahide Erkan


an
Erk
e
ahid
by M
edch
Stit

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Work two peyote stitch Difficulty rating
panels, and join them with
accent beads. A toggle bar
and built-in slot serve as Materials
the clasp. bracelet 77⁄8 x 2 in. (20 x 5 cm)
• 10 3 mm round accent beads
(red)
stepbystep • 110 Delica cylinder beads
- 3 g color A (DB0254, opaque
[1] On a comfortable length of luster silver gold)
thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a - 7 g color B (DB0352, matte
6-in. (15 cm) tail. Reading the pattern eggshell)
from the upper-left corner, pick up 31 - 1 g color C (DB0373,
beads for rows 1 and 2: a repeating metallic matte dark green)
pattern of a color B 110 cylinder - 2 g color D (DB0795,
bead and a color A 110 cylinder bead opaque matte coral)
15 times, and then pick up a B. Working - 2 g color E (DB0729, opaque
in flat odd-count peyote stitch (Basics, turquoise green)
p. 80) complete the panel, adding and • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or size D
ending thread as needed. Note: In rows nylon beading thread
9–21, omit the center bead in each of • beading needles, #11 or #12
the indicated rows, leaving an open slot.
This will be the clasp opening. Remove
the stop bead, and end the tail but not www To watch a video
the working thread. on odd-count peyote stitch,
[2] Repeat step 1 to make another go to www.BeadAndButton.
panel, but do not leave the open slot. com/videos.
[3] To create the toggle bar: On 1 yd.
(.9 m) of thread and leaving a 6-in.
(15 cm) tail, work a strip of flat odd-
count peyote that is 13 cylinder beads Mahide Erkan
wide and six rows long. Roll the strip lives in Istanbul,
into a tube, and zip up (Basics) the Turkey. She has
end rows. bachelor’s and
[4] With the working thread exiting master’s degrees in
an end bead in the tube, pick up a 3 mm architecture. She transfers
bead, and sew through the correspond- kilim, embroidery, and
ing end bead on the opposite side of the textile designs to her jewelry.
tube. Sew through the beadwork of the Contact her at mahide44@
tube to exit an end bead on the other gmail.com.
end of the tube, and add a 3 mm bead
the same way. End the tail but not the PATTERN
working thread.
[5] Sew through the beadwork of the
tube to exit a bead at the center of the
110 cylinder beads
toggle bar. Stitch a strip of five cylinder
beads using ladder stitch (Basics). Stitch color A
the ladder to the center of the 21st row color B
of the panel without the open slot.
[6] Using the working thread from color C
a panel, connect the panels by sewing color D
back and forth through 3 mm beads color E
positioned between the up-beads at the
remaining ends of the panels. End all 3 mm bead
the remaining threads. w

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PEYOTE STITCH / FRINGE

Aqua terra
bracelet
Stitch a boldly-patterned band
for a lively summer bracelet.
by Julia Gerlach

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Difficulty rating
110 cylinder beads
color A
color B
color C Materials
color D bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)
• 1 44 mm glass ring (dark green;
www.visionsinstainedglass.com)
• 5 4 mm oak leaf charms (TierraCast,
copper; www.artbeads.com)
• 60 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
Pacific opal)
• 110 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
- 5 g color A (DB0066, white-lined
crystal AB)
- 4 g color B (DB1769, sparkle aqua
green-lined teal)
- 3 g color C (DB1768, forest green-
lined opal AB)
- 2 g color D (DB0263, opaque luster
olive green)
• 2 size 1/0 snaps (www.joann.com)
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #12
FIGURE 1
All supplies from Eclectica, (262) 641-0910,
unless otherwise noted.
Work up this pattern in
peyote stitch, and then use a
large glass ring as a focal that Julia Gerlach
doubles as a clasp. Add a few is the editor of
Bead&Button magazine.
sprays of branched fringe for Contact her at jgerlach@
an organic touch to comple- beadandbutton.com.
ment the floral band.

stepbystep www To watch videos on


working in flat even-count and
[1] On a comfortable length of thread, odd-count peyote stitch, go to
attach a stop bead (Basics, p. 80), leav- www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.
ing a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Reading the
pattern from left to right starting in
the lower left-hand corner, pick up 24 of the band. Sew through to the other
cylinder beads for the first two rows: edge, and repeat.
an A, three Ds, four As, seven Cs, [3] Sew through the beadwork to exit
four As, and five Ds. Work in flat even- about 29 rows from one end and 10
count peyote stitch (Basics) to make beads in from one edge, with your needle
the band. End and add thread (Basics) pointing toward the opposite edge.
as needed. This pattern will create a Work three stitches in the ditch: Pick up
7-in. (18 cm) bracelet. Add or omit a D, and sew through the next bead in
rows if needed, but make sure the total the same row of the band. Pick up an A,
number of rows is divisible by four. and sew through the next bead in the
[2] Exiting an end edge bead, pick up same row of the band. Pick up a D, and
a teal cylinder bead, a 3 mm crystal, sew through the next bead in the same
and a teal cylinder. Skip two edge beads, row of the band. Sew through the bead-
sew down through the next edge bead, work to exit the last bead added, with
and sew up through the following edge your needle pointing back toward the
bead. Repeat this stitch for the length new beads added in this row (figure 1).
PATTERN
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[4] Sewing through the three beads remaining three cylinders in the original
added in step 3, work two peyote stem (c–d).
stitches with Cs. Continue working [7] Sew through a couple more beads in
in odd-count peyote stitch (Basics) the bridge, and make another branched
following the established color pattern fringe, using colors as desired and occa-
until the strip has 11 As running down sionally adding a 3 mm crystal or a 4 mm
the center. leaf charm before the final cylinder in
[5] Place the 44 mm glass ring on the a branch. Alter the number of beads
band so the inside of the ring rests next in each branch for an organic look.
to the start of the strip and about one [8] Repeat step 7 to make another
quarter of the ring extends past the end branched fringe off the bridge.
of the band (figure 2). Wrap the strip [9] Repeat steps 6–8 twice, spacing
FIGURE 2 over the ring, and sew it to the band. the bridges about ½ in. (1.3 cm) apart.
Retrace the thread path through the [10] Sew through the beadwork to exit
connection a few times. where the ring touches the other edge
[6] Sew through the beadwork to of the band, and work one more bridge
exit a spot on the band about ½ in. with branched fringe. End the thread.
(1.3 cm) away from the strip you [11] Add a new thread at the other end
just made and near where the ring of the band, and exit 12 rows from the
touches the edge of the band. Pick end and 10 beads in from one edge, with
up enough cylinders to bridge over your needle pointing toward the other
the top of the ring, and sew into edge. Work as in steps 3 and 4 to make a
the band on the other side of the strip with about 24 As running down the
ring. Sew back through several center. Do not end the thread.
beads in the bridge, and then work [12] Pass the strip through the open-
b
a branched fringe: ing between the ring and the opposite
a Pick up eight assorted cylinders, skip end of the band. Wrap the strip around
c
the last cylinder, and sew back through the ring, and pull it so the ends of the
the previous two cylinders (figure 3, band line up next to each other.
d
a–b). Pick up three cylinders, skip the [13] Decide where the two snaps will
last cylinder, and sew back through go, and sew one half of each to the top
the previous two cylinders and the surface of the band and the other half
next two cylinders in the original stem of each to the bottom surface of the
(b–c). Pick up three cylinders, skip the strip. End the thread. w
last cylinder, and sew back through
the previous two cylinders and the
FIGURE 3

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PEYOTE STITCH

Candy
hear ts
bracelet
Get your admirers
talking with a sweet
treat of a bracelet.

designed by Belinda McCoy

25 Beaded Bracelets 19
Difficulty rating

Materials
bracelet 71⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)
• 110 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads* 110 cylinder beads
- 2 g color A (DB200, opaque white) color A
- 1 g color B (DB873, opaque matte color B
rainbow fuchsia)
color C
- 2 g color C (DB1137, opaque
blue agate; www.artbeads.com) color D
- 1 g color D (DB1131, opaque light color E
butter rum; www.artbeads.com)
color F
- 56 color E (DB651, opaque light
orange) color G
- 1 g color F (DB1371, opaque rose) color H
- 47 color G (DB654, opaque brick red)
color I
- 1 g color H (DB791, opaque
matte candy apple red) color J
- 92 color I (DB653, opaque pumpkin) color K
- 2 g color J (DB1491, opaque
color L
eggshell)
- 48 color K (DB724, opaque pea green) color M
- 2 g color L (DB1496, opaque color N
sea foam)
color O
- 83 color M (DB1379, opaque red violet)
- 55 color N (DB661, opaque color P
purple)
- 2 g color O (DB1493, opaque dark
peach) Valentine’s Day gives us
- 48 color P (DB1498, opaque pale grey) an opportunity to spread
• 1 13 x 15 mm heart button with shank
• Fireline, 4 or 6 lb. test the love with encouraging
• beading needles, #12 cards and tasty morsels. This
peyote stitch bracelet sends
*The Delica beads were purchased from
www.firemountaingems.com (unless otherwise a warm and fuzzy message
noted) and reflect the numbering and naming to anyone who receives it —
conventions of the vendor. even if you give it to yourself!

Belinda McCoy stepbystep


lives in Grass Valley,
California, where she is [1] On a comfortable length of thread,
a computer technician. attach a stop bead (Basics, p. 80), leav-
She recently received a ing a 12-in. (30 cm) tail.
master’s degree in stem [2] Starting at the bottom left-hand cor-
cell biology, and despite what she ner of the pattern, pick up 24 110 cylin-
calls her “very left-brain academic der beads for rows 1 and 2: eight color
and career paths,” she has been Es, five Ds, seven Cs, a B, and three As.
creative since a young age. Contact Work in flat even-count peyote stitch
Belinda at bgbeaddesigns@gmail.com. (Basics) to complete the band, using col-
ors A–P as indicated in the pattern. End
and add thread (Basics) as needed.
[3] Hold the band horizontally so the
working thread points away from you.
PATTERN
20
To work the first edging stitch: With of the heart button, and sew through
the working thread exiting the end the next up-bead. Sew back through
c b a cylinder in the last row, pick up three all the cylinders just added and the
Fs, sew down through the next edge first up-bead. End the tail.
cylinder, and sew up through the fol- [7] To make the toggle loop: Using
lowing edge cylinder (figure 1, a–b). the working thread, sew through the
[4] To work subsequent edging end row of the band to exit the sixth
stitches: Pick up three Fs, and sew up-bead from one edge. Pick up 27 Fs,
through the next edge cylinder. Sew and sew through the next up-bead. Test
through the beadwork to exit the to make sure the button fits through
FIGURE 1 second edge cylinder from the one the loop, and add or remove cylinders
you just sewed through (b–c). Repeat if needed. Sew back through all the
this stitch for the length of the edge, cylinders just added and the sixth up-
ending and adding thread as needed. bead from the end (figure 2). Continue
[5] Sew through the beadwork to exit through the first cylinder added in
the end cylinder along the other edge. this step. Work a row of peyote stitch
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for this edge. off the loop of cylinders. End the
[6] To attach the toggle button: working thread. w
Remove the stop bead, and using the
tail, sew through the end row of the
band to exit the sixth up-bead from
one edge. Pick up 12 Fs and the shank

FIGURE 2

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PEYOTE STITCH

Chain of
hearts
designed by Bobbie Yoakum
Work decreasing
rows of peyote
to make a
bracelet that
really shows
the shape of
your heart.

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12 mm pearl

110 seed bead, color A


110 seed bead, color B

a b
c
e d
FIGURE 1

b c
d
FIGURE 2

e
b c
d

a
FIGURE 3

Difficulty rating

stepbystep under the thread bridge between the


two edge As and back through the
Center rows bottom A (figure 2, a–b). Materials
[1] On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread, pick up Row 4: Work one B per stitch across bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)
two color A 110 seed beads. Leaving a the row (b–c). • 1 12 mm pearl
12-in. (30 cm) tail, sew through the first Row 5: For each heart motif, work one • 110 seed beads
A again (figure 1, a–b). A and seven Bs (c–d). At the end of the - 4 g color A (gold)
[2] Pick up a repeating pattern of seven row, pick up an A, sew through the - 6 g color B (red)
color B 110 seed beads and an A a total adjacent A, and then sew through the • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or size D nylon
of 14 times for a 7-in. (18 cm) bracelet beadwork to exit the first A picked up beading thread
(b–c). This will create seven connected in step 1 (figure 3, a–b). • beading needles, #10 or #12
heart motifs. For a 6-in. (15 cm) bracelet,
pick up 12 repeats; for an 8-in. (20 cm) Top curves
bracelet, pick up 16 repeats. These Continue in peyote as follows:
beads will shift to form rows 1 and 2 Row 1: For each heart motif, work an A, Bobbie Yoakum
as the next row is added. two Bs, two As, two Bs, and an A (b–c). has been beading since
[3] Work in flat odd-count peyote stitch At the end of the row, work a decrease 1989. See p. 30 for
(Basics, p. 80) as follows: turn: Sew under the adjacent thread another design by
Row 3: For each heart motif, work a bridge, and sew back through the near- Bobbie. Email Bobbie at
stitch with an A and seven stitches with est two As (d–e). bobbiecy@comcast.net.
Bs (c–d). At the end of the row, sew Row 2: For each heart motif, work an A,
through the bottom A from step 1 (d–e). a B, and an A, and sew through the
Work an odd-count turn by sewing next two As. Repeat these three stitches

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d
b a
c

FIGURE 4

b e d
a
c

f
FIGURE 5

a
c
f b e
g d
n
h FIGURE 6
i
j
k
l
m

FIGURE 7

(figure 4, a–b). At the end of the row, five Bs, and an A, and sew through the Clasp
work a decrease turn instead of sewing next two As (d–e). At the end of the row, [1] Exiting the bottom edge A of an end
through two As (c–d). work a decrease turn (f–g). heart, pick up two As, a 12 mm pearl,
Row 3: For each heart motif, work two [2] Finish the first heart: and three As. Sew back through the
As, and sew through the next four As. Row 3: Work an A, four Bs, and an A. pearl, pick up two As, and sew through
Repeat these two stitches (figure 5, a–b). Work a decrease turn (g–h). the top edge A (figure 7). Retrace the
At the end of the row, work a decrease Row 4: Work an A, three Bs, and an A. thread path through the pearl connec-
turn instead of sewing through four As Work a decrease turn (h–i). tion, and end the thread (Basics).
(c–d). Row 5: Work an A, two Bs, and an A. [2] With the tail, pick up enough As to
Row 4: For each heart motif, work an A, Work a decrease turn (i–j). fit around the pearl (approximately
and sew through the next six As. Repeat Row 6: Work an A, a B, and an A. 25–30), and sew through the bottom
(d–e). At the end of the row, sew through Work a decrease turn (j–k). edge A at this end. Test that the loop fits
the beadwork to exit the edge A along Row 7: Work two As and a decrease around the pearl, and add or remove As
the bottom row (e–f). turn (k–l). as needed. If you need to reposition the
Row 8: Work a stitch with two As and clasp loop to improve the fit, remove
Bottom points a decrease turn (l–m). the beads just added, sew through the
[1] Continue in peyote as follows: Row 9: Work one A between the pair beadwork to the desired point, pick
Row 1: For each heart motif, work an A, of As in row 8. Sew through the next up the loop of beads again, and sew
six Bs, and an A (figure 6, a–b). At the end 10 edge As (m–n). through the adjacent bead in the brace-
of the row, work a decrease turn (c–d). [3] Finish the remaining hearts as in let. Retrace the thread path a few times,
Row 2: For each heart motif, work an A, step 2. and end the tail. w

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THREE-DROP PEYOTE STITCH

Bewitching
bracelet

There’s nothing scary about this


quick-to-stitch three-drop pattern
with its adorable witch hat toggle.
designed by Josie Fabre

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Difficulty rating

Materials
bracelet 8 in. (20 cm) 110 cylinder beads
• components for witch hat toggle color A
(all available from www.fusionbeads.com) color B
- 1 14 mm cosmic ring (Swarovski color C
#4139, jet)
- 1 12 mm Artemis crystal (Swarovski
#5540, jet)
- 2 10 mm margarita crystals (Swarovski
#3700, 1 tanzanite and 1 jet)
- 1 2-in. (5 cm) 22-gauge head pin
• 64 3 mm fire-polished beads stepbystep
(Preciosa, black)
• 110 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads Bracelet band
- 5 g color A (DB0004, metallic dark [1] On a comfortable length of thread,
plum iris) attach a stop bead (Basics, p. 80), leav-
- 5 g color B (DB0310, matte black) ing a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Starting at the
- 4 g color C (DB0352, opaque lower-right corner of the pattern, pick
matte cream) up 110 cylinder beads for rows 1 and 2:
• 1 g 150 seed beads (Miyuki 401F, two color C 110 cylinder beads, two Bs,
matte black) five Cs, seven As, two Bs, and six As.
• Fireline, 6 lb. test, or size D nylon [2] Following the pattern, work in
beading thread three-drop peyote stitch (Basics) using
• beading needles, #12 the appropriate color cylinders. End and
• chainnose pliers add thread (Basics) as needed while you
• roundnose pliers stitch, and end the working thread and
• wire cutters tail when you complete the band.

Edging
DESIGNER’S NOTE [1] Add a comfortable length of thread
I learned how to make the witch to one end of the band, and exit the
hat toggle from an earring tutorial nearest corner cylinders with your nee-
at www.fusionbeads.com/witch- dle pointing away from the beadwork.
hat-earrings. [2] Pick up a 150 seed bead, a 3 mm
fire-polished bead, and a 150. Skip one
edge cylinder, sew down through the
Josie Fabre is a prolific next edge cylinder, and sew up through
designer of peyote stitch the following edge cylinder. Repeat
patterns. Go to pp. 10 this stitch for the length of the band.
and 28 to see more [3] Sew through the beadwork to exit
designs by Josie. the nearest corner cylinder along the
other edge, and repeat step 2. End and
add thread as needed.
www To watch a video
on three-drop peyote, visit
www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.

PATTERN

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a b

Toggle ring Witch hat toggle


[1] At one end of the band, identify [1] On a head pin, string the witch
the two center trios of up-beads. Add hat components in the following order:
12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the band, 10 mm margarita crystal (jet), 14 mm
and exit one of those trios with your cosmic ring, margarita crystal (tanza-
needle pointing away from the other nite), 12 mm Artemis crystal. Make
center trio. a wrapped loop (Basics).
[2] Pick up 25 As, and sew through [2] Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to
one or more beads in the other center the remaining end of the band, and exit
trio of up-beads, this time with your one of the two center trios of up-beads.
needle pointing toward the first trio. Pick up three As, sew through the
Note: You may wish to pick up cylin- wrapped loop, continue back through
ders that match the pattern in the the three cylinders, and sew into the
band, as in Josie’s moonlit toggle beadwork (photo b). Retrace the thread
ring (photo a). path, and end the thread. w
[3] Sew through the beadwork to exit
the first bead in the loop just formed.
Work a round of peyote stitch using
coordinating cylinders. Work another
round, this time picking up three 150s
per stitch. End the thread.

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THREE-DROP PEYOTE STITCH

Prancing
reindeer
bracelet

Deck yourself
with Rudolph
and friends.
designed by Josie Fabre

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Difficulty rating
110 cylinder beads
color A
color B
Materials
color C bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)
• 1 12 mm crystal rivoli button
(Swarovski #3015, crystal)
• 62 3 mm fire-polished beads
stepbystep (Czech, red)
• 110 Miyuki Delica cylinder
Bracelet band beads
[1] On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop - 12 g color A (DB0035,
bead (Basics, p. 80), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Start- galvanized silver)
ing at the lower-right corner of the pattern, pick up - 4 g color B (DB0022,
24 110 cylinder beads for rows 1 and 2: two color As, metallic bronze)
a B, and 21 As. - 1 color C (DB0602,
[2] Following the pattern, work in three-drop peyote silver-lined red)
stitch (Basics) using cylinders as indicated. End and • 1 g 150 seed beads
add thread (Basics) as needed while you stitch, and (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
end the working thread and tail when you complete • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or size D
the pattern. nylon beading thread
• beading needles, #12
Edging
[1] Add a comfortable length of thread to the band,
and exit an end edge bead.
[2] Pick up a 150 seed bead, a 3 mm fire-polished Josie Fabre
bead, and a 150. Skip the next two edge cylinders, and has been
sew down through the following edge cylinder. Sew beading for
through the beadwork to exit the same edge cylinder more than
with your needle pointing away from the beadwork. 10 years. She
Repeat this step for the length of the band. became hooked on peyote
[3] Sew through the beadwork to exit an end bead stitch and designing patterns
along the other edge, and repeat step 2 to embellish after she made several
this edge. End the thread. squares for the 2012 Bead-
It-Forward project. She is
Clasp a full-time scientist and
[1] Add 10 in. (25 cm) of thread to one end of the mother but beads every
band, and exit between the two center stitches in chance she gets. She is
the very last row. inspired by nature, art, and
[2] Pick up about 16 150s and a 12 mm crystal architecture. Contact her at
button, and sew back into the beadwork in the josie@fabres.net, or visit
same spot. Retrace the thread path through the www.josie.etsy.com.
button several times, and end the thread.
[3] Add 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread at the other end
of the band, and exit one-third of the way across
the end row. Pick up 21 cylinder beads, skip six www To watch a video
center beads in the end row, and sew through on working in three-drop
the next bead to form a loop. peyote, visit us at www.
[4] Turn, and work in regular peyote stitch back BeadAndButton.com/
across the loop, picking up one cylinder per stitch. videos.
Sew into the band, and then sew through the bead-
work to exit the last cylinder added with your needle
pointing away from the band and toward the loop. PATTERN
[5] Pick up three 150s, and sew through the next
up-bead in the peyote loop. Repeat this stitch around
the loop, and end the thread in the band. w

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PEYOTE STITCH

Snowflake
sashay Display a band of friendly
flurries with an easy pattern.
designed by Bobbie Yoakum

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Difficulty rating

110 cylinder bead, color A


110 cylinder bead, color B
150 seed bead
Materials
bracelet 71⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)
• 110 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
- 8 g color A (DB0609, dyed
silver-lined dark purple)
- 2 g color B (DB0200, white)
• 2 g 150 seed beads (white)
• 1 toggle clasp
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #12
c b a

FIGURE 1 Bobbie
Yoakum is a
retired math
stepbystep teacher who
found beading
Band in 1989. She
On a comfortable length of thread, attach taught and worked at
a stop bead (Basics, p. 80), leaving a 10-in. Margo Field’s bead shop in
(25 cm) tail. Pick up 21 color A 110 cylinder Albuquerque, New Mexico,
beads for rows 1 and 2. Reading the pattern for 11 years and now teaches
from top to bottom or bottom to top, work beading at various shops in
the band in flat odd-count peyote stitch that area. See another project
(Basics). End and add thread as needed by Bobbie on p. 22. Email
(Basics), but do not end the working thread her at bobbiecy@comcast.net.
or tail when you complete the band.

Clasp
[1] With the working thread, sew through the
beadwork to exit the fourth up-bead from one www To learn how to work
edge in the last row with your needle pointing in odd-count peyote, go to
toward the other edge (figure 1, point a). www.BeadAndButton.com/
[2] Pick up seven color A cylinders, half of videos.
the clasp, and three As, and sew through the
fourth A picked up in this step (a–b). This
forms a loop of beads through the clasp; snug
the loop to the first three As picked up. Pick
up three more As, skip three up-beads in the
last row of the band, and sew through the
following up-bead, which should be the
fourth up-bead from the other edge (b–c).
Retrace the thread path through the clasp
connection, and end the working thread.
PATTERN
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b
a f d c
e

FIGURE 2

[3] Remove the stop bead from the tail, and


work as in step 2 to attach the other half of
the clasp. End the tail.

Edging
[1] Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread to the band,
and exit the first A along one edge with your
needle pointing away from the band (figure 2,
point a).
[2] Pick up five 150 seed beads. Skip one A
along the edge of the band, sew through the
next edge A with your needle pointing toward
the band, and sew through the following edge
A with your needle pointing away from the
band (a–b).
[3] Repeat step 2 for the length of the band.
[4] Sew through the beadwork to exit the
last A along this edge (point c), and continue
through the last two 150s added in the last
edging stitch (c–d). Skipping the center 150
in the stitch, sew through the next two 150s
in the stitch (d–e). Pull the thread tight so the
center 150 forms a point. Sew through the
next two edge As in the band, and continue
through the following two 150s added in the
previous edging stitch (e–f).
[5] Continue sewing back through the edging
stitches, skipping the center 150s to form
points, as in step 4. End the thread.
[6] Repeat steps 1–5 on the other edge of
the band. w

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Two-
hole
Beads

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BEAD WEAVING

Waltzing waves bracelet


Ripples of SuperDuo beads fan out from a core of
pearls in this super-wearable summer accessory.

designed by Michelle Heim

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Difficulty rating
6 mm pearl

4 mm pearl Materials
turquoise bracelet 7¾ in. (19.7 cm)
2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo bead, color A • 15 6 mm glass pearls (Preciosa, cream)
• 13 4 mm glass pearls (Preciosa, cream)
2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo bead, color B
• 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
2 x 3 mm rondelle - 5 g color A (pastel aqua)
- 4 g color B (matte emerald)
110 seed bead
• 65 2 x 3 mm crystal rondelles (milky aqua)
• 1 g 110 seed beads (sparkling green-
lined topaz)
• 1 toggle clasp
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #11

red bracelet
• 6 mm glass pearls (red)
• 4 mm fire-polished beads, in place
of the 4 mm pearls (amethyst)
• 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2
- color A (Vega on jet)
- color B (pastel dark coral)
• 2 x 3 mm crystal rondelles (orange red)
• 110 seed beads (silver-lined amethyst)

a All materials for the turquoise and red


bracelets available from Beadalotta,
c
b (920) 322-1885, www.beadalotta.com.

d
purple bracelet
e • 6 mm glass pearls (deep purple)
• 5 mm round melon beads, in place of
the 4 mm pearls (Czech, opaque smoked
FIGURE 3
bronze luster; www.beadaholique.com)
• 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
- color A (pastel bordeaux)
stepbystep [3] Repeat step 2 for the desired length - color B (crystal gray rainbow)
bracelet. Our 7¾-in. (19.7 cm) finished • 2 x 3 mm crystal rondelles (clear and gold)
[1] On 3½ yd. (3.2 m) of thread, pick bracelet has a total of 15 fans. • 110 seed beads (Toho 993, gold-lined
up an 110 seed bead, a 2 x 3 mm ron- [4] With your thread exiting the last black diamond)
delle, five color A 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo rondelle, sew through the next 110
beads, a rondelle, an 110, and a 6 mm (figure 3, point a). Pick up three 110s
pearl. Sew through the first eight beads and the toggle ring, and sew back Michelle Heim started
again to exit the second rondelle, leav- through the third 110 just added (a–b). beading about 10 years
ing a 10-in. (25 cm) tail. Form the beads Pick up two 110s, and sew through the ago and quickly became
into a fan shape (figure 1). rondelle and 110 your thread exited at a bead addict. Two
[2] Pick up five As, a rondelle, an 110, the start of this step (b–c). Retrace the years later, she opened
a 6 mm, and an 110. Sew through the thread path of the clasp connection Beadalotta in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin,
rondelle your thread exited at the start several times. which she co-owns with her mother.
of this step, and continue through the [5] Sew through the beadwork as Michelle finds that the best way to
next six beads to exit the new rondelle. shown to exit the last A of the last fan design is to sit in a comfy chair and
Form the beads into a new fan (figure 2), (c–d). Sew through the open hole of just start picking up beads! Contact
which should be facing opposite the the last A (d–e). her at michelle@beadalotta.com, or
previous fan. visit www.beadalotta.com.

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DESIGNER’S NOTE
Keep your tension relatively
loose while stitching the
fans. The bracelet will snug
d up considerably as you add
subsequent embellishments.

www For more projects using


c
SuperDuos, visit our website at
a www.BeadAndButton.com, and
b search for “SuperDuo.”

FIGURE 4

[6] Pick up a color B 2.5 x 5 mm Super-


Duo, and sew through the open hole
of the next A (figure 4, a–b). Repeat this
stitch three times (b–c), and then sew
through the beadwork as shown to exit
the open hole of the nearest SuperDuo
in the next fan (c–d).
[7] Repeat step 6 for the length of the
bracelet. Do not end the working thread.
[8] With the tail, work as in step 4
to attach the toggle bar. Test the fit
of the toggle bar through the toggle
ring; if needed, pick up additional 110s
a
so that the bar will slide easily through
d the ring. End the tail (Basics, p. 80).
b e
[9] With the working thread, sew
c through the beadwork as shown
FIGURE 5
to exit the open hole of the last B
(figure 5, a–b).
[10] Pick up a rondelle, and sew
through the open hole of the next
B (b–c). Repeat this stitch twice (c–d).
Pick up an 110, a 4 mm pearl, and an
110, and sew through the open hole of
c the nearest B in the next fan (d–e).
[11] Repeat step 10 along this edge
of the bracelet until you exit the last B.
b Sew through the beadwork as shown
(figure 6, a–b). Pick up an 110, a ron-
delle, an 110, a rondelle, and two 110s,
and sew through the open hole of the
last B along the remaining edge of the
bracelet (b–c).
[12] Repeat step 10 for the remaining
a edge of the bracelet until you exit the
last B. Pick up two 110s, a rondelle,
an 110, a rondelle, and an 110, and
FIGURE 6
sew through the end 110 and rondelle.
End the working thread. w

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Spiky
LADDER STITCH / BEAD WEAVING

Tila bracelet
Bugle beads and drops spice up —
and spike up — this trendy bracelet.

designed by Kassie Shaw

This project begs to be toyed with. Work the


band with alternating colors of Tila beads and
bugles (as in the green bracelet), or choose a
monochromatic palette (as in the blue version).

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Difficulty rating c e

5 mm Tila bead, color A


Materials
green bracelet 61⁄4 in. (15.9 cm)
• 4–5 g 5 mm Tila beads in each 5 mm Tila bead, color B
a b d
of 2 colors:
FIGURE 1
- color A (Miyuki 2005, matte 6 mm bugle bead, color C
metallic copper) 6 mm bugle bead, color D
- color B (Miyuki 2035, matte khaki iris)
• 2 g 6 mm bugle beads in each 3.4 mm drop bead
of 2 colors:
- color C (Toho F463K, frosted matte 150 seed bead, color E
pink/green) 150 seed bead, color F c
a d
- color D (Toho 706, matte metallic teal)
• 2–3 g 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki 462,
metallic gold iris) b
• 1 g 150 seed beads in each of 2 colors:
- color E (Toho 703, matte Cabernet)
- color F (Miyuki 454, metallic dark plum)
• 1 3-strand slide clasp FIGURE 2
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #12
Add just a touch of biker chic with long bugle beads and
blue bracelet drop-bead embellishments. The width of the beadwork gives
• 9 mm bugle beads (Toho 705, matte
raku blue/plum iris) you the look of a cuff with the drape of a bracelet.
• 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 2001, matte
metallic blue-grey) stepbystep Spikes
• 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki 455, metallic [1] Add 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline to one
variegated blue iris) Band end of the band, and exit the first hole
• 150 seed beads: [1] On a comfortable length of Fireline, of an end B (figure 2, point a).
- color E (Miyuki 401FR, matte black AB) pick up a color A 5 mm Tila bead, a [2] Pick up two color D 6 mm bugle
- color F (Miyuki 452, metallic dark color B 5 mm Tila bead, an A, and a B. beads, sew down through the next hole
blue iris) Sew through all four Tila beads again to of the same Tila bead (a–b), and then
form a ring, sewing through the same sew up through the adjacent hole of
holes as before and leaving a 6-in. the following Tila bead (b–c). Pick up
www (15 cm) tail. Form the Tila beads into two color C 6 mm bugle beads, sew
To find more projects using Tila
beads, go to www.BeadAndButton.com, two stacks of two beads each (figure 1, down through the next hole of the same
and search for “Tila.” a–b). Sew through the open hole of both Tila bead, and then sew up through the
Tila beads in the last stack (b–c). adjacent hole of the following Tila bead
[2] Working in two-bead ladder stitch, (c–d). Repeat these two stitches for the
Kassie Shaw has been pick up a B and an A, and sew through length of the band, alternating between
designing and making the Tila beads in the previous stack and D and C 6 mm bugle beads, and then
jewelry and other bead the two Tila beads just picked up (c–d). sew through the beadwork to exit the
art since 2004. She Continue through the open hole of the end Tila bead along the opposite edge.
lives in western North two new Tila beads (d–e). Repeat this Repeat this step to add spikes to the
Carolina with her son and daughter, stitch, flip-flopping the A and B each other edge of the band. End the thread.
who also like to bead. She works time, until the band is ¼ in. (6 mm)
full time in payroll and accounting, short of the desired bracelet length.
and beading is her way to relax End and add thread (Basics, p. 80)
after work. Visit her website, as needed. End with an odd number of
www.beadingbutterfly.com, or email stacks of Tila beads. End the working
her at kassie@beadingbutterfly.com. thread and tail.

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a d

a
b

c e

FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4

Embellishment [4] Sew through a loop of the clasp,


[1] Add 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline pick up a drop bead, and sew back
to one end of the band, and sew up through the loop of the clasp and
through the first bugle bead along this the adjacent hole of the end Tila bead
edge with the needle pointing away (a–b). Repeat this stitch to attach the EDITOR’S
from the band (figure 3, point a). middle loop of the clasp (b–c), and NOTE
[2] Pick up two color F 150 seed then attach the third loop in the same Make a wider
beads, and sew through the adjacent manner, but sew back through the band by starting with
bugle bead (a–b). Pick up four color E adjacent Tila (c–d). Retrace the thread six Tila beads in step 1
150 seed beads, a 3.4 mm drop bead, path through the loops and drop beads of “Band,” and then work
and four Es. Cross the band diagonally, to secure the connection. step 2, but pick up three
and sew through the next bugle bead [5] Sew through the beadwork, exiting Tila beads in each stack.
on the other edge, with the needle the first unembellished bugle bead with In step 2 of “Embellishment,”
pointing away from the band (b–c). the needle pointing away from the pick up six 150s on each
[3] Repeat step 2 (c–d) for the length band (point e). side of the drop bead. Use
of the bracelet, zigzagging across the [6] Work as in steps 2–4, but instead a four-strand slide clasp
band, and exit the last bugle bead of picking up a new drop bead in step 2, for the closure.
along one edge with the needle point- sew through the existing drop bead to
ing toward the band (figure 4, point a). form an X across the center of the
band. End the thread. w

25 Beaded Bracelets 39
BEAD WEAVING

Diagonally
by Connie Whittaker
delightful
Surround two-hole seed beads with crystals
for a simple yet stunning bracelet.

You can use either SuperDuo or Twin stepbystep


two-hole beads for this bracelet, but
if using Twins, choose beads that are Bracelet base
similar in size and shape. We’ll refer to [1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, pick
the two-hole beads in the instructions up two 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads,
as SuperDuos and as having a left side a 150 seed bead, a 3 mm bicone crystal,
and a right side; orient your beads and a 150. Orient the SuperDuos as
accordingly. shown in figure 1, and sew down

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c Difficulty rating
c a
d a
b Materials
green bracelet 7¾ in. (19.7 cm)
b • 48 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
c a c b (P65455, opaque ultra green luster)
b a
• 96 3 mm bicone crystals
FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 (Swarovski, khaki)
• 1 g 150 seed beads (Toho 221,
c bronze)
a • 1 lobster claw clasp (gold)
b • 2 6 mm split rings (gold)
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #11 or #12

2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo bead purple bracelet


• 2.5 x 5 mm Twin beads (matte
3 mm bicone crystal
purple terra; www.agrainofsand.com)
150 seed bead • 3 mm bicone crystals
FIGURE 5 (Thunder Polish, purple light;
www.beadsnstitches.com)
through the left side of the first Super- Clasp • 150 seed beads (Miyuki 454,
Duo (a–b), leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. [1] Attach a 6 mm split ring to the dark plum iris; www.bellomodo.com)
Retrace the thread path (b–c). lobster claw clasp.
[2] Sew up through the right side of the [2] Pick up a 150 and a 3 mm, and blue bracelet
first SuperDuo and the right side of the sew down through the previous 150. • 2.5 x 5 mm Twin beads (matte
second SuperDuo (figure 2, a–b). Continue down through the left side Montana terra; www.agrainofsand.com)
[3] Sew up through the left side of of the previous SuperDuo, the right • 3 mm bicone crystals (Thunder Polish,
a new SuperDuo, pick up a 150 and side of the next SuperDuo, and the blue light; www.beadsnstitches.com)
a 3 mm, and sew down through the following 150 (figure 4, a–b). Pick up • 150 seed beads (Miyuki DBS0147,
first 150 added in step 1. Continue a 3 mm and a 150, sew up through the silver-lined chartreuse;
down through the left side of the right side of the last SuperDuo, and www.artbeads.com)
second SuperDuo and the right side continue through the next 150 (b–c).
of the first SuperDuo (b–c). [3] Pick up three 150s, the split ring copper bracelet
[4] Pick up a 150, a 3 mm, and a 150, with the lobster claw clasp, and three • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
and sew up through the right side of the 150s. Sew through the end 150, Super- (B9320, bronze red opaque luster;
second SuperDuo and the right side of Duo, and 150 (figure 5, a–b). Retrace www.bellomodo.com)
the new SuperDuo (c–d). the thread path of the clasp connection • 3 mm bicone crystals
[5] Sew up through the left side of a new (b–c), and end the working thread (Thunder Polish, orange opal;
SuperDuo, pick up a 150 and a 3 mm, and (Basics, p. 80). www.fun2bead.com)
sew down through the previous 150. [4] With the tail, sew through the near- • 150 seed beads (Toho PF557,
Continue down through the left side of est 150, and then pick up a 3 mm and a galvanized starlight;
the previous SuperDuo, the right side of 150. Sew up through the left side of the www.bellomodo.com)
the next SuperDuo, and the following first SuperDuo and the next 150.
150 (figure 3, a–b). [5] Repeat step 3 to attach the remain- Connie Whittaker is
[6] Pick up a 3 mm and a 150. Sew up ing split ring to the left side of the end
an associate editor at
through the right side of the next Super- SuperDuo. w
Bead&Button. Contact
Duo and the right side of the new
her at cwhittaker@
SuperDuo (b–c).
beadandbutton.com.
[7] Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the desired DESIGNER’S NOTE
length bracelet, ending with step 6. My You can substitute size 80 seed
73⁄4-in. (19.7 cm) bracelet has a total of beads for the 3 mm crystals.
48 SuperDuos.

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&
CROSSWEAVE

Fun
feathery
bracelet
designed by Thomasin “Alyx” Alyxander

Two-hole daggers stack


together beautifully to
drape around your wrist.

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g gg Difficulty rating
If you haven’t tried two- ff f
hole bricks or daggers d
e ee
dd

yet, here is your chance! Materials


Combine them with seed cc c red/black bracelet 61⁄4–6½ in.
beads for a lightweight (15.9–16.5 cm)
b • 18–20 5 x 16 mm two-hole dagger
bb
bracelet that’s quick and beads (Czech) in each of 2 colors:
a aa
easy to stitch up. A (opaque red Picasso), B (jet Picasso)
FIGURE 1 • 9–10 3 x 6 mm two-hole brick beads
(Czech, opaque jet)
stepbystep • 13–15 80 seed beads (Toho 221,
antique bronze)
Base • 1 g 110 seed beads (Toho 221,
[1] Thread two needles on 3 yd. (2.7 m) antique bronze)
of thread. Tie the ends of the thread • 1 2-strand tube or box clasp
together with a square knot (Basics, • Fireline, 6 lb. test, or size D conditioned
p. 80), leaving two 8-in. (20 cm) tails. nylon beading thread
Center the knot between the needles • beading needles, #10
so you’ll be working with doubled thread.
[2] With one needle, pick up an 80 pink/purple bracelet
seed bead, and center it over the knot. • 5 x 16 mm two-hole dagger beads (Czech):
[3] With one needle, pick up an 110 seed A (crystal/light pink), B (amethyst/white)
bead, the end hole of a color A 5 x 16 mm • 3 x 6 mm two-hole brick beads
dagger bead, an 80, and the end hole of FIGURE 2 (Czech, crystal twilight)
an A. With the other needle, pick up an • 80 seed beads (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
110, and cross through the A, 80, and the • 110 seed beads (Toho 26B, silver-lined
A picked up with the first needle (figure medium amethyst)
5 x 16 mm two-hole
1, a–b and aa–bb). Pull tight.
dagger bead, color A
[4] With each needle, pick up two All two-hole daggers and bricks from
110s, and sew through the open hole 5 x 16 mm two-hole Fusion Beads, www.fusionbeads.com.
of the same A your thread is exiting dagger bead, color B
(b–c and bb–cc).
[5] With one needle, pick up the end 3 x 6 mm two-hole brick bead
hole of two color B 5 x 16 mm dagger Thomasin “Alyx”
beads, and cross the other needle through 80 seed bead Alyxander enjoys
the Bs (c–d and cc–dd). Pull tight. 110 seed bead bead weaving, working
[6] With each needle, sew through with wire, stringing,
the open hole of the nearest B epoxy clays, and resin.
(d–e and dd–ee). [2] Pick up an 80, and sew through Contact her at ubeadquitous@
[7] With one needle, pick up a 3 x 6 mm a loop of a clasp. Continue back sbcglobal.net, or visit www.
brick bead, and cross the other needle through the 80 and the end hole of ubeadquitous.com.
through the same hole (e–f and ee–ff). the brick. Pick up an 80, and sew
Pull tight. through the other loop of the clasp.
[8] With both needles, cross through the Continue back through the 80 and EDITORS’S NOTE
open hole of the brick (f–g and ff–gg). the end hole of the brick (figure 2). You can use single thread instead
[9] Repeat steps 3–8 for the desired Retrace the thread path several times, of doubled thread if you prefer.
length bracelet, leaving approximately and end the thread. Just retrace the thread path
½ in. (1.3 cm) for the clasp. End the [3] To complete the clasp attachment as you stitch, or retrace it after
working threads and tails (Basics). on the other end of the base, work completing the base.
as in steps 1 and 2, but sew through
Clasp the end 110, 80, and 110 instead of
[1] Add 24 in. (61 cm) of thread a brick. w
(Basics) to the end of the base where
a brick is the final bead, and exit the
last hole of the end brick.

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PEYOTE STITCH / RIVETING

Pinwheel blossom
bracelet Stitch whirling petals around a crystal
chaton, and attach them to a leather
strap with easy-to-use rivets.
by Julia Gerlach

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c Difficulty rating
e

b
a Materials
110 seed bead d turquoise bracelet 6½ in. (16.5 cm)
• 3 SS39/8 mm crystal chatons
150 seed bead (Swarovski #1028, chrysolite opal)
• 10 4 x 8 mm piggy beads (mint Picasso)
• 5 4 x 3 mm crystal rondelles (frosted
Williamsburg blue sand)
• 5 3 mm drop beads (purple teal luster)
FIGURE 1
• 3 g 110 seed beads (Toho P487, silver
sage permanent galvanized)
• 1 g 150 seed beads (Toho F378J, gray/
bronze matte-lined AB)
• leather band (TierraCast, turquoise)
• clasp hook
• 5 6 mm compression rivets (TierraCast,
bronze)
• Fireline or Wildfire, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #12
• bench block or anvil
• hammer
a b • leather punch or other piercing tool
• marker
stepbystep with the cap on the inside of the band • rivet-setting tool (TierraCast)
and the indented end on the outside.
Leather band Place the cap on the stem, and gently
[1] Using a leather punch or other hammer it in place, leaving about 1⁄8 in. DESIGNER’S NOTE
piercing tool, make a hole about 1⁄8 in. (3 mm) between the leather and the If desired, substitute 4 mm round
(3 mm) from one end of the leather rivet cap (photo b). Repeat to set a rivet beads, like the crystal pearls below,
band. Measure about 7⁄8 in. (2.2 cm) into each of the side holes. Push the for the 4 x 3 mm crystal rondelles.
from the first hole, and make another three center rivets through the leather
hole. Slide the clasp onto the leather, so the cap is flush with the inside sur-
and fold the leather to align the holes. face of the band and the exposed stems
Slide the longer portion of a 6 mm com- are exiting the top surface.
pression rivet through the holes, from
the bottom to the top. Place the cap of Center flower
the rivet onto the stem, cover the rivet [1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, pick up
cap with the rivet-setting tool, and 10 110 seed beads. Wrap them around
strike it gently with a hammer several the stem of the center rivet, and tie them
times to compress the rivet (photo a). into a ring with a square knot (Basics,
[2] Wrap the band around your wrist p. 80), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew
to determine the desired finished length, through the next few beads. Julia Gerlach
keeping the length of the clasp in mind. [2] Pick up three 110s, skip the next 110 is the editor of
Cut the band about 1⁄2 in. (1.3 cm) in the ring, and sew through the follow- Bead&Button.
longer than this length. Repeat step 1 ing 110 (figure 1, a–b). Repeat this stitch Contact her
at this end of the band to create the to complete the round, and step up at jgerlach@
slot for the clasp catch. through the first two 110s in the first beadandbutton.com.
[3] Make a mark at the center of the stitch (b–c).
band, and then make a mark about [3] Pick up two 110s, and sew through
7⁄8 in. (2.2 cm) to each side of the center the center 110 in the next stitch of the www To watch videos of the
mark. Punch a hole at each mark. previous round (c–d). Repeat this stitch to basic techniques referenced in this
[4] Slide the stem of a rivet into the complete the round, and step up through story (plus other techniques!), visit
center hole, from top to bottom. This the first 110 added in this round (d–e). www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.
rivet will be installed “upside down,”

25 Beaded Bracelets 45
c d e

f g h

[4] Pick up an 110, and sew through the


next 110 in the previous round (figure 2,
c a–b). Repeat this stitch to add a total of
a 10 beads in this round (b–c).
d
[5] Work a round of peyote stitch
b (Basics) with 110s (c–d). End the tail
(Basics) but not the working thread.
[6] Place an 8 mm chaton into the
i
beadwork, centering it on the indented
end of the rivet, and hold it in place
while you work two rounds of peyote the following 150 and rondelle (photo f).
using 150 seed beads (figure 3). Pull the Push this entire round of beads back
beadwork snug to enclose the chaton. so it angles toward the leather band.
Work another round of 150s if desired. Sew through the center hole of the
FIGURE 2
[7] Sew through the beadwork to exit next piggy bead.
an 110 in the second round of 110s [10] Pick up a 3 mm drop, and sew
from the face of the chaton. Pick up two through the center hole of the next
4 x 8 mm piggy beads, sewing through piggy bead, the following rondelle, and
the outer hole of each so that their the center hole of the next piggy bead
convex sides are back to back, and sew (photo g). Repeat this stitch to complete
through the same 110 again (photo c). the round (photo h).
[8] Sew through the two piggy beads [11] Sew through the beadwork to exit
again. Pick up a 150, a 4 x 3 mm ron- an 110 in the second round from the
delle, a 150, and two piggy beads (in the face of the chaton. Pick up an 110, and
same way as in step 7). Skip the next sew through the next 110 in the round.
110 in the round, and sew through the Repeat this stitch to complete the round
following 110 in that round, with your (photo i), and end the thread.
needle pointing back toward the stitch
your thread is exiting (photo d). Sew Accent stones
through the two piggy beads again For each of the remaining rivets, repeat
(photo e), and snug up the beads. steps 1–6 of “Center flower,” and then
[9] Repeat step 8 three times, and then repeat step 11. w
FIGURE 3 pick up a 150, a rondelle, and a 150,
and sew through the two piggy beads
from the first stitch in the round and

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TWO-HOLE PEYOTE STITCH

Cobblestone
bangle

Stitch two-hole
lentils and tiles into
a textured pattern
inspired by Europe’s
ancient streets.

designed by Nichole Starman

25 Beaded Bracelets 47
6 mm tile bead
Difficulty rating b
6 mm lentil bead, color A

6 mm lentil bead, color B a c d

Materials 110 seed bead


2 ⁄ in. (5.7 cm) inner diameter
14 FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2
turquoise/blue bangle
• 26 6 mm CzechMates tile
beads (LR1006, luster iris
topaz)
• 6 mm CzechMates lentil beads
- 156 color A (CT6313,
turquoise copper Picasso)
- 104 color B (21135,
matte iris blue)
• 3 g 110 seed beads (Toho
FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5
995F, gold-lined frosted aqua)
• Wildfire or Fireline, 8 lb. test
• beading needles, #11
stepbystep ished size, work more or fewer bangle to even out the ten-
cream/gold bangle repeats. Each tile will add sion, making sure the lentils
• 6 mm CzechMates tile beads Round 1 5⁄16 in. (8 mm) to the length. move freely. End the working
(90215, bronze) [1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of [3] To add 110s and lentils thread and tail (Basics).
• CzechMates lentil beads thread, pick up a tile bead. to the other side of the
- color A (P14413, Sew through both holes, strand: Sew through the Subsequent rounds
opaque luster champagne) exiting the adjacent hole other hole of the last tile. [1] Attach a stop bead to
- color B (29270, halo linen) (figure 1) and leaving a 6-in. Repeat step 2 (figure 3), keep- 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, leaving
• 110 seed beads (Toho 989, (15 cm) tail. ing the thread tension equal a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew
gold-lined crystal) to the first side (photo a). through the inner hole (the
EDITOR’S TIP [4] Align the ends, making hole you already sewed
purple/copper bangle Work with the tiles flat sure the beadwork is not through) of a round 1 B len-
• 6 mm CzechMates tile beads on your work surface and twisted. Pick up an 110, a til. Pick up an 110, a color A
(90215, bronze) lined up as in figure 2. B lentil, and an 110. Sew lentil, and an 110, and sew
• 6 mm CzechMates lentil beads through the end hole of the through the inner hole of the
- color A (15726, [2] Pick up an 110 seed bead, last tile at the other end of next B lentil (figure 5). Repeat
luster transparent amethyst) a color B lentil bead, an 110, the strand. Pick up an 110, this stitch to complete the
- color B (K0177, and a tile (figure 2, a–b). Slide a B lentil, and an 110. Tie round. Do not sew through
matte metallic copper) to the previous tile but leave the working thread and tail the existing 110s. Retrace the
• 110 seed beads (Toho 928, one tile’s width between tiles. together with a square knot thread path through the
purple-lined rosaline AB; Keep the tension loose. Sew (Basics, p. 80), and sew round but don’t snug up the
www.artbeads.com) through the open hole of the through the other end tile thread. The rows should lay
tile just added (b–c). Repeat (figure 4). Gently stretch the flat and not curve or bunch.
this stitch (c–d) for a total
EDITOR’S NOTE of 26 tiles. The 110s and
Make sure both holes lentils should be loose. There
are open on all two-hole should be a tile at each end,
beads before use. and the beadwork should be
about 12 in. (30 cm) long,
which will create a bangle
with a 21⁄4-in. (5.7 cm) inner
a
diameter. To adjust the fin-

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FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7

b c

FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9

Attach a stop bead (photo b), bangle, adding color A lentils [6] Attach a stop bead to
and trim the excess thread to between the A and B lentils 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, leav-
6 in. (15 cm). added in the previous rounds ing a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and
[2] Work as in step 1 to (figure 7). Tighten the thread sew through the open hole of
add a round on the other to cinch up this edge of the an edge A lentil. Working as
side of the bangle (figure 6). bangle (photo d). Retrace in peyote stitch, zip (Basics)
Everything should lie flat the thread path through the the A lentils to the B lentils
without curving or bunching round, attach a stop bead, just added: Sew through the
(photo c). and trim the excess thread open hole of the next B lentil
[3] Attach a stop bead to 6 in. (15 cm). added in step 5 followed by FIGURE 10
(Basics) to 1 yd. (.9 m) [4] Repeat step 3 along the next A lentil. Repeat
of thread, leaving a 6-in. the other edge of the bangle around to join both edges of Nichole
(15 cm) tail. Sew through (figure 8). the bangle (figure 10). As you Starman has
the open hole of an A lentil [5] On one edge of the ban- zip up, pull the stop beads been designing
added in step 1. Pick up gle, work as in step 3 to add and tails out of the way. Czech glass bead
an A lentil, and sew through color B lentils between the A [7] Retrace the thread path shapes and colors
the open hole of the next lentils (figure 9). Do not add through the join, cinching since 2000. She has been
lentil. Repeat around the new lentils to the other side. up any slack. Tie half-hitch instrumental in creating and
knots in multiple places to marketing the CzechMates
set the tension. Remove all two-hole beading system.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO the stop beads, and end all Nichole enjoys designing
• The diameter cinches up as rounds are added, the remaining threads. w architectural pieces to
so plan ahead to make sure your bracelet will fit. highlight the textural and
• Do not tie threads for different rounds together. sculptural possibilities of
• Work both sides of the ring in each round before COLOR CUE CzechMates, particularly
moving to the next round. Use different colors in combination with Toho
• Always sew in the same direction around for the stop beads in seed beads. Contact her at
the bangle. each round to easily nichole@starmanbeads.com,
tell them apart. or visit www.czechbeads.com.

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BEAD WEAVING

Style
on the
square
designed by Shoshana Rubin
Construct a
sturdy cuff
with Tila beads,
seed beads,
and crystals.

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Difficulty rating

5 mm Tila bead

3 mm bicone crystal Materials


bronze cuff 27⁄8-in. (7.3 cm) diameter
110 seed bead • 282 (24 g) 5 mm Tila beads
(Miyuki 2006, metallic matte bronze)
• 52 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
light topaz)
a b c • 4 g 110 seed beads (Czech, pearl ivory)
• 3 g 150 seed beads (Toho 147, Ceylon
d light ivory)
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
FIGURE 1 • beading needles, #12
• E6000 adhesive
• Lacy’s Stiff Stuff beading foundation
• 2 round bracelet forms (such as a clip
from a spool of flexible beading wire)
• paper clips
c • chainnose pliers
b a
ivory cuff 31⁄8-in. (7.9 cm) diameter
FIGURE 2
• 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 2592, antique
ivory silk satin)
• 3 mm bicone crystals (Preciosa, honey)
• 110 seed beads (Czech, brown iris)
• 150 seed beads (Toho 83, metallic
a
bronze iris)

b c
f e d Shoshana Rubin
began beading several
FIGURE 3
years ago to fill the
tremendous hole in her
heart when she lost a
daughter in a car accident. She finds
Add a gentle curve to bands of square Tila beads with seed beading very fulfilling and consoling.
beads and crystals. Beading foundation creates a strong yet After a couple of years, she started
teaching a group of bereaved par-
lightweight core that lends structure to this elegant cuff. ents. She also teaches other groups,
like women’s organizations and
stepbystep Tila bead. Leaving a bicone crystal, and sew classes in an artisan craft store.
6-in. (15 cm) tail, sew through the open hole Shoshana lives in Israel. Contact
On many Tila beads, one through the other hole of of the next Tila bead her at shoshir100@gmail.com.
surface is more rounded the same Tila and the first (figure 2, a–b). Repeat
than the other. Try to hole again (figure 1, a–b). this stitch for the length
keep all the rounded sides [2] Pick up two 110 seed of the beadwork (b–c). www For more projects using
on the same surface of beads and a Tila bead [4] Pick up a Tila bead, Tila beads, visit our website,
each wall as you stitch. 26 times (b–c). Sew and sew through the www.BeadAndButton.com, and
The flat surface will be through both holes of second hole of the adja- search for “Tila.”
the outward-facing surface the last Tila, ending with cent Tila in the previous
of each wall. your thread exiting the row and the new Tila
second hole, pointing (figure 3, a–b).
Outer wall toward the other end [5] Pick up two 110s
[1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of of the beadwork (c–d). and a Tila bead, and sew
thread, pick up a 5 mm [3] Pick up a 3 mm through the second hole

25 Beaded Bracelets 51
FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5

a
FIGURE 6

of the next Tila in the previous End caps


row and the new Tila (b–c). [1] On 18 in. (46 cm) of
Repeat this stitch for the length thread, pick up two Tila beads,
of the beadwork, and then sew and sew through the same hole
through the open hole of the of the first Tila again, arrang-
last Tila added (c–d). ing the beads side by side and
[6] Pick up two 110s, and sew leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail
through the open hole of the (figure 4).
next Tila bead (d–e). Repeat [2] Pick up two Tila beads,
this stitch for the length of the and sew through the previous
beadwork (e–f). two Tilas and the first Tila just
b
[7] Work as in steps 4 and 5, picked up (figure 5). Repeat
but substitute a 3 mm for each (figure 6). End the threads.
pair of 110s. End and add [3] Make a second end cap.
thread (Basics, p. 80) as needed.
[8] Repeat step 6. End the Reinforcing
working thread and tail. [1] Cut a piece of beading
foundation that is slightly
Inner wall smaller than the outer wall.
Work as in “Outer wall,” but Apply a thin, even layer of
separate the Tilas with a 150 glue to one surface of the
seed bead instead of a pair foundation, and press it onto
of 110s or a 3 mm. the back of the beadwork.
Making sure the Tila beads
Side walls are flat and even, wrap the c
[1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, beadwork around the outside
work as in steps 1 and 2 of of the spool clip or other
“Outer wall,” but substitute bracelet form. Secure the
a 150 for each pair of 110s. beadwork to the form with
[2] Work as in step 3 of paper clips (photo a).
“Outer wall,” but substitute [2] Repeat step 1 with the
an 110 for each 3 mm. Your inner wall, but wrap the bead-
beadwork will begin to curve. work along the inside of the
[3] Work as in steps 4 and 5 other bracelet form (photo b).
of “Outer wall,” but substitute [3] Cut pieces of foundation
two 150s for each pair of 110s. that are slightly smaller than
[4] Work as in step 6 of the side walls and end caps,
d
“Outer wall.” End the threads. and glue one to the back
[5] Make a second side wall. surface of each component
(photos c and d). Allow all
the pieces to dry.

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e f g

Assembly bead on the end cap (photo g).


[1] Remove the inner and Your thread should be exiting
outer walls from the bracelet between two Tilas on the
forms. Add a new thread to end cap.
a side wall, and align the side [6] Sew under the nearest
wall with the inner wall. Sew thread bridge on the adjacent
through two corresponding wall (photo h), and then sew
Tila beads (photo e), and then through the next Tila in the
continue through the next seed end cap (photo i). Repeat to
bead and Tila. Repeat this stitch attach the end cap to the next
to connect the walls along their thread bridge.
entire lengths. You may need [7] Pick up a 150, and sew
h
to use chainnose pliers to grasp through the corresponding Tila
and pull your needle in some on the other side wall.
of the tight spaces. [8] Sew up through the next
[2] Repeat step 1 to connect hole of the Tila. Pick up a 150,
the other side wall to the and sew through all the Tilas in
inner wall. the end cap. Pick up a 150, and
[3] Connect the outer wall to sew through the corresponding
the side walls in the same way Tila in the first side wall.
(photo f). End any remaining [9] Repeat step 8.
threads. [10] Sew through the next
[4] Place an end cap over hole of the Tila. Repeat steps
the opening at one end of the 5–7 to attach the remaining
bracelet. Add a new thread to side of the end cap to the
one of the side walls, and exit corresponding walls. i
an end Tila bead. [11] Attach the other end
[5] Pick up a 150, and sew cap to the other end of the
through the adjacent Tila bracelet. w

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MODIFIED PEYOTE STITCH

SuperDuo
subtlety
Look closely to see the zigzagging lines of SuperDuos
in a monochromatic bracelet, or work in multiple colors
to really highlight the pattern.
designed by Svetlana Chernitsky

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Difficulty rating

2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo bead

3.4 mm drop bead


Materials
purple bracelet 7½ in. (19.1 cm)
110 seed bead • 14 g 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
(luster opaque amethyst)
• 3 g 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki 454,
metallic dark plum iris)
• 3 g 110 seed beads (Miyuki 4202,
Duracoat galvanized gold)
e • 1 2-strand toggle clasp
(www.firemountaingems.com)
• 8 4–5 mm jump rings (gold)
a
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #10
b • 2 pairs of chainnose, flatnose,
and/or bentnose pliers

d multicolor bracelet
Row 1 c
Row 2 • 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads
- 4 g color A (luster opaque amethyst)
- 3 g color B (light bronze pearl)
c
- 3 g color C (pastel lime)
- 4 g color D (chalk green luster)
• 3 mm drop beads (Toho 1627F,
b
opaque rainbow frosted khaki)
a
d • 110 seed beads (Miyuki 4202,
Duracoat galvanized gold)
e
FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3
DESIGN ALTERNATIVE
To make a four-color bracelet,
pick up the following beads in
stepbystep next SuperDuo in the previous row step 2: a color A 2.5 x 5 mm
(figure 2, a–b). SuperDuo bead, an 110 seed
The instructions below are for the single- • Pick up an 110 and a SuperDuo, and bead, two color B 2.5 x 5 mm
color bracelet. To adjust the steps to sew through the open hole of the next SuperDuo beads, an 110, two
make the four-color bracelet, see the SuperDuo in the previous row (b–c). color C 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo
Design Alternative at right. Repeat this stitch twice (c–d). beads, an 110, and three color D
• Pick up a SuperDuo (d–e). 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo beads.
[1] On 2½ yd. (2.3 m) of thread, attach [4] Work row 4 as follows: Continue working as in steps 3
a stop bead (Basics, p. 80), leaving a • Pick up an 110, a drop, and an 110, and 4, always picking up the
10-in. (25 cm) tail. and sew through the open hole of the color SuperDuo you are about
[2] Pick up a 2.5 x 5 mm SuperDuo last SuperDuo added in the previous to sew through. Then work
bead, an 110 seed bead, two SuperDuos, step (figure 3, a–b). steps 5–6, this time picking up
an 110, two SuperDuos, an 110, and • Pick up a SuperDuo, and sew through the color SuperDuo your thread
three SuperDuos. Orient the beads as the open hole of the next SuperDuo in is exiting. Repeat steps 3–6
shown in figure 1; the SuperDuos point- the previous row (b–c). in this alternating manner.
ing to the left will be row 1, and the • Pick up an 110 and a SuperDuo, and
SuperDuos pointing to the right will sew through the open hole of the next
be row 2. SuperDuo in the previous row (c–d). www To view videos of the
[3] Work row 3 as follows: Repeat this stitch twice (d–e). techniques referenced in this
• Pick up an 110, a 3.4 mm drop [5] Work row 5 as follows: story (plus other techniques!), visit
bead, an 110, and a SuperDuo, and • Pick up an 110, a drop, an 110, and www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.
sew through the open hole of the a SuperDuo, and sew through the open

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a e d
a

e
b
d b

c
c

c c

e
d a
b d b
a
e

FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7

hole of the last SuperDuo added [7] Repeat steps 3–6 for the desired [9] Complete the first row as follows:
in the previous step (figure 4, a–b). length bracelet minus the length of • Remove the stop bead from the tail.
• Pick up a SuperDuo and an 110, and the clasp, and end with row 6. Our • Pick up a SuperDuo, an 110, a drop,
sew through the open hole of the next 7½-in. (19.1 cm) finished bracelets and an 110, and sew through the
SuperDuo in the previous row (b–c). have 24 drop beads along each edge open hole of the SuperDuo just added
Repeat this stitch twice (c–d). at this stage. (figure 7, a–b).
• Pick up a SuperDuo (d–e). [8] Complete the last row as follows: • Pick up two 110s, and sew through
[6] Work row 6 as follows: • Pick up an 110, a drop, and two 110s, the open hole of the next SuperDuo
• Pick up an 110, a drop, and an and sew through the open hole of the in the previous row (b–c). Repeat this
110, and sew through the last Super- next SuperDuo in the previous row stitch three times (c–d).
Duo added in the previous step (figure 6, a–b). • Pick up an 110, and sew back through
(figure 5, a–b). • Pick up two 110s, and sew through the last SuperDuo (d–e) and a few more
• Pick up a SuperDuo and an 110, the open hole of the following Super- beads in the row. End the tail.
and sew through the open hole of the Duo (b–c). Repeat this stitch twice (c–d). [10] On one end of the bracelet,
next SuperDuo in the previous row • Pick up an 110, and sew back through use two 4–5 mm jump rings (Basics)
(b–c). Repeat this stitch twice (c–d). the last SuperDuo (d–e) and a few more to attach a toggle ring as shown in
• Pick up a SuperDuo, and sew through beads in the row. End the working photo a. On the other end of the bracelet,
the open hole of the next SuperDuo in thread (Basics). use six jump rings to attach the toggle
the previous row (d–e). bar as show in photo b. w

Svetlana Chernitsky
has been beading for eight
years and loves working
with two-hole beads. Email
her at lirigal@gmail.com,
or visit www.lirigal.com and
www.etsy.com/shop/lirigal.

a b

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Crystals,
Pearls &
Glass

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RIGHT-ANGLE WEAVE

Desert
flower
bracelet
See what blooms when you combine
fire-polished beads, seed beads, and
a sultry (or sophisticated) color palette.

designed by Rae Arlene Reller

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Difficulty rating

Materials
red/green bracelet* (seven flowers)
6¼ in. (15.9 cm)
• 7 6–7 mm round accent beads (unakite;
www.limabeads.com)
a b • 61 4 mm round fire-polished beads
(Czech CZ706, lime green;
www.happymangobeads.com)
• 112 3 mm round fire-polished beads
(Czech FP0216, hyacinth AB;
www.fusionbeads.com)
• 6 g 110 seed beads (Miyuki 313,
cranberry gold luster;
www.caravanbeads.net)
• 1 g 150 seed beads (Miyuki 1889,
transparent golden olive luster;
c d www.caravanbeads.net)
• 1 9⁄16-in. (1.4 cm) shank button (vintage;
antique brass)
• Nymo D beading thread or Fireline,
6 lb. test, conditioned with wax or
Thread Heaven
• beading needles, #12

*Seed beads and fire-polished beads


also available from Glass Garden Beads,
(507) 645-0301.
e f
blue/green bracelet (eight flowers)
stepbystep There may be thread showing where 7¼ in. (18.4 cm)
the accent bead attaches to the 4 mms, • 8 7 mm round accent beads (yellow
Flower band but this will be covered by the flower jasper)
[1] On a comfortable length of condi- petals in the following steps. • 73 4 mm round fire-polished beads
tioned thread (Basics, p. 80), pick up [4] Pick up three 110 seed beads, sew (Czech FP1955, Capri blue luster;
four 4 mm fire-polished beads, and tie through the 4 mm your thread is exiting www.fusionbeads.com)
them into a ring with a square knot to form a loop, and continue through • 64 3 mm round fire-polished beads in
(Basics), leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail. the next 4 mm in the stitch (photo d). each of 2 colors: A (turquoise Picasso;
Retrace the thread path through the Repeat this step three times to add a www.bellomodo.com), B (luster opaque
ring, and exit the 4 mm opposite the tail loop to each 4 mm in the stitch. green; www.redpandabeads.com)
(photo a). This is the first right-angle [5] With your thread exiting a 4 mm, • 7 g 110 seed beads (Toho 1207,
weave stitch. sew through the three 110s in its loop. marbled opaque turquoise blue;
[2] Using 4 mms, work a stitch of right- Pick up an 110, and sew through the www.artbeads.com)
angle weave (Basics), retrace the thread three 110s in the next loop (photo e). • 1 g 150 seed beads (Toho 123D,
path, and exit the first 4 mm added in Repeat this stitch three times to add dark beige opaque luster;
this step (photo b). an 110 between all of the loops. www.bellomodo.com)
[3] Pick up a 6–7 mm accent bead, and [6] Retrace the thread path through all • 1 9⁄16-in. (1.4 cm) shank button (plastic)
using a firm tension, sew through the the 110s and loops from step 5, pulling • Fireline, 6 lb. test
opposite 4 mm in the stitch. Sew back the thread tight to form a closed circle • beading needles, #12
through the accent bead and the 4 mm around the accent bead (photo f). Exit
your thread exited at the start of this the first 110 in a loop.
step (photo c). Retrace the thread path [7] Pick up two 110s, a 150 seed bead,
if needed to stabilize the accent bead. a 3 mm fire-polished bead, a 150, and

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g h i

j k l

two 110s. Sew through the 110 your


thread is exiting to form a loop, and
continue through the next two 110s
(photo g). Repeat this step seven times
to add a total of eight new loops
(photo h), but in the last loop repeat,
sew through only the 110 your thread
is exiting and one 110 following it.
[8] Working behind the loops added
in step 7, pick up three 110s, a 150,
a 3 mm, a 150, and three 110s. Sew m
through the 110 your thread is exiting
to form a loop, and continue through as needed while you stitch, but do not
the next two 110s. Repeat this step to end the working thread or tail when
add a total of eight new loops (photo i). you complete the band. Rae Arlene Reller
[9] Sew through the beadwork to exit is a self-taught beader
the 4 mm opposite the 4 mm shared Clasp who lives in Northfield,
by the first two right-angle weave [1] With the tail exiting the end 4 mm, Minnesota. She’s been
stitches (photo j shows this from the pick up three 110s, the shank of the beading for about 15
back). Work three right-angle weave button, and three 110s, and sew through years, and she works and teaches
stitches, retracing the thread path of the 4 mm your thread is exiting (photo l). at the Glass Garden bead store.
each. After retracing the third stitch, Retrace the thread path several times, Contact her at rareller@aol.com.
exit the first 4 mm added in the stitch and end the tail.
(photo k). [2] With the working thread exiting
[10] Repeat steps 3–9 for the desired the end 4 mm, pick up enough 110s www To watch a video on
length bracelet, ending with step 8, to fit around the button (about 24 working in right-angle weave, go to
and then work one more right-angle for a 9⁄16-in./1.4 cm button), and sew www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.
weave stitch. A bracelet with seven through the 4 mm your thread is exiting
flowers will measure 6¼ in. (15.9 cm) (photo m). Retrace the thread path
once the clasp is added, and a bracelet several times, and end the thread. w
with eight flowers will measure 71⁄4 in.
(18.4 cm). End and add thread (Basics)

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ONE- AND TWO-DROP PEYOTE STITCH / BEAD WEAVING

Chessboard
Show off Swarovski
chessboard crystals
on a band of one- and
two-drop peyote stitch.
bracelet
designed by Melissa Grakowsky Shippee

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Difficulty rating

Materials
silver bracelet 61⁄4 in. (15.9 cm)
• 4 12 mm crystal chessboard flat-back
squares (Swarovski, aqua/glacier)
• 32 4 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski,
creamrose light)
• 32 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
Siam AB 2X)
• 16 2 mm glass pearls (Czech, white) FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4
• 110 cylinder beads
- 6 g color A (Toho Treasure 711, tar-
nished silver; www.shipwreckbeads.com) [9] Pick up a color E 150 seed bead,
- 1 g color B (Toho Treasure 405, a 3 mm bicone crystal, and an E, and
silver-lined black diamond; sew through the next three Cs. Repeat
www.shipwreckbeads.com) this stitch three times, but in the last
• 2 g 110 seed beads, color C (Toho 554F, repeat, exit the center D in the three- 12 mm crystal
permanent finish lilac galvanized matte; bead set (figure 9). chessboard square
www.bellomodo.com) [10] Pick up a 2 mm pearl, and sew
• 150 seed beads through the center D in the next three-
- 1 g color D (Toho 2101, ivory opal bead set (figure 10, a–b). Pick up a color 4 mm pearl
silver lined) F 150 seed bead, a 4 mm pearl, and an F,
- 1 g color E (Toho 558, permanent finish and sew through the second D in the next 3 mm bicone crystal
galvanized silver) four-bead set (b–c). Pick up a 2 mm, and
- 2 g color F (Toho 505, higher metallic sew through the third D in the next four- 2 mm pearl
dragonfly; www.beadaholique.com) bead set (c–d). Pick up an F, a 4 mm, and 110 cylinder bead, color A
- 2 g color G (Toho 711, nickel-plated an F, and sew through the center D in
silver) the next three-bead set (d–e). 110 cylinder bead, color B
• 2 1⁄4-in. (6 mm) garment snaps [11] Work as in step 10 to make a 110 seed bead, color C
• Fireline, 4 lb. test mirror image around the other half 150 seed bead, color D
• beading needles, #12 of the crystal, and then sew through
150 seed bead, color E
the beadwork to exit at point f.
topaz bracelet [12] Pick up seven Fs, skip the 4 mm, 150 seed bead, color F
• 12 mm crystal chessboard flat-back and sew through the next F. Push the
squares (Swarovski, golden shadow) seven-bead loop down so it sits below
• 4 mm pearls (Czech, powder olive) the 4 mm. Pick up two Fs, and sew through the beadwork to exit the first
• 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, through the next three Cs. Pick up two two Cs picked up in step 1 (d–e).
sand opal AB 2X) Fs, and sew through the F before the [3] Pick up an E, a 3 mm, and an E,
• 3 mm magatamas in place of the 2 mm next 4 mm. Repeat these stitches three and sew through the center C in the
pearls (Toho 1627, matte opaque times to complete the round (figure 11). next three-bead set. Repeat this stitch
khaki AB) three times to complete the round,
• 110 cylinder beads Hollow embellishment and step up through the first E and
- color A (Toho Treasure 221, bronze) [1] Sew through the beadwork to exit 3 mm added in this round (figure 13).
- color B (Toho Treasure 222, copper) the pair of Bs in row 31 of the base with [4] Pick up an E, and sew through the
• 110 seed beads, color C (Toho 750, your needle pointing toward the second next 3 mm. Repeat this stitch three
metallic copper penny) pair of Bs in this row. Pick up three Cs, times, and continue through the next
• 150 seed beads an F, a 4 mm, an F, and three Cs, and E and the last two Cs in the next three-
- color D (Toho 222, metallic dark sew through the second pair of Bs in bead set picked up in step 1. Your
copper; www.artbeads.com) this row (figure 12, a–b). needle should be pointing toward a side
- color E (Toho 995, dichroic-lined aqua [2] Sew through the beadwork to exit of the embellishment that does not have
blue rainbow; www.artbeads.com) the corresponding pair of Bs in row 35 a 4 mm (figure 14).
- colors F and G (Toho 994, gold-lined (b–c), and work as in step 1, exiting the
rainbow crystal; www.artbeads.com) first pair of Bs in the row (c–d). Sew [5] Pick up an F, a 4 mm, and an F,
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b d a c e

e
a c b d
FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6

f
b a f a

c g

d e d e
FIGURE 7 FIGURE 8

and sew through the first and third Cs to create a picot, and continue up through
in the next three-bead set. Continue Snap closure the following edge bead. Repeat this
through the following F, 4 mm, F, and [1] Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the stitch once.
the first and third Cs in the next three- starting end of the base. Position one [3] Sew down through the next edge
bead set (figure 15, a–b). half of a snap closure on the back of bead and up through the following edge
[6] Work as in step 5 to make a mirror the base within 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) of the end. bead twice without adding any beads.
image around the other half of the Stitch the snap to the base. Repeat to You will be stitching behind the three
embellishment, and then sew through attach half of the other snap closure Cs added in the crystal square embel-
the beadwork to exit the first F picked on this end. The two snaps should sit lishment, and there will be one cylinder
up in step 5 (b–c). side by side. End the thread. between the embellishment and the
[7] Pick up six Fs, skip the 4 mm, and [2] Work as in step 1 to attach the bead your thread is exiting.
sew through the next F. Pick up two Fs, remaining halves of the snap closures [4] Work as in step 2 to add nine picots
and sew through the following F. Repeat to the top side of the other end of the along this edge, and then work as in
these stitches three times to complete base, making sure they line up with the step 3 to stitch behind the next crystal
the round (figure 16), and sew through snaps on the starting end. Test the fit square embellishment. Continue in this
the beadwork to exit the next edge B before securing the clasps and ending manner to complete this edge, and end
in the base. the thread. the thread.
[8] Work the steps for “Crystal square [5] Work as in steps 1–4 for the remain-
embellishment” and “Hollow embellish- Edging ing edge of the bracelet. w
ment” for the length of the base, work- [1] Add a comfortable length of thread
ing the motifs off of subsequent Bs and to the starting end of the bracelet, and
leaving the last 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) of the base exit the first bead along one edge.
unembellished for the snap closure. [2] Pick up three color G 150 seed beads,
End the thread. sew down through the next edge bead

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a

e
b
f d
c

FIGURE 9 FIGURE 10

a
e

FIGURE 11 FIGURE 12

[9] Pick up a color E 150 seed bead, Hollow embellishment


a 3 mm bicone crystal, and an E, and [1] Sew through the beadwork to exit
sew through the next three Cs. Repeat the pair of Bs in row 31 of the base with
this stitch three times, but in the last your needle pointing toward the second
repeat, exit the center D in the three- pair of Bs in this row. Pick up three Cs,
bead set (figure 9). an F, a 4 mm, an F, and three Cs, and
[10] Pick up a 2 mm pearl, and sew sew through the second pair of Bs in
through the center D in the next three- this row (figure 12, a–b).
bead set (figure 10, a–b). Pick up a color [2] Sew through the beadwork to exit
F 150 seed bead, a 4 mm pearl, and an F, the corresponding pair of Bs in row 35
and sew through the second D in the next (b–c), and work as in step 1, exiting the
four-bead set (b–c). Pick up a 2 mm, and first pair of Bs in the row (c–d). Sew
sew through the third D in the next four- through the beadwork to exit the first
FIGURE 13
bead set (c–d). Pick up an F, a 4 mm, and two Cs picked up in step 1 (d–e).
an F, and sew through the center D in [3] Pick up an E, a 3 mm, and an E,
the next three-bead set (d–e). and sew through the center C in the
[11] Work as in step 10 to make a next three-bead set. Repeat this stitch
mirror image around the other half three times to complete the round,
of the crystal, and then sew through and step up through the first E and
the beadwork to exit at point f. 3 mm added in this round (figure 13).
[12] Pick up seven Fs, skip the 4 mm, [4] Pick up an E, and sew through the
and sew through the next F. Push the next 3 mm. Repeat this stitch three
seven-bead loop down so it sits below times, and continue through the next
the 4 mm. Pick up two Fs, and sew E and the last two Cs in the next three-
through the next three Cs. Pick up two bead set picked up in step 1. Your
Fs, and sew through the F before the needle should be pointing toward a side
next 4 mm. Repeat these stitches three of the embellishment that does not have
times to complete the round (figure 11). a 4 mm (figure 14). FIGURE 14

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b

a
c

FIGURE 15

Snap closure
[1] Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the
starting end of the base. Position one
half of a snap closure on the back of
the base within 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) of the end.
Stitch the snap to the base. Repeat to
attach half of the other snap closure
on this end. The two snaps should sit
side by side. End the thread.
[2] Work as in step 1 to attach the
remaining halves of the snap closures
to the top side of the other end of the
base, making sure they line up with the
FIGURE 16 snaps on the starting end. Test the fit
before securing the clasps and ending
the thread.

[5] Pick up an F, a 4 mm, and an F, Edging


and sew through the first and third Cs [1] Add a comfortable length of thread
in the next three-bead set. Continue to the starting end of the bracelet, and Melissa Grakowsky
through the following F, 4 mm, F, and exit the first bead along one edge. Shippee teaches bead-
the first and third Cs in the next three- [2] Pick up three color G 150 seed beads, ing workshops interna-
bead set (figure 15, a–b). sew down through the next edge bead tionally and contributes
[6] Work as in step 5 to make a mirror to create a picot, and continue up through regularly to books and
image around the other half of the the following edge bead. Repeat this magazines. She has won awards
embellishment, and then sew through stitch once. for her bead artistry, including gold
the beadwork to exit the first F picked [3] Sew down through the next edge and silver grand prizes and a Fire
up in step 5 (b–c). bead and up through the following edge Mountain Gems and Beads People’s
[7] Pick up six Fs, skip the 4 mm, and bead twice without adding any beads. Choice award, as well as an award in
sew through the next F. Pick up two Fs, You will be stitching behind the three Bead&Button’s BeadDreams compe-
and sew through the following F. Repeat Cs added in the crystal square embel- tition. In addition, she is the author
these stitches three times to complete lishment, and there will be one cylinder of the book I Can Herringbone.
the round (figure 16), and sew through between the embellishment and the To view more of Melissa’s designs,
the beadwork to exit the next edge B bead your thread is exiting. visit www.mgsdesigns.net.
in the base. [4] Work as in step 2 to add nine picots
[8] Work the steps for “Crystal square along this edge, and then work as in
embellishment” and “Hollow embellish- step 3 to stitch behind the next crystal
ment” for the length of the base, work- square embellishment. Continue in this
ing the motifs off of subsequent Bs and manner to complete this edge, and end www To watch videos on the
leaving the last 3⁄8 in. (1 cm) of the base the thread. techniques referenced in this story
unembellished for the snap closure. [5] Work as in steps 1–4 for the remain- (plus other techniques!), go to
End the thread. ing edge of the bracelet. w www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.

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CROSSWEAVE

Sparkle
check
Make a checkerboard
bracelet with alternating
crystal dazzlers.
designed by Giorgia Scardini

This bracelet works up quickly, starting with a crossweave base and stitch, sew through the bead-
finishing with alternating four-squares of bicone crystals. Change the work with both needles to
exit opposite ends of a side
width of the cuff to make it as dainty or deluxe as you like. group of four As (figure 3,
a–b and aa–bb).
stepbystep line, and cross both needles As picked up with the first [5] With the top needle, pick
through the last four 110s needle (figure 2). up 12 As. With the bottom
Base to form a square (figure 1). [3] Repeat step 2 for the needle, cross through the last
[1] Thread a needle on each [2] With one needle, pick desired length of the bracelet. four As just picked up (b–c
end of a comfortable length up eight As. With the other The bronze/silver bracelet and bb–cc).
of Fireline. Center 16 color A needle, pick up four As, and above is 23 stitches long. [6] With the right-hand nee-
110 seed beads on the Fire- cross through the last four [4] After completing the last dle, pick up eight As. With the

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aa a Difficulty rating
bb

Materials
b bronze/silver bracelet 71⁄4 in.
c (18.4 cm)
cc
• 276 4 mm bicone crystals
FIGURE 1
(Swarovski, comet argent light)
• 110 seed beads
- 15 g color A (Toho 221, bronze)
4 mm bicone crystal - 1 g color B (Toho 711, nickel)
• 1 6-strand slide clasp
110 seed bead, color A FIGURE 2
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
110 seed bead, color B • beading needles, #12
FIGURE 3

ADAPT IT
For a more casual look,
make this bracelet nar-
rower (stitch fewer rows
and use a smaller clasp)
or use pearls instead of
crystals.

dd d
aa a Giorgia
Scardini was
born in Rome.
She is a multi-
cc media artist who now lives
c
b bb in Pleasant Hill, California,
with her husband, son,
bb b and dog. To see more
of her work or contact
Giorgia, visit her website,
a aa www.giorgiajewelry.com.

FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5

left-hand needle, sew through Embellishment [3] Sew through the base [7] Place half of a clasp
the next four As in the previ- and clasp with both needles to skip along the end of the base
ous row, and cross through [1] Center a comfortable a stitch (c–d and cc–dd). your threads are exiting.
the last four As just picked length of Fireline through [4] Repeat steps 2 and 3 With either thread, sew
up (figure 4, a–b and aa–bb). four As in a corner stitch. for the length of the row. through the base to exit
[7] Repeat step 6 for the [2] With each needle, pick [5] Sew through the base an A nearest the first loop
length of the base. up a 4 mm bicone crystal. to exit a stitch in the next of the clasp. Sew through
[8] Repeat steps 4–7 to With one needle, pick up row that is offset from the the loop, sew back into the
make a total of six rows. a color B 110 seed bead, last stitch you embellished base, and retrace the thread
End the threads (Basics, and cross the other needle in the previous row. Work path through the loop. Attach
p. 80) as needed, and add through it (figure 5, a–b and as in steps 2 and 3 to embel- the other loops in the same
a new thread by centering aa–bb). With each needle, lish this row. manner, and end the threads.
it through the last four As pick up a 4 mm, and cross [6] Continue to embellish Add a new thread to the
added. End the threads both needles through the the remaining rows, follow- other end of the base, and
when you complete the base. opposite four As in the same ing the established pattern. attach the other half of the
base stitch (b–c and bb–cc). End and add thread as needed. clasp. w

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TWO-DROP PEYOTE STITCH

Rondelle rendition
bracelet
Jazz up a peyote band with sparkling embellishments
and a delicate picot edging.
designed by Beth Moser

stepbystep You will have four pairs of up-beads [3] Sew through the beadwork to exit
in each row. the third A picked up in row 4. Pick
Band [3] Work as in step 2 to create a band up six As, and sew through the third A
[1] On a comfortable length of thread, that is 1-in. (2.5 cm) shorter than the picked up in row 3 to form a loop (h–i).
attach a stop bead (Basics, p. 80), leav- desired length of the bracelet, ending Retrace the thread path through the
ing a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Pick up 16 and adding thread (Basics) as needed. loop several times, and end the thread.
color A 110 seed beads. These beads [4] Remove the stop bead, and repeat
will shift to form the first two rows Tabs steps 1–3 with the tail on the other
as the next row is added. [1] To work row 1 of the tab: Sew end of the band.
[2] Work row 3 in two-drop peyote through the beadwork to exit the first
stitch as follows: Pick up two As, skip pair of up-beads in the last row with Embellishments
the last two As in the previous row, the needle pointing toward the opposite [1] Add a comfortable length of thread
and sew through the next two As edge (figure 1, d–e). Work two stitches to the band, and exit the pair of edge As
(figure 1, a–b). Repeat this stitch three in two-drop peyote (e–f). in row 2 with the needle pointing toward
times to complete the row (b–c). [2] Work rows 2–4 as in row 1 (f–g). the opposite edge. Pick up two 150 seed

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g h i
row 3 row 4
row 2
tab row 1
e f Materials
d turquoise bracelet 61⁄2 in. (16.5 cm) *
• 30–35 3 x 4 mm fire-polished rondelles
(Czech, bronze)
• 110 seed beads
- 6–7 g color A (Miyuki 412D, turquoise
row 8 blue opaque)
row 7 row 6
row 5 - 2 g color B (Miyuki 457G, bronze
row 4
row 3 c metallic)
b a • 2 g 110 triangle beads (Toho 378A, light
aqua/bronze lined)
FIGURE 1 • 2 g 150 seed beads (Miyuki 457G,
bronze metallic)
• 2 6 mm jump rings (antique brass)
• 1 lobster claw clasp (antique brass)
• nylon beading thread, such as One-G
• beading needles, #10 or #11
c
row 8 • 2 pairs of pliers
row 7
d row 6
b row 5 row 4 optional extension chain
row 3 row 2
row 1 • 1 in. (2.5 cm) chain (antique brass)
a • 1-in. (2.5 cm) head pin (antique brass)
• roundnose pliers
• wire cutters

green bracelet
FIGURE 2 • 3 x 4 mm fire-polished rondelles
(Czech, bronze)
• 110 seed beads
- color A (Miyuki F374M, jonquil/green
beads, two As, an 110 triangle bead, aqua matte lined)
a 3 x 4 mm rondelle, a triangle, two As, - color B (Miyuki 457G, dark brown
3 x 4 mm rondelle
and two 150s, and sew through the pair metallic luster)
of edge As in row 3 (figure 2, a–b). 110 seed bead, color A • 80 seed beads, in place of triangle beads
[2] Sew through the beadwork to exit 110 triangle bead
(Czech, green AB)
the pair of edge As in row 7 (b–c). Pick • 150 seed beads (Miyuki 457G, dark
up the bead pattern established in step 1, 150 seed bead brown metallic luster)
and sew through the pair of edge As in
row 6 (c–d). *All beads for the turquoise bracelet
[3] Continue to work as in steps 1 Clasp available at www.beyondbeadery.com.
and 2 for the remainder of the band, [1] Open a 6 mm jump ring (Basics),
skipping an edge row between each and attach the lobster claw clasp to
pair of embellishments. End and add the loop at one end of the bracelet. Beth Moser is an
thread as needed. [2] Open a 6 mm jump ring, and award-winning bead
[4] Sew through the beadwork to exit attach it to the loop at the other end designer. She never
an A along one edge of the band. Pick of the bracelet. sketches her designs but
up three color B 110 seed beads, sew [3] Optional chain and dangle embel- visualizes them as she
down through the next edge A, and sew lishment: Attach a 1-in. (2.5 cm) piece stitches. To see more of her work, visit
up through the following A. Repeat this of chain to the jump ring from step 2. www.bethmoserdesigns.etsy.com or
stitch for the length of this edge. Sew On a head pin, string a rondelle, and www.facebook.com/bethmoserdesigns.
through the beadwork to the other edge, make the first half of a wrapped loop Contact her at cabmoser@verizon.net.
and repeat this step. End the thread. (Basics). Attach the available end of the
chain, and complete the wraps. w

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HERRINGBONE STITCH / BEAD WEAVING

Fanciful
bangle
Embellish a
herringbone
bangle with
a whimsical
assortment
of beads from
your stash.
designed by Jayashree Paramesh

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a b
FIGURE 1
c Materials
b green/purple bangle 21⁄4-in. (5.7 cm)
d inside diameter
• 32 4 mm fire-polished beads (Czech,
a c
opaque lime green)
• 96 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
b a astral pink AB)
FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 • 96 2 mm round beads (hematite)
• 20 g 100 triangle beads (Miyuki 0484,
purple-lined transparent amethyst)
4 mm fire-polished bead • 3 g 110 seed beads in each of 3 colors:
- color A (Czech, lime green)
100 triangle bead - color B (Czech, antique gold)
- color C (Czech, peach-lined amber)
110 seed bead, color A
• 3 g 150 seed beads (Czech, antique gold)
110 seed bead, color B • 8–9 in. (20–23 cm) 4 mm rubber cord
150 seed bead • Fireline, 8 lb. test
• beading needles, #10 and #12

This bangle is a textural delight, with smooth seed beads, blue/pink bangle
faceted fire-polished accents, bicones, triangle beads, and • 4 mm fire-polished beads (Czech,
blue turquoise)
any other shapes you can find a place for! Go bold with • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
contrasting colors, as in the green/purple bangle. air-blue opal)
• 80 seed beads, in place of 2 mm round
stepbystep beads (Miyuki 592, ivory pearl Ceylon)
[3] Repeat step 2 to make a strip long • 100 triangle beads in 2 colors:
This bangle is made using a very firm enough to fit around the widest part top strip (Miyuki 1529, sparkle light blue
tension throughout. of your hand, ending and adding thread lined), bottom strip (Miyuki 51667, pink-
(Basics) as needed. Our strip is 96 rows lined transparent amethyst)
Herringbone bangle long and measures 9½ in. (24.1 cm). • 110 seed beads in 3 colors:
Bottom herringbone strip This makes a bangle with a 21⁄4-in. - color A (Miyuki 1457, dyed emerald
[1] On a comfortable length of thread (5.7 cm) inside diameter. To increase silver-lined dark sapphire)
and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, work or decrease the diameter, add or omit - color B (Miyuki 592, ivory pearl Ceylon)
in ladder stitch (Basics, p. 80) to make rows in multiples of three. - color C (Miyuki 395C, raspberry-lined rose)
a four-bead ladder using 100 triangle [4] Join the ends of the strip: Make sure • 150 seed beads (Miyuki 352, fuchsia-lined
beads (figure 1, a–b). Zigzag back the strip is not twisted, and zigzag back aqua luster)
through the ladder to line up the beads and forth through the triangles in the
evenly (b–c). Your thread should be last row and the first row. Retrace the
exiting the first bead opposite the tail. thread path of the join (figure 3), and Jayashree Paramesh
This forms the first row of the bottom end the working thread and tail. was introduced to the
herringbone strip. world of beads through
[2] Work in flat herringbone stitch as Top herringbone strip a bead-embroidery
follows: Pick up two triangles, sew down Beginning with a six-bead ladder, work class she took while
through the next bead in the previous as in steps 1–3 of “Bottom herringbone a student at Parsons School of Design.
row (figure 2, a–b), and sew up through strip” to make another strip with the She is inspired by fine jewelry and
the following bead (b–c). Pick up two same number of rows. Do not join the loves to use gold or silver alongside
triangles, and sew down through the ends or end the working thread. crystals and gemstones in her designs.
next bead in the previous row. To make To see more of her work, visit
the turn and get into position to start Cord www.nchantme.com, or contact
the next row: Pick up a color A 110 Cut a piece of 4 mm rubber cord her at jay@nchantme.com.
seed bead, and sew up through the last to the same length as the bottom
triangle in the new row (c–d). herringbone strip.

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bottom
top strip
strip
a b c

d e f

Assembly top strip. Place the rubber cord between Edges


Note: For clarity, the ends of the bottom the two strips (photo c), and work as in [1] Sew through the next few triangles
herringbone strip have not yet been step 2 to join the edges. Trim the rubber in the adjacent column of the outer stack
joined in photos a–d. cord as needed. so your needle is exiting a triangle that
[1] Lay the top strip on top of the [5] Join the ends of the top strip as in falls between the gaps of the “Center
bottom strip with one edge aligned step 4 of “Bottom herringbone strip.” embellishment.” Pick up a 150, a color C
and the angle of the beads in each End all remaining threads. 110 seed bead, and a 150, skip the next
strip pointing in the same direction. triangle in the stack, and sew through
[2] To join the aligned edges: With Embellishments the following triangle in the same stack
the thread exiting any edge triangle Center (photo e). Repeat this stitch to complete
in the top strip, sew through an edge [1] Position the bangle so the beads the round.
triangle in the bottom strip (photo a) in the center herringbone stack on the [2] Sew through the beadwork to exit
Skip the next edge triangle in the top top of the bangle are angled toward the corresponding triangle on the other
strip, and sew through the following the outside edges. Add a comfortable outer stack, and repeat step 1.
edge triangle in the top strip (photo b). length of thread to the bangle, and [3] Referring to photo f for placement,
Skip the next edge triangle in the bot- exit a triangle in a column of the sew through the beadwork to exit an A
tom strip, and sew through the follow- center stack (figure 4, point a). added in step 2 of “Bottom herringbone
ing edge triangle in the bottom strip. [2] Pick up a 150 seed bead, a color strip.” Pick up a 2 mm bead, and sew
[3] Continue to work as in step 2 B 110 seed bead, a 4 mm fire-polished through the next A along the bottom strip
to join the two strips along this edge. bead, a B, and a 150. Cross the stack edge. Repeat to complete the round, and
Note: You may need to push the As diagonally, skip the next row, and step up through the adjacent A added in
out of the way in order to sew through sew through the opposite triangle in “Top herringbone strip.”
the edge triangles. When you have the following row (a–b and photo d). [4] Pick up a 3 mm bicone crystal, and
joined the two strips, the As in the top [3] Without picking up a bead, sew sew through the next A along the top
strip will rest on top of the As in the through the opposite triangle in the strip edge. Repeat this stitch to complete
bottom strip. next row (b–c). the round.
[4] Sew through the beadwork to exit [4] Repeat steps 2–3 to complete [5] Sew through the beadwork to exit
a triangle along the other edge of the the round, ending and adding thread an A in the bottom strip along the other
as needed. edge of the bangle, and repeat steps 3
and 4. End the thread. w

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ST. PETERSBURG CHAIN Stitch layers of offset
leaves in a bracelet

Leaf
inspired by the crochet
technique known as
crocodile stitch.

motif
bracelet
by Julia Gerlach

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e c
a

d c b a c
a
b

FIGURE 1 FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 FIGURE 7

d c
b
a

a
c

FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9 FIGURE 10 FIGURE 11

stepbystep [5] Continue in herringbone using [6] Pick up four A 110s, and sew
B 3 mms for 17 more rows. Work a through the first two beads again so
Base ladder stitch thread path through the the third and fourth beads form an
[1] On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread and last row without adding any beads. adjacent column. Slide the new beads
leaving an 18-in. (46 cm) tail, work End the working thread (Basics) but tight to the existing chain (figure 4).
in ladder stitch (Basics, p. 80) using not the tail. [7] Pick up an A 150, and sew back
color B 3 mm fire-polished beads to through the next three 110s in the same
make a ladder that is eight beads wide. Leaves column (figure 5, a–b).
[2] Working in flat herringbone stitch First row [8] Pick up an A 3 mm, and sew through
(Basics), work 17 rows with B 3 mms, [1] Add a comfortable length of thread the two 110s in the new column (b–c).
using three color A 150 seed beads to (Basics) at one end of the base, exiting [9] Pick up three A 110s, skip the last
make each turn. the edge bead in the second-to-last row 110, and sew back through the previous
[3] Work the first herringbone stitch of with your needle pointing toward the four 110s plus the next 3 mm, 110, and
the next row (figure 1, a–b). Work the nearest end of the band. 3 mm. Continue down through the
next stitch, but substitute four A 150s and [2] Pick up two color A 110 seed beads. base row 110 your thread exited at the
the shank of a 26 mm button for the sec- Sew through the first 110 again, and start of step 3, and sew up through
ond 3 mm (b–c). Pick up an A 150, and position them side by side. Snug the the adjacent base row 110 (figure 6).
sew through the middle two 150s and the beads to the herringbone base. These [10] Repeat steps 3–5, but in step 5,
button shank from the previous stitch. two beads will be referred to as the instead of picking up a 3 mm, sew
Pick up an A 150 and a B 3 mm, and base row. through the first 3 mm added on
complete the third stitch (c–d). Work the [3] Pick up five A 110s, and sew the other side (figure 7).
fourth stitch and the turn as usual (d–e). through the second and third beads [11] Repeat steps 6–8, but in step 8,
[4] For the next row, return to stitching again so the fourth and fifth beads instead of picking up a 3 mm, sew
in herringbone using B 3 mms, but after form an adjacent column (figure 2). through the remaining 3 mm on the
picking up two beads for the second [4] Pick up a color A 150 seed bead, other side (figure 8).
stitch, sew down through the corre- and sew back through the next three [12] Pick up two A 110s, and sew
sponding four 150s and the 3 mm in the 110s in the same column (figure 3, a–b). through the tip 110 on the other side.
previous row. Sew up through the adja- [5] Pick up a color A 3 mm fire- Sew back through the two 110s just
cent 3 mm and four 150s. Work two polished bead, and sew through the added and the following two 110s,
more stitches to complete the row. two 110s in the new column (b–c). 3 mm, 110, and 3 mm. Continue through

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3 mm fire-polished bead
a
110 seed bead
150 seed bead
Materials
bracelet 7½ in. (19.1 cm)
• 1 26 mm metal button (gold Renais-
sance; www.naturaltouchbeads.com)
• 3 mm fire-polished beads (Czech)
- 32 color A (rose gold topaz opaque
luster; www.eurekacrystalbeads.com)
c - 322 color B (green opaque luster;
www.eurekacrystalbeads.com)
b - 20 color C (sea blue stone;
www.beadhaven.com)
• 2 g 110 seed beads in each of 3 colors:
- color A (Toho Y184, rosy topaz hybrid
FIGURE 12 FIGURE 13 opaque gold luster)
- color B (Toho 221, metallic bronze)
the base row 110 from which you started Clasp - color C (Toho 1207, marbled opaque
this side of the leaf (figure 9). [1] With the 18-in. (46 cm) tail exiting turquoise blue)
[13] Zigzag through the next three an edge 3 mm on one end of the base, • 1 g 150 seed beads in each of 3 colors:
3 mms in the base (figure 10, a–b). pick up two 110s, sew down through - color A (Toho 221, metallic bronze)
Sew under an adjacent thread bridge, the next 3 mm, and sew up through the - color B (Toho 2110, silver-lined milky
and then sew back through the bead 3 mm your thread exited at the start of light topaz)
your thread just exited (b–c). this step and the first 110 just picked - color C (Miyuki 217, forest green-
[14] Begin another leaf as in steps 2–5 up (figure 11, a–b). Working off of the lined crystal)
but in step 4, sew through the corre- newly added 110s instead of 3 mms, • 1 clasp
sponding 150 on the previous leaf repeat this stitch (b–c). Continue in this • 2 4–6 mm jump rings
instead of picking up a new one (c–d). manner until you have a strip with a • Fireline, 6 lb. test
Continue as in steps 6–13, but in step 7, total of 11 rows. Test the bracelet for fit, • beading needles, #12
sew through the corresponding 150 on keeping in mind the size of the clasp, • 2 pairs of pliers
the previous leaf. and adjust the number of rows if needed.
[15] Make a third leaf as in step 14. Pick up an 110, and sew down through
the entire adjacent column of 110s and Julia Gerlach
Subsequent rows a 3 mm (figure 12, a–b). Zigzag through is the editor of
[1] Sew through the base to exit the the end row of 3 mms, sew under the Bead&Button
third bead from the edge in the fourth adjacent thread bridge, and exit the end magazine. Contact
row from the end, with your needle 3 mm (b–c). Repeat this step on the her at jgerlach@
pointing toward the previous row of other edge of the base. beadandbutton.com.
leaves. Using color B 110s, 150s, and [2] Sew through the beadwork to exit
3 mms, stitch a row of two leaves one of the single 110s at the tip of a
but do not skip a base bead between strip with the needle pointing away
the leaves; instead, attach the leaves from the other strip. Pick up five 110s, www To watch a video on working
to the center four beads in the row. and sew through both tip 110s to form in St. Petersburg chain, go to
[2] Sew through the beadwork to a ring (figure 13). Retrace the thread www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.
exit the edge bead in the sixth row path through the ring several times,
from the end. Stitch a three-leaf row and end the tail.
using color C 110s, 150s, and 3 mms. [3] Open a 4–6 mm jump ring (Basics),
[3] Ending and adding thread as and attach half of the clasp to the seed
needed, continue alternating two- bead ring.
and three-leaf rows following the [4] Add 18 in. (46 cm) of thread to
established A-B-C color pattern until the other end of the base, and repeat
you have eight rows of leaves on one steps 1–3. w
end of the band. End the thread.
[4] Repeat to work eight rows of
leaves on the other end of the band.

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RIGHT-ANGLE WEAVE / PEYOTE STITCH

Not-your-grandma’s
costume bracelet
Swanky Swarovski stones and
bicone bezels are in vogue.

designed by Marion Leffler

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A vintage costume-jewelry bracelet, with big stones and
a supple band, is a fabulous find at a flea market or
auction. Now you can replicate that look without Materials
having to hunt and haggle! Simply bezel a string bracelet with 18 x 13 mm stones
of crystal stones with — you guessed it — more 7 in. (18 cm)
• 8 18 x 13 mm step-cut fancy stones
crystals, and you have a bauble worthy of a fun (Swarovski article #4527; tanzanite,
night on the town or evening at the opera. light amethyst, erinite, light Azore)
• 576 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
stepbystep crystal comet argent light)
Bracelet with • 6 g 80 seed beads (Toho 711, nickel;
Before buying any of the supplies for 18 x 13 mm stones www.artbeads.com)
your bracelet, make sure you can find the Bezeled stones • 1 g 150 seed beads (Toho 29B,
Swarovski article #4527 18 x 13 mm [1] On 1½ yd. (1.4 m) of thread, pick silver-lined gray; www.artbeads.com)
step-cut fancy stones. Stones like those up four 3 mm bicone crystals. Tie the • 1 2-strand slide clasp
used at left are usually sold wholesale beads into a ring with a square knot • Fireline, 6 lb. test
(in packs of 48, 72, or more pieces). (Basics, p. 80), leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) • beading needles, #10
Find some cool projects for the extra tail, and sew through all the beads again.
stones or share your leftovers with your [2] To work row 1 of the bezel: Work bead colors in photos a–l
beady friends. For more budget-friendly a strip of right-angle weave (Basics) • 18 x 13 mm step-cut fancy stones
alternatives, check out these sources: using 3 mms until you have a total of 17 (Swarovski article #4527; burgundy and
• www.ebay.com and www.etsy.com stitches, including the ring from step 1. crystal golden shadow; www.ejoyce.com)
both offered (as of publication) stones Sew through the beadwork to exit the • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
in the designer’s colors, sold either indi- last 3 mm along one edge (photo a). crystal Dorado 2X)
vidually or in small quantities. Keep in [3] To work row 2 of the bezel: Pick • 80 seed beads
mind, though, that eBay and Etsy stores up a 3 mm, an 80 seed bead, and a 3 (Miyuki 2, silver-lined light gold)
do not have indefinite supplies. mm, and sew through the 3 mm your • 150 seed beads
• www.ejoyce.com offers the stones thread exited at the start of this step. (Miyuki 193, 24kt gold light plated)
in a different palette: burgundy, crystal Working off the top edge of row 1,
golden shadow, crystal silver shadow, continue in right-angle weave, picking bracelet with 14 x 10 mm stones
crystal, and smoky quartz. The stones up an 80 at the top of every stitch 7 in. (18 cm), (like the two shown at the
are sold individually. (photo b). bottom of photo m on p. 79)
• www.firemountaingems.com sells the [4] To join the ends of row 2: Pick up • 10 14 x 10 mm step-cut fancy stones
stones in the 14 x 10 mm size. Colors an 80, and sew through the 3 mm at the (Swarovski article #4527, Montana
include: light Azore, crystal, crystal AB, other end of row 2. Pick up a 3 mm, and crystal golden shadow;
crystal golden shadow, Montana, and and sew through the 3 mm your thread www.firemountaingems.com)
light amethyst. The stones are sold indi- exited at the start of this step (photo c). • 560 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski,
vidually, in packs of four, or in packs Retrace the thread path of the join, exit- crystal comet argent light)
of 72. If you choose this size stone, use ing the 3 mm added in this step. Sew • 5 g 110 seed beads
the “Bracelet with 14 x 10 mm stones” through the next end 3 mm in row 1 (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal)
instructions and materials list for adapted (photo d). • 1 g 150 seed beads
steps and bead counts. (Miyuki 551, gilt-lined white opal)
• 1 2-strand slide clasp
• Fireline, 6 lb. test
• beading needles, #10

a b

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c d e

f g h

www To watch a video on how


to work in right-angle weave, go to
www.BeadAndButton.com/videos.

i j

[5] To join the ends of row 1: Pick up stitch twice to add a total of three 80s
a 3 mm, sew through the 3 mm at the (photo h). Make sure the 80s added in
other end of row 1, and continue through this step are positioned directly opposite
the 3 mm added in the previous step. the 150s on the front of the bezel.
Retrace the thread path of the join, exit- [10] Using loose tension, sew through
ing the 3 mm added in this step (photo e). the next six 80s, and then repeat step 9
[6] Pick up a 150 seed bead, and sew (photo i). This is the back of the bezel,
through the next 3 mm along this edge. and the 80s added in these steps will be
Repeat this stitch twice to add a total the connector 80s.
of three 150s (photo f). [11] Insert an 18 x 13 mm stone into the
[7] Sew through the next six edge 3 mms, bezel so that the front of it is against the
and then repeat step 6. Sew through all front of the bezel (photo j). Sew through
the 3 mms and 150s along this edge, all the 80s on the back of the bezel to
using tight tension (photo g). This is the tighten it around the stone. End the tail
front of the bezel. (Basics) but not the working thread.
[8] Sew through the beadwork to the 80s [12] Make eight bezeled stones.
on the back of the bezel, and exit so that
you are in position to add a bead directly Assembly
opposite a 150 on the front. [1] Lay out your bezeled stones in the
[9] Pick up an 80, and sew through the desired order, and turn them upside
next 80 along this edge. Repeat this down so their backs are facing up.

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k l

Bracelet with
14 x 10 mm stones
Note the difference in size between
the 18 x 13 mm stones (photo m, top)
and the 14 x 10 mm stones (photo m,
bottom). You may find that you prefer
the daintier size stone for your bracelet.

Bezeled stones
Work as in steps 1–12 of “Bezeled stones”
above with the following changes:
m
• In step 2, work row 1 until it has just
13 stitches, including the ring from step 1.
[2] Using the working thread from an • In steps 3 and 4, replace the 80s with
end stone, sew through the beadwork to 110 seed beads.
exit an outer connector 80. Sew through • In step 7, sew through just four 3 mms
one loop of the clasp, continue through before repeating step 6.
the next connector 80, sew through the • In step 8, sew through the beadwork to
other loop of the clasp, and continue the 110s on the back of the bezel, and exit
through the following connector 80 so that you are in position to add a bead
(photo k). Retrace the clasp connection. directly opposite a 150 on the front.
[3] Sew through the beadwork to the • In step 9, replace the 80s with 110s.
other side of the stone, exiting an outer • In step 10, sew through just four 110s
connector 80. Using 80s, stitch three rows before repeating step 9.
of flat odd-count peyote stitch (Basics) • In step 12, make a total of 10
off the connector 80s, and zip up (Basics) bezeled stones.
to the connector 80s on the next bezeled
stone (photo l). Retrace the thread path Assembly
of the join, and end the working thread. Work as in steps 1–4 of “Assembly”
[4] Using the working thread of the with the following changes: Marion Leffler took
new bezeled stone, work as in step 3 • In step 2, the connector 80s you a bead-crochet class
to connect the next stone. Continue sew through will be connector 110s. in 2004, and quickly
working in this manner until all the • In step 3, use 110s to stitch seven became addicted. Now
stones are connected. Using the last rows of odd-count peyote stitch before she runs her own bead
remaining working thread, attach the zipping up to the connector 110s on store in Kassel, Germany,
other half of the clasp as in step 2. the next bezeled stone. w called Perlensucht (which,
not surprisingly, means “bead addic-
tion” in English). Email Marion at
perlensucht@hotmail.de, or visit
www.perlensucht-kassel.de.

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BASICS all you need to know to get started

THREAD AND
KNOTS
Conditioning thread Square knot [4] To work the next row, pick up two beads,
Use beeswax or microcrystalline wax (not [1] Cross one end sew down through the next bead in the pre-
candle wax or paraffin) or Thread Heaven of the thread over and vious row, and sew up through the following
to condition nylon beading thread and under the other end. Pull bead (b–c). Continue adding pairs of beads
Fireline. Wax smooths nylon fibers and both ends to tighten the across the row.
adds tackiness that will stiffen your bead- first half of the knot.
work slightly. Thread Heaven adds a static [2] Cross the first end b c
charge that causes the thread to repel itself, of the thread over and a
so don’t use it with doubled thread. Both under the other end.
conditioners help thread resist wear. Pull both ends to tighten
To condition, stretch nylon thread to the knot. To turn without having thread show on
remove the curl (you don’t need to stretch the edge, pick up an accent or smaller bead
Fireline). Lay the thread or Fireline on top Attaching a stop bead before you sew through the last bead of the
of the conditioner, hold it in place with Use a stop bead to secure pair you just added.
your thumb or finger, and pull the thread beads temporarily when you
through the conditioner. begin stitching. Choose a Ladder stitch
bead that is different from the Making a ladder
Adding thread beads in your project. Pick up the [1] Pick up two a b
To add a thread, sew into the beadwork stop bead, leaving the desired length tail. beads, and sew through
several rows or rounds prior to the point Sew through the stop bead again in the them both again, posi-
where the last bead was added, leaving a same direction, making sure you don’t tioning the beads side by c
short tail. Follow the thread path of the split the thread inside the bead. If desired, side so that their holes are parallel (a–b).
stitch, tying a few half-hitch knots (see sew through the bead one more time for [2] Add subsequent beads by picking up
“Half-hitch knot”) between beads as you added security. one bead, sewing through the previous
go, and exit where the last stitch ended. bead, and then sewing through the new
Trim the short tail. STITCHES bead (b–c). Continue for the desired
length ladder.
Ending thread Herringbone stitch This technique
To end a thread, sew back through the Flat strip produces uneven
last few rows or rounds of beadwork, [1] Work the first row in ladder stitch tension, which you
following the thread path of the stitch (see “Ladder stitch: Making a ladder”) can correct by zigzag-
and tying two or three half-hitch knots to the desired length using an even ging back through the beads
(see “Half-hitch knot”) between beads number of beads, and exit the top of in the opposite direction.
as you go. Sew through a few beads after the last bead added.
the last knot, and trim the thread. Forming a ring
a With your thread exiting the last bead
Half-hitch knot c b
in the ladder, sew through the first bead
Pass the needle under the of the ladder, and then sew through the
thread bridge between two [2] Pick up two beads, and sew down last bead again.
beads, and pull gently until through the next bead in the previous row
a loop forms. Cross back (a–b). Sew up through the following bead Peyote stitch
over the thread between in the previous row, pick up two beads, and Flat even-count
the beads, sew through sew down through the next bead (b–c). [1] Pick up an e
the loop, and pull gently Repeat across the first row. even number of d c
to draw the knot into the [3] To turn to start the next row, sew beads, leaving the a b
beadwork. down through the end bead in the previous desired length tail
row and back through the last bead of the (a–b). These beads will shift to form
pair just added (a–b). the first two rows as the third row is added.
[2] To begin row 3, pick up a bead, skip
the last bead added in the previous step,
and sew back through the next bead,
working toward the tail (b–c). For each
stitch, pick up a bead, skip a bead in the

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previous row, and sew through the next Three-drop Circular
bead until you reach the first bead picked Work three-drop peyote stitch the same Circular peyote is also worked in continu-
up in step 1 (c–d). The beads added in way as basic flat peyote, but treat trios ous rounds like tubular peyote, but the
this row are higher than the previous of beads as if they were single beads. rounds stay flat and radiate outward from
rows and are referred to as “up-beads.” [1] To work in even-count three-drop the center as a result of increases or using
[3] For each stitch in subsequent rows, peyote, pick up an even number of beads larger beads. If the rounds do not increase,
pick up a bead, and sew through the next that is divisible by three. For odd-count the edges will curve upward.
up-bead in the previous row (d–e). To count three-drop peyote, pick up an odd number
peyote stitch rows, add the total number of of beads that is divisible by three. Zipping up
beads along both straight edges. [2] To begin row 3, pick up three beads, or joining
skip the last three beads added in step 1, To join two pieces of
Flat odd-count and sew back through the next three beads. flat peyote invisibly,
Odd-count peyote is the same as even- Repeat this stitch across the row. match up the two pieces
count peyote, except for the turn on [3] For subsequent rows, pick up and sew so the end rows fit
odd-numbered rows, where the last through three beads per stitch. Work each together. “Zip up” the
bead of the row can’t be attached in the turn the same as in regular flat peyote, pieces by zigzagging
usual way because there is no up-bead using the odd-count turn if you began through the up-beads
to sew through. with an odd number of beads. on both ends.
[1] Begin as for flat even-count
peyote, but pick up an odd number Tubular Right-angle weave
of beads. Work row 3 as in even-count, Tubular peyote stitch follows the same Flat strip
stopping before adding the last bead. stitching pattern as flat peyote, but instead [1] Pick up four beads,
[2] Work a of sewing back and forth in rows, you work and tie them into a ring
figure-8 turn 8 7 in rounds. with a square knot
at the end of [1] Pick up an even number of beads, (see “Square knot”), leav-
row 3: Sew and tie them into a ring with a square ing the desired length tail. Sew through
through the 2 knot (see “Square knot”), leaving the the first three beads again. This is the first
first bead 1 3 desired length tail. stitch of the strip.
picked up in step 1 (bead #1). Pick up the [2] Sew through the first bead in the [2] Pick up three c
last bead of the row you’re working on ring. Pick up a bead, skip beads. Sew through the
(bead #8), and sew through beads #2, #3, a bead in the ring, and last bead in the previ- b
#7, #2, #1, and #8. sew through the next ous stitch (a–b), and a
You can work this turn at the end of bead. Repeat this stitch continue through the
each odd-numbered row, but this edge to complete the round. Knot first two beads picked up
will be stiffer than the other. Instead, in [3] To step up to start in this stitch (b–c).
subsequent odd-numbered rows, pick up the next round, sew through the first [3] Continue
the last bead of the row, sew under the bead added in this round (a–b). working as in step
thread bridge [4] Pick up a bead, and sew through 2, adding three
between the last the next bead in round 3 (b–c). beads per stitch,
two edge beads, Repeat this stitch to com- Round 4
until the first row
and sew back plete the round. Round 3 is the desired length. You are stitching in a
through the last [5] Repeat c b figure-8 pattern, alternating the direction
a
bead added to steps 3 and 4 of the thread path for each stitch.
begin the next row. for the desired
Round 1
length tube. Round 2

25 Beaded Bracelets 81
LOOMWORK WIRE TECHNIQUES
Wrapped loop Crimping
[1] Using chainnose Use crimp beads to secure flexible
pliers, make a right- beading wire. Slide the crimp bead
angle bend in the wire into place, and squeeze it firmly with
about 2 mm above a chainnose pliers to flatten it. Or, for a
knot bead or other compo- more finished look, use crimping pliers:
nent or at least 1¼ in. [1] Position the crimp
(3.2 cm) from the end bead in the hole that is
Tie the end of a length of thread to the of a piece of wire. closest to the handle of
first warp thread near the spring at the [2] Position the jaws of the crimping pliers.
top or bottom of the loom. Bring the the roundnose pliers in [2] Holding the wires
needle under the warp threads. String the bend. The closer to apart, squeeze the pli-
the first row of beads as shown on the the tip of the pliers that ers to compress the
pattern, and slide them to the knot. you work, the smaller crimp bead, making
the loop will be. sure one wire is on
[3] Curve the short each side of the dent.
end of the wire over the [3] Place the crimp
top jaw of the round- bead in the front hole
nose pliers. of the pliers, and posi-
knot [4] Reposition the tion it so the dent is
pliers so the lower jaw facing the tips of the
fits snugly in the loop. pliers. Squeeze the
Push the beads up between the warp Curve the wire down- pliers to fold the crimp
threads with your finger. ward around the bot- in half.
tom jaw of the pliers. [4] Tug on the wires to
This is the first half of ensure that the crimp is secure.
a wrapped loop.
[5] To complete the Opening and closing loops and
wraps, grasp the top of jump rings
knot the loop with one pair [1] Hold a loop or a
of pliers. jump ring with two
[6] With another pair pairs of pliers, such
of pliers, wrap the wire as chainnose, flatnose,
Sew back through the beads, keeping around the stem two or or bentnose pliers.
the needle above the warp threads. three times. Trim the [2] To open the loop
Repeat, following the pattern row excess wire, and gently or jump ring, bring the
by row. press the cut end close to the tips of one pair of pliers
Once you complete the last row, wraps with chainnose pliers. toward you, and push
secure the working thread by weaving the tips of the other pair
it into the beadwork. away from you.
[3] Reverse step 2 to
close the open loop or
jump ring. w

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