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Butterfly vine bracelet

Use a crossweave technique to stitch a simple spring bracelet

Butterfly vine necklace

Stitch some spring into your wardrobe with this deceptively simple pattern. Once you create the first butterfly-and-vine motif, the rest are identical or worked as a mirror image. The instructions are for butterflies with one wing color, but you can use multiple colors in each wing, or make a strand of butterflies in a rainbow of colors.

Materials

Lavender/silver bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)*

  • 11/0 seed beads
    - 2 g color A (Miyuki 1, silver-lined crystal; caravanbeads.com)
    - 3 g color B (Miyuki 319E, aqua-violet gold luster; beyondbeadery.com or cbbeads.com)
    - 1 g color C (Miyuki 430S, opaque purple iris luster; cbbeads.com)
    - 1 g color D (Miyuki 524, sky blue Ceylon; caravanbeads.com)
  • toggle clasp
  • 2 5-6 mm jump rings (optional)
  • Fireline or WildFire 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers (optional)
  • T-pins and Styrofoam board (optional)

Pink bracelet 11/0 seed bead colors**

Blue bracelet 11/0 seed bead colors**

  • color A (Toho P483, permanent galvanized medium chartreuse; cbbeads.com)
  • color B1 (transparent light blue)
  • color B2 (royal blue)
  • color B3 (Miyuki 460D, metallic purple fuchsia luster; cbbeads.com)
  • color C (Miyuki 430S, opaque purple iris luster; cbbeads.com)
  • color D (gold)

*All beads for these three bracelets were purchased from Bead Dreams in Stockton, California, (209) 464-2323(209) 464-2323. As some of the colors are hard to find, additional bead sources have been provided.

**The pink and blue bracelets feature tri-tone butterfly wings, using three different shades of the same color for the color B 11/0 seed beads. These are listed as B1, B2, and B3.

While stitching this bracelet, it’s important to keep the beadwork flat and not let it twist. You may wish to use T-pins to tack the beadwork to a piece of Styrofoam.

Instructions


Butterfly vine necklace Figure 1
Figure 1
Butterfly vine necklace Figure 2
Figure 2

[1] Thread a needle on each end of 3 yd. (2.8 m) of Fireline or WildFire. With one needle, pick up four color A 11/0 seed beads, the toggle ring, and four As. Center the beads and clasp on the thread. With one needle, pick up an A, and cross the other needle through it. Retrace the thread path through the clasp connection a few times, ending with each needle exiting opposite sides of the last A added.

[2] With one needle, pick up two As. With the other needle, pick up one A, and cross through the last A picked up with the other needle. With each needle, retrace the thread path of this stitch.

[3] To make the top left wing: With the left-hand needle, pick up four As, a color C 11/0 seed bead, and six color B 11/0 seed beads (Figure 1, a-b). Skip the last B picked up, and sew back through the fifth B (b-c). Pick up four Bs, and sew through the first two Bs picked up in this step in the same direction they were added (c-d). Flip the wing if necessary so you are in position to add the bottom left wing.

[4] To make the bottom left wing: Pick up four Bs (Figure 2, a-b), skip the last B, and sew back through the third B just picked up (b-c). Pick up three Bs, and sew back through the first B and the C picked up in the top left wing in the opposite direction they were added (c-d).

 

Butterfly vine necklace Figure 3
Figure 3
Butterfly vine necklace Figure 4
Figure 4

[5] To make the top right wing: Pick up six Bs, skip the last B, and sew back through the fifth B just picked up. Pick up four Bs, and sew through the first two Bs picked up in this step in the same direction they were added (Figure 3). Flip the wing if necessary so you are in position to add the bottom right wing.

[6] To make the bottom right wing: Pick up four Bs, skip the last B, and sew back through the third B just picked up. Pick up three Bs, sew through the first B picked up in the top right wing in the opposite direction it was added, and continue through the C (Figure 4, a-b). Sew up through the last two Bs added in the top left wing, sew down through the adjacent two As, and continue through the C (b-c).

 

Butterfly vine necklaceFigure 5
Figure 5
Butterfly vine necklace Figure 6
Figure 6

[7] To complete the butterfly: Pick up two Cs, and sew up through the last two Bs added in the bottom left wing (Figure 5, a-b). Push the two new Cs close to the existing C, and sew down through the two new Cs (b-c). Pick up five As, and sew through the B at the tip of the bottom right wing (c-d).

[8] To make the first daisy: With the right-hand needle, pick up two As, four color D 11/0 seed beads, and a C (Figure 6, a-b). Sew back through the first D picked up, forming a half-circle of Ds around the C (b-c). Pick up three Ds, and sew through the fourth D added in the half-circle, forming a full circle of Ds around the C (c-d). Note which D your thread is exiting, and retrace the thread path through the full circle of Ds, exiting the same D (d-e). Pick up two As, and sew through the B at the tip of the top right wing (e-f).

 

Butterfly vine necklace Figure 7
Figure 7

[9] To make the second daisy: Repeat step 8, but sew through the B at the tip of the bottom right wing so that both threads are exiting opposite sides of this bead (Figure 7, a-b).

[10] With one needle, pick up two As. With the other needle, pick up one A, and cross through the last A picked up with the other needle (b-c and bb-cc). With each needle, retrace the thread path of this stitch.

[11] To make the next butterfly, repeat steps 3-7 using the right-hand needle and reversing the “hand” directionals (i.e., “top left wing” becomes “top right wing”). Repeat steps 8 and 9 using the left-hand needle and reversing the “hand” directionals, and then repeat step 10 as normal.

[12] Alternate working steps 3-10 as written and then working step 11 until you have a total of eight butterflies.

[13] With the right-hand needle, work a daisy as in step 8, but do not sew through a wing tip. With the left-hand needle, pick up seven As, and cross through the last A picked up with the right-hand needle.

[14] With each needle, pick up four As, cross through the toggle bar, sew back through the four As picked up with the other needle, and cross through the last A added in step 13. This attachment of the toggle bar will look identical to the attachment of the toggle ring. Retrace the thread path through the clasp connection a few times, and end the threads.

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