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Can you keep a secret?

Your friends are bound to admire this elegant necklace, but only you’ll know what’s inside

Unlock the mystery of odd-count peyote by stitching this eye-catching purse to suspend from a delicate chain. Then fill it with secret mementos to encourage you throughout the day!


Gold necklace 30 in. (76 cm)
  • 6 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB410V, galvanized yellow gold)
  • clasp
  • 30 in. (76 cm) chain, 2 mm links (gold)
  • 2 6 mm jump rings
  • Fireline 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size B
  • beading needles, #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • wire cutters
Burgundy necklace colors:
  • 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB116, garnet transparent luster)


Peyote purse

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline or beading thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up 27 11/0 cylinder beads. These beads will shift to form the first two rows as row 3 is added.

2. Work the next two rows as follows:

Row 3: Work 13 stitches in flat odd-count peyote stitch using cylinders. Pick up the final cylinder of the row, and work a figure-8 turn. You are now in position to start row 4.
Row 4: Work 13 stitches using cylinders.

3. Work as in rows 3 and 4 for a total of 46 rows with 23 cylinders along each straight edge. End and add thread as needed.

4. Work an even-count decrease to get into position to begin tapering the beadwork. 

5. Work the remaining rows as follows:
Row 47: Work 12 peyote stitches, and then work an even-count decrease. 
Row 48: Work 11 peyote stitches, and then work an even-count decrease. 
Rows 49–71: Continue working peyote stitches and even-count decreases, causing the number of stitches to decrease one per row until you have one bead in the last row. Remove the stop bead, and end the working thread and tail.

Chain loops

Canyoukeepasecret clutch a
Photo a

1. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to one straight edge of the purse. Count four cylinders down from the tapered end and three cylinders in from the edge. Sew through the beadwork to exit this cylinder (photo a). 

2. Working in ladder stitch, pick up a cylinder, sew through the cylinder your thread exited, and continue through the cylinder just added. Retrace the thread path to secure. Continue working in ladder stitch to add two more cylinders.

3. Looking at the beadwork of the purse, skip the cylinder directly below the cylinder your ladder stitch strip is attached to, and sew through the following cylinder. Work a ladder stitch thread path through this cylinder and the last cylinder in the strip. Retrace the thread path to secure, and end the thread. 

4. Repeat steps 1–3 on the other side of the purse to make a second chain loop.

Canyoukeepasecret clutch b
Photo b


1. Add 18 in. (46 cm) of thread to one straight edge of the purse. Along this straight edge, count eight cylinders down from the tapered end. Sew through the beadwork to exit this cylinder. Fold the beadwork to align the edge cylinder in row 1 with the edge cylinder your thread is exiting (photo b). 

Canyoukeepasecret clutch c
Photo c
Canyoukeepasecret clutch d
Photo d

2. Connect the straight edges: Sew through the edge cylinder in row 1 (photo c) with your needle pointing toward the opposite edge of the beadwork, and then sew through the adjacent edge cylinder in row 3 (photo d).

Canyoukeepasecret clutch e
Photo e

Sew through the corresponding edge cylinder on the opposite edge (photo e), and then sew through the next edge cylinder. Continue to connect the edges until you reach the bottom of the purse along the fold. End the thread.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to connect the edges on the other side of the purse.

4. Cut a 30-in. (76 cm) piece of chain, and string one end through both chain loops on the purse.

5. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach one end of the chain to half of the clasp. Repeat this step on the other end of the chain.

6. Gently fold the tapered end of the purse over the chain loops to make a flap.

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