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Funny cats bracelet

Stitch five peyote medallions depicting just another day in the life of a cat
Funny cats bracelet key

Cats do the cutest things! In this bracelet, capture five feline poses that will enchant anyone familiar with cat antics.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 10 4 mm round fire-polished beads (Czech, black)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 1–2 g color A (DB0031, 24kt gold plated)
    • 3–4 g color B (DB0201, white pearl Ceylon)
    • 1–2 g color C (DB0010, black)
    • 1 g color D (DB0602, dyed silver-lined red)
  • toggle clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10 or #12
INSTRUCTIONS
Funny cats bracelet peyote pattern
Pattern
Medallions

Each medallion features a rectangular “body,” which is all one width, and two tapered ends. (These are called out in the top medallion of the pattern.) For each medallion, you will stitch the rectangular body from top to bottom and then work the bottom taper. To finish, you will use the tail to add the top taper. Work the following steps for each medallion in the pattern:
Funny cats bracelet a
Photo a
Funny cats bracelet b2
Photo b
1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of thread, pick up two color A 11/0 cylinder beads. Sew through both beads again, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail, and position them side by side. Exit the first A. These two beads are marked with an * in each medallion.

2. Reading from left to right, pick up the beads marked with an •. These beads will shift to form rows 1 and 2 of the pattern as row 3 is worked.

3. Work row 3 of the pattern in odd-count peyote stitch. You will not need to add the last bead of the row; it is one of the * beads from step 1. Simply sew through this bead (PHOTO A), and turn as follows: Sew under the thread bridge of the nearest two edge beads (for this row, they are the beads marked with an *), and sew back through the last bead of the row (PHOTO B).
Funny cats bracelet c
Photo c
4. Continue stitching the pattern in odd-count peyote stitch, working the turn described above at the end of each odd-numbered row. When you complete the body of the pattern, work the bottom taper by decreasing the length of the rows as indicated in the pattern. When you complete the taper, do not end the working thread.

5. With the 12-in. (30 cm) tail, sew under the thread bridge of the nearest two edge beads (the beads marked with an *), and work the top taper. When you complete the taper, end the tail.

Assembly

1. Arrange the medallions on your work surface in the desired order. With the working thread from one medallion, sew through the beadwork to exit the second edge A from the bottom of the body of the medallion.

2. Pick up a cylinder in any color, a 4 mm round fire-polished bead, and a cylinder, and sew through the corresponding edge A on the body of the next medallion. Sew through the third edge A from the bottom, continue back through all the beads just added, and sew through the third edge A from the bottom of the first medallion. Retrace the thread path of the connection.

3. Sew through the beadwork of either medallion to exit the second edge A from the top of the body of the medallion. Repeat step 2 to make a second connection, and end the thread (PHOTO C).

4. Continue connecting the medallions in the desired order.
Funny cats bracelet d
Photo d
Clasp

1. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to an end medallion, and exit the third edge A from the bottom of the body of the medallion.

2. Pick up three cylinders in any color, a 4 mm, three cylinders, half of the clasp, and three cylinders. Sew back through the 4 mm, pick up three cylinders, and sew through the third edge A from the top of the body of the medallion. Sew through the fourth edge A from the top, retrace the thread path through the clasp connection, and sew through the fourth edge A from the bottom. Retrace the thread path of the connection one more time, and end the thread (PHOTO D).

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 at the other end of the bracelet.
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Do black cats make your fur stand on end? I gave mine a calico coloration. You could also depict a different breed on each medallion.

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