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Bewitching bracelet

There’s nothing scary about this quick-to-stitch three-drop pattern with its adorable witch hat toggle.
Bewitching bracelet key

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • Components for witch hat toggle (all available from www.fusionbeads.com)
  • 1 14 mm cosmic ring (Swarovski #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 (Preciosa, black)
  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 5 g purple (DB0004, metallic dark plum iris)
    • 5 g black (DB0310, matte black)
    • 4 g cream (DB0352, opaque matte cream)
    • 1 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401F, matte black)
  • nylon beading thread, size D, or Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers

INSTRUCTIONS

This bracelet is worked in three-drop peyote stitch, a technique based on two-drop peyote stitch
Bewitching bracelet pattern
Pattern

Bracelet band

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Starting at the lower-right corner of the pattern, pick up 11/0 cylinder beads for rows 1 and 2: two cream cylinders, two black, five cream, seven purple, two black, and six purple.

2. Following the pattern, work in three-drop peyote stitch using the appropriate color cylinders. End and add thread as needed while you stitch, and end the working thread and tail when you complete the band.

Edging

1. Add a comfortable length of thread to one end of the band, and exit the nearest corner cylinders with your needle pointing away from the beadwork. 

2. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a 3 mm fire-polished bead, and a 15/0. Skip one edge cylinder, sew down through the next edge cylinder, and sew up through the following edge cylinder. Repeat this stitch for the length of the band.

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit the nearest corner cylinders along the other edge, and repeat step 2. End and add thread as needed.

Bewitching bracelet a
Photo a

Toggle ring

1. At one end of the band, identify the two center trios of up-beads. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the band, and exit one of those trios with your needle pointing away from the other center trio.

2. Pick up 25 purple cylinders, and sew through one or more beads in the other center trio of up-beads, this time with your needle pointing toward the first trio. Note: You may wish to pick up cylinders that match the pattern in the band, as in Josie’s moon-lit toggle ring (PHOTO A).

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 15/0s per stitch. End the thread.

Bewitching bracelet b
Photo b

Witch hat toggle

1. On a head pin, string the witch hat components in the following order: 10 mm margarita crystal (jet), 14 mm cosmic ring, margarita crystal (tanzanite), 12 mm Artemis crystal. Make a wrapped loop.

2. Add 12 in. (30 cm) of thread to the remaining end of the band, and exit one of the two center trios of up-beads. Pick up three purple cylinders, sew through the wrapped loop, continue back through the three cylinders, and sew into the beadwork (PHOTO B). Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

Tip!
Designer’s note: I learned how to make the witch hat toggle from an earring tutorial at www.fusionbeads.com/witch-hat-earrings.
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