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Wintery tile bracelet

Too cold to go outside? Celebrate the season with this bold bracelet in the chilly hues of winter
Wintery tile bracelet key

Stretch your peyote skills with this graphic bracelet featuring even- and odd-count peyote with both increases and decreases. A series of peyote bars and straps brings it all together.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 16 6 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, amethyst AB) 
  • 11/0 Miyuki cylinder beads
    • 7 g color A (DB0310, matte black)
    • 4 g color B (DB0215, opaque sky blue)
    • 4 g color C (DB1497, opaque arctic blue)
    • 4 g color D (DB0051, transparent crystal)
    • 1 g color E (DB0035, galvanized silver)
  • Fireline or WildFire 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Wintery tile bracelet figures

Tile components

The instructions below explain how to make these tiles in peyote stitch, though you may make them in brick stitch if you prefer.

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline or WildFire, attach a stop bead, leaving a 20-in. (51 cm) tail. Referring to figure 1, pick up the 39 11/0 cylinder beads outlined in red: two Bs, one A, two Bs, two Es, five Cs, two Es, one A, one B, two As, one C, one E, one C, two As, one B, one A, two Es, five Cs, two Es, two Bs, one A, two Bs. These beads will form the two center rows of the tile as the next row is added. 

2. Work the next row in flat odd-count peyote stitch, using an odd-count turn to add the last bead: B, A, B, E, C, C, E, A, A, C, C, A, A, E, C, C, E, B, A, B (FIGURE 1, a–b).

3. Ending and adding thread as needed, work the next five rows as follows to create the increases on the edges:

Row 4: A, A, B, E, C, E, B, A, A, C, A, A, B, E, C, E, B, A, A (b–c).

Row 5: A, D, A, B, E, E, B, A, B, A, A, B, A, B, E, E, B, A, D, A (circle through the adjacent B to add the last A) (FIGURE 2). 

Row 6: Pick up two Bs, sew back through the A your thread exited at the start of this step (FIGURE 3, a–b), and then stitch: D, D, A, B, E, B, A, B, B, A, B, B, A, B, E, B, A, D, D (b–c). Pick up two Bs, sew back through the previous two As, turn, and sew through the last D, A, and B (c–d). 

Wintery tile bracelet fig 4
Figure 4

Row 7: Pick up two As, sew under the thread bridge between the two edge Bs, and sew back through the last two As added and the previous B (FIGURE 4, a–b). Then stitch: A, D, D, A, B, B, A, A, B, A, A, B, A, A, B, B, A, D, D, A (b–c). Pick up two As, sew under the thread bridge between the two edge Bs, and sew back through both As just added (c–d).

 

Wintery tile bracelet pattern 1
Pattern 1

4. Work the next seven rows in regular odd-count peyote following PATTERN 1.

5. Work the remaining 12 rows in odd-count peyote, working a decrease turn at each end. Do not end the working thread.

 

Wintery tile bracelet photo a
Photo a

6. Remove the stop bead, and using the tail, repeat steps 3–5 to complete the other side of the tile. 

7. Sew through the beadwork to exit a center edge B on one end of the tile. Pick up a D, a 6 mm bicone crystal, and three Ds. Sew back through the 6 mm and the first D, and sew through the adjacent center B on the tile (PHOTO A). Using whichever thread is most convenient, repeat this step on the other edge of the tile. End the threads.

8. Make a total of four tiles, following pattern 1 for two of the tiles and following PATTERN 2 for the remaining tiles.

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