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Peyote window bracelet

Strategically placed openings frame gemstone coins

I was puzzled about how to create openings in a peyote-stitch band until I used stitched component parts. I softened the bracelet’s hard-edged band with a multilayered seed-bead fringe.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 6 3⁄4 in. (17.1 cm)

  • 8 8 mm coin-shaped beads
  • 10–15 g size 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads
  • 16 size 13/0 Charlottes
  • 3–4 g size 15/0 seed beads
  • 5-loop slide clasp
  • Fireline 4 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
  • thread bobbin

INSTRUCTIONS

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Band

1.
On 5 yd. (4.6 m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 31⁄2-yd. (3.2 m) tail. Wrap the tail around a small thread bobbin.

2. Pick up 25 11/0 cylinder beads. Working in flat odd-count peyote stitch, make a panel 25 cylinders wide and five cylinders long. Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim. Set the panel aside.

3. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Repeat step 2, but do not secure the working thread.

4. To create the space where a window will be, work a partial row of six stitches in flat even-count peyote stitch. Repeat until this section has six full cylinders on each edge. Sew through the beadwork, skipping five up-beads (FIGURE 1, a–b).

5. Work another partial row with two stitches (b–c). Repeat, working in flat even-count peyote stitch, until the section has six full cylinders on each edge.

6. Zip up the two panels, sewing across the beadwork at the opening to connect the remaining section (FIGURE 2, a–b).

7. Retrace the seam thread path to the opening, and position your needle to exit the middle cylinder in the opening (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a 13/0 Charlotte, an 8 mm coin-shaped bead, a Charlotte, and a 15/0. Sew through the middle cylinder on the opposite edge of the opening (b–c). Sew through the beadwork and sew back through the five beads added in this step. Secure the tails with a few half-hitch knots, and trim. Set the panel aside.

8. Repeat steps 3–7 seven times, zipping each panel to the previously stitched panels. Flip each panel to position the window on alternating edges. For the last panel, use 2 1⁄2 yd. (2.3 m) of Fireline. When completed, do not knot or cut the working thread. If you want the bracelet to be longer, add rows to each end panel. If needed, use a portion of thread on the bobbin to add rows to that end of your bracelet. Use the remaining thread to work the edge embellishment.

9. Sew an additional row to one end. This will correctly position the two halves of the clasp.

10. Sew through the beadwork to exit the fifth cylinder from the edge (FIGURE 4, point a). Pick up a cylinder, sew through the first loop of half of the clasp, and pick up a cylinder. Position the cylinders so one sits in front of the loop and one sits behind it. Sew through the cylinder the thread is exiting (a–b). Retrace the thread path through the loop.

11. Sew through the beadwork and exit a down-bead four cylinders from the first loop (b–c). Repeat to attach the remaining loops. Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim. Repeat for the other half of the clasp.

Embellishment

1. Using the wound bobbin thread, exit the second end bead from the edge (an up-bead) (FIGURE 5, point a). Pick up three 15/0s and sew through the next two adjacent cylinders as shown (a–b). Repeat for the length of the band. Add thread as needed.

2. Sew through the beadwork to exit the third end bead from the edge (a down-bead). Pick up three 15/0s and sew through the next two adjacent cylinders. Repeat for the length of the band.

3. Sew through the beadwork to exit the end edge down-bead. Pick up three 15/0s and sew through the next two adjacent cylinders. Repeat for the length of the band.

4. Sew across the band and repeat steps 1–3 to embellish the other edge. Secure the thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.
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