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Spiky pearl and herringbone beaded bracelet

Lustrous pearls reach out from a herringbone cuff and grab your attention! 

What better way to accent a special outfit than with a dramatic bracelet? This impressive display of richly colored pearls works best when paired with a band of seed beads in a similar hue and accent beads in a bright metallic finish. Ndebele herringbone stacks are crowned with pearls in this graceful cuff.


SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm)

  • 18g size 11/0 Japanese seed beads, color A
  • 8g hex-cut Japanese cylinder beads or size 13/0 seed beads, color B
  • 16-in. (41cm) strand 4–5mm rice pearls or stone chips
  • 2-strand box clasp
  • Nymo B, conditioned with beeswax
  • beading needles, #12
  • 4 4mm jump rings
 
INSTRUCTIONS
Spiky pearl and bead bracelet Figure 1
FIGURE 1
Spiky pearl and bead bracelet Figure 2
FIGURE 2

1. Working with a 2-yd. (1.8m) length of conditioned thread, pick up six color A 11/0 seed beads. Sew through the beads again in the same direction, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Arrange the beads into two stacks of three (FIGURE 1, a–b)

2. Pick up three As. Sew through the three beads on the previous stack from top to bottom, and through the new stack from bottom to top (b–c). Continue working in ladder stitch (c–d) for a total of 82 stacks for a 7 1⁄2-in. (19.1cm) bracelet. Adjust the length of the bracelet by adding or removing four stacks.

3. Turn your work so the thread exits the top left bead of the ladder. Work in flat Ndebele herringbone as follows: Pick up four As and sew down through the second edge bead on the ladder (FIGURE 2, a–b). Sew up through the third edge bead, pick up four As, and sew down through the fourth edge bead (b–c). Sew up through the next edge bead (c–d) and repeat.

Spiky pearl and bead bracelet Figure 3
FIGURE 3
Spiky pearl and bead bracelet Figure 4
FIGURE 4

4. When you add the last stack of beads, sew through all three beads on the ladder’s last stack (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up four beads and continue working in Ndebele herringbone along the bottom edge (b–c).

Spiky pearl and bead bracelet Figure 5
FIGURE 5

5. Once you’ve added the last stack of beads, sew through all three ladder beads and the two end herringbone beads (FIGURE 4, a–b). Work a second row of herringbone along the top edge (b–c), sew through the beads on the end of the band after adding the last stack, and stitch a second row of herringbone along the bottom edge.

6. Work a third row along both edges as follows: Pick up four As and sew down through the next bead on the previous row (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up a color B cylinder bead and sew up through the next bead (b–c). Repeat across the row (c–d). After stitching the third row along the bottom edge, end with your thread exiting the top left bead of the band.

 

5. Once you’ve added the last stack of beads, sew through all three ladder beads and the two end herringbone beads (FIGURE 4, a–b). Work a second row of herringbone along the top edge (b–c), sew through the beads on the end of the band after adding the last stack, and stitch a second row of herringbone along the bottom edge.
 
5. Once you’ve added the last stack of beads, sew through all three ladder beads and the two end herringbone beads (FIGURE 4, a–b). Work a second row of herringbone along the top edge (b–c), sew through the beads on the end of the band after adding the last stack, and stitch a second row of herringbone along the bottom edge.
 
Spiky pearl and bead bracelet Figure 6
FIGURE 6
Spiky pearl and bead bracelet Figure 7
FIGURE 7

7. Pick up a B, a pearl, and a B. Sew back through the pearl and the first B (FIGURE 6, a–b). Sew down through the three As in the next stack, the B, and the next three As (b–c).

8. Pick up two As, a B, a pearl, and a B. Sew back through the pearl and the first B (c–d). Pick up two As and sew down through three As in the next stack, the B, and up through three As in the next stack (d–e)

9. Repeat steps 7–8 along both edges of the band, alternating between short and long pearl fringes (e–f). As you work the second edge, make sure it is the mirror image of the first – a short fringe across from a short fringe, and a long fringe across from a long fringe.

10. Weave through the beadwork so your thread exits the first B between the herringbone rows (FIGURE 7, point a). Pick up two Bs, positioning them in front of the long herringbone stack, and sew through the next B (a–b).

11. Pick up two Bs, position them behind the short herringbone stack, and sew through the next B (b–c).  

12. Repeat steps 10–11 across the band (c–d), sewing through each B. When you reach the end, weave through the beadwork and exit the first B between the herringbone rows on the other side. Repeat steps 10–11 as you did on the first side. 

13. Secure your working thread and tails with half-hitch knots between a few beads, and trim. Connect the clasp to the end rows of beads with jump rings.

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