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Pearls and pagodas bracelet

Subtle structures define a right-angle weave band

Muted colors and seed bead embellishments lend a delicate look to these sturdy bracelets. 

Right-angle weave provides all sorts of opportunities for embellishments. I took full advantage of this in my bracelet, building up from the base row and filling all the spaces in between!

 

SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm) 

  • 58 6 mm pearls
  • 44 3 mm pearls
  • 76 4 mm bicone crystals
  • 5–7 g 15/0 Japanese seed beads
  • clasp
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12
INSTRUCTIONS
Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo A
PHOTO A
Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo B
PHOTO B

1. On 3 yd. (2.7 m) of thread, leave a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and use 6 mm pearls to make a right-angle weave strip that is 19 stitches long.

2. With the thread exiting the end 6 mm in the last stitch, pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal, five 15/0 seed beads, and a 4 mm. Sew through the end 6 mm and the first 4 mm again (PHOTO A).

3. Working in right-angle weave, pick up five 15/0s and a 4 mm, and sew through the next 6 mm in the stitch, the 4 mm your thread just exited, the five 15/0s and 4 mm just added, and the next 6 mm in the stitch (PHOTO B). 

Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo C
PHOTO C
Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo D
PHOTO D

4. Pick up a 4 mm and five 15/0s. Sew through the previous 4 mm and 6 mm, through the next 6 mm in the stitch, and the adjacent 4 mm that was added in step 2 (PHOTO C).

5. Pick up five 15/0s, and sew through the 4 mm added in the previous stitch, the 6 mm below the 15/0s just added, the next 4 mm, and the first four 15/0s of the set just added (PHOTO D). 

Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo E
PHOTO E
Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo F
PHOTO F

6. Pick up five 15/0s, and sew through the last three 15/0s your thread exited at the start of this step and the center three 15/0s in the next stitch (PHOTO E). 

7. Pick up four 15/0s, and sew through the end 15/0 in the previous stitch, the center three 15/0s your thread just exited, and the center three 15/0s in the next stitch. Repeat.

8. Sew through the end 15/0 in the first stitch, pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the end 15/0 in the last stitch and the three center 15/0s your thread just exited. Step up through the first three 15/0s in the new stitch (PHOTO F).

Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo G
PHOTO G

9. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the center 15/0 in the next stitch. Repeat three more times (PHOTO G). Retrace the thread path through the top ring of 15/0s, and sew through the beadwork to exit the 6 mm connecting the next right-angle weave stitch.

10. To work each subsequent “pagoda,” exit the connecting 6 mm, and repeat steps 2–9, ending and adding thread (Basics) as needed. End with at least 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread.

Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo H
PHOTO H
Pearls and pagodas beaded bracelet Photo I
PHOTO I

11. To attach the clasp, exit an edge 6 mm in the last stitch. Pick up two 3 mm pearls, three 15/0s, half of the clasp, and three 15/0s. Sew back through the two 3 mms and the end 6 mm (PHOTO H). Pick up two 3 mms and three 15/0s, sew through the same half of the clasp, and pick up three 15/0s. Sew back through the two 3 mms, retrace the thread path several times, and exit an edge 6 mm next to the end 6 mm.

12. Pick up a 3 mm, and sew through the next 6 mm on the same edge (PHOTO I). Repeat along this edge until you reach the last 6 mm. Sew through the end 6 mm, and repeat step 11 to attach the other half of the clasp on this end. Then continue adding 3 mms along the remaining edge. End the threads.

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