Copper Peyote Stitch Bracelet
Peyote stitch is as old as ancient Egypt and has been popular with cultures throughout the world, and most notably used in Native American bead work when peyote stitch objects were used in ceremonies. The stitch is very easy to create and can be worn as is, attached to a metal cuff, or created with geometric patterns. I chose beads in two shades of copper: silver lined crystal in a light bead, and metallic matte in a darker bead for a beautiful contrasting design. Choose your favorite colors for you own creation.
step 1 - Cut a piece of beading thread to measure three yards. Attach a stop bead 12 inches from one end. The 12 inches of thread will be used to work in the clasp later.
step 8 - There are many types of clasps available to finish this bracelet. I chose a slide tube. Before following the clasp directions below, be sure that the ends of your bracelet match. If the dropped beads are dark on one end, they should also be dark on the other end.
I was unable to find a dark cooper metal slide clasp with four loops for this bracelet and settled for a three loop clasp. But the results were less than ideal because we’re trying to attach an odd number of loops to an even number of beads. I strongly suggest using a four loop or a completely different kind of clasp. Follow these instructions for attaching a four loop clasp.
step 7 - Continue weaving in and out of beads and attaching the clasp in this manner. When you get to the end of the row you will bring the needle out the last light bead, through the left side of the clasp, then go back through the light bead and work back in the other direction. (Ignore the last bead in the row.) Repeating these steps creates a more secure clasp connection.
step 8 - When you reach the other bracelet end, go back through the beads only this time making half hitch knots between the beads. When finished, clip off excess thread.
step 9 - Thread a needle with 12” of thread and start working the other end of the bracelet by creating three half hitch knots to secure the thread to the work.
step 10 - Attach the other half of the clasp by following steps # 1 through # 7.
- 8 grams silver lined Crystal Copper 8/0 seed beads
- 8 grams metallic matte dark Copper 8/0 seed beads
- 3 yards black beading thread
- beading needles
- 4 strand slide clasp