Copper Peyote Stitch Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

bracelet measures 6.50"

 

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.

Directions

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 2 - String on eight beads, alternating crystal light copper beads with matte dark copper beads.  

step 2 - String on eight beads, alternating crystal light copper beads with matte dark copper beads.  

step 3 - At the end of the row, add one more dark bead which will be the base of the next row. Pass your needle through the first light bead of the previous row. Pull the thread through but don’t worry too much about the look of things at this point. By the time you finish this row you will see a pattern emerging.

step 3 - At the end of the row, add one more dark bead which will be the base of the next row. Pass your needle through the first light bead of the previous row. Pull the thread through but don’t worry too much about the look of things at this point. By the time you finish this row you will see a pattern emerging.

step 4 - Add on another dark bead and pass through the second light bead.

step 4 - Add on another dark bead and pass through the second light bead.

step 5 - Add another dark bead and pass through the third light bead.

step 5 - Add another dark bead and pass through the third light bead.

step 6 - Finish the row by adding another dark bead and passing through the fourth light bead. You have finished a complete row and should notice that what you’re creating is a design with four beads that drop down from the previous work. This will happen with each row you complete.  

step 6 - Finish the row by adding another dark bead and passing through the fourth light bead. You have finished a complete row and should notice that what you’re creating is a design with four beads that drop down from the previous work. This will happen with each row you complete.  

step 7 - Thread on a light bead to begin the next row. In this row you will be adding light beads, passing the needle through the dark beads of the previous row. You continue to alternate from light beads to dark in each row until your reach the length bracelet you need.  This is the entire magic of the peyote stitch. If you’re ever unsure of what color bead you should be adding at the end of the row, look at the color of the bead on that side of the bracelet. Because you’re designing with an even number of beads, the strip of beads on one side of the bracelet will be the opposite of the beads on the other.

step 7 - Thread on a light bead to begin the next row. In this row you will be adding light beads, passing the needle through the dark beads of the previous row. You continue to alternate from light beads to dark in each row until your reach the length bracelet you need.  This is the entire magic of the peyote stitch. If you’re ever unsure of what color bead you should be adding at the end of the row, look at the color of the bead on that side of the bracelet. Because you’re designing with an even number of beads, the strip of beads on one side of the bracelet will be the opposite of the beads on the other.

 

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.

The Clasp

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 1 - In this example, the last row of beading is dark beads. Bring the needle through the right side of the first loop of the clasp.

step 1 - In this example, the last row of beading is dark beads. Bring the needle through the right side of the first loop of the clasp.

step 2 - Go back through the light bead you just came from and pass completely through it.

step 2 - Go back through the light bead you just came from and pass completely through it.

step 3 - Go through the left side of the first loop.

step 3 - Go through the left side of the first loop.

step 4 - Bring the needle through the first dark bead.

step 4 - Bring the needle through the first dark bead.

step 5 - Pass the needle through the right side of the second loop in the clasp.

step 5 - Pass the needle through the right side of the second loop in the clasp.

step 6 - Bring the needle through the second light bead.

step 6 - Bring the needle through the second light bead.

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.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 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

 

 


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