Ruffle Cuff Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

bracelet measures 6.50"

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This design might make you think of a blouse’s ruffled cuff. That was my inspiration for creating it. The directions for this peyote stitch bracelet are similar to the ones for my Copper Peyote Bracelet except this bracelet start with only six beads. I’ve also added teardrop beads on the sides. Instead of taking all new step photos, I’m using most of the copper bracelet photos cropped.

 

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 six seed beads. 

step 2 - String on six seed beads. 

step 3 - At the end of the row, add one more seed bead, which will be the start of the next row.  Working from left to right, pass your needle through the second 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 seed bead, which will be the start of the next row.  Working from left to right, pass your needle through the second 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 a second bead and pass through the fourth bead.

step 5 - Finish the row by adding another bead and passing through the sixth bead.  You have finished a complete row and should notice that what you’re creating is a design with three beads that drop down from the previous work.  This will happen with each row you complete.

step 6 - Thread on a bead to begin the next row working from right to left.  In this and the remainder rows you will be adding three beads and passing the needle through the dropped beads of the previous row.  This is the entire magic of the peyote stitch.

step 6 - Thread on a bead to begin the next row working from right to left.  In this and the remainder rows you will be adding three beads and passing the needle through the dropped beads of the previous row.  This is the entire magic of the peyote stitch.

The Peyote Stitch Drop Bead Pattern

The Peyote Stitch Drop Bead Pattern

Adding The Teardrop Beads

step 1 - When you reach the end of your row at the left side, add a teardrop bead then add a seed bead as usual.  Work across the row and add a matching tear drop bead on the right. Work to the left adding three beads as usual. 

step 2 - When you reach the left side, move the thread behind the teardrop bead.

step 2 - When you reach the left side, move the thread behind the teardrop bead.

step 3 - Bring forward the thread to wrap it around the base of the bead.  Do this twice. Pull the thread snugly.  This will provide support for the teardrop beads and prevent them from flopping around.

step 3 - Bring forward the thread to wrap it around the base of the bead.  Do this twice. Pull the thread snugly.  This will provide support for the teardrop beads and prevent them from flopping around.

step 4 - Work the next row as usual.  When you reach the right side wrap the thread around the teardrop as you did on the left.  Continue to work your way back to the left where you will add another teardrop bead.  As you can see, you add a teardrop in one row and wrap it in the next.

The Clasp

You will be attaching a three-loop clasp to three beads at the end of the bracelet.  Since the bracelet ends do not have the three drop beads in the same position, you will have to attach the loops to different beads on each end of the bracelet. 

step 1 - Work your needle through beads along the edge until it is aligned opposite a loop. 

step 1 - Work your needle through beads along the edge until it is aligned opposite a loop. 

step 2 - Pass through the loop and back through beads.

step 2 - Pass through the loop and back through beads.

step 3 - Work toward the remaining loops. 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 bead. 

step 4 - To create a more secure connection, repeat what you just did only working in the opposite direction. To finish, go back through the beads only this time making half hitch knots between the beads. When done, clip off excess thread. 

step 5 - To finish the other bracelet end, thread a needle with the 12” tail you made when you started the bracelet. Work the other piece of the clasp by creating three half hitch knots to secure the thread to the work. Attach this half of the clasp as you did the first.

Option:  To give the bracelet added sparkle I attached three teardrop beads to the clasp loops on each end, which hides the clasp when it is fastened.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 16 grams silver lined Crystal Delicas seed beads 8/0
  • 1 package (84 pieces) clear crystal teardrop beads 6X9mm
  • beading needle
  • beading thread
  • 3 strand slide clasp

 

 


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