1. Using the template as a guide, cut a strip of leather 1⁄2 x 53⁄4 in. (1.3 cm x 14.6 cm) with rounded corners.
2. Using a pencil and a ruler, draw a centerline down the length of the leather.
3. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread. Sew up through the leather 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from one end on the centerline. Working in stop stitch, pick up a rondelle bead and a 15/0 seed bead, and sew back through the rondelle and the leather (photo a). Tie a half-hitch knot, retrace the thread path to reinforce the connection, and tie another half-hitch knot. Sew up through the leather 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) from where your thread exited on the centerline.
4. Work as in step 3, alternating the rondelle colors and positioning the beads to sit next to each other. Continue adding beads until you reach the other end. End the working thread and tail.
Edging and assembly
1. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, and trim the tail. To edge the leather in brick stitch, sew up through the leather about 1 mm from the edge, pick up two 15/0 seed beads, sew up through the leather about one bead’s width from where the thread just exited, and continue up through the second bead just added (photo b).