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Whirling peyote bracelet

Lacy edging, peyote stitch, and a touch of sparkle make a winning combination. Sculptural elements emphasize the fluidity of this easy-to-make bracelet. 


  • 7 3⁄4 in. (19.7 cm) bracelet
  • 20 4 mm bacon crystals in each of 5 colors to match cylinder beads: A, B, C, D, E
  • 40 4 mm round crystals or fire-polished beads in one of the above colors
  • Japanese cylinder beads 7 g in each of 5 colors: A, B, C, D, E
  • 4 in. (10 cm) 16-gauge wire, dead-soft
  • nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12
  • chainnose pliers
  • roundnose pliers
  • wire cutters


Whirling peyote bracelet fig 1
Figure 1
1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Following the pattern (figure 1), pick up 16 cylinder beads, and work in even-count peyote stitch up to the first crystal inclusion (figure 2, a–b).
Whirling peyote bracelet fig 2
Figure 2

2. To form a window for the 4 mm bicone crystal, sew through the next three cylinders in the previous two rows (b–c). Follow the pattern to complete the row (c–d).

3. Begin the next row, and, in the space created by the missing cylinder, pick up a bicone (d–e). Complete the row following the pattern. Note: There are several places in this pattern where two bicones are spaced one row apart. In such cases, remember to leave an opening for a bicone, as in e–f.

Whirling peyote bracelet fig 3
Figure 3

4. In the next row, continue following the pattern, placing a bicone in the space created in the previous row, and work up to the first bicone added (figure 3, a–b). Sew through the bicone, and continue following the pattern to the end of the row (b–c).

5. In the next row, work up to the first bicone. Pick up three cylinders, skip over the bicone (c–d), and continue following the pattern (d–e).

Whirling peyote bracelet fig 4
Figure 4

6. In the next row, work up to the three cylinders that are on top of the first bicone (figure 4, a–b). Sew through these three cylinders (b–c), and continue to the end of the row (c–d).

7. Complete the bracelet following the pattern, repeating steps 2–6 for each crystal inclusion. Do not trim the threads.

Sculptural embellishment

Each sculptural embellishment is placed only on those swirls that do not have any swirls overlapping them. Embellishment is at your discretion.

1. Secure a comfortable length of thread in the beadwork, and exit at the point where the embellishment will begin.

2. Begin the layer one cylinder in from the edge of the swirl. Pick up a cylinder, and sew through the cylinder directly below where the new cylinder will be placed and the new cylinder.

3. Continue stitching cylinders to the base, following the pattern.

4. To include a second layer, repeat steps 2 and 3.

Whirling peyote bracelet fig 5
Figure 5

Three-layer edging

This edging is worked with three colors of cylinders from the bracelet.

1. Layer 1: Secure a new thread in the beadwork so that it exits the bead prior to the striped section. Pick up seven cylinders, skip four edge cylinders, sew into the fifth edge cylinder, and sew up through the next cylinder (figure 5, a–b). Repeat for the length of the bracelet.

2. Layer 2: Position the thread so it exits the first open cylinder inside the previous loop in layer 1. Pick up two cylinders, sew through the centercylinder of the loop (c–d), pick up five cylinders, and sew through the center cylinder again (d–e). Pick up two more cylinders, skip two edge cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder (e–f). This forms a picot using the loop from layer 1. Sew through the beadwork as shown, exiting inside the second loop (f–g). Repeat for the length of the bracelet.

Whirling peyote bracelet fig 6
Figure 6

3. Layer 3: With the front of the bracelet facing you, position the thread so it exits the second open cylinder below the first loop (figure 6, point a). Pick up three cylinders, a 4 mm round crystal, and three cylinders. Sew into the first empty edge bead below the second loop (a–b). Sew up through the next empty cylinder (b–c). Repeat for the length of the bracelet. Secure the thread, and trim.

4. Repeat layers 1–3 on the other edge of the bracelet. Secure the thread, and trim.

Concealed hook and pockets

1. Cut a 4-in. (10 cm) piece of 16-gauge wire.

Whirling peyote bracelet a
Photo a
Whirling peyote bracelet fig b
Photo b

2. Make a plain loop at one end using roundnose pliers. Using chainnose pliers, bend the loop up at a right angle to the wire (photo a).

3. Measure the width of the bracelet, and make another right-angle bend this distance from the loop. Make a second bend 1⁄8 in. (3 mm) further down the wire. Open the loop, and slip the wire tail into the loop (photo b). Close the loop.

Whirling peyote bracelet fig c
Photo c

4. Bend the wire tail over the top of the loop, so that it is going in the opposite direction. Using roundnose pliers, make another loop. Using chainnose pliers, bend the loop at a slight angle (photo c). This angle will help prevent the hook from sliding out while you are wearing the bracelet.

5. Fold the striped section to the back of the bracelet, and check that the resulting pocket is large enough for the finished hook to slide through.

6. Zip the end row to the back side of the bracelet. Secure the thread, and trim.

7. Remove the stop bead, and slide the other end of the bracelet through the rectangular opening of the hook. Fold the striped section over the clasp, away from the hook. Repeat step 6 using the tail.

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