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Gumdrops in my garden

Try these yummy beads for a simply delicious accessory
Gumdrops in my garden
Give brick stitch flowers dimension with gumdrop-bead centers.
 
Gumdrops in my garden key

Use gumdrop beads to make these sweet little brick stitch flowers. Turn them into charms or earrings, or connect them in a row to make a dainty bracelet.

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 8 7 x 10 mm gumdrop beads (green lumi)
  • 5 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB179, transparent gray AB)
  • clasp
  • beading thread
  • beading needles, #10–#12

Pair of earrings

  • 2 7 x 10 mm gumdrop beads (pink lumi)
  • 1 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB179, transparent gray AB)
  • pair of earring findings
  • beading thread
  • beading needles, #10–#12

Find gumdrops at www.robins-beads.co.uk, www.beadfx.com, www.agrainofsand.com, and www.beadstalkers.com.

INSTRUCTIONS

Bracelet

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Figure 1
1. On 4 ft. (1.2 m) of thread, pick up a 7 x 10 mm gumdrop bead. Leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail, sew through the bead again, creating a thread bridge along one side of the bead (FIGURE 1, a–b). Sew through the gumdrop three more times, arranging the loops so you have two thread bridges on each side of the bead (b–c).
Gumdrops in my garden f2
Figure 2
2. Begin working in brick stitch: Pick up two 11/0 cylinder beads, sew under a pair of thread bridges on one side of the gumdrop, and sew back up through the second cylinder (FIGURE 2, a–b).

3. Pick up a cylinder, sew under the thread bridge, and sew back up through the cylinder just added (b–c). Repeat this stitch around the gumdrop until you have 15 cylinders (c–d). You should have eight cylinders anchored to one set of thread bridges and seven anchored to the other set of bridges. Sew down through the first cylinder and up through the last cylinder to close the ring (d–e). This ring of cylinders will be row 1 for the five individual petals.
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Figure 3

4. To finish the first petal, work four more rows as follows:

Row 2: Work in brick stitch to attach two cylinders to the adjacent thread bridge and two cylinders to the following thread bridge (FIGURE 3).

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Figure 4
Row 3: Work in brick stitch to attach two cylinders to the adjacent thread bridge, one cylinder to the next thread bridge, and two cylinders to the following thread bridge (FIGURE 4).
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Figure 5
Row 4: Following the thread path shown in FIGURE 5, add one cylinder over each thread bridge in row 3.
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Figure 6
Row 5: Step up through the last cylinder added. Work three peyote stitches, and then sew down through the edge beads of the petal and up through the next bead in row 1 (FIGURE 6).
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Figure 7

5. Repeat step 4 to make a total of five petals. Note: After ending each remaining petal, you will have to sew through three additional beads in row 1 to get to the starting point for the following petal (FIGURE 7). Do not end the working thread or tail.

6. Make as many flowers as needed to fit around your wrist, keeping in mind the size of the clasp.

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Figure 8

Assembly

Because the flowers have five petals, you will alternate between working a two-petal join and a one-petal join.

1. Work a two-petal join: Align two flowers so that they are mirror images of each other and so that two petals on each flower are touching. With a thread remaining from one of the flowers, sew through the beadwork to exit the flower at FIGURE 8, point a. Sew through the corresponding cylinders on the two flowers twice (a–b), and then sew through the beadwork to exit the corresponding cylinder on the next petal (b–c). Sew through the corresponding cylinders on the two petals (c–d), and end the thread.

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Figure 9
2. Work a one-petal join: Align a new flower opposite the previous join so that a single petal from each flower is touching. With a remaining thread, sew through the new flower to exit at FIGURE 9, point a. Sew through the corresponding cylinders in the two petals, and then sew through the next two cylinders (a–b). Repeat this stitch twice (b–c), and end the thread.

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to connect the remaining petals.
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Figure 10
4. To attach the clasp, you will make a five-cylinder loop at each end of the bracelet. Depending upon whether your bracelet has an even number or odd number of flowers, your clasp attachment will either be worked off of two petals or a single petal. Referring to FIGURE 10, sew through an end flower, exiting as shown for the appropriate attachment (point a or point c). Pick up five cylinders and half of the clasp, and then complete the loop as shown (a–b or c–d). Retrace the thread path several times, and end the thread.
Earrings

Make two flowers. On each flower, make a five-cylinder loop off of a single petal as in FIGURE 10, a–b. Retrace the thread path several times, and end the threads. Attach an earring finding. 
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