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Poppy bracelet

After stitching a few of these flowers, you'll want to make a whole garden!

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

Lobster claw clasp 

  • 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm) chain with 6–8 mmlinks
  • 4 4 mm jump rings (1 for each charm plus 1 to attach the clasp)
  • nylon beading thread, size D 
  • beeswax or Thread Heaven (optional)
  • beading needles, #10 or #12
  • 2 pairs of pliers
Poppy charm
  • 4 mm fire-polished bead
  • 8/0 cylinder bead
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 1 g color A (red)
    • .5 g color B (black)

Wild rose charm

  • 8/0 cylinder bead
  • 11/0 seed beads 1 g color C (pink)
    • .5 g color D (white)
    • .5 g color E (yellow)

Forget-me-not charm

  • 8/0 cylinder bead
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 1 g color F (light blue)
    • .5 g color G (white) 
    • .5 g color H (yellow)

INSTRUCTIONS

 
Poppy bracelet fig 1
Figure 1
Poppy bracelet a
Photo a

Flower charms

Poppy

1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, pick up two color B 11/0 seed beads, leaving an 18-in. (46 cm) tail. Working in ladder stitch, sew through them again (FIGURE 1, a–b). Position them so they are side by side, and sew through the first bead again (b–c). 

2. Working in brick stitch, increase and decrease as follows:

Row 2: Work the first stitch with two Bs (c–d). Work the second stitch with one B, sewing under the same thread bridge the first stitch was attached to (d–e).

Row 3: Work one increase at the edge with a color A 11/0 seed bead and a B, sewing under the first thread bridge in the previous row (e–f). Work one stitch with a B (f–g), and work an increase at the other edge with an A (g–h).

Row 4: Work a decrease row with an A, a B, and an A (h–i).

Row 5: Work an increase row with four As (i–j).

Row 6: Work an increase row with five As (j–k).

Row 7: Work an increase row with six As (k–l).

Row 8: Work a decrease row with five As (l–m).

Row 9: Work a decrease row with four As (m–n and PHOTO A).

Poppy bracelet fig 2
Figure 2

3. To get into position to begin the next petal, sew through the beadwork to exit a bottom bead in row 1 (FIGURE 2, a–b). Work in ladder stitch to add a B (b–c). Work in brick stitch to add two Bs (c–d). Without adding a bead, work a brick stitch thread path through the next edge bead in row 2 (d–e). Exit the edge bead of row 3 of the previous petal (e–f).

Poppy bracelet fig 3
Figure 3
Poppy bracelet b
Photo b

4. For row 3, work two stitches with one B per stitch (FIGURE 3, a–b), and then work an increase stitch with an A (b–c). For the remaining rows, repeat rows 4–9 of the first petal (PHOTO B). 

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 twice to make two more petals.

Poppy bracelet fig 4
Figure 4
Poppy bracelet c
Photo c

6. To work the fifth petal, ladder stitch together the base beads of petals one and four (FIGURE 4, a–b). Sew through the edge bead in row 2 of the first petal (b–c). Work in brick stitch to add a B (c–d), and connect it to the edge B in row 2 of the previous petal (d–e). 

7. Sew through the edge A in row 3 (e–f). Brick stitch two Bs (f–g), and connect to the edge A in row 3 of the first petal (g–h). Repeat rows 4–9 of the first petal.

8. To add a bead that will connect the charm to the bracelet, sew through the beadwork to exit a middle A in row 8 on the back side of a petal. Pick up an 8/0 cylinder bead (PHOTO C), and sew back through the two middle As in row 8. Retrace the thread path through the cylinder, end the thread, and trim. 

Poppy bracelet d
Photo d

9. With the tail, pick up a 4 mm fire-polished bead and a B. Centering the beads in the middle of the flower, sew back through the 4 mm and the beads at the base of the flower (PHOTO D). Retrace the thread path through the 4 mm and B a few times, end the thread, and trim.

A great alternate use for these poppies: create a simple brooch for Memorial Day, Veteran's Day or Armistace Day. Simply sew a pinback to the back of the completed flower and wear on your lapel on November 11 or the last weekend in May to honor the our members of the Armed Forces who have fallen in combat. 

For complete project instructions and to learn how to create the wild rose flower or forget-me-not charms, click here to download & print this PDF

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