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Candy hearts bracelet

Get your admirers talking with a sweetheart of a bracelet
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Valentine’s Day gives us an opportunity to spread the love with encouraging cards and tasty morsels. This peyote stitch bracelet sends a warm and fuzzy message to anyone who receives it — even if you give it to yourself!

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1 cm)

  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads*
    • 47 dark red (DB654, opaque brick red)
    • 1 g medium red (DB791, opaque matte candy apple red)
    • 92 dark orange (DB653, opaque pumpkin)
    • 56 light orange (DB651, opaque light orange)
    • 2 g medium yellow (DB1491, opaque eggshell)
    • 1 g light yellow (DB1131, opaque light butter rum; www.artbeads.com)
    • 48 dark green (DB724, opaque pea green)
    • 2 g medium green (DB1496, opaque sea foam)
    • 83 violet (DB1379, opaque red violet)
    • 55 medium purple (DB661, opaque purple)
    • 2 g light purple (DB1137, opaque blue agate; www.artbeads.com)
    • 1 g dark pink (DB873, opaque matte rainbow fuchsia)
    • 1 g medium pink (DB1371, opaque rose)
    • 2 g light pink (DB1493, opaque dark peach)
    • 48 gray (DB1498, opaque pale grey)
    • 2 g white (DB200, opaque white)
  • 13 x 15 mm heart button with shank
  • Fireline 4 or 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

*The Delica beads were purchased from www.firemountaingems.com (unless otherwise noted) and reflect the numbering and naming conventions of the vendor.

INSTRUCTIONS

candy hearts bracelet pattern
Pattern
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Figure 1

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail.

2. Using 11/0 Delica cylinder beads, work the pattern in flat even-count peyote stitch, starting at the bottom left-hand corner. End and add thread as needed.

3. Hold the band horizontally so the working thread is pointing away from you. To work the first edging stitch: With the working thread exiting the end cylinder in the last row, pick up three medium pink cylinders, sew down through the next edge cylinder, and sew up through the following edge cylinder (FIGURE 1, a–b).

4. To work subsequent edging stitches: Pick up three medium pink cylinders, and sew through the next edge cylinder. Sew through the beadwork to exit the second edge cylinder from the one you just sewed through (b–c). Repeat this stitch for the length of the edge, ending and adding thread as needed.

5. Sew through the beadwork to exit the end cylinder along the other edge. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for this edge.

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Figure 2

6. To make the toggle loop: Using the working thread, sew through the end row of the band to exit the sixth up-bead from one edge. Pick up 27 medium pink cylinders, and sew through the next up-bead. Sew back through all the cylinders just added and the sixth up-bead from the end (FIGURE 2). Continue through the first cylinder added in this step. Using medium pink cylinders, work a row of peyote stitch off the loop of cylinders. End the working thread.

7. To attach the toggle button: Remove the stop bead, and using the tail, sew through the end row of the band to exit the sixth up-bead from one edge. Pick up 12 medium pink cylinders and the shank of the heart button, and sew through the next up-bead. Sew back through all the cylinders just added and the first up-bead. End the tail.

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