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Twisted bugle bead bracelet

Twisted bugle beads line up like Ionic columns when they’re inserted between Ndebele herringbone stitches. Graduated lengths of seed beads lend a graceful taper to each end.


Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm)

  • 3g 12mm twisted bugle beads
  • Japanese seed beads
  • 5g size 8/0
  • 11g size 11/0
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #10
Twisted bugle bead bracelet Figure 1
Figure 1


1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, leave a 6-in. (15cm) tail, and pick up four 8/0 seed beads. Sew back through all the beads and position them so you have two pairs side by side (FIGURE 1, a–b). Work in ladder stitch until you have a strip that is four beads wide by two beads tall (b–c).

Twisted bugle bead bracelet Figure 2
Figure 2
2. Work two stitches in flat Ndebele herringbone (FIGURE 2, a–b). Step up to complete the row (b–c). Work another row of herringbone.
Twisted bugle bead bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3

3. Work one herringbone stitch (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up an 11/0, sew through the next 8/0, and work another stitch (b–c). Pick up four 11/0s, and sew up through the last 8/0 added (c–d).

4. Repeat step 3, but pick up two 11/0s between stitches instead of one (d–e). 

5. Repeat step 3 seven times, increasing the number of 11/0s picked up between stitches by one on each row until you have completed a row with nine 11/0s between the two herringbone stitches.

Twisted bugle bead bracelet Figure 4
Figure 4

6. Work as in step 3, but replace the group of 11/0s with an 11/0, a 12mm bugle bead, and an 11/0 (FIGURE 4, a–b). 

7. Work one herringbone stitch (b–c). Pick up an 11/0, sew through the bugle picked up in the previous stitch, and pick up an 11/0 (c-–d). Work the next herringbone stitch, add four 11/0s, and step up (d–e).

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 until the bugle bead section is the desired length. To determine how long the bugle bead section should be, first add the length of the clasp to the length of the two 11/0 end sections of the bracelet, then subtract that sum from your wrist length. The clasp will require approximately 1 in. (2.5cm). The herringbone rows with 11/0s between them are approximately 11⁄4 in. (3.2cm) per side, or 2 1⁄2 in. (6.4cm) total. For a 71⁄2-in. (19.1cm) bracelet, the bugle bead section should be 4 in. (10cm) long. Add thread as needed.

9. Work a section using 11/0s between the stitches, as in step 3. Begin with nine 11/0s, and decrease the number of 11/0s used between stitches by one bead per row until you have completed a row with one 11/0 between stitches.

Twisted bugle bead bracelet Figure 5
Figure 5
10. Work two more rows of herringbone, as in step 2 (FIGURE 5). Sew through the last row in ladder stitch to straighten the beads. Secure both tails with a few half-hitch knots between beads, and trim.
For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF
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