Tuscan sunset cuff

Highlight the warm colors of Tuscany in a bead-embroidered cuff.
Tuscansunsetcuff
This lampwork bead by Lydia Muell was Bead&Button's 20th anniversary commemorative bead. Unfortunately this bead is no longer available. Check out Lydia's website for other lampwork beads or use one of your favorites.
SUPPLIES

bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 32 mm flat back lampwork bead
  • 19 5 x 7 mm faceted drop beads (Czech, topaz pink luster; www.landofodds.com)
  • 4 4 x 6 mm top-drilled drop beads (turquoise Picasso; www.landofodds.com)
  • 40–50 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, light gold)
  • 1 g 10/0 two-cut seed beads (silky gold/bronze/copper; www.evezbeadz.artfire.com)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 4 g color A (Toho 332, gold-luster raspberry)
    • 2 g color B (Czech, metallic bronze)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 342, berry-lined light topaz AB)
  • 2 sets of 2/0 garment snaps, sew-on
  • nylon beading thread
  • beading needles, #12
  • all-purpose glue
  • Gorilla Glue two-part epoxy or double-sided tape
  • cardstock
  • marker
  • 2 x 10 in. (5 x 25 cm) interfacing
  • 4 x 10 in. (10 x 25 cm) Ultrasuede
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Figure 1
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Figure 2

stepbystep

 

Petal motifs

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of thread, pick up a 3 mm pearl and four color B 11/0 seed beads. Sew through the pearl and the first B again, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail (FIGURE 1).

 

2. Pick up a 5 x 7 mm drop and a B, sew back through the drop, and continue through the next B. Repeat twice (FIGURE 2). End the working thread and tail.

 

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 to make a total of five petal motifs.

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Photo A
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Photo B

Bead embroidery

1. Make a bracelet template: Cut a piece of cardstock 1½ in. (3.8 cm) wide and the desired length of your bracelet plus about 1 in. (2.5 cm) for the snap closure overlap. Round the corners.

 

2. Trace the template onto a 2 x 10-in. (5 x 25 cm) piece of Ultrasuede, but don’t cut out the shape. Cut a 2 x 10-in. (5 x 25 cm) piece of interfacing, apply all-purpose glue around the perimeter, and adhere it to the back of the Ultrasuede, making sure you don’t get glue in the areas where you’ll be beading. 

 

3. Apply Gorilla Glue or double-sided tape to the back of the lampwork bead, and adhere it to the center of the front of the Ultrasuede. 

 

4. Tie an overhand knot at the end of 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, and sew up through the interfacing and Ultrasuede next to the lampwork bead. Using 10/0 two-cut beads, work a round of beaded backstitch (PHOTO A), ending with an even number of beads. Exit near the hole of the lampwork bead. 

 

5. Pick up a 3 mm pearl, skip the next two-cut, and sew through the following two-cuts around the lampwork bead to exit the other end of the hole. Pick up a pearl, skip a two-cut, and sew through the following two-cuts around the other side of the lampwork bead to exit the first pearl. Sew through the lampwork bead and the opposite pearl, and then sew back through the lampwork bead, the first pearl, and a few more two-cuts (PHOTO B). Sew down and up through the Ultrasuede and interfacing, exiting next to the round of two-cuts.

 
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Photo C
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Photo D

6. Using color A 11/0 seed beads, work a round of beaded backstitch (PHOTO C).

 

7. Using 15/0 seed beads, work a round of tubular peyote stitch off of the As, pulling snug so the 15/0s sit on top of the As (PHOTO D).

 
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8. Sew through the beadwork to exit an outer-round A just below the center stitch on one side of the lampwork bead. Pick up a 4 x 6 mm drop bead, and sew through the next A in the round (PHOTO E)


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Photo F
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Photo G

Pick up a 5 x 7 mm drop and a B, sew back through the drop, and continue through the next A in the round (PHOTO F). Pick up a 4 x 6 mm drop, and sew through the next A in the round (PHOTO G)

 
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Photo H
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Photo I

9. Pick up three Bs, skip the next A, and sew through the following three As to form a picot (PHOTO H). Repeat this stitch around half of the lampwork bead. Add three more drop beads as in step 8, positioning them opposite the first set, and then continue adding picots with Bs around the other half of the lampwork bead (PHOTO I).

 

For complete project instructions click here to download and print this PDF.

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