Whimsical herringbone flower bracelet and earrings

Combine a bouquet of techniques – including herringbone with increases, right-angle weave, and modified peyote – with bright colors and art-glass beads to create a festive bracelet and earrings

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Delightful flower charms dangle from a right-angle weave base

EARRINGS

SUPPLIES

2 3mm Czech glass beads
0.5g size 11/0 seed beads, color A
0.5g size 15/0 seed beads, in each of 2 colors: B, C
Nymo D 
beading needles, #12
pair of earring findings


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FIGURE 1

INSTRUCTIONS

Base

1. On 3 yd. (2.7m) of Nymo, pick up four color A 11/0 seed beads. Leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail, sew back through the first A, and pull the beads into a ring (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2.
Pick up two color B 15/0s, one A, and two Bs. Sew back through the A the thread is exiting and on through the next A in the ring (b–c).

3.
Pick up two Bs and one A. Sew back through the two Bs from the previous step and through two As in the ring (c–d).

4.
Repeat step 3 (d–e).

5.
Sew through two Bs from step 2, pick up an A, and sew through the two Bs from step 4. Sew through an A in the ring, two 15/0s, and the first A added in step 2 (e–f).

6.
Sew through the four As, pulling them tight to form a new ring (f–g).

7.
Repeat steps 2–6 three times. Finish by exiting any A on the last round.

Flower

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FIGURE 2
(Click on FIGURES to enlarge)

1. Pick up two color C 15/0s. Sew through the next A in the ring (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat around the ring, adding two Cs between each A. Step up through the first C added (b–c).

2. Pick up two Cs, and sew down through the next C. For the next stitch, work an increase by picking up a B and sewing up through the next C (c–d).

3. Repeat around the ring, working one regular stitch and one increase (d–e). Remember to step up after each round.

4. To start the next increase round, work a stitch with two Cs and then a stitch with two Bs (e–f). Continue around the ring (f–g).

5. Work four rounds of herringbone using Bs and Cs (g–h).

6. On the next round, work herringbone with Bs and Cs, but increase using one A between each herringbone stack. Sew through the first bead in the new round (h–i).

7. Work another herringbone round using Bs and Cs, sewing through the As added in the last round (i–j).

8. Make one more round as follows: work one herringbone stitch with Cs, increase to two As, go through the two Bs of the next stack, and increase to two As. Repeat around (j–k). Sew back down a vertical stack of Cs, then exit at point b.

Embellishments

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FIGURE 3
1. Using the working thread, exit the center of the flower, and pick up five As and three Cs. Skip the Cs, sew back through the As, and sew back through the bead your thread is exiting (FIGURE 3, a–b). Sew through the next A in the ring. Make three fringes.
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FIGURE 4
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PHOTO A
2. To make a loop, exit the same base ring, and exit an A on the outside of the flower. Pick up seven As, and sew back through the same A (FIGURE 4, a–b and Photo A). Sew through the next A on the ring. Make four loops.
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FIGURE 5
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PHOTO B

3. To make leaves, exit the ring of As right above the one you just added the loops to. Pick up six Bs, one A, and three Cs. Skip the three Cs, and sew back through the A (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up six Bs, and sew back into the A on the ring (b–c and PHOTO B). Sew through the next A on the ring. Make four leaves.

4. Secure the thread with half-hitch knots between several beads. Trim the working thread, and thread a needle on the 6-in. tail.

5. On the tail, pick up one 3mm glass bead, three As, the loop of an earring finding, and three As. Sew back through the 3mm and the A opposite the bead your thread is exiting. Retrace the thread path. Secure the tail as before, and trim.

6. Make a second earring to match the first.

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Bracelet

The bracelet has many of the same components as the earring. Start by making the base for the earring, but in step 7, keep stitching until the base is the length of your wrist. Make six or seven flower charms the same as for the earrings. Set them aside to be stitched to the base later.

For the bracelet supply list and further instructions in making the clasp, click here to complete this free project!

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