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Multi-strand stitched bracelet

Stitch a high-fashion multistrand bracelet with a slick shaping technique and cute sliding charms
Multistrand stitched bracelet fig 1


Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • Japanese cylinder beads
    • 20 g 11/0 (DB-0005, metallic variegated blue iris)
    • 3 g 15/0 (DBS-0005, metallic variegated blue iris)
  • 4 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 457, metallic dark gold)
  • 15 3 mm rose montées (crystal)
  • 8 g 4 mm cube beads (Miyuki 462, metallic gold iris)
  • beading needles, #12 
  • Fireline 6 lb. test

A matter of time

One factor that helps us determine a difficulty rating is how long the project takes to make. This bracelet relies almost completely on very basic techniques, but takes quite a while to complete, which is why we gave it a four-bead rating. Each rope takes about two hours to stitch, so the entire bracelet took more than 20 hours from start to finish.


Multistrand stitched bracelet fig 2
Figure 1


1. On a comfortable length of thread and leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, make a three-bead ladder with an 11/0 cylinder bead, a 15/0 cylinder bead, and an 11/0 cylinder (figure 1, a–b). 

Multistrand stitched bracelet a
Photo a
2. Work rows of brick stitch with an increase at the start of each row: Pick up an 11/0 cylinder and a 15/0 cylinder, and sew under the nearest thread bridge at the top of the previous row. Sew back through the new 15/0 cylinder. Pick up an 11/0 cylinder, and sew under the next thread bridge in the previous row and back through the new 11/0 cylinder (b–c). Repeat this row (c–d) until the strip is about 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm). The strip will twist as you work (photo a). End and add thread as needed.
Multistrand stitched bracelet b
Photo b

3. To complete the rope, use 11/0 cylinders to work two rows of peyote stitch along one long edge. The twist will flatten out some as you add the rows. Zip up the edges to form a tube. The tube will be curved (photo b). End the working thread and tail.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 to make a total of nine ropes.

Multistrand stitched bracelet c
Photo c
Multistrand stitched bracelet d
Photo d

Sew through the adjacent 15/0, the other channel of the rose montée, and the 15/0 adjacent to the one your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Sew through the beadwork to exit an end bead (photo c).

3. Remove the stop bead, wrap the strip around a rope, and zip up the ends (photo d). End the working thread and tail.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 to make as many small charms as you like. The sample shown has 11. Omit the rose montée on half of them. Arrange the charms as desired on the ropes.

Multistrand stitched bracelet e
Photo e

Large charms

On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, make a peyote strip that is 10 beads wide and 22 rows long. Work as in step 2 of “Small charms” to attach three rose montées to the strip in the desired location (photo e). Wrap the strip around a rope, and zip up the ends. Make a total of three large charms.

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF

Multistrand stitched bracelet fig 3
Figure 2

Roller charms

Small charms

1. On 18 in. (46 cm) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail, and pick up four 15/0 seed beads. Working in flat, even-count peyote stitch, make a strip that is four beads wide and 22 rows long. There will be 11 beads on each straight edge (figure 2).

Multistrand stitched bracelet fig 4
Figure 3
2. Sew through the beadwork to exit an edge 15/0 with the needle facing toward the other edge. Pick up a 3 mm rose montée, and sew through a 15/0 on the other edge of the strip (figure 3, a–b).
You can use just peyote for these tubes if you wish. Using the brick stitch start may be easier, though, as working a long strip of peyote with cylinder beads can be a bit cumbersome. But if you choose to work in peyote, pick up about 130 11/0 cylinders to start, and then work a row of peyote with 11/0 cylinders. Next, work two rows with 15/0 cylinders and three more rows with 11/0 cylinders.
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