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Pretty pleated cuff

Stitch a band with a ruffled channel in the center

Combining two techniques and sizes of beads creates a band with a soft, rippling center. Surface embellishments can add elegance or whimsy, depending on your color choices.


bracelet 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm)

  • 52–66 3 mm round beads
  • 3 g fringe drops
  • 8 g 11/0 seed beads
  • 7 g 11/0 Japanese cylinder beads
  • 3 g 15/0 seed beads
  • 2 magnetic clasps
  • nylon beading thread
  • beading needles, #12 or #13


Pretty pleated cuff Figure 1

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up eight 11/0 cylinder beads, 13 11/0 seed beads, and eight cylinders (FIGURE 1, a–b)

2. Pick up two cylinders, skip the previous two cylinders, and sew back through the next two cylinders (b–c). Work another two-drop peyote stitch (c–d). 

3. Pick up three 11/0s, skip three 11/0s in the previous row, and sew through the next 11/0 (d–e). Repeat twice, and sew through the last 11/0 in the previous row (e–f). Work two stitches of two-drop peyote using cylinders (f–g).

Pretty pleated cuff Figure 2
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 (FIGURE 2) until the band is the desired length, ending and adding thread as needed. The netted section in the center will ruffle and pleat as you stitch. End the working thread and tail. Add a new thread to the bracelet, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail, and exit an edge pair of cylinders at one end of the bracelet.
Pretty pleated cuff Figure 3


5. Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a fringe drop, and a 15/0, skip the next pair of cylinders on the edge, and sew down through the following pair of cylinders (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, and sew up through the next pair of cylinders on the edge (b–c). Repeat (c–d) along the length of the bracelet. Sew through the beadwork to exit an edge pair on the other side of the bracelet, and repeat along the opposite edge. Do not end the thread.

Pretty pleated cuff Figure 4

6. Add a new thread to the beadwork, and exit the beadwork as shown in FIGURE 4, point a. 

7. Sew down through the next pair of cylinders, pick up a 15/0, and sew up through the following pair of cylinders (a–b). Repeat to the end of the band, and then along the opposite edge. 

Designer’s Note: As you add and end thread, try to make any knots in the netted portion of the cuff rather than the peyote sections. This will make it easier to sew through the beadwork and add embellishments later.

Pretty pleated cuff Figure 5
8. Weave through the beadwork to exit a lower 15/0 on one end of the bracelet. Pick up six 15/0s, skip the first 15/0 in the upper row of embellishment, and sew through the next 15/0 (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, a 3 mm round bead, and a 15/0, skip a 15/0 in the lower row, and sew through the next 15/0 (b–c). Repeat to the end of the row, keeping in mind that the irregular spacing between the rows will dictate whether or not you skip a 15/0 as you add the embellishment. Repeat on the other side of the bracelet.

9. Using one of the remaining threads or tails, weave through the beadwork to exit the front of the bracelet between the first and second stitches on one end. Pick up the loop of one half of a clasp, and sew into the beadwork. Retrace the thread path several times, and end the thread. Using another thread or tail, exit the beadwork on the back of the opposite end of the bracelet, so that the two halves of the clasp will line up and close comfortably. Sew the second half of the clasp to the bracelet as you did the first. Repeat on the other end with the other clasp. End all the threads and tails.
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