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Windows bracelet

Stitch a series of framed window openings to create a bracelet that lets you weave in a peyote band. Make the windows using triangles or hex cuts, then work the band using seed beads in a contrasting finish or color.
Figure 1
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Window panels
This portion of the bracelet should measure at least ½ in. (1.3cm) shorter than your wrist measurement. To estimate the number of windows to stitch, figure that 16 windows (eight on each side of the center bar) equal approximately 8 in. (20cm), and 14 windows (seven on each side) equal approximately 6½ in. (16.5 cm).

1. Center a stop bead on 4 yd. (3.7m) of conditioned Nymo and go through it again once or twice. Thread a needle on one end and wind the other end onto a bobbin to keep it out of the way. 
Pick up nine triangle beads or hex cuts and work in square stitch for a total of three rows (FIGURE 1, a–b). This becomes the bracelet’s central horizontal bar. (You can add more rows here, but always stitch an odd number of rows.) 

Figure 2
2. Work four rows of square stitch across the two end beads (FIGURE 2, a–b) to form the right edge of the window. Set the thread aside.
Figure 3

3. Remove the stop bead and thread a needle on the tail. Weave the thread up to the top row of the bar. Work five rows of square stitch across the two end beads to form the left edge of the window (FIGURE 3, a–b)

4. Using the same thread, pick up six triangles. Square stitch the sixth triangle to the first triangle on the right edge. Pick up another triangle and work one more square stitch to complete the horizontal bar (b–c).

Figure 4

5. Work another row of square stitch across all nine triangles (FIGURE 4, a–b). This completes one window.

6. Using the same thread, work four rows of square stitch two beads wide, as in step 2. 

7. Pick up the thread on the opposite side and weave it up to the top row. Work five rows of square stitch two beads wide, as in step 3.

8. Using the same thread, connect the beads with a horizontal bar, as in step 4. Work another horizontal row of square stitch across all nine triangles.

9. Repeat steps 6–8 to make the desired number of window panels for the first half of the bracelet. Secure and cut one of the threads, leaving one to use later for adjustments.

10. Begin the second half of the bracelet by securing 4 yd. of conditioned thread through the bar stitched in step 1. Center the thread and thread a needle on each end.

11. Make the second half of the bracelet to match the first.

12. Secure and trim one thread. If necessary, use the threads remaining at each end to add rows of square stitch to increase the overall length. Do not cut these threads.

Photo A
Photo B

Peyote strip
1. On 2 yd. (1.8m) of conditioned Nymo, string a stop bead, leaving a 24-in. (61cm) tail. Pick up eight 11/0 seed beads and work two rows of flat, even-count peyote. Turn your work so that the stop bead is on the right and the working thread is on the left. 

2. To start the buttonhole, work in peyote halfway across the strip. Turn and work back to the edge (PHOTO A). Work back and forth across the same beads for a total of 18 rows. End with the thread at the top left edge of the row (PHOTO B).

Photo C
3. To stitch the second half of the buttonhole, remove the stop bead and thread a needle on the tail. Go through four beads to the left so that you are at the center. Work in peyote for 18 rows. End with the thread at the top left of the row (PHOTO C)
Photo D

4. Pick up the thread on the left outer edge and work one peyote row across to connect the two strips (PHOTO D). This forms the buttonhole.

5. Make sure the button goes through the hole before proceeding. If you need a larger hole, remove the connecting row and add an equal number of rows to each half. Reconnect the buttonhole.

6. Continue to work in peyote across all eight beads until the strip measures 1 in. (2.5cm) longer than your wrist measurement. Don’t cut the thread.

7. Use the tail near the buttonhole to reinforce the buttonhole’s connection with a few thread passes. Secure the thread and cut. 

Photo E

8. Weave the peyote strip through the window panels. Go over the first horizontal bar and under the next (PHOTO E). Adjust the strip so the ends extend an equal distance on either side of the end window panel. Check the fit.

9. Use one of the remaining threads from the window panel to stitch the peyote strip to the end horizontal bar to hold it in place. Repeat on the opposite end. Secure the thread and cut. 

Photo F
10. Use the remaining thread to add the button. Weave through the beads until you are about nine rows from the end opposite the buttonhole and exit a center bead on the strip. Sew through the button, then check the fit before reinforcing the button several times (PHOTO F). Secure the thread and cut.
Photo G

Adding fringe
1. Secure a comfortable length of thread in the triangle beads over the fourth bar from either end. Pick up five 11/0s, a triangle, and five 11/0s. Go through the adjacent triangle and exit the next one to form a fringe loop (PHOTO G)

2. Continue making loops along the edge, ending at the fourth bar from the opposite end. Secure the thread in the beadwork and trim the tail. 

3. Repeat on the other edge.

Editor’s note:
You can vary the basic design by changing the width of the bars between windows as well as by changing the size of each window. 
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