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Aqua terra bracelet

Stitch a boldly patterned band for a lively springtime bracelet 

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Work up this pattern in peyote stitch, and then use a large glass ring as a focal that doubles as a clasp. Add a few sprays of branched fringe for an organic touch to complement the floral band. 

MATERIALS
bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 44 mm glass ring (dark green; www.visionsinstainedglass.com)
  • 5 4 mm daisy charms (copper)
  • 60 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, Pacific opal)
    • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
      • 5 g white (DB0066, white-lined crystal AB)
      • 4 g teal (DB1769, sparkle aqua green- lined teal)
      • 3 g light blue (DB1768, forest green-lined opal AB)
      • 2 g olive green (DB263, opaque luster olive green)
    • 2 size 1/0 snaps (www.joann.com)
    • Fireline 6 lb. test
    • beading needles, #12

    • All supplies from Eclectica, (262) 641-0910 (WI), unless otherwise noted.
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    Pattern
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    1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Working in flat even-count peyote stitch and using 11/0 cylinder beads, follow the PATTERN to make the band. End and add thread as needed. This pattern will create a 7-in. (18 cm) bracelet. Adjust the pattern if you want your bracelet to be a different length. Try to make the number of rows divisible by four.

    2. Exiting an end edge bead, pick up a teal cylinder bead, a 3 mm crystal, and a teal cylinder. Skip two edge beads, sew down through the next edge bead, and sew up through the following edge bead. Repeat this stitch for the length of the band. Sew through to the other edge, and repeat.

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    Figure 1

    3. Sew through the beadwork to exit about 29 rows from one end and 10 beads in from one edge, with your needle pointing toward the opposite edge. Work three stitches in the ditch: Pick up an olive green cylinder, and sew through the next bead in the same row of the band. Pick up a white cylinder, and sew through the next bead in the same row of the band. Pick up an olive green cylinder, and sew through the next bead in the same row of the band. Sew through the beadwork to exit the last bead added, with your needle pointing back toward the new beads added in this row (FIGURE 1).

    4. Sewing through the three beads added in step 3, work two peyote stitches with light blue cylinders. Continue working in odd-count peyote stitch following the established color pattern until the strip has 11 white cylinders running down the center.

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    Figure 2
    5. Place the 44 mm glass ring on the band so the inside of the ring rests next to the start of the strip and about one quarter of the ring extends past the end of the band (FIGURE 2). Wrap the strip over the ring, and sew it to the band. Retrace the thread path through the connection a few times.
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    Figure 3

    6. Sew through the beadwork to exit a spot on the band about ½ in. (1.3 cm) away from the strip you just made and near where the ring touches the edge of the band. Pick up enough cylinders to bridge over the top of the ring, and sew into the band on the other side of the ring. Sew back through several beads in the bridge, and then work a branched fringe: Pick up eight assorted cylinders, skip the last cylinder, and sew back through the previous two cylinders (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up three cylinders, skip the last cylinder, and sew back through the previous two cylinders and the next two cylinders in the original stem (b–c). Pick up three cylinders, skip the last cylinder, and sew back through the previous two cylinders and the remaining three cylinders in the original stem (c–d).

    7. Sew through a couple more beads in the bridge, and make another branched fringe, using colors as desired and occasionally adding a 3 mm crystal or a 4 mm daisy charm before the final cylinder in a branch. Alter the number of beads in each branch for an organic look.

    8. Repeat step 7 to make another branched fringe off the bridge.

    9. Repeat steps 6–8 twice, spacing the bridges about ½ in. (1.3 cm) apart. 

    10. Sew through the beadwork to exit where the ring touches the other edge of the band, and work one more bridge with branched fringe. End the thread.

    11. Add a new thread at the other end of the band, and exit 12 rows from the end and 10 beads in from one edge, with your needle pointing toward the other edge. Work as in steps 3 and 4 to make a strip with about 24 white cylinders running down the center. Do not end the thread.

    12. Pass the strip through the opening between the ring and the opposite end of the band. Wrap the strip around the ring, and pull it so the ends of the band line up next to each other.

    13. Decide where the two snaps will go, and sew one half of each to the top surface of the band and the other half of each to the bottom surface of the strip. End the thread.

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