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Trail of roses bracelet

Stitch a winding path of flower components 
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Pearls, crystals, and seed beads come together beautifully in a colorful garden for your wrist.
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SUPPLIES

pink bracelet 8 in. (20 cm)

  • 12 6 mm glass pearls (dark green)
  • 98 4 mm fire-polished beads (opaque French rose)
  • 18 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, olivine)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 1g color A (Toho PF557, galvanized starlight)
    • 5g color B (Miyuki 1981, nickel plated AB)
  • 1 clasp
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

purple bracelet colors

  • 6 mm pearls (Swarovski, Scarabaeus green)
  • 4 mm fire-polished beads (orchid aqua polychrome)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, fuchsia)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • color A (Toho P470, permanent finish galvanized silver)
    • color B (Miyuki D4218, dusty orchid)

INSTRUCTIONS

Base

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up six color A 11/0 seed beads, and tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the next A.
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FIGURE 1
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2. Pick up three 4 mm fire-polished beads, and sew through the A your thread exited, going in the same direction. Continue through the next A in the ring (FIGURE 1, a–b).

3. Pick up two fire-polished beads, sew through the adjacent fire-polished bead, the A your thread exited at the start of this step, and the next A (b–c). Repeat this stitch four times using a tight tension, but after you add the last stitch, do not sew through the next A (c–d).

4. Sew through the adjacent fire-polished bead in the first stitch, pick up a fire-polished bead, and sew through the adjacent fire-polished bead in the last stitch added, the A your thread exited at the start of this step (d–e), and the next two fire-polished beads in the first stitch (e–f). You should have a total of seven fire-polished beads in the outer ring.

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FIGURE 2

5. Pick up two color B 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the next fire-polished bead in the outer ring (FIGURE 2, a–b). Repeat this stitch six times to complete the round (b–c).

6. Pick up a B, a 6 mm pearl, a B, a fire-polished bead, a B, a pearl, and a B, and sew through the fire-polished bead your thread exited at the start of this step (c–d). Continue through the next B, pearl, B, and fire-polished bead using a tight tension (d–e).

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FIGURE 3

7. Pick up a fire-polished bead, an A, and a fire-polished bead, and sew through the fire-polished bead your thread exited at the start of this step (FIGURE 3, a–b). Continue through the next fire-polished bead and A (b–c).

8. Pick up five As, and sew through the A your thread exited at the start of this step to form a ring. Continue through the next A (c–d).

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FIGURE 4

9. Repeat steps 3–5 to complete the next component. Your thread should be exiting the fire-polished bead at the point of the connection. Sew through the beadwork to exit the third fire-polished bead in the outer ring from the connection (FIGURE 4), and then repeat steps 6–8.

Editor's note: Because there is an odd number of fire-polished beads in the outer ring of the flower component, the connections cannot be centered. The design will alternate between having three fire-polished beads between the connection on one side of the component and two on the other side to make a slight zigzag between the components.

10. Continue working components and connectors for the desired length bracelet, ending with step 5, and allowing approximately 1 1⁄4-in. (3.2 cm) for the clasp. End and add thread as needed.

Embellishment

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FIGURE 5
1. With the working thread exiting the fire-polished bead at the tip of the last connection, sew through the next two Bs. Pick up five Bs, skip the next fire-polished bead in the outer ring, and continue through the following two Bs (FIGURE 5, a–b). Repeat this stitch five times to add picots all around the component, and sew through the next fire-polished bead, B, and pearl (b–c).
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FIGURE 6

2. Pick up seven Bs, and sew through the same pearl, going in the same direction to form a loop around the pearl (FIGURE 6, a–b). Continue through the next four Bs in the loop (b–c). Pick up a B, a 3 mm bicone crystal, and a B, and sew through the B your thread is exiting (c–d). Continue through the next three Bs in the loop and the pearl (d–e). Retrace the thread path of the beads added in this step (not shown in the figure for clarity).

3. Sew through the next B, fire-polished bead, B, and pearl (e–f). Repeat step 2 to add the embellishment to this pearl (f–g), and continue through the next B and fire-polished bead (g–h).

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FIGURE 7
4. Pick up three Bs, a bicone, and three Bs, and sew through the corresponding fire-polished bead in the next component (FIGURE 7, a–b). Pick up three Bs, sew back through the bicone just added, pick up three Bs, and continue through the fire-polished bead your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c).
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FIGURE 8
5. Sew through the next B, pearl, B, fire-polished bead, and two Bs (FIGURE 8, a–b). (The top embellishment added in the previous step is not shown in the figure for clarity.)

6. Work as in step 1 to add two or three picots, depending on how many fire-polished beads you have on this side of the flower component in the outer ring (b–c). Sew through the following fire-polished bead, B, and pearl (c–d).

Editor’s note: The other edge of each flower component will be embellished after this side of the base is complete.

7. Repeat steps 2–6 for the remainder of this edge of the base, ending and adding thread as needed.
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FIGURE 9
8. When you reach the end component, work as in step 6 to add six picots (FIGURE 9, a–b), and continue through the next fire-polished bead, B, pearl, B, fire-polished bead, and two Bs (b–c). (The top embellishment added in the previous step is not shown in the figure for clarity.)

9. Add picots to this side of the base as before, and then sew through the next fire-polished bead, B, pearl, B, fire-polished bead, and two Bs. Repeat these stitches for the remainder of the base, and end the working thread and tail.
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FIGURE 10
Clasp

Add 18 in. (46 cm) of thread to the beadwork, exiting the center bead in one of the two picots on the end on the bracelet, with the needle pointing toward the other edge (FIGURE 10, point a). Pick up four Bs and the loop of the clasp, and sew back through the last B added (a–b). Pick up three Bs, and sew through the next six Bs as shown (b–c). Retrace the thread path of the connection several times, and end the thread. Repeat this step on the other end of the bracelet.

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