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Subscriber Exclusive: Stacked St. Petersburg bracelet

The following instructions are for the black bracelet design. To make the blue bracelet, see "Alternate design."
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MATERIALS

black bracelet 6½ in. (16.5 cm)

  • 11/0 seed beads 
    • 8 g color A (Miyuki 401F, black opaque matte)
    • 3 g color B (Miyuki 462, gold metallic iris)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 401, black opaque)
  • 1 ½-in. (1.3 cm) button
  • KO beading thread
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

blue bracelet colors:

  • 11/0 seed beads 
    • 8 g color A (Miyuki 2038, matte opaque denim luster)
    • 3 g color B (Miyuki 551, gilt light lined opal)
  • 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 150, transparent sapphire)
  • 2 ⅜-in. (1 cm) buttons
Editor's note: Fireline 6 lb. test may be used in place of KO thread.
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FIGURE 1
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Figure 2

Double layer strips
First layer

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up a color B 11/0 seed bead and six color A 11/0 seed beads. Sew through the third and fourth As in the same direction so the fifth and sixth As form a new column (FIGURE 1, a–b). Pick up a B, and sew back through the next three As in the first column (b–c).

2. Pick up a B, and sew through the two As in the next column (c–d).

3. Pick up four As, sew through the first and second As just added in the same direction, and snug them up to the previous beads (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a B, and sew back through the next three As in the same column (b–c)

4. Pick up a B, and sew through the two As in the next column (c–d).

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the desired length of the bracelet minus ½ in. (1.3 cm) for the clasp. End and add thread as needed.

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

Second layer
1. With the needle exiting the two As in the last column, pick up two As and a B. Skip the B, and sew back through the next four As and the following B (FIGURE 3, a–b)

2. Pick up six As, and sew through the third and fourth As in the same direction so the fifth and sixth As form a new column (b–c).

3. Pick up a B, and sew back through the next three As in the same column (FIGURE 4, a–b). Continue through the B and two As in the next column (b–c).

4. Pick up four As, sew through the first and second As just added in the same direction, and snug them up to the previous beads. 

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remaining length of the strip. 

6. To complete the last column, pick up two As and a B, skip the B, and sew back through the next four As in the same column. Remove the stop bead, and end the working thread and tail.

7. Make another double layer strip.

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Figure 5

Joining the double strips
1. Arrange the double layer strips as shown in figure 5 so the two strips form a point. Add 1½ yd. (1.4 m) of thread to the beadwork, and exit the last inside edge B of the top strip, leaving a 1-ft. (30 cm) tail.

2. Working in modified right-angle weave, pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding B of the other strip (FIGURE 5, a–b). Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the B your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c). Continue through the next six beads of this stitch (c–d)

3. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B of the top strip (d–e). Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding B of the bottom strip (e–f). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B (f–g). Continue through the next four beads of this stitch (g–h)

4. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B of the bottom strip (h–i). Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding B of the top strip. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B. Continue through the next four beads of this stitch.

5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 for the remainder of the strips, but do not end the working thread.

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Figure 6

Clasp
1. With the 1-ft. (30 cm) tail, sew through the end 15/0 and B of the right-angle weave join. Pick up four 15/0s, the shank of a button, and four 15/0s, and sew through the B your thread is exiting. Retrace the thread path through the button and the first right-angle weave stitch, and end the tail.

2. With the working thread, sew through the last column, and exit the center B (FIGURE 6, point a). Pick up four As, a B, four As, a B, and four As, and sew through the corresponding B on the opposite side (a–b). Test the fit of the button, and add or remove beads if necessary. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

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Figure 7

Alternate design
1. Work steps 1–5 of “First layer” and step 1 of “Second layer” to make two strips 1 in. (2.5 cm) longer than the desired bracelet length. End the working threads and tails. Work steps 1–5 of “First layer” and steps 1–6 of “Second layer” to make a double layer strip 1 in. (2.5 cm) longer than the desired bracelet length. End the working thread and tail. Arrange the single strips on each side of the double strip so that the ends form a diagonal.

2. Add 1½ yd. (1.4 m) of thread to the single top strip, and exit the last inside edge B with the needle pointing toward the other end (FIGURE 7, point a).

3. Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the last inside edge B of the double strip (a–b)

4. Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the next B of the single strip, with the needle pointing toward this end of the beadwork (b–c). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next five beads of this stitch (c–d)

5. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B of the single strip (d–e). Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding B of the double strip (e–f). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B. Continue through the following four beads of this stitch (f–g).

6. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B of the double strip (g–h). Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding B of the single strip (h–i). Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B. Continue through the following four beads of this stitch (i–j).

7. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next B of the single strip (j–k).

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Figure 8

8. To begin the button hole opening, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next A and B of the single strip (FIGURE 8, a–b). Repeat this stitch once more (b–c).

9. Pick up a 15/0, a B, and a 15/0, and sew through the corresponding B of the double strip (c–d).

10. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the next A and B of the double strip (d–e). Repeat this stitch once more (e–f).

11. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the beadwork as shown to exit the first 15/0 picked up in step 9 (f–g)

12. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the remainder of the strips.

 
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Figure 9

13. Pick up a 15/0, and sew through the end B of the double strip (FIGURE 9, a–b). Sew through the beadwork to exit the B your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c).

14. Pick up four 15/0s, the shank of a button, and four 15/0s, and sew through the B your thread exited at the start of this step (c–d). Retrace the thread path through the button and the last right-angle weave stitch. End the thread.

15. Work as in steps 2–14 to attach the bottom single strip to the other side of the double strip, creating a second button hole opening at one end and attaching a second button to the other end.

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