Peyote Stitch Beading: Vivians Bracelet by Jessica Burns Lawhorn

Vivian’s Bracelet is now published as part of DIY Jewelry Making #61. This tutorial is written by one of our contributors – Jessica Burns Lawhorn. Peyote stitch is a common and popular bead-weaving technique. If you are a beginner, it can be a little intimidating. But with this step by step tutorial you’ll learn how to make and create elegant beaded jewelry and be amazed of what you can do. So, let’s start to pick up a bead, skip a bead and weave Peyote Stitch! For step by step instruction, do login to our member area to follow this project. If you are not a member yet, just subscribe from the link here.

 

Supplies:  I recommend a Sz 12 or 13 beading needle and Fireline in 6lb (I used Crystal). All info on the beads that are needed is on Page 2-4.  You CAN use a Sz 10 needle for the Peyote if you prefer and then switch to a smaller needle when you go to sew on the trim. A smaller needle is a MUST for that step to prevent bead breakage.

Pattern Size: This pattern will be 1.5” X 6.15” when completed before you add your clasp.  To make the pattern longer, leave a good length of thread at the beginning and add rows of the background color to each end to reach your desired length. I added a few rows to each end of my bracelet, to take it up to 7 ” in length, but you can keep going to 7.5” or even 8”.

Delica Beads Needed
  • All beads above are Miyuki Delicas in Sz 11
  • All of the Delica beads that you need for this bracelet can be purchased at Fusionbeads.com. When searching Fusion beads for the Delicas, type the number into the search bar. They use 4 numbers, so for example 21 from above is DB0021 at fusionbeads.com.
  • Bead A is the Bead that your metal accent attaches to. I used DB-21, which is used elsewhere in the pattern, if you find that confusing and want to use a color that will serve as more of a reminder– feel free to use another neutral color. Bead A will get covered by the Metal Accents, so you will only be able to see it from the back.

 Below is a sneak preview of what you will see from the step by step guide available in our member area.

Important Advice: 
  • This pattern has a lot of details if you bead it like my photo. Here is the order I would go in:
  • Bead the Pattern WITH EMBELLISHMENT
  • Add your clasp
  • Add your edge trim

 

Accent Beads Needed

 

I have the Metal Accent kits listed in my Etsy shop: etsy.com/listing/503904679 
Here is what is included: 

 

You are free to use any type of clasp you prefer, but you can like the way I put my clasp on, you can follow my tutorial how to attach the clasp. Below are the details of what I used:
How to add the Metal Bars as you bead
For this pattern, Bead A is the bead that your Embellishment will sit on top of, so when you get to Bead A in your beading, know that the NEXT row will be when you add your Embellishment. To hold the Embellishment on, follow the below instructions.  The bar embellishment will sit on top of the oblong bead design and the single spacer bead will sit on top of the floral pattern as seen below.
 
Step 1:
Start on the row after you have added A Bead A– pass your needle through Bead A
Step 2:
Pass your needle UP through the hole in the Metal accent bar.

Step 3:
String a SZ11 Seed Bead

Step 4:
Put your needle back down through the hole in the Metal Accent Bar.

Step 5:
Put your needle back into bead A, so it is going the same direction that it was before.

Step 6:
Pull Taught and continue on with your Peyote Stitch, until you reach the Next Bead A and then repeat these steps.

How to add the Metal Spacers as you bead 
For this pattern, Bead A is the bead that your Embellishment will sit on top of, so when you get to Bead A in your beading, know that the NEXT row will be when you add your Embellishment. To hold the Embellishment on, follow the below instructions for attaching the single metal spacer bead to the Floral pattern in your bead work.

Step 1:
Start on the row after you have added A Bead A– pass your needle through Bead A

Step 2:
Pass your needle UP through the hole in the metal spacer.
Step 3:
String a SZ15 Seed Bead.
Step 4:
Put your needle back down through the hole in the Metal Spacer.

Step 5:
Put your needle back into bead A, so it is going the same direction that it was before.

 

 

Step 6:
Pull Taught and continue on with your Peyote Stitch.

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