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step step ior rr.rough the bugles and ■■car J any thai have sharp |rr- '.en edges or are not ■fe -m in size and shape.

T< ■ help keep the edge bczz- straight on the rows ■Ban-evr, cabochons, work Ihr * sr and last srirches wirh jp?T» c;ncd stitch that locks mt Kv.ds in place (figure 1).

Preparing the cabochons

Place a cabochon on the faux suede anil draw around it. Cut our the shape, working slightly inside the cutting line so the fabric is exactly the same size as the cabochon. [2 Thread a needle with Nymo and knot one end, leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail. Go through the fabric from front to back anywhere along the edge. Pick up two accent color A beads and go through the fabric from back to front exactly two bead lengths away from the starring poinr. Go back through the last bead added (figure 2, a-b).

Pick up another A and go through the fabric from back to front. Go through the lasr head added as before (b-c). Keep the beads snug, but don't stretch the fabric by crowding the beads.

- Continue adding beads around the edge, stitching a rotal of 28 beads into place for the base row. Go back through the first bead, fabric, and first bead again. Then go through the second bead (your needle will be pointing toward the center) to start the ncrring (figure 3, a).

Pick up five silver-lined beads, skip two beads along the edge, and go through the

next bead (a-b). Come out rhrough the next bead. Repeat, ending at point c.

Co through the next bead along the base row and continue through the next three beads of the netting, exiting the center bead (figure 4, a). Slip the cabochon under the netting.

Pick up four heads and go through the middle bead of the second five bead net (a-b). Pick up four bends between the second and third nets (b-c); three beads between the third, fourth, and filth nets (c-d); lour beads between the fifth and sixth nets (d-e); and three beads between each of the remaining nets (e-f).

Co through this round of beads again. Tighten the beads and weave the thread back to the base row. Secure the thread iu the beads and trim the tails.

I'repare a total of three cabochons.

Stitching the sides

Start a new thread near the base row of one cabochon and exit any bead along that row. Using accent color A. work one row of brick stitch (see Basics, p. 10 and figure 5) around the edge. Increase by four eveiiK spaced beads.

Work a second row in accent color B, adding four beads as before (figure 5).

Work the next six rows in brick stitch as described below (figure 6): Row 1: Find the center head on one long side of the cabochon. Count five beads iu either direction from the center to find your starring point. Attach 11 silver-lined beads to the edge row. Row 2: Work another 11 bead row using the B-color beads. Row 3: Work an 11 -bead row using silver-lined beads. Rows *l~6: Work a ten-bead, a nine-bead, and an eight bead row using bugles.

Repeat these steps on t he other edge or (Ik- cabochon.

1 hen stitch the remaining two cabochons to match. Don't cut the thread tails.

Joining the sections

Using the tail, pick up a silver-lined bead, a B, and a silver-lined bead. Go through the end bugle on another cabochon and continue through several rows of beads. Weave hack to the edge (figure 7. a-b).

2 Pick up three beads as in step I. Go through the corresponding bead on the first cabochon and continue through several rows. Work back and forth between cabochons, adding three beads each time, until the sections arc securely joined (b-c).

Repeat steps 1-2 to join the third cabochon to the second.

Stitching sides to clasp

Secure a new thread in the beads near the last row of bugles and exit rhe edge bead. Work the next three or four rows in brick stitch as described below (figure 8): Rows 1-2: Work a seven bead row followed by a six-bead row using silver-lined beads.

Row >: Work a six-bead row using Bs. Repeat this row one or more times il you need the extra length.

2 It your thread is short, start a new piece. F.xit an end bead in the last row of silver lined beads, position the clasp behind the headwork, and go through a clasp loop (figure 8. a-b). Work through several rows of beads and g«> back through to the edge. Retrace the thread path several times, then repeat to attach rhe other clasp loop. Knot and bury the thread.

: Repeat to finish the other end of the bracelet.

Finishing the edges

Starr a thread along the edge at one end. Pick up three Bs and go under the thread at the edge of the next row. Co back through rhe last bead added to form a picot (figure 9. a-b).

Pick up two beads and go under tin.- thread .it the edge fit the next row. Co back through the last bead added as before (b-c).

3 When you reach the outer row surrounding the cabochon, add one bead t-make a picot, as follows: pick up a bead and go through rhe existing bead. Co around the thread below it and exit that head (d-e) Repeat along rhe cab's edge-

Resume making three-bead picots once you pass the cabochon. o

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