Circle your wrist with golden links

by Glenda Payseno

Add a regal touch to your wardrobe with a rich-looking accessory. This bracelet is made from a series of brick-stitch links joined by cylinder-bead segments. A fire-polished faceted bead forms the core of each link and determines the width of the bracelet. Tightly woven brick-stitch rows fan out from each faceted bead. The length of the bracelet is determined by the number of links joined together. A glimmering picot trim embellishes the edges.

Make the links

Ladder stitch usually forms the base row for brick stitch, but with the links in this bracelet, you anchor cylinder beads to a thread that runs through the faceted bead. Work with 18-in. (46cm) lengths of purple or black conditioned thread (Basics, p. 5).

1 Base row: Leave a 5-in. (13cm) tail and go through a fire-polished bead. Go through the bead again in the same direction, and tie the tail and working thread together with a surgeon's knot (Basics). Tie the knot close to the hole at one end of the bead (figure 1).

[2] Pick up two cylinder beads, pull the thread tight, and go under both threads that arc wrapped around the faceted bead (photo ai. Go up through the last bead strung (photo b) and down through the first bead. Come up through the last bead again. Pick up another bead, go under the threads, and exit the bead just added. Repeat for a total of six cylinders, ending with the thread exiting from the last bead picked up (photo c). Turn your work.

3 Row 2: Work in brick stitch I Basics) with size 11° seed beads. For the second stitch, make an increase between the second and third cylinders of the first row by attaching the increase bead to the tame loop as the previous stitch (Basics and photo d. p. 60). There arc a total of six seeds in this row. Turn your work.

Row 3: Work in brick stitch using cylinder beads. Make an increase between the second and third beads of the previous row and another between the fourth and fifth beads for a total of seven cvlinders. Turn.

Join the links

[1] Begin with a thread that exits from the topmost bead on one link.

[5j Row 4: Work a row of 11 • seeds in brick stitch for a total of six beads.

Row 5: Repeat row 2 (six beads). Do not weave in the thread end; use it later to join the links or to weave the end rows of the bracelet. This completes one side of a link (photo e). [7j Start a new thread and repeat steps 1-6 on the other side of the fire-polished bead. Photo f shows one complete link.

8 Repeat steps 1-7 to make seven more links.

Pick up three cylinder beads and go through the two edge beads on another link (figure 2, a-b).

[2] Go through the next two heads, pick up two cylinders, and go though the corresponding beads on the first link |b-c).

[3] Go through the next two beads, pick up one cylinder, and go through the corresponding beads on the other link c-d).

Repeat step 3 (d-e), step 2 (e-f), and step 1 (f-gt. .5] Repeat steps 1-4 to join the remaining links.

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Finish the ends

1 Thread a needle on the long tail remaining at one edge. Work in brick stitch and make one increase between the second and third seeds of the last row (six beads). Turn.

2} Work four more rows of brick-stitch until two cylinders remain. Pick up four cylinders, the toggle bar. and four more cylinders. Weave down into the row of two cylinders, then retrace this thread path several times for added security ifiguro 3, a-b>.

; Repeat steps 1-2 at the other end of the bracelet with the clasp loop.

Add a picot edge

Use size 13" tri-CUt beads to make a picot edge along both sides of the bracelet. Use 24-in. (61cm) lengths of gold-colored conditioned thread.

1 Begin at one end of the bracelet with the thread exiting the end cylinder (figure 4. point a>. Pick up three tri-cut beads and go under the thread between the first cylinders in rows 4 and 3 (figure 4, point b). Come up through the last tri-cut added.

' Pick up two tri-cuts and go under the thread between the next two cylinders figure 4. point c). Come up through the last tri-cut added.

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MATERIALS

bracolct 7X in. (19cm)

• 8 6mm ve-pofcihed beads

• -tg Japanese cylinder beads, gold-plated

• 8g size 119 Japanese seed beads, purple

• hark size 13» a 14» tri-cut seed beads, gow ptotod

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• Nymo D n purple or bktck and gold

• beeswax or Thread Heaven

3 Repeat step 2 six times. [4] When you reach a fire-polished bead, pick up two tri-cuts. go under the thread at the edge of the fire-polished bead, and go through the last tri-cut. Pick up two tri-cuts. go under the thread on the other edge of the firc-polishcd bead, and go through the last tri-cut (photo g). Continue making picots along the length of the bracelet. [Sj Repeat steps 1-4 on the other side of the bracelet.

Finishing

When finished, weave all thread tails back and forth through several beads to secure, dab with a dot of glue, and clip the thread close to the beads, o goDDOog ooooo©

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Woven geometries

Create bold shapes with peyote and brick stitch by Nicole Schlinger

Since brick and peyote stitches have a similar appearance, but are worked differently, they make natural partners in pieces where the stitching needs to change directions. Such is the case in the woven bracelet and necklace shown here.

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Bracelet

Measure your hand at the widest part (photo at to determine the length needed to slide on the bracelet. Use 24-in. (61cm) lengths of Nymo. Trim the threads only when instructed.

Peyote strip

[1] Pick up one color B bead and three color A beads, leaving a 9-in. (27cm) tail.

[2] Work in peyote (Basics, p. 5), picking up a B along one edge until the strip is the length determined above. The number of edge beads must be divisible by six. Photo b shows the strip in process.

[3] Make a second strip.

Brick-stitch outline row

[1] Working with the color B edge at the bottom, secure a new thread so it exits the top left A.

[2] Pick up a B and an A. Work in brick stitch (Basics), using the thread bridge between the second and third heads on the peyote strip (figure 1). Work two brick stitches using As.

[3] Work three Bs and three As. Repeat this sequence (figure 2) to the end of the strip, ending with two Bs.

[4] Repeat steps I-.5 with the other strip.

diagonal panels

All the diagonals on a strip slant in the same direction. Turn the piece after you complete each row of brick stitch.

[1] Hold one strip so the color B edge is at the bottom and secure a new thread. Exit the first brick-stitched B at the top.

[2] Working in brick stitch, pick up a B and an A. Then work two As and a B (photo c). Turn the piece.

[3] Pick up a B and an A. Increase at the beginning of the row (figure 3). Work two As and a B i photo di.

[4] Pick up a B and an A. Work two As and a B increase at the end of the row (figure 4).

[6] To begin the next and all subsequent diagonals, start a new thread. Exit the third B on the brick-stitch outline. Repeat steps 2-5 across the strip. Photo o shows the spacing of the diagonals.

[7] Repeat on the other strip.

Connect the diagonals Use the thread tail to sew the beads of the end row of a diagonal over the corresponding beads on the brick-stitch outline row.

[1] Position the strips so the solid color B edges arc on the outsides figure 5).

[2] Weave the diagonals on one strip through the diagonals on the other (figure 5). To connect the woven diagonals, line up the end row of a diagonal's beads over the outline row on the other strip (figure 5, inset'.

[3] Using the thread tail exiting from the B on the diagonal, sew over to the corresponding B on the outline row. Go down through the B

(photo f) and up through the next A on the diagonal. Then sew over to the next A on the outline row. Connect the other beads on the diagonal to the outline row in the same way. Photo g shows a finished joint.

[4] Tie off the tail by working it through several beads, "lie a half-hitch knot (Basics). Dor the knot with glue. Sew through a few more beads and cut the thread.

[5] Repeat steps 2-4 to connect each diagonal along the length of the bracelet. Don't connect the last diagonals until the bracelet is formed into a circle.

[6] Repeat these steps to connect the diagonals Oil the other strip.

Finishing

[1J Use the tail to zip the ends of the peyote strips together (figure 6. a-b. p. 64).

[2] Secure the thread in the beadwork with half-hitch knots and trim the tail.

[3] Following the established pattern, weave and connect the remaining diagonals. Tie off the remaining tails.

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Necklace

Measure your neck to determine the length of your necklace. The bcadwork on this one is I4X in. (36cm). The clasp adds about another inch (2.5cm).

band

[1] Follow steps 1-2 of the peyote strip instructions for the bracelet. The final number of edge beads must be divisible by seven.

(2] Work steps 1-2 of the brick stitch outline instructions. Then work a repeating pattern of four Bs and three As across the row.

First leg

[1] Work steps 1—4 of the diagonal panel instructions for a total of

11 rows.

[2] Pick up two As and increase at the beginning of the row. Work two As and a B I figure 7. row 12).

[3] Pick up a B and an A. Then work two As and an A increase (row 13).

[5] Pick up a B and an A. Then work two As and a B irow 151.

The point

[1] Pick up a B and an A. Work an A and a B (row 16).

[5] Skip the B and retrace the thread path, but go through the B adjacent to the starting B ; figure 7. a-b .

[6J Sew through the three Bs along the edge (b-ci.

Second leg

{1] With the thread exiting the B. pick up a B and sew through the adjacent A. Then go through the B again (figure 8. a-b).

[2J Pick up a B and an A and increase at the beginning of the row. Sew-through the adjaccnt A. Then go through two As diagonally and exit an A in the row above ifigure 9. a-b).

[3] Work two As and a B increase at the end of the row.

[4] Pick up a B and an A and increase at the beginning of the row. Then work two As. Sew through the adjacent B and back through the last A added ¡figure 10, a-b).

[5] Pick up a B and an A and.work a stitch on the thread bridge between the two An on the previous row (figure 11. a-b). Work two As and a B increase at the end of the row. This establishes the five-bead pattern for the second leg.

[6] Pick up a B and an A and work an increase at the beginning of the row. Work two As and a B.

[7] Pick up a B and an A. Work two As and a B increase at the end of the row.

[8] Repeat steps 6-7 three more times to complete the second leg

(11 rows total). Do not connect the leg and do not cut the thread tail.

[9] Secure a new thread in the bcadwork, and sew through beads to exit the third B past the previous leg. Repeat steps 1-8 to make Vs along the outline row. Do not start Vs after the last two B segments, as thev will be used only as connection points for other Vs.

Connect tho second leg

[1] Follow figure 12 to interweave the legs of the Vs.

[2] Connect the tops of the Vs to the brick-stitch outline on the peyote strip as described in step 3 of the

MATERIALS

necklace and brocolet

40gcotor A 30g cokx 8

• 10-12 5mm fire polished beads, each of 2 cotors

• Nymo 0 beacfcng thread

• Thread Heaven

"connect the diagonals" instructions for the bracelet.

[3] Carefully join the legs of the last two Vs to the pcyoie strip in the same manner.

Finishing

[1] Work in peyote, using the tail remaining at cither end of the necklace. See figure 13, beads 1-9 for the sequence. Your sequence may vary.

[2] Pick up two Bs (beads 10 and 11), one part of the clasp, and two Bs (beads 12 and 13). Sew back into the beads of the peyote strip. For added security go though beads 8-13 several times.

[3] Weave back into the peyote strip, tie a half-hitch knot, and dot with glue. Weave through several more Ik-ads and trim the tail.

[4] Repeat steps 1-3 at the other end of the necklace with the other clasp half.

[5] l ie off and weave in any remaining tails, o

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