If you’ve seen the October issue of Bead&Button, you may have noticed our Design Challenge on p. 14. It involved embellishing a handful of bracelet blanks from Nunn Design, and it gave me the opportunity to combine three of my favorite things: Halloween, Delica beads, and peyote stitch. Here’s the pattern and instructions for the bracelet I made for the challenge. If you don't have a bracelet blank, no problem! The bracelet can be worn without the blank, either as a bangle (zip up the ends as described below) or as a bracelet (attach half of a clasp to each end).
Harvest Mix Bangle
- channel bracelet (from Nunn Design; get it here)
- 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinders beads
1 g yellow (DB0053, light yellow-lined crystal AB)
1 g orange (DB1563, opaque mandarin luster)
1 g white (DB0351, matte white)
1 g brown (DB0022, metallic dark bronze)
1 g green (DB0733, opaque chartreuse)
2 g blue (DB1708, mint pearl-lined ocean blue)
- Fireline 6 lb. test
- beading needles, #10 or #12
- E6000 adhesive (optional)
1. On a comfortable length of thread, stitch the pattern in flat even-count peyote stitch (Online Beading Basics). Repeat the pattern until the beadwork fits around the channel bracelet, ending and adding thread (Online Basics) as needed. You may need to work an extra row or two of blue beads at the end of the last repeat for a perfect fit.
2. If desired, glue the beadwork to the blank, making sure the ends match up exactly. Let dry completely.
3. Zip up the ends of the beadwork (Online Basics), and end the threads.