This project is a great way to learn two drop peyote, use up some of the cubes in your bead stash, and create a cool mod cuff. I decided to go with pink since it’s one of the trending colors for Spring. I hope you enjoy my version of this bracelet!
- 4mm cubes
- size 11 seed beads
- 2 buttons
- needle and thread of choice
Step 1: Thread your needle onto a comfortable length of thread, and place a stop bead at the end leaving 6 inches of tail. (The tail will be woven into the piece a little later.) Then, string on 2 size 11 seed beads and one cube. Repeat 3 more times, ending with the 4th cube. (shown above)
Step 2: Two-drop peyote stitch is a lot like regular peyote stitch, just use every pair of size 11 seed beads as if it were a single bead. For the first stitch, string on 2 seed beads and pass through the last set of seed beads added in step 1.
Step 3: Pull the thread tight. Tension is very important for this project, so be sure to tighten everything up as you bead along.
Step 4: Continue to peyote, adding 2 seed beads and passing through 2 seed beads until your thread is coming out of the bottom two seed beads.
Step 5: Now add a row of cubes. String on a cube and pass through the “sticky-outie” set of seed beads. Yes, “sticky-outie” is a technical term. 😉
Step 6: Continue to peyote, adding 1 cube and passing through 2 seed beads until your thread is coming out of the set of seed beads at the top of your work.
Step 7: To create the desired pattern, add two rows of seed beads after every row of cubes from now on. For this row, add two seed beads, and pass through a cube.
Step 8: Peyote another row of seed beads. Add 2 seed beads and pass through 2 seed beads. This row is more challenging to weave because the two seed beads you need to go through are between cubes, but it gets easier with practice.
Step 9: Continue the mantra “1 row-cubes, 2 rows-seed beads” until you reach your desired bracelet length. The picture above shows a row of cubes added after step 8.
Step 10: End the bracelet with 1 row of seed beads after your last row of cubes. Weave off your working thread and trim.
Step 11: I like to use a new working thread for the clasp. That way if I have to repair the closure, I don’t have to re-bead half the bracelet in the process. On the other end of the bracelet, weave off the tail thread and weave in a new working thread. Position your thread so it is coming down out of the top cube bead. Add a button between the 1st and 2nd cube bead. Add the other button between the 3rd and 4th cube bead. Go back through the cubes and buttons several time to reinforce. weave in the thread and trim the end.
Step 12: Weave in a new working thread on the other end of the bracelet for the loops. The buttons were added first so the loops can be test-fitted over them. Position your thread so it is coming out the bottom of the 2nd cube. Add 20 beads to start with and go through the top of the cube to create a loop. Test fit the loop over a button, and add or subtract beads so it will fit over the loop easily but snuggly. When you have the right number of beads in the loop, reinforce it several times. Then create the second loop on the 4th cube. Weave off your thread and trim the end.
Congrats, you’re done! I would love for you to share your work with us by adding it to the Bead Circle Facebook Page!