Here is another free tutorial for you- a peyote stitch bracelet that I call “Undulations.” Here is what this project looks like:
In this next bracelet, I wanted to experiment with beads and color to make this peyote stitch bracelet with an antique button closure:
Here is another view:
I will use the lovely heart pendant on a future project, but it worked really well as my color inspiration here.
In case you are not a beader, I used an off-loom bead weaving stitch called peyote. Here is how you do this stitch:
Peyote Bracelet Tutorial:
Bead Supplies: To get the delightful wavy appearance, it is all about the bead selection and bead sizes. The color and type of bead will either make or break your bracelet.
I started with 8 beads in the first row, then using the peyote stitch, I finished the second row. Changing beads every two rows, graduating the bead size up, then down, then up again. Doing this will give you the great wavy look to the bracelet.
I started with a small seed bead from ArtBeads.com, size 15 Delica, in a color called Berry:
and then this ArtBeads.com bead, delica seed bead size 15:
Next is size 11 Miyuki seed beads:
The next row is this lovely matte bead from ArtBeads.com:
The next 2 rows of beads were a metallic shiny bead from my bead stash, but here is a bead that looks close:
Next is a size 8/0 seed bead:
The next bead is a size 6 matte red from my bead stash. This bead would work instead:
the center bead is a silver lined red bead:
Collect all the beads, and be sure to size them from smallest to largest. I start and end with the smallest size delica seed bead. Use the Peyote Stitch diagram to learn how to bead the peyote stitch.
I start with 8 beads in the first row, as mentioned earlier, then peyote stitch back for the second row. Switch to the next bead and stitch 2 rows. Keep repeating with each bead until you get to the largest bead. Bead 2 rows, then start decreasing the size of the beads until you get to the smallest size bead and then just repeat the process.
Closure: On one side, I sewed on an antique button that matched. The closure on the opposite side was made by doing a 2 bead peyote row and make it long enough to slide around the button. Then I finished it off by attaching to the opposite side:
By the way, here is another bracelet-in-progress in a different colorway, followed by a necklace I made to match a jacket I own:
I would love to see your bracelet if you make one from this tutorial. Also, leave a comment if you have a question about the tutorial. The tutorial assumes basic peyote stitch know-how or the ability to learn it.
PS: I’ve added this seed bead chart borrowed from Shipwreck Bead website:
|Seed Bead Size||Image||Approximate Length of 15 beads
laid in a row*
|15/0||15 beads=apprx. 14mm|
|14/0||15 beads=apprx. 15mm|
|13/0||15 beads=apprx. 16mm|
|12/0||15 beads=apprx. 17mm|
|11/0||15 beads=apprx. 19mm|
|10/0||15 beads=apprx. 25mm|
|9/0||15 beads=apprx. 27mm|
|8/0||15 beads=apprx. 33mm|
|6/0||15 beads=apprx. 43mm|
|4/0||15 beads=apprx. 58mm|