Every month Nancy Dale at NEDbeads has a beading prompt. The August prompt was spirals and I managed to finish mine on the last day. This is a (modified) Dutch Spiral rope turned into a bracelet. This is one of my favorite stitches but I’ve always thought of it as a beads version of a bad-hair-day when photographed.
We’re going to do some red, white and blue for Free Pattern Fridays since Independence Day will be here soon. This is a repeating odd-count peyote pattern, 17 columns wide, and only takes 3 colors. Click the image to enlarge and right-click to save to your hard drive. When you get to the bottom, start back at the top and work until the desired length. Your choice of clasp.
Here is my entry for the OTTBS September Flash Challenge. All stash (15’s and 3mm) – dainty and very sparkly. I used Ny Wetmore’s instructions that I had stashed in one of my tutorial notebooks.
The white specks on the 3mm beads aren’t seams, they’re light reflections from the grape lined seed beads.
Designed by Beth Clark at Beading by Beth, stitched by me. (The fingers are back!) The whole time I was working on the black/neon green, I kept thinking it looked like flowers on the edges. If only I had some 3mm pink rounds! I modified the bottom bracelet by adding 15 between the Silkys and Duos. Now to add some clasps.
I’ve moved from Herringbone to a new design using St. Petersburg stitch (although it looks like a double St. Pete, it is really two singles) with duos. The middle bracelet has neon duos and black twins.
You can see why this one didn’t make it into the photo with the others. :)
Depending on how you finish the ends, almost any clasp will work. My friend Lela gave me the hummingbird clasp a while ago. I think it fits perfectly with this bracelet.
Finished with a lobster claw.
Here’s a test strip to show how I finished the ends on the multi-duo-rows to add a 3-strand clasp.
I don’t know if I’ll write a full tutorial for it or not. If you want to give it a try, it’s very simple. You will need the following materials.
- Size 11 round seed beads
- Size 15 round seed beads (or size 11) for the top turning (tips) bead.
- Size 8 round seed beads
- Duos (or twins)
- Fireline (I used 8 lb)
You have to have an even number of size 8’s (all of my seed beads were Toho) for each piece of St. Pete.
- Very small wrist: 36 (72 total) – size 8 (35 duos for single row).
- Small/med wrist: 38 (76 total) – size 8 (37 duos for single row).
- Large wrist: 40-42 (80-84 total) – size 8 (39-41 duos for single row).
Make one strip of St. Pete stitch. When you add the last turning bead, go through the two 11’s and down through the 8 so you’re headed back the other direction. Like this:
Peyote a row of duos between the 8’s.
Make your second strip of St. Pete stitch, repeat the turn-around, as above, and zip the new strip to the un-stitched side of the duos. I’ll leave it up to you to decide how to add your clasp and you’re all done!
As always, if you do decide to make it, please give credit. And I would love to see your photos!