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Hooked On Seed Beads Bracelet Project
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I am not afraid to admit that I am a little addicted to the peyote stitch. I am also not afraid to admit that I have moments of procrastination; this piece sat half finished on my desk for over half a year before I came back to it. When I finally got back around to it, I was surprised at how quickly I made progress and I was THRILLED at how beautiful the bracelet was when I was finished! Now, the only thing I want to do is make more in different colored size 11 seed bead mixes

Shanna Steele, Aunties Beads Designer 

Author Shanna Steele
Shanna Steele
Auntie's Beads Designer
This project is on the intermediate level. It requires knowledge of working an even count peyote stitch. You will also need to know how to zip up a peyote stitch as demonstrated in our Peyote Tube Video.
  1. To begin, string a stop bead on a comfortable working length of thread. (I usually don't use more than 6 to 8 feet at any given time.) Leave a 6 to 8 inch tail.
  2. String 12 beads from your Valentine mix. This is how wide your work will be as you work. Begin working your even count peyote until you have 8 full rows. (Tip: you can tell the number of rows by how many seed beads you have across the top and the bottom; you will have a full row when the numbers match up so that you have 8 seed beads across the top row and 8 seed beads across the bottom row.)
  3. When you have a full 8 rows, zip up your work around the close portion of the E hook.
  4. Stitch 2 full rows of even count peyote with just the gray seed beads.
  5. Stitch 2 full rows of even count peyote with just the Valentine mix.
  6. Combine one tube of the Valentine mix with at least half a tube of the gray seed beads. Make sure they are good and mixed.
  7. Stitch several inches of even count peyote using your Valentine/gray blend.
  8. When you are about 3/4 of an inch away from your desired length, stitch 2 full rows of just the Valentine mix. Then stitch 2 full rows of just the gray seed beads.
  9. Stitch 12 full rows of just the Valentine mix. Zip up your work. Make sure you reinforce it well since this will be the part that acts as a closure to slide onto the E hook clasp.


Tools and Materials Needed: 

11/0 Miyuki Seed Bead Mix, Valentine (about 15 grams) 
11/0 Tr Gray Miyuki Seed Beads (about 6-8 grams) 
TierraCast Gunmetal Pewter E Hook, 18 x 28mm 
Fireline Fine Smoke Grey, 6 lb. Thread (about 12-15 feet) 
English Beading Needles, Assorted Sizes 
Thread Cutting Tool 

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Rating Pretty, But Too Wide for Clasp
 
I liked the idea of inserting the clasp near the beginning of the project but I used the Miyuki Evergreen Mix and it was too wide for this specific clasp. I guess the size of the beads aren't as uniform as I thought. It came out very pretty, though, just need another clasp.
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Reviewed by:  from Indian Springs, NV. - 7/2/2014
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Rating Great seed bead bracelet
 
Hi Shanna, I love your seed bead bracelet instructions. And I love peyote stitch,so this is a winner. It sparked and idea to make a mix of all my little bits of seed beads left from other projects. I can't wait to start. Ann
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Reviewed by:  from Kennebunk,ME. - 5/7/2014
Questions and Answers
Q: I watched the video on how to zip up peyote to make a tube which you are to use to incorporate the clasp into the project. However, I cannot figure out how to continue afterward. Size 11 seed beads are so small it's hard to zip it up and still leave the beads so you can continue with instruction number 4, stitching 2 full rows of even count peyote with the gray seed beads. With the first and last row stitched together it doesn't seem possible to continue with the peyote stitch. I couldn't tell which were the up beads with the 2 rows that were used to make the tube around the closed portion of the clasp. How can I continue with number 4 in the instructions?
Asked by: - 7/29/2014 (Submit an answer)
A: Well I see your dilemma, I would suggest waiting to close up the tube, around the portion of the clasp until you have completed the two rows of grey, or until you have more of the bracelet made. Because what you are doing is closing the tube, but if you wait, you actually zip up the tube within the work and still have rows to work off of. It is a bit more difficult, because you are really zipping it the work but it doesn't quite fit together as if you were just doing a tube. I hope this helps! Please let me know if it did not and I will search for another way to explain it. Karla
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Q: Ok, I have zipped up my stitch around the closed side of the E hook. I am stuck on how to do the first row of gray and keep it attached to my "tube". Any tips?
Asked by: - 8/18/2014 (Submit an answer)
A: You are having the same issue as someone before you asked. I told her that I would suggest waiting to close up the tube, around the portion of the clasp until you have completed the two rows of grey, or until you have more of the bracelet made. Because what you are doing is closing the tube, but if you wait, you actually zip up the tube within the work and still have rows to work off of. It is a bit more difficult, because you are really zipping it the work but it doesn't quite fit together as if you were just doing a tube. I hope this helps! Please let me know if it did not and I will search for another way to explain it. Karla

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