Blythe Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
Delicate beauty graces every inch of this bracelet. Peyote stitch creates the foundation of this treasure, while rose petal beads add floral elegance. The sweet color palette brings every bead together in sophisticated harmony. When you make this bracelet, you'll fall in love with every detail!
Step one: Create an odd-count peyote stitch bracelet nine beads wide using the TOHO 8/0 bead rounds in copper-lined alabaster. For help creating the odd-count peyote stitch, please see this Mini-Tutorial video and this PDF Diagram. Continue your bracelet until it is as long as you like it. Remember to account for the length the button clasp and loop will add to your bracelet. Our peyote strip is approximately 6 and 3/8 inches long. If at any time you need to finish your thread and add more thread, please refer to our Finishing Off and Adding Thread Handy Tip
Step two: Count down seven rows in your bracelet and find the center bead in the seventh row. You will be adding floral embellishments to the top of your bracelet. The petals of each flower will consist of three Czech glass rose petal beads in alexandrite pink luster half coat and Siam ruby vega. Sew each rose petal bead to the center bead in the seventh row. To position the petals correctly, take your needle through the stitches on the front sides of the petals to join them together in a circle. Make sure you take your needle back through the stitch you started at to complete the circle. Knot your thread and then sew a TOHO 8/0 bead round in opaque turquoise to the center bead so that it rests in the middle of the petals. With your needle exiting out of the center bead in your bracelet, wrap your thread around the stitches on the underside of the petals and then knot your thread to secure it. Then, weave your thread into the bracelet until it is exiting out of the center bead seven rows down. Repeat this process to decorate your bracelet with flower embellishments. If you make your bracelet longer or shorter than ours, you will have to find the center bead in your peyote strip and start your first flower there. Then, you would space the flowers seven rows apart from the center flower.
Step three: Weave your thread so that it is exiting out of the edge bead of the first row of your bracelet. Add a TOHO Takumi large-hole 11/0 round bead in bronze to the thread, followed by a TOHO 11/0 bead round in opaque turquoise and another TOHO in bronze. Bring your needle down through the next edge bead to create a picot edge. For more help with picot edges, please see our Handy Tip. Repeat this process to embellish the entire edge of the bracelet.
Step four: Start a new thread at the end of your bracelet and weave it through the beads so that it is exiting out of the center bead on the last row. Sew the 15.7mm antique brass-plated pewter lacy scroll pattern round button onto the center bead. Loop the thread through the button and the bead several times for a strong hold, then knot and secure the thread.
Step five: Weave your thread through the bracelet (or start a new thread) so that it is exiting out of an edge bead on the other end of the bracelet. The thread should be exiting on the inside of the edge bead. Add 14 copper-lined alabaster TOHOs to the thread and bring your needle through the edge bead on the other side of this end of the bracelet. Weave your thread into the bracelet again and then back through the loop several times to strengthen it. Knot, secure and trim your thread. If you don't want the ends of your bracelet to have straight edges, you can decrease the odd-count peyote stitch on the ends of your bracelet like we did on ours.