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How to Fold Peyote Stitch Over a Clasp
The TierraCast D ring clasps are great for use with leather and multi-strand projects, but they can also be used with seed beads. Folding seed bead designs over the slots in the D rings give projects a seamless and professional finish. You can use this technique to fold peyote stitch designs over any kind of clasp. This Handy Tip will show you how!
Create a peyote stitch bracelet. Check out our Handy Tip on creating an even peyote stitch to get you started. Make sure your starting thread tail is long enough for stitching later on. Make sure the bracelet is wide enough to fit in the slot of the D rings and make sure to add enough length to the bracelet to fold it over the D rings. Step 11 will go into further detail about ensuring the length is right.
We used three jump rings linked together to add the bar component to the D ring. You can adjust the length of your finished bracelet by adding more jump rings. For help with opening and closing jump rings, please see our Jump Ring Handy Tip Video.
Slide the end of your bracelet through the end of a D ring.
Fold over the desired amount of your bracelet and decide what row in the body of the bracelet you will sew the end to.
Use the remaining tail thread to start sewing. It should be coming out of a "down bead." Thread it through an end bead on the edge of the bracelet in the row you chose to sew through.
Then, thread it through an "up bead" on the end of the bracelet…
…then through the next bead in the chosen row of the body of the bracelet.
Then, sew it through the next "up bead" on the end of the bracelet.
Continue doing this until you reach the end of the row. Weave the remaining tail into the bracelet, knot it and tie it off.
Slide the other end of your bracelet through the other D ring in the set and check the length of your bracelet. If it is too short to fold over, add more rows. Repeat steps 5 through 10 to finish the second end of the bracelet.
You now have a beautiful bracelet with seamless finishing touches!