Thornwood Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
This bracelet combines contemporary style with a classic color palette for a look full of edgy elegance. Crystaletts stud and micro spike buttons are incorporated into the peyote stitch for a dimensional look. Leather details around the edges push this style into bold new territory! You'll fall in love with the mix of materials in this design.
Step one: This bracelet is made using an even-count peyote stitch. For detailed instructions on how to achieve this stitch, please see our Mini Tutorial video. Create about 11 rows lengthwise of plain peyote stitch eight columns/beads wide, using the Miyuki 11/0 opaque matte rich cream Delica seed beads. The first eight beads you add to your thread become the first two rows, giving you four beads in each row.
Step two: After you have created your plain rows, you will want to incorporate a Crystaletts button into the stitch. For this row, stitch the first two seed beads as you normally would. The thread should now be at the center of your work. The button will not replace a bead. Rather, it will go on the needle with a seed bead. Add a Crystaletts gold-plated stud button onto the needle, followed by a seed bead. Stitch them as you normally would one seed bead. Then, continue with the last two seed beads for the row.
Step three: After adding the first stud, there is now a front and back to the bracelet you will have to keep in mind when flipping the bracelet over to achieve the stitch. Follow this pattern to add more spikes and studs to your bracelet:
Three plain rows of seed beads (you will flip to the back for the first row, back to the front for the second row and finally to the back for the third row)
One row with a Crystaletts rhodium-plated micro spike button in the center (this should be a row where you are flipped to the front of the bracelet)
Three plain rows of seed beads
One row with a stud button in the center (Once again, the bracelet is flipped to the front)
Repeat this pattern until you like the length of the bracelet, keeping in mind that you will add the same amount of plain rows as the beginning of the bracelet and that leather will be added to create the closure. As you work, you will find that the thread will want to naturally go through a button shank in the rows immediately following a row with a button in it. Bring the thread through the button shank if it feels natural to the weave of the bracelet. Otherwise, continue stitching your peyote as if the buttons aren't there. When you've finished the beaded part of your bracelet, tie off the ends.
Step four: Add a 925/10 silver-filled 5mm 18 gauge open jump ring to the shank of the 15.5mm antique silver-plated pewter zigzag and dots pattern button. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see our Handy Tip Video. Thread a 3-foot length of 1.5mm natural black round leather through the jump ring and center the button on the leather. Tie an overhand knot just below the jump ring to secure the button onto the leather.
Step five: Add approximately four feet of thread to one end of your peyote strip. Your needle should be exiting out of the last bead on one side of the bracelet. Position the button at the end of the peyote strip and line one side of the leather along the edge of the strip. Wrap the thread around the leather and go back through the same bead. Move the needle to the next bead in the edge of the bracelet, go through it, wrap the thread around the leather and then bring it back through the same bead. Move to the next bead and repeat this technique to finish attaching the leather to one side of the bracelet.
Step six: Repeat step five for the other side of the peyote strip and the other side of the leather. Secure and trim any excess thread.
Step seven: Gather both ends of the leather together and tie an overhand knot. Then, leave a space large enough for the button and tie another overhand knot. Trim the leather to your liking.
Tools & Supplies: KO Nylon Japanese Beading Thread 55 yd Spool - Light Gray (STRNG-0115)
List of Components: Crystaletts Rhodium-Plated Micro Spike Button (BTN-464, qty 9) Crystaletts Gold-Plated Stud Button (BTN-467, qty 10) 1.5mm Natural Black Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0231, qty 3) 15.5mm Antique Silver-Plated Pewter Zigzag and Dots Pattern Round Button (BTN-269, qty 1) Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Rich Cream Delica Seed Beads (DB0762, qty 1) 925/10 Silver-Filled 5mm Open Jump Ring, 18 Gauge (FIND-0685, qty 1)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: Crystaletts Black Rhodium-Plated Micro Spike Button (BTN-465) Crystaletts Rhodium-Plated Stud Button (BTN-466) 1.5mm Natural Blue Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0233) 1.5mm Natural Light Brown Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0234) 1.5mm Metallic Tota Round Leather by the Foot (BTF-0218) Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Blushed White (DB1510) Miyuki 8g 11/0 Opaque Matte Turtle Dove Grey (DB1518)