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I can neither imagine nor remember a time when I wasn't making things.

I have tried almost every fiber art, and currently knit and spin my own yarn. I sew clothes and furnishings occasionally. ...

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(5) Name: 'Jewelry : 1-2-3-Square

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • peyote stitch helpful

Pattern Description:

Use one-, two- and three-drop peyote with beads of different sizes to make this neat cuff bracelet with clever integral closure. The finished width is about 1.25", and although using beads of different shapes and sizes gives this bracelet fabulous texture, it's still slinky and comfortable to wear.

This is a fairly beginner-friendly pattern, especially if you choose to simply use a bought clasp or a button-and-loop closure, rather than the beaded toggle and buttonhole. It's a gentle introduction to flat even-count one-, two- and three-drop peyote using different sizes and shapes of seed beads.

One of the things I like about it is that you can get a fabulous richness and texture by varying the shades and finishes of the beads. In my (admittedly biased) opinion you get a better finished piece than your effort would have led you to believe.

What I will say though is that the edges may not be completely absolutely smooth, as different finishes on seed beads result in slightly different sizes of beads, so the edges, depending on the finishes you choose, may wiggle more or less. For this reason, I would strongly advise against silver-lined Japanese size 11s; if you must use silver-lined beads (which are always a bit taller), use Czech seeds instead, like I did in the copper bracelet. Otherwise I suggest sticking to Japanese beads throughout.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Bracelet is stitched to fit


  • 4mm cubes (about 10g total)
  • Size 8 seed beads (about 7g total)
  • Size 11 seed beads (about 7g total)
  • Your favourite beading needle
  • Your favourite beading thread

You Will Also Need:

  • scissors
  • thread conditioner (optional)
  • beading surface
  • good lighting
  • magnifiers!