Instructions for Making the Beadaholique Peyote Bracelet Kits with Size 10/0 Beads

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Designer: Megan Milliken
In this video, you will learn how to make a bead woven bracelet using flat even count peyote stitch. These instructions are for the Beadaholique kits that use size 10/0 seed beads. These bracelets have detailed patterns and pretty designs, and are a fun bead weaving project.
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Hi this is Megan with and today I'm going to show you how to make our peyote bracelet kits with size 10/0 seed beads so we do have two different versions of our peyote kits the ones here are some examples of the ones that use 10/0 seed beads We do also offer ones that use a size 11/0 Make sure you've got the right video for the size of beads that are used in the kit you have. Your kit comes with seed beads in tubes, it comes with a pack of needles it comes with a clasp and it comes with and little spool of fireline beading thread so some other things you are going to need are a pair of scissors and a stopper bead and that can be any bead it can in fact just be one of the beads from your kit. You use an extra I'm going to use a different stopper bead just that you can keep it straight that that's my stopper bead. You may also find it helpful to use a thread burner like the thread zap but you can get by without it if you just have scissors in your kit with your instructions is going to be a pattern and your pattern is actually going to be two halves the other way on the paper but I've got mine blown-up just half of it at a time here just to help you be able to see it to follow along with what I got here. This is the bracelet that I'm going to be demonstrating so I'll just leave that one here so you can see how it looks. So these bracelets are done using flat even count peyote stitch If you are not familiar with that I'm going to show you how to do it. Remove one of your needles from the package. We give you several, it is possible to break a needle. So we give you a few there To began you're going to cut a length of thread and I like to work with about six feet of thread at a time. Once you get used to it you can decide how much you want work with at once don't ever try to work with too much. You'll wind up just running your thread through, through and through. It will take a long time Just get however much that you're comfortable with usually something close to 6 feet. I'm going to thread that right onto our needle. Pull it down you don't want the ends to meet You're only going to be stitching with one. So you wanna go ahead and give yourself a little bit of an uneven side on there before we get started I'm going to pour out some beads so I like to just work with a little pile at a time. Once you've used them up you can add more we're going to add a stopper bead. To do that bring your needle through the bead for this project I'm going to use the tail end to attach my clasp later so I wanna leave a good about ten or twelve inches. So bring your stopper bead that far from the end and then you're just going to go right back through the bead in the same direction that you went before. Don't let your tail get bought in the loop and pull snug hold that bead right there and it's going to keep the rest of your beads from falling off the end okay now I'm gonna show you how to read these charts I'm going to show you how to read from the bottom up. You can work from the top down if you prefer you would just do the same steps but you would work from the top of the second image on your pattern down, come to the first image and work down. I'm going to show you from the bottom of the first image up, going to the second image and working up you can work which ever way you're more comfortable on that when you start peyote you're actually going to you thread the first two rows at a time. As you can see you have little valleys and peaks, little mountains and valleys along peyote, now the top here we call those up beads and down beads and the up beads are all one row the down beads are the next row. They're going to jog back and forth as your do rows. To get the first two rows you're going to start with this up bead in row two and you're going to actually string row two, one, two, one and so forth all the way across so for mine I'm going to start with purple beads and I'll string one, two, three, four, five purple beads go ahead and go right here next is one two, three, four, five, six aqua beads next we have one, two, three, four, five, six white beads then we're going to pick up one, two, three, four, five purple beads and that's going to be all the beads for rows one and two. So it's gonna look like this when you have the first two rows right now they're on a straight line. Now we're gonna go in and add the first bead from row 3. So here we have row 1 2, this is row 3. So the first bead is the purple bead so pick up the first bead you're going to skip the bead from row one, that last bead on there, you're going to go underneath the next bead inside there. When you pull that snug you see the bead from row 3 pops right above the bead from row 1 pull that snug to the left now add the next bead from row three which is another purple bead, so each time you add a bead in peyote you're going to skip a bead and go through the next bead, when you pull them snug you'll see that your last bead has gone on top of the bead below it and they'll share that space between the row two beads here. Our next bead in row three is a white bead, pick up a white bead skip a bead and go through the next one. If you're having a hard time getting started just keep in mind that this is the hardest part once you have your three done it's going to get a lot easier next bead is white as well, skip a bead go through the next we do include illustrated instructions in your kit. So if you find it hard to follow this video you can follow along with the illustrated ones and then we have another white bead. Skip the next bead and go through the following It's important not to get it twisted don't let your rows get all mixed up, you will not be following the pattern different anymore if the first rows get twisted and then next in row three is three more aqua so get a aqua, skip a bead, go through the next that's one, going to do two and three. Every time you're going to skip a bead and go through the next one if you find you have a lot of loose thread on here you can just take your stopper bead and pull snug next on row 3 we're going to have three purple beads, that's going to be the last three beads in row 3 pick up a bead, skip one, go through the next, pick up a bead, skip one, go through the next and one more pick up a bead, skip one and go through the next you just wanna go through that last bead you added for the very beginning because you don't wanna go through your stopper bead here and you can actually pull the stopper bead off here if it gets in your way or you can leave it. It's up to you and pull it off so you can see better what I'm doing now pull that nice and snug and there's you're first three rows and now as you can see here once you do row 3, your beads have gotten where they're going to be. So you've got your high beads and your low beads, high beads, lows beads and it's gonna look like a little bit like a zipper teeth, like little peaks and valleys once you've got that down it's going to be easy, you're just gonna go in your going to skip a low bead and go through a high bead and each of your new beads sit on the low bead before it so next here we've got row 1, 2, 3, 4 row 4 here starts with a white bead. I'm going to pick up a white bead skip the bead, go through the high bead the up bead is what we refer to them as next in this row is gonna be three purple beads skip the low bead go through the up bead, that's one, two and three and then next we have one, two, three aqua beads and actually you can see the pattern's funny here, that's because it got twisted. It's a good thing to show you You can see your lines are supposed to be going up to the right but here they're going down to the right so what that is, is it got twisted here. You can see if you squish that back around they're going to be going in correct direction and that's only gonna happen on the first couple rows after you've completed row four it won't flip around anymore so you can just go ahead and stop take your bead out flip it around, get to go the right way one more aqua next in row 4 is one, two, three white beads. You can always count up if you lose track of where you are and the last beading row is going to be a purple bead so they're your first four rows. I'll pull that tight and you can see you got a little up and down beads all along and you're starting to see the pattern also of the diagonal stripes in this one specifically. So I'm just going to work through a couple more rows with you before I leave you to finish the length I'm also going to show you how to tie off and add new thread. You will need to do that you know when you run out of thread as you're working. This is a large piece of bead weaving So that's what it should look like when you've got about six rows It's starting to come together. The more snug you keep your thread with the delicas especially, the more firm and solid it's going to be because it does kind of snap into place, lock into place so as you can see if you hold up your piece to your pattern at this point you're gonna start to see your pattern emerging so you're going to continue the pattern working up or if you've decided to work down, if you're familiar with how to do that you you can work down and now I'm going to show you how to tie off thread when you run out of thread and you're going to want to do this not when you completely run out of thread, don't go all the way until your needle is just barely coming through the beads, you wanna leave yourself about six inches or so to give yourself room to tie a knot. So first thing is going to be, I always prefer to do this in the middle of a row. I don't like to do it at the very end because I like all my knots to be hidden in the beadwork instead of hanging out at the end. I'm just going to go part of the way through the next row you're in the middle of the row, you're going to take your needle and you're going to go down between the bead that your thread is coming out of and the next bead in the row below and what you wanna do is hook the thread that attaches those two beads you're going to pull until you have a loop don't pull it all the way snug. Pull until you have a loop and you want the threads, it's very hard to see, it's very small but you want your loop to have a little crossover to it so my thread right here is coming out on the top its going down behind and now I'm going to take my needle and go down through the loop and just pull to create a half hitch knot on that thread connecting right there pull it snug and then you're going to weave through several of the beads so that you're not cutting your thread right next to your knot It'll make it a little bit stronger. When you weave through peyote stitch you're always going to weave in diagonal lines and they can zigzag up and down but you're always going to go through the beads in a way that there's already a thread path so that it doesn't show. You can go up down you can go down, you can go up, it's up to you just weave through several of the beads until you've gotten some distance between your knot and your thread and this is where a thread burner will come in handy you can use a thread burner, it's very easy, just hold the button down and touch it to the thread, you can also use scissors. When you're cutting bead thread in bead work with scissors you wanna pull up with some study pressure on your thread so that when you cut it the tension will have that thread pop back down onto the bead so that's gonna be how you tie off now to add new thread we're going to do is weave up through some of the beads and you wanna work it so that your coming out through the bead where you left off so that for me is this right here and I'm ready to add my next bead now leave yourself a tail of about six inches there. You're just gonna leave that and go back and tie off and weave that in later. If you want you can use a second needle to do it right away after you've done a few rows or you can just wait until the and you gonna go in and tie off and weave in all of your loose threads at the end. So when you tie off your old thread that's ending you wanna go ahead tie it and weave it but when you start a new one that one you can leave. I'll show you do it exactly the same. I'm just going to take my needle off to show you so let's say you're all done and you've got this thread and your other new thread ends just kind of hanging out put a needle on there right where your thread is coming out again you're going to go down between that bead and the one in the row before. Make a loop go through, pull it to tighten that half hitch knot and just like before you're going to weave down through and then you just trim it off as you did before. So you use those techniques to add new thread as you go. You're going to continue through the whole pattern or through just as much of the pattern as you need for the bracelet size that you want as you can see on the finished bracelet, where the bracelet stops there's a gap for the clasp and that gap is about 5/8th of an inch. So you can complete the pattern or you can do as much of the pattern as you want for your finished bracelet size minus 5/8th of an inch. When you're finished weaving bracelet to the desired length then we're gong to attach the clasp and as I said before the clasp will add about 5/8 of an inch once it's closed up you can see the gap here between the weaving so you wanna decide the finished bracelet length that you want. A standard women's bracelet sizes are usually between 7 and 8 inches and the pattern will get you through plenty. I think pattern is about eight inches of weaving if you followed the whole thing. So you'll want to go ahead and pay attention to how long your piece is and stop when you get it as long as you want so I've got mine all ready to go one thing to keep in mind you're going to want to stop with a down bead at the left end and then an up bead as the second bead and if you'll notice at the beginning here we started with an up bead all the way to the left and what it is is that you want when you bring your two ends together to have it mirror image here, so you're going to want them to not fit like a zipper you're gonna want it the other way so that it's symmetrical so that when you put your clasp on it doesn't joggle over slightly, so that's lined up. So without cutting your thread, I have quite a bit, you'll have however much you have, if you don't have at least about a foot you might need to tie off and add a new piece here take your needle until you have it coming out of the top here we just going to go down one bead on the edge and then go up diagonal all the way through and it's going to end up coming out of the second up bead, so the fourth bead over pull that tight you can decide how you want to color the beads that you put here I've just kind of use ones that I thought kinda mirrored the stripe pattern you can use all one color, you can do it however you want, it depends where you're at with your pattern too if you're stripes are positioned here, here, here you can just use whatever colors you want, it's all gonna look perfectly fine. Pick up two beads. Grab your clasp take it apart. I'm going to go through the first loop then you're going to go back down through the last bead that you strung you're going to add one more bead and go through the next up bead. I'll hold that up so you can see So you see we've got a little thread bridge right here through the loop, holding it down and we will reinforce that at the end also. When you're coming back out of the next up bead, so the second up bead and the third up bead are the two that you're using here now we're going to take the needle and go through the next down bead and the next up bead now this time you're also going to pick up two beads you're going to go through the second loop in the clasp if your beads come through that loop you wanna put them back down. You want them on the other side of the loop so hold them in place or you can move them at the end I'm going to go back through the last bead once more and now this time because the placement for this loop is a little different when I pick up my new bead instead of going over to the right I'm gonna go back to the left and I'm going to go back through that same up bead in the same direction that I did originally. I just want to loop around You see this one made a little T instead of an upside down V and you're going to take our needle and again we're going to go through the next down bead and the next up bead we're gonna do this third loop the same way we did the first one pick up two beads, go through the loop back down through the last bead, pick up another bead and go through the next up bead to the right and we're going to go through the next down bead and the next up bead, we're going to do the fourth loop just like we did for the second loop, pick up two beads go through the clasp, back down through the last bead pick up another bead just like the 2nd one you're going to go back through that same up bead in the same direction to loop around in a counter clockwise that'll loop through the next down bead and the next up bead and we're going to connect the fifth loop just like we did for the first and the third pick up two beads go through the loop, go back down through the last bead pick up another bead and go through the next up bead and that is all the loops what we wanna do is weave back through over to the left side again and we wanna go through that whole thread path again to make it a little bit stronger As you're weaving through just like when you're tying off and adding new thread you want to always go through it diagonals the one exception since we need to change direction and go the other way, we are gonna have to not do that, so what you can do is go straight up and down one bead and when you pull it snug, your thread is going to disappear between the two rows and hide and it'll be fine so just work your way over. You can zig-zag it up and down in get your way back over to where you started at the beginning there I'm just going to go back up a bead now, again straight up and down so that when you pull that tight the thread disappears between the two rows and then I can just follow this stripe backup and I wanna go through my thread path all the way down one more time so up through those two beads and through the loop in the clasp and then over the loop back down through the beads and the up bead that it's attached to, you just keep following along this thread path is shown for you in the last figure on the illustrations as well it'll show you the whole thing, you can follow that too this thread is extremely strong so it seems like just two loops is not very much to hold on your clasp but it really is quite strong. It's a four pound break weight which means that a single strand of it can take four pounds and since you have five places where it's holding that means that the weight will be evenly distributed and it can hold even more than that and then we're doubling up, so it really is quite strong. So you don't need to weave through over and over and over and over again I'm just gonna go over a couple beads I'm going to tie off my thread here just like I don't want to tie off at the ends on the sides. I also don't like to tie it at the very top here, so instead of tying up and I'm going to tie down, keep the knot buried I've got my bridge thread there my thread is a little long you wanna go through that loop pull tight because it's pretty close to the edge there I'm going to go ahead and go back in a few beads the other way pull up, give medium tension and cut and you're thread will pop back in through that last bead, that's how you're going to attach the clasp now to attach the other side of the clasp because we made this a mirrored image all you're gonna do is flip your bracelet over and you'll see you're going to have your tail thread here you'll have a down bead on the left, you're going to attach the second half of the clasp exactly the same way, so you're going to thread your tail onto your needle you're going to skip down one bead what you wanna make sure you're doing, the two halves of the clasp each have a little like nail head kinda on the top, you wanna make sure that your little heads are on opposite sides so that your clasp together, if put them on the same side accidentally your bracelet will twist to close, so be very very very careful that you put the clasp with the little rounded head on the other side when you do this just like you did before you're going to do the first loop go back down and continue and again we do have the whole thread path in the illustrations so you can refer to that you're going to do one 3 & 5 just like that and again you're going to do 2 & 4 the other way where you loop back through just like that go ahead and finish up the second side so I have finished attaching this half of the the clasp and work it all the way around back through a second timeli One thing to note since you do have a limited amount of thread on this side work it back through pretty close to the top don't go way down to work it back through but I had about a foot and I did have plenty to go through it twice there. We're just going to tie off I've cut off and trimmed my loose ends as I was going if you haven't now you need to go back and finish off and weave in any other threads you have. Then close up off your clasp and you're all done. That's how you make our peyote bracelet kit using size 10/0 seed beads Go to to purchase beading supplies and to get design ideas!

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