Instructions for Making the Beadaholique Peyote Bracelet Kits with Size 11/0 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 11/0 seed beads. These bracelets have detailed patterns and pretty designs, and are a fun bead weaving project.
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you hi this is megan with beadaholique.com and kits with 11 OC beads so you want to make sure you've got the right video for the kit that you've got i'm going to show you with our fourth-of-july peyote bracelet kit so this is what the bracelet looks like and your kit you're going to receive a little mini school spool of fireline beading thread a pack of needles a tube clasp and then tubes of red white and blue eleven o seed beads you're also going to need a pair of scissors and it can be helpful to have a thread burner like the thread zap but if you don't have one you can just use scissors and I'm going to use a separate stopper bead that's a different bead than the other ones we've got if you don't have one you can just use one of your beads there I'm just going to use one that's a different color and different size to help you differentiate as I'm showing you how to do this this bracelet is woven in even count flat peyote stitch so I'm going to show you how to do that and how to follow the pattern now your pattern come with your instructions you'll have illustrate Illustrated instructions and a pattern and your pattern will be this way you'll have two two columns here I've got this one blown up so that you can see better what I'm doing is I'm following along with it first thing we're going to do is cut a piece of thread and thread our needle so I'm going to work with about six feet at a time you can kind of get a feel for how much you can comfortably work with as you go I don't like to use more than about six feet at a time you do get a pack of four needles it isn't uncommon for them to break so we've given you a whole pack so that you can get through your project go ahead and thread your needle you're going to want to pull that down but leave your ends uneven pour out some of your beads into a little pile a beading mat is really helpful if you don't have a beading mat I sometimes have used a fabric placemat you just want to put them on something where they're not going to roll all over the place first thing we're going to do is throw out our stopper bead take your needle go through the stopper bead you're going to want to leave yourself about a foot or so of a tail at the end we're going to use that at the very end to attach our clasp to that side go right back through the stopper bead so you're going to go through it and through it again pull it snug and that's going to keep the rest of your beads from falling off we're going to start at the bottom left of the pattern of the first piece of the pattern that's to the left on your page so we're going to start at the bottom left work up go to the bottom of the next piece and work up if you prefer to work down you can always do it that way it's totally what you prefer you in that case you would start at the top left of the second work down go to the top of the first and work down when you are starting peyote you're going to pick up the first two rows now you can see here this might be a better thing to point with we've got the little rows that jog up and down up and down up and down up now each second bead all of the ones that are down at the end that's a row and then it jugs up and that's a row and that's a row on your illustrations you'll see that they're numbered with ones and twos that's to help you keep track of which ones are in which row so what we're going to do this is Row 1 2 3 4 5 6 and so on we're going to pick up all the beads in rows 1 & 2 to start which means you need to start with this bead in row 2 and then pick up 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 all the way across so my first bead is this red bead right here and then we're going to pick up 1 2 3 4 5 blue beads and you have a stopper bead so don't worry about where your beads are going just let them go 1 2 white beads 1 2 3 4 red beads 1 2 3 4 white beads 1 2 3 4 red beads 1 2 3 4 white beads and then 1 2 3 and 4 red beads to get to the end of the first 2 rows the very beginning is tricky with peyote when you're first learning and the very beginning is also the only time you're going to pick up more than one row at a time if this seems hard or hard to follow just hang in there it'll get easier now we're going to start by adding the beads for Row 3 and Row 3 runs right along this way and it starts with this blue bead right here so the first thing I'm going to do is pick up the first bead in Row 3 which is that blue bead right there I'm going to skip the last bead that I had from the previous rows and I'm going to go back the other direction through the second bead and pull that snug when you pull that snug the bead from Row three is going to sit right on top of the bead from row one I'm going to go to the next bead here which is a red bead for Row three skip the next bead and go through the following you want to make sure you don't get your thread twist it around there and pull that through if you have a lot of extra thread extra slack just pull a little bit hold the stopper bead and pull a little bit and little snug it up as you work you want to make sure you don't get this piece twisted because it will change the way that the beads are in the pattern so I'm going to keep it in a line alright so our next bead here is a white bead and then I like to kind of see what I'm going to do when I'm going to do two white beads in a row so pick up bead skip a bead and go through the next bead okay that was one and now two white beads so we're going to pick up a bead skip the next a bead and go through the next one okay you can kind of see we're starting to get that little up-and-down Valley and peak look that we will have with our finished peyote all right next we have two red beads so pick up a red bead skip the bead and go into the next one and then pick up a red bead skip the next bead go through the following then next is two more white beads if your pattern has something regular like stripes you'll start to notice real quick that it repeats with this one you do want to make sure that you don't miss the starts and the changes in the diagonal stripes though so you do still want to pay attention even if you feel like you've got the pattern down and then next we have two more red beads alright next we have a white bead okay followed by one two three blue beads is going to finish out row three here pick up a blue bead skip a bead go through the next one - and then one more and our last bead there is that red bead okay at this point you can remove your stopper bead it's going to hold itself together pretty well here on out and all you're going to do is just pull gently you can see after you finish Row three you've established the shape of the peyote which is going to be the little down beads and up beads the little valleys and Peaks kind of looks like the edge of a zipper so that's what the edge of peyote looks like you can see it on the ends of the pattern - and peyote has that kind of jog - zig zaggy kind of look to it so from here on out it's going to be a lot easier because you don't need to be creating that shape you just need to be following it and every time you stitch you're going to add a bead skip the downbeat and go through the up bead so from here on out you're just kind of filling in that this little the little valleys so going to do one more row to show you and you're going to just continue to follow the pattern so the next bead is blue the next PETA's are a little white doctor followed by a blue bead you're just going to follow along the pattern if you lose your spot you can always count how many rows you're at and count up you can take a little while this is definitely one of those things that some people find tedious and some people find kind of a Zen happy place I like bead weaving but it can be a little bit time-consuming next we're going to have a white bead and then we'll have to read to white I know that the next few stripes are just solid so you can just kind of go with the pattern on that do check ahead though because you don't want to miss having like one of your changes in your pattern all right in this last stripe here we've got to read so I finish out Row 4 okay and you're basically just going to continue your pattern all the way up until you have your bracelet as long as you want it to be now the pattern that we give you are enough to weave about eight inches so you're not probably going to need that much I'll show you that there is a little gap here between where your woven pieces stop your clasp was going to add just about half an inch so standard women's bracelet sizes are usually seven or eight inches so you'll want to decide how long you want your total bracelet to be and then subtract half an inch so if you wanted a seven and a half inch bracelet you would leave seven inches so as you're working just check your piece of weaving in and keep track of how long it's going to be and also as you're working you'll notice you're going to run out of thread so I'm going to show you how you tie off and add a new piece of thread so when you get close to the end of your thread you want to leave yourself a good six eight inches to tie a knot so don't get so close to the end that you don't have enough thread left to tie your knot you're going to want to stop in the middle of a row or at least not at the very edge I don't want the knots to be on the sides because you'll see them that way so get a few stitches into the middle of the row okay that's far enough like I said just get a few in or before you're a few before the end okay now what we're going to do you're going to take your needle and you're going to go down through the space between the bead where your threads coming out of and the next bead down what you're want to do is have your thread catch the little thread right the little thread bridge that is between those two beads so you can make a little loop don't pull it all the way tight and now with your original thread going over the top and the new thread the other thread coming behind it you're going to go down through the loop and you're going to pull that snug and that's going to make a little half hitch knot around that thread bridge down there now you're going to weave in the tail so anytime you're weaving through peyote across you want to want to go through the diagonals where you've already got your thread and that's going to keep the thread from showing so go ahead and you can go up down it doesn't matter just weave it in through several of the beads so that you're not cutting right next to your knob basically that's what you're going to do to give it make it a little bit stronger all right now if you have a thread burner you can really easily just hold that button down and touch it and zap that thread if you don't when you cut your thread you're going to want to hold the thread and press the scissors down and you're going to want to apply about a medium pressure on that thread pulling up so that when you cut the tension pops that thread back down into the bead and you don't see it now to add a new thread and get a new length thread it on your needle know what you're going to do is go through several beads to come out where you left off and you're going to leave a tail about four to six inches there about six and just go back through diagonally and then along the top until you catch up to where you left off now just hold that thread tail and continue to stitch and there's two different ways you can do this you can either stitch a few beads to kind of anchor your thread go back with another needle and tie this off now or you can leave all of these tails and go back and do them all at the end it's really up to you if you want to get them all done or if you want to do them all at once at the end and to tie off that tail whether you do it now or at the end you're going to do that exactly the same way that you tie it off the old thread I'm just going to grab another needle and right now so again just like before you're going to take your needle and you're going to go and catch the thread that's right where you're coming out of and between that one and the next bead okay and you want the original thread over and the new thread underneath create that little loop go down through it and then pull snug and then continue through and if you're close to the edge like that you can go up or down one row and go back in to weave your end in so just like before I'm going to weave through some of the beads and trim that end off so that's how you'll tie off and add new thread as you go so now you're just going to continue until you've got your weaving as long as you want just following the pattern again you're going to go up to the top go to the bottom of the second and continue up so now I've finished doing as much weaving as I want knowing that the clasp was going to add about half an inch I'm happy with that measurement for myself you can also try to take it to a standard bracelet size it seven or eight inches something like that and then take off half an inch for the clasp and stop there if you finish the entire pattern both pieces you're going to end up with about an eight and a half inch bracelet so you probably want to go ahead and plan ahead and stop where you want to stop now I'm going to show you how to attach the clasp and when I've finished here one thing to mention is you do want to go ahead and finish with a down bead all the way to the left at the top so that your bottom and your top if you sandwich them together match and there's a down bead all the way to the end on both sides and why you want to do that is so that when you put them together you want to make sure that the up beads touch that it doesn't fit together like a zipper and we want to do this so that it's a mirror image so that when you attach your clasp it's symmetrical and it doesn't jog over slightly so now with your thread on there I did not cut my thread I'm just going to continue with the same piece if you don't have at least about a foot left you're going to want to add some more now all I'm going to do is right where my thread is coming out of that bead I'm just going to go down a row and I'm going to run my needle diagonally up all the way to come out of the second up bead and then I'm going to go back down through the next down end up bead to weave along the top remove half of your clasp now you're going to pick up two seed beads and I'm just matching them to the color that's below you don't need to worry too much about which colors I'm using and which colors you're using so whatever wherever you stop in the pattern it's going to change what's below so I'm just going to go ahead and match now you're going to go through the loop on your clasp that's farthest over to that side there to the left side if you've got it straight up and down pick up two more seed beads and you're going to go through the next up bead pull that snug like that and it's okay if the beads move back and forth on the loop they fit through the loop show you real quick that they will move around that doesn't need to stay with two on one side and two on the other side and you can probably even just pick up four and go through I just like to keep it kind of organized by doing it two and two now you're going to go through the next down bead and the next up bead and then again you're going to pick up two beads go through the loop pick up two more beads and go through the next up bead and all five loops are going to be attached exactly the same way so it's pretty simple go through the next down bead in the next up bead pick up two beads go through the next loop pick up two more beads and go through the next up bead a couple more times you're going to go through the next down and up bead pick up to through the loop pick up two more go back down through the next up bead and last one same thing go through the next down end up beat pick up two beads go through the loop pick up two more beads go through the next up bead okay now to make this more secure I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to weave all the way back over so I'm just going to any time you're traveling across you want to make sure that you're going through the diagonals again so make sure that you're not cutting up and down to cut down one row it's fine to turn back so you'll come out you'll go down one go over when you pull it tight that's going to fall right in between the beads and you won't see it then as we travel back to the left side you're just going to move it diagonals in a little zigzag up and down and if you don't have a lot of thread like on the other end you're just using the tail make sure that you don't SIG's AG too far up and down you want to keep it kind of close okay when you get back over you're going to skip up a row and come back out of that third up bead just like you did the first time don't catch any of your other beads there pull snug and that's going to pop right between the beads now you're just going to follow your original thread path on this so you're going to go through the beads and through the loop and that's going to make it nice and strong and you'll just go exactly as you did before and that whole thread path is on your illustration as well and figure eight so you can see it that way if it's easier to free to follow along all right as you get back around again just go ahead and go through a couple of the bracelet beads to make sure it's nice and secure and then we're going to tie off right there and go ahead and weave that through and since you're so close to the edge you can pull that tight and then go right back into the other side to weave that in you don't want to cut your knot cut your thread too close to your knot okay and then you'll just trim that up now take your needle off that thread now what we're going to do is take your whole bracelet and just flip it over so that you have your thread tail at the top left the e left when you started and now you're going to thread that and you're going to attach this side of the clasp just like you did the other side you need to be really careful when you're attaching your clasp that the little nail head looking rounded part that those are on opposite sides so that you have one on each end of the clasp if you put them to the same side your bracelet is going to twist when you try to close it so always make sure that one's to one side and the other ones to the other side and now we're going to make this one attach this side of the clasp just like we did the other one so skip down a row and go right up through and then go through the next down bead and the next up bead now on this side it will attach almost exactly the same way but because I want it to be symmetrical when it's closed on this side I have these beads going over down and under through so it's coming looping this way so on this side I want it to also loop over and under which means when you flip it over instead of going over the loop this time we're going to go under the loop just so that it's a nice and symmetrical closure you can see I did that on this one so that they kind of go in a little V all the way up so just like you did before you're just going to grab two beads this time you're going to go up through your clasp grab two more and go through that next up bead and then you go through the next down bead and the next up bead pick up two beads come up through the loop make sure your thread doesn't get all tangled around it's really important to keep it nice and straight and not hooked on to anything pick up two more beads and go through the next up bead you're just going to continue this way all the way across all right and just like before we want to make sure that that's nice and strong so we're going to jump down a row and then work back over to the left all right so now that I've gone back over and woven back through to reinforce that all you're going to do is again tie that thread off and then you're just going to weave your tail end in just like you did before and now I was weaving in all of my ends as I went if you haven't done that now if you have any extra little thread tails from new threads you can go ahead and tie those off and weave them in now and once you have everything all secured and trimmed then you're done and you're just going to close your clasp and that's it that's how you make our peyote bracelet kits with size 11 OC beads you

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