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Published by: Michelle Kuehlhorn on Feb 26, 2011
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Pearls now come in a variety of colors, so have fun selecting matching or contrasting seed beads for the ruffles


Frame freshwater

Pinch beads stitched in right-angle weave form the base of this bracelet
designed by Dottie Hoeschen

pearls with lacy ruffles
pinch beads to the length determined in step 1. Stitch an even number of rings. [3] Pick up an 80 seed bead, and sew through the next pinch bead. Repeat around the edge of the bracelet, including the corners (figure 1). [4] To add the pearls, exit a corner 80. Pick up an 110, a pearl, and an 110. Sew through the 80 at the diagonal corner of the ring (figure 2, a–b). Repeat for the length of the band. If you are using smaller pearls, you may need to pick

figure 1

Put your wrist in the spotlight with the contrasting combination of freshwater pearls and seed bead loops.

[1] Measure your wrist,
subtract both the length of the clasp and 1 in. (2.5cm) to determine the length of the band. [2] Thread a needle with a comfortable length of Silamide or C-Lon, and, leaving a 10-in. (25cm) tail, pick up four pinch beads. Sew through the first three beads, and tighten the thread to form a ring. Working in right-angle weave (Basics, p. 156), stitch the base with


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figure 3 figure 4


b c

figure 5

up two 110s on each side of the pearl to cover the thread. [5] To add the ruffle, exit a corner 80. Pick up ten 110s, skip an 80 on the base, and go through the next 80 (figure 3, a–b). Repeat along the length of the band. Sew through the end pinch bead, and repeat on the other edge of the band. [6] To form the second layer, sew through the end pinch bead and the adjacent 80
(figure 4, a–b).

[7] Pick up six 110s, and go
through the next 80 on the base (b–c). Repeat along the

length of the band. [8] Repeat steps 6 and 7 on the other edge. [9] To add the clasp, exit at a corner 80. Pick up three 110s, an 80, two 110s, one clasp half, and two 110s (figure 5, a–b). Sew back through the 80, pick up three 110s, and sew into the corner 80 (b–c). Secure the working thread in the beadwork with a few half-hitch knots (Basics) between beads, and trim. Repeat on the other end of the band. w Contact Dottie Hoeschen at stonebrash@juno.com.


If you use side-drilled pearls, they may twist within the pinch-bead ring. To support the beads, stitch a 60 bead on the back of the bracelet in the same method as for the pearls. This will fill in the space behind the pearls.

bracelet 7¼ in. (18.4cm) • 68–90 5mm pinch beads • 22–26 4–6mm freshwater pearls • seed beads 48 or more size 80 7g size 110 • clasp • Silamide or C-Lon • beading needles, #10 or #12

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