Peyote Stitch Bracelet: Card Games


Card games bracelet made using peyote stitch. Suitable for intermediate beaders with some experience of flat peyote stitch (or brick stitch) and circular and tubular peyote. The pattern includes 6 pages of fully illustrated instructions and useful tips and tricks. You will need delica beads, small dice and crystal beads, with a  magnetic clasp, to complete this peyote stitch bracelet.

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Peyote stitch bracelet pattern to make a bracelet designed with beaded dice and a playing card. This design was based on my Battle of the Beadsmith entry in 2013, High Stakes. I designed the peyote stitch bracelet at the request of Chloe Menage, then editor of Bead Magazine, as a commission to be published in the magazine. Chloe had seen my battle entry and loved the dice and playing card elements, so I adapted this part of my design to create this peyote stitch bracelet.

The peyote stitch bracelet needs size 11 delica beads. The very regular nature of the dice shape and the pattern on the playing card will only really work with these regular beads. You will also need a magnetic clasp – I recommend the Mag-Lok brand as I have found these to be incredibly secure. The clasp is actually concealed underneath the playing card, so this design appears to be seamless. You will also need some little dice beads for this project. I have found these in different shops – some are side drilled and some drilled from corner to corner. It doesn’t really matter which you choose, so you can exercise some poetic license here. Finally, you will need crystal bicones for the bracelet strap. Again, I believe I used Swarovski as I love their quality, but you can choose a different brand if you want to save on cost.

This peyote stitch bracelet pattern is really suitable for intermediate beaders. You will be required to follow a peyote stitch pattern to create the playing card, but if this sounds like your worst nightmare, you will be pleased to hear it can be beaded in brick stitch. Typically brick stitch patterns are easier to read as you are looking along straight rows, whereas the row structure of peyote stitch makes it trickier to read. If you are going for the peyote stitch version, then you may find this guide to reading peyote stitch patterns helpful – it’s free to download!

The peyote stitch bracelet pattern includes clear diagrams and photos to illustrate the written instructions, so I hope you will enjoy this card games themed project.


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