Beginner’s Peyote Increase-Decrease Bracelet Pattern


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This beginner’s Peyote increase-decrease bracelet is a great project for learning how to increase and decrease in peyote stitch.

You will be working a tube with increases and decreases to form the shaping. The pattern includes the full instructions for the bracelet, but you are free to use a clasp of your choice.

If you want to add a beaded clasp, I have plenty of ideas. Just check out my book, ‘Beaded Clasps’ for projects for all levels (the clasp shown in the photo is from this book).

For a quicker, easier finish, just use a metal clasp of your choice.

You can use this beginner’s Peyote increase-decrease technique to make a necklace or a bracelet.

What Materials do I need?

You simply need seed beads. Choose two colours and make sure they are the same size and the same brand of bead.

If you’re not sure about bead brands, then check out this blog. It explains the difference and shows you why it is important to understand brands.

I recommend that you use two colours that contrast well. This beginner’s Peyote increase-decrease pattern uses colouring to make life easy for you. So, you will learn the technique, then use the colouring to get to understand it as you work.

When you feel confident with the technique, you can move on to try this in a single colour of beads.

Notes on the Beginner’s Peyote Increase and Decrease

I always recommend that people start with flat Peyote stitch. So, you will learn to make a flat strip. This is great for bracelets or chokers, but what if you want to shape it?

Well, then you need to learn how to increase and decrease. So, this project is a fabulous way of learning those skills. In this bracelet design, I decided to use tubular Peyote as a basis. However, the increasing and decreasing technique you are going to learn, can also be applied to flat Peyote.

So, this is always a popular project with my beginners!