GUINEVERE BRACELET

(copyright 2007 Deborah Roberti)

MATERIALS (for a 7-inch bracelet, not including clasp)

• About 600 11/0 seed beads or Delica beads: I used Miyuki Delica #22L Lt. Bronze.
• About 48 dark 4mm bicone crystals: I used Swarovski Burgundy.
• About 46 light 4mm bicone crystals: I used Swarovski Topaz Satin.
• About 46 4mm glass pearls: I used Swarovski Bright Gold glass pearls.

Step 1: You’re going to have to add thread while creating this bracelet (unless you don’t mind work­ing with about 5 yards of thread initially) so start with a length you feel comfortable working with and thread your needle.

String a seed bead, a dark crystal, a seed bead, a pearl, a seed bead, a light crystal, a seed bead and a pearl. Leaving a 14- to 16-inch tail for attaching one end of the clasp, tie these beads in a circle with a double knot:

Step 2: Go back through the pearl, the seed bead and the light crystal:

Step 3: String 5 seed beads, a light crystal and 5 seed beads. Go around and up through the light crystal that you exited at the end of the last step:

Step 4: Continue back through the 5 seed beads and down through the light crystal you strung in the last step:

Step 5: String a seed bead, a pearl, a seed bead, a dark crystal, a seed bead, a pearl and a seed bead. Go around and back down through the light crystal that you exited at the end of the last step:

Step 6: Continue back through the seed bead, the pearl, the seed bead, the dark crystal, the seed bead and the pearl you added in the last step:

You’ve just finished row 1.

Step 7: To start row 2, string a seed bead, a light crystal, a seed bead, a pearl, a seed bead, a dark crystal and a seed bead. Go around and back through the pearl that you exited at the end of the last step:

Step 8: Continue back up through the seed bead and the light crystal that you added in the last step:

Step 9: String 5 seed beads, a light crystal and a seed bead. Go around and through the middle 3 seed beads in row 1 (highlighted in RED):

Step 10: String a seed bead. Go up through the light crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 11: Go back through the 5 seed beads and the light crystal (all highlighted in RED) that you added in Step 9:

Step 12: String a seed bead. Go through the top-left pearl (highlighted in RED):

Step 13: String a seed bead, a dark crystal, a seed bead, a pearl and a seed bead. Go around and down through the light bicone crystal, the seed bead and the pearl that you exited at the end of the last step (all highlighted in RED):

Step 14: To finish row 2, continue back up through the seed bead, the dark crystal, the seed bead and the pearl:

Step 15: To start row 3, string a seed bead, a light crystal, a seed bead, a pearl, a seed bead, a dark crystal and a seed bead. Go around and back through the pearl that you exited at the end of the last step:

Step 16: Continue on up through the seed bead and the light crystal that you added in the last step:

Step 17: String 5 seed beads, a light crystal and a seed bead. Go around and through the middle 3 seed beads in row 2 (highlighted in RED):

Step 18: String a seed bead. Go up through the light crystal highlighted in RED:

Step 19: Continue back through the 5 seed beads and the light crystal (all highlighted below in RED):

Step 20: String a seed bead. Go through the top-right pearl in row 2 (highlighted in RED):

Step 21: String a seed bead, a dark crystal, a seed bead, a pearl and a seed bead. Go around and back down through the top-right light crystal, the seed bead and the pearl that you exited at the end of the last step (all highlighted in RED):

Step 22: To finish row 3, continue back up through the seed bead, the dark crystal, the seed bead and the pearl:

Repeat Steps 7-22 until your bracelet is the length you want it, minus about a half-inch and the length of your clasp.

Step 23: To attach one end of your clasp, string a seed bead, a dark crystal and two seed beads. Go through one end of the clasp and back through the last seed bead that you just strung:

Step 24: String a seed bead, a dark crystal and a seed bead. Go through the top-left pearl (highlighted in RED):

Step 25: Now the name of the game is to weave your way back through the clasp two more times to reinforce it. You can do this absolutely anyway you wish but the RED line is a suggested path:

Weave your way back into the bracelet, knot in several places and then cut your thread.

Step 26: To attach the clasp to the other end of the bracelet, simply thread your needle with the tail from Step 1. Go through the top-right pearl:

Repeat Steps 23-25.