Eleanor Bracelet by Melinda Barta

Inspired by the designer’s love for historic costumes and a visit to a Welsh castle once ruled by Queen Eleanor, wife of Edward I, Melinda Barta’s Eleanor Bracelet features sparkling crystals, two-hole shaped beads, and peyote stitch. Find this pattern today in Beadwork August/September 2018 and get the kits in both the blue and pink colorways.

Eleanor Bracelet


Pattern Details

Techniques: Tubular and circular peyote stitch, netting

Project level: Intermediate

Materials:
1 g metallic cosmos size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
2 g nickel size 15° Japanese seed beads (B)
3 g nickel-plated midnight teal size 11° cylinder beads (C)
8 g metallic cosmos size 11° Demi Round seed beads (D)
24 matte metallic silver 6.5×4mm 2-hole CzechMates diamonds (E)
10 polychrome aqua teal 7mm 2-hole CzechMates cabochons (F)
12 light gray opal 4mm crystal rounds (G)
4 foil-back denim blue 12mm crystal rivolis
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Eleanor Bracelet Main colorway

Main Colorway

Tools:
Scissors
Size 10 and 12 beading needles

Finished size: 6 3/4″

Artist’s Tips

  • The two-hole beads in the CzechMates system are interchangeable, so you can try triangles, lentils, and bars in place of the diamonds.
  • For size adjustments, repeat (or omit) one of the E/D/E/F sequences in the end links.

Option: For the amethyst version, choose one rivolis connection method (center links and end links) when working Step 2: connecting to pairs as in Passes 1 and 3 or to a single C as in Passes 2 and 4. You’ll find the connections quicker to stitch when using just one method. The bracelet will zigzag slightly, but the zigzag won’t be noticeable when the bracelet is worn, and it creates a nice curve around the wrist.

Eleanor Bracelet Amethyst Colorway

Amethyst Colorway

Alternate Colorway:
1 g metallic cabernet iris size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
2 g nickel size 15° Japanese seed beads (B)
3 g purple copper metallic gold size 11° cylinder beads (C)
8 g amethyst gold luster size 11° Demi Round seed beads (D)
24 matte metallic silver 6.5×4mm 2-hole CzechMates diamonds (E)
10 saturated metallic dusty cedar 7mm 2-hole CzechMates cabochons (F)
12 light gray opal 4mm crystal rounds (G)
4 foil-back antique pink 12mm crystal rivolis
Smoke 6 lb FireLine braided beading thread

MELINDA BARTA is a former editor of Beadwork magazine and the author of six books published by Interweave. She has filmed many instructional DVDs on bead-weaving techniques, taught at craft schools and bead shows nationwide, and shared her love of crafting on DIY, PBS, HGTV, Style, and local television networks. Melinda is currently a consultant for Starman, Inc., and a Starman TrendSetter. Visit www.melindabarta.com and www.melindabartastudio.etsy.com.

Download this pattern plus 10 more when you purchase the August/September 2018 issue of Beadwork.


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