Grand Duchess Bracelet by Helen Roosa

Embellish and connect multicolored peyote-stitch panels to create Helen Roosa’s Grand Duchess Bracelet that’s fit for royalty. Keep reading to learn more about Helen’s inspiration and then get this pattern today in Beadwork October/November 2018.

My inspiration for this project came from two things. The first is my fascination with the jewelry of European royalty, particularly the Austro-Hungarian Habsburg family. On a recent trip to Europe, I had the opportunity to tour several (and I mean several) castles and palaces belonging to this family dynasty. Of course, the costumes and jewelry displayed were such eye-candy for me!

The second part of my inspiration comes from the look and feel of Delica beads. The smooth, soft look of Delicas stitched in peyote really appeals to my sense of order. I wanted to create a piece of jewelry that would combine the simplicity of peyote-stitched Delicas and the look of royal jewelry. So, the Royal Duchess Bracelet was created.

—Helen Roosa


Grand Duchess Bracelet

Pattern Details

Techniques: Peyote stitch, circular netting variation, right-angle weave variation, netting, whipstitch edging

Project level: Intermediate

Materials:
2 g gold galvanized size 15° seed beads (A)
2 g gold galvanized size 11° seed beads (B)
0.5 g metallic gold size 11° Demi Round seed beads (C)
2 g metallic gold size 8° Demi Round seed beads (D)
1 g each size 11° cylinder beads (E) in the following colors:

  • Zest galvanized Duracoat
  • Pewter galvanized Duracoat
  • Dark plum galvanized
  • Blush galvanized
  • Mallard blue galvanized
  • Cinnamon galvanized
  • Silver galvanized Duracoat
  • Dark teal galvanized Duracoat
  • Muscat galvanized Duracoat
  • Champagne galvanized Duracoat

3 g matte metallic flax 4×2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (F)
0.5 g gold galvanized Duracoat 2.8mm Japanese drops (G)
1 gold 27×7mm 4-strand slide clasp
Gray One-G or KO beading thread

Grand Duchess Bracelet Main Colorway

Main Colorway

Tools:
Scissors
Size 12 beading needle

Finished size: 7″

Helen used the following Delica color numbers for this project:
DB1835, DB1852, DB0455, DB0418, DB0459, DB0460, DB1831, DB0458, DB1836, DB1834.

Artist’s Tips:

  • To lengthen the bracelet without creating another base, add additional rows of peyote stitch to each end base using E before tapering and adding the clasp.
  • FireLine is not recommended for this design, as it is stiffer than One-G or KO thread.

Alternate Colorways:

GOLD BASE
2 g silver galvanized size 15° seed beads (A)
2 g silver galvanized size 11° seed beads (B)
0.5 g metallic silver size 11° Demi Round seed beads (C)
2 g metallic silver size 8° Demi Round seed beads (D)
10 g gold galvanized size 11° cylinder beads (E)
3 g matte metallic silver 4×2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (F)
0.5 g silver galvanized Duracoat 2.8mm Japanese drops (G)
1 silver 25×6mm 4-strand tube clasp
Sand ash One G or KO beading thread

Gold Base Colorway

Gold Base Colorway

PEWTER BASE
2 g gold galvanized size 15° seed beads (A)
2 g gold galvanized size 11° seed beads (B)
0.5 g metallic gold size 11° Demi Round seed beads (C)
2 g metallic gold size 8° Demi Round seed beads (D)
10 g pewter galvanized Duracoat size 11° cylinder beads (E)
3 g matte metallic flax 4×2mm 2-hole MiniDuos (F)
0.5 g gold galvanized Duracoat 2.8mm Japanese drops (G)
1 gold 27×7mm 4-strand slide clasp
Gray One-G or KO beading thread

Pewter Base Colorway

Pewter Base Colorway

HELEN ROOSA is a published designer who has been beading since 2008. Inspiration comes to her from everywhere, and she says that “nothing comes from nowhere.” She especially enjoys the camaraderie among those who share her passion for beading. Contact Helen at hroosa1956@gmail.com.

Download this pattern plus 11 more when you purchase the October/November 2018 issue of Beadwork.


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