Blue Waves - Size 8-0 Digital Cuff Pattern Using 3-drop Peyote

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Create a fast and fun cuff bracelet using size 8/0 seed beads using 3-drop peyote stitch. This works up quickly (really fast with 3-drop!) so it can be worn the same day or makes a great last minute gift.
The inspiration for this pattern is my love of walking the miles of wide white sand beaches near Pensacola, FL (and anywhere else!). The gently rolling ocean waves are cresting with some splashes. Several pictures of the finished bracelet are shown below.

Included in this 7-page PDF pattern is a realistic pattern picture, a list of the beads used and how many of each are needed, a bead graph, and written row-by-row instructions for peyote. On the last 2 pages is a larger copy of the pattern picture; one with and one without the bead legend that you can print and use as your go-by, if, like me, you hate following written instructions. Please note that this is NOT a tutorial and assumes basic knowledge of peyote stitch. 3-drop is identical to regular peyote, you just substitute three beads instead of one. There are many sites on the internet you can check for a refresher if needed (check your favorite bead supply store website). The pictures of the finished cuff demonstrates one way you can attach a clasp and embellish the edges. For this cuff I’ve used a simple picot edging of 3 11/0 beads. I’ve attached a small starfish charm for a bit of added interest. I recommend size 6 or 8lb Fireline or similar thread – you may also wish to reinforce some stitches (by weaving back through stitches) if the 3-drop seems too floppy as you make it.

I’ve included the number/name of the beads used when designing the piece (8/0 Miyuki Round Rocailles), but use whatever colors and make of beads you would like. The only caveat is that different manufacturers of beads produce slightly different sizes (within each size category) so the finished piece may be larger/smaller than the measurements given, requiring a little adaptation. Also, some manufacturers produce beads with varying sizes/quality requiring significant initial culling. Just use beads that are approximately the same size when making these cuffs. I fell in love with a newer Czech bead - Etched Crystal Full AB – it looks just like the sun glinting off a splashing wave.

Feel free to sell what you create from my patterns but please do not sell the pattern or make copies for others. If you sell the pieces, I would appreciate if you would note the design source with a link. I’d also love to see a picture of your finished piece!

If you have any questions or concerns about this pattern, please convo me on my Etsy site:

Thank you and enjoy!!!

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