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Bead&Button Online Project 1

materials
bracelet 7
1
2 in. (19.1 cm)
10 mm crystal or pearl accent bead
110 seed beads
67 g color A (purple)
34 g color B (green)
clasp
nylon beading thread, size D, or
Fireline 6 lb. test
beading needles, #12
Flower
Make a pretty bracelet
with a new stitch
designed by Hsiao-Hsuan Tso
and Anna Elizabeth Draeger
Master the basics of tso
stitch as you make this
charming bracelet.
Stitch Workshop Tso Stitch
2010 Kalmbach Publishing Co. This material may not be reproduced in any form
without permission from the publisher.
bracelet
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Refer to Stitch Workshop in the April
2010 issue (p. 18) as you work.
stepbystep
Six-petal flower
[1] On a comfortable length of thread
or Fireline, pick up four color A 110 seed
beads, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew
through the first A again to form a ring.
[2] Pick up an A, skip an A, and sew
through the next A. Repeat, and step up
through the first A added in this round.
[3] Working as in Variation #1: Basic
stitch, repeat step 2 10 times to make
a tube with seven beads on each of two
opposing sides (these will be the front
and back) and six beads on each of the
other two sides. Exit at the end of a
six-bead side (photo a).
[4] To begin the next row, work as in
steps 2 and 3 of Variation #1: Adding
rows: Pick up three As, and sew
through the A your thread exited at
the start of this step. Pick up an A, and
sew through the second A just added,
positioning the new bead at the end of
the tube. Pick up an A, sew through the
A your thread exited in the previous
step, and continue through the first A
added in this round (photo b).
[5] To work an increase off the end
of the tube, work as in Variation #1:
Basic stitch for two rounds to add a
total of four beads (photo c). Sew
through the beadwork to exit the
bottom of the row.
[6] Continue stitching the row as in
Variation #1: Adding rows until the
new row has five beads on both the
front and back sides and four beads on
each of the other two sides (photo d).
[7] Exit the end bead on the new four-
bead side. Work another row that is
identical to the second row. Exit a bead
between rows 2 and 3, and work as in
Fill-in stitch to add three beads on
each surface of the beadwork (photo e).
Note: For visibility, the fill-in beads are
shown in purple. Exit the second bead
from the top of the new four-bead side.
[8] Add a row that has seven beads on
both the front and back and six beads
on each side. To connect row 4 to row 1,
exit the end of the inner six-bead side,
and sew through the inner end bead of
row 1. Sew through the bead in row 4
again (photo f), and continue through
row 4 to exit the end bead of the outer
six-bead row. The first petal is complete.
[9] Work as in Variation #1: Adding
rows to add a unit to each of the two
bottom side beads. Continue the first
row of the new petal as in Variation
#1: Basic stitch until the front and
back each have seven beads and the
sides each have six beads.
[10] Work as in steps 49 to make a
total of six petals, ending and adding
thread (Online Basics) as needed.
When you get to the bottom of the
sixth petal, sew through the two bottom
outer edge beads of row 1 instead of
adding new beads.
[11] To add the accent bead in the
In the April 2010 issue of Bead&Button, we introduced
Hsiao-Hsuan Eddy Tso, who combined characteristics
of peyote stitch and right-angle weave into a technique she
calls tso stitch. Tso stitch creates sturdy, flexible beadwork
that looks similar to cubic right-angle weave but works up
faster. Associate Editor Anna Elizabeth Draeger made this
sweet bracelet based on Eddys tso stitch forms to get you
acquainted with the techniques possibilities.
a b c
d e f
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center of the flower, exit the bottom
side bead between two petals. Pick up
the 10 mm bead, and sew through the
bottom side bead between the opposite
two petals (photo g). Retrace the
thread path several times to secure
the connection, and end the threads.
Band
[1] On a comfortable length of thread
or Fireline, pick up four color B 110
seed beads, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail.
Sew through the first B again to form a
ring. Using Bs, work as in steps 24 of
Variation 2: Basic stitch to make a
strip that is 19 units long.
[2] Exiting the end bead, pick up
seven Bs and half of the clasp, and
sew through the end bead again to
make a loop. Retrace the thread path
several times, and exit a side bead in
the end unit.
[3] Work one unit as in Variation #2:
Adding rows. Exit the end bead, and
make a second loop through the clasp
as in step 2 (photo h).
[4] Exit the end bead of the unit
stitched in step 3, and work four units
as in Variation 2: Basic stitch.
[5] To connect the second row to the
first, exit the end bead of the previous
stitch as usual. Align the rows so the
beads are positioned the same way in
each. Skip four units on the first row,
and sew through the appropriate side
g h i
j
bead in the next unit. Pick up a B, and
sew through the adjacent side bead in
the unit and the end bead from the
previous unit of the second row. Pick
up a B, and sew through the B added in
the previous stitch. Pick up a B, and sew
through the end bead in the previous
unit, a side bead, and the end bead in
the unit just made.
[6] Work as in step 5 to make another
connected stitch.
[7] Work 11 units as in Variation 2:
Basic stitch.
[8] Work the final unit as a connected
unit as in step 5. Exit the end bead.
[9] Repeat steps 18 to make a second
band.
Assembly
[1] Align the end of a band between
two petals of the flower. With the
working thread of the band, sew
through the end side bead in the outer
row of the nearest petal. Sew through
the end bead in the band (photo i) and
the end bead in the petal several times
to secure the connection.
[2] Sew through the band to exit the
adjacent end bead. Sew through the
corresponding end side bead in the
other petal (photo j). Retrace the thread
path several times, and end the working
thread and tail.
[3] Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other
band, positioning it opposite the first. w
Eddy Tso has instructions for additional tso stitch projects
available at kiki8800.etsy.com. Contact Eddy at
arte@sympatico.ca.
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