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St. Petersburg Bracelet
This bracelet is like a wreath for your wrist! Made with single St. Petersburg chain, the combination of colors gives it a Christmas holiday feel, even though it is suitable to wear all year long.
I chose to accentuate the slightly assymetrical nature of the stitch by alternating the color of the beads on each side between red and gold.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Stitch Bracelet Materials
For this bracelet design, you can use any combination of 11/0 beads. I am using 11/0 Czech seed beads made by Precioso Ornela. I like the Czech beads for this project because the beads have round sides and look good stacked, They are also slightly irregular in size which I think adds character to the overall design.
The colors I used on the ends of each beaded row are metallic gold and silver lined ruby red. The main body bead color is iris gold.
I used Wildfire beading thread in green, which... is a great neutral color that seems to go well with most bead colors.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Bracelet - Starting the First Row
To make a seven inch bracelet, I started with a piece of thread about five feet long. If you need a longer bracelet, you may need a slightly longer piece of thread.
Thread a red stop bead and slide it about 6 inches from the end. I finished my bracelet in the most simple way by adding a jump ring in the first stitch. If you plan a different type of clasp, be sure to leave additional thread at the tail.
Pick up six iris gold beads and stitch back through the third and fourth beads.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Bracelet: Completing the First Row
Pull the thread taut to create a small circle with the four iris gold beads. Align the beads so they are stacked 2x2 on top and side by side.
Pick up a gold bead and stitch back through the previous 3 beads on the row.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Bracelet: Row 2
The two bead stack sticking out are used to connect the second row to the first row of beadwork. Pick up a gold bead and stitch through the two beads.
Pull the thread taut after each stitch to keep the beadwork tension tight and the bead aligned.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Bracelet: Stitching Row 2
Pick up four more iris gold beads and slide them down. You are going to stitch back through the first two beads of this group to make another 4 bead cluster. I find the easiest way to do this is to pinch those two beads between my fingers while I slide them down the thread. When I get to the other beads, I am holding them, ready to insert my needle and make the loop.
Believe it or not, it saves quite a bit of fumbling and trying to separate the beads to make the next stitch.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Bracelet: Completing Row 2
Pick up a red bead and stitch through the three iris gold beads below it in the row. This completes the second row of the bracelet and leaves two beads that are going to be part of row 3 and attach the rows together.
Continue beading in this manner until your bracelet is long enough. This is slightly abbreviated tutorial of the stitch. For more detail, follow this step by step tutorial of Single St. Petersburg stitch, which includes a chart of the stitch.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Adding a Clasp to St. Petersburg Stitch Bracelet
For a clasp, I decided to use a simple spring ring with an extender chain on the other side. One of the hard things with beaded bracelets is that they are not easy to size, so this gives a little bit of room to adjust. Also, I like being able to add a charm to the end of the extender chain.
When I stitched the last group of four beads, I added a closed jump ring to the group. I completed the row so there were no rows that weren't finished with red and gold beads on the end. Then I stitched... back through the beads and added half hitch knots to secure the thread.
I trimmed the thread with a thread burner.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Stitch Bracelet Clasp
I didn't know how I would finish the bracelet when I started (it's always good to think about this in advance), so I slipped a jump ring into the same spot of the beadwork on the starting side of the bracelet. Then I removed the stop bead and stitched through those two beads, wove through the threadpath to reinforce it and secured the thread with half hitch knots.
This closeup of the clasp gives you a good idea of how it was done.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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St. Petersburg Stitch Bead Garland Bracelet
A finished Single St. Petersburg stitch bracelet Christmas colors or red, gold and green!