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Men's Bracelet

double zigzag beaded bracelet


This bracelet is made from a double zigzag pattern I learned from Horace Goodhue's Indian Bead-Weaving Patterns. He credits the design to Karen Swan, a Lakota artist.

What You'll Need:

  • Size 11 seed beads in permanent finish bronze, opaque medium blue, opaque black, and opaque reddish brown.
  • Size B black nylon beading thread
  • Size 12 needle
  • Lobster claw clasp
To begin, pick up 9 black beads and 3 blue ones, do not tie a knot yet. Go back through the 4th from the last black bead.


Pick up 2 brown beads and 3 bronze beads. Go forward through the first of the nine black beads you added in the previous step. Tie a square knot with the two ends of your thread. Leave a few inches free on the loose end so that you can weave it in later.


[Repeat from the beginning of this step]
Pick up 3 black beads and three bronze beads and go down through the third bronze bead down in the previous row.


Pick up 2 brown and 3 blue and go down through the 3rd blue bead in the previous row


Pick up 3 black, 1 bronze, 2 brown and go up through the 4th blue bead from the bottom in the previous row.


Pick up 3 blue and 2 brown and go up through the top bronze bead in the previous row.


Pick up 3 black and 3 blue and go down through the first blue bead in the previous row.


Pick up 2 brown beads and 3 bronze beads and go down through the single bronze bead at the bottom of the previous row.


Repeat from where it says "repeat from the beginning of this step" until you reach the length you need. Men's bracelets are usually about 7 to 8 inches long. You will note the each row alternates direction and consists of two stitches, one of six beads and one of five. End the bracelet with a downward traveling row of six black, and then another five black to complete the black edging around the piece.The stitches are attached in the same manner as the others, down through the fourth bead from the top (counting the bead your thread is coming out of), and down though the sixth bead from there. To add a clasp, make a loop with the 4 center beads of your final row, 3 more black beads, the clasp, and another 3 black beads. Go around the loop as many times as you can and then weave back into the bracelet a short way. Then tie the loose end around the thread between two beads, weave into the work a few more inches and trim. Attach the other half of the clasp to the opposite end of the bracelet in the same manner.

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All text and graphics by Emily Hackbarth © 1997

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