Rainforest band

Helen Banes

An exotic flower explodes with color on a gradated herringbone cuff This spectacular bracelet captures the vibrant colors of the rainforest with several shades of green in both matte and shiny finishes and a spiky flower worked in a brilliant contrasting hue. The finished bracelet should measure about I in. (2.5cm) larger than your wrist. This bracelet is 7 in. (18cm). 1 Using a comfortable length of Fireline, pick up five color K beads and tie the tail and working thread together using a...

Have fun with this dimensional freeform technique

Embellish Flat Three Drop Peyote Edge

Some say fooling around won't get you far, but, in this case, it's the only way to go. Each of these pendants was made with a unique combination of beads and stitches before being folded and embellished to make a one-of-a-kind accessory. Think of this pendant as a small bead and stitch sampler there arc no limits to what beads and stitches you can try. Stan by making sections for the basic pendant. (You can follow these directions or modify them freely as you work.) Make each section a...

Twisted bands

Two Strand Half Hitch Bracelet

Weave a split-loom bracelet with a flair Spice up your loomwork by integrating sections of twisted warps. This bracelet project consists of four regular loomed sections connected by three sections with twisted warps. These directions make a bracelet that is 7Y> in. (19.7cm) long. To make a shorter bracelet, delete an equal number of rows on each end. You will need a loom that can accommodate warp threads at least 18 inches (46cm) long. 1 Set up your loom with 12 warps (Loomwork Basics, p....

Trellis

Beading Patterns Medicine Bags

Inspired by the fuchsia an old-fashioned garden classic this bracelet is sure to become a favorite. The bracelet's base-row pattern is an offset variation of the daisy chain. Weave additional rows on each side of the base row to complete the fuchsia pattern. Keep the tension tight as you work the base row. To maintain the shape and help hold the tension, keep your thumb and forefinger on each new circle of beads as you secure the 3mm bead. 1 Pick up six color A size 11 seed beads and two color...

Subtle stripes band

Bracelet Knots

Take an Ndebele herringbone bracelet from flat to fabulous with a mix of matte and shiny triangle beads This sophisticated bracelet covers all the angles. Glinting triangle beads give the surface a fabric-like texture when stitched into a herringbone band. Up the ante with the designer's touch of slanting stripes to create a bracelet with unbeatable appeal. 1 Assign each of the eight triangle bead colors a letter from A-l I. Determine the finished length and subtract the length of your clasp....

Loo M Work

Circular Loom Lacy Patterns

1 Tic the end of the spool or thread to the screw or hook at ihe top of the loom. 2 Bring the thread over one spring and across to the spring at the other end of the loom. Wrap the thread around the screw or hook at the bottom of the loom. Bring the thread back over the springs, going toward the top of the loom. 3 Continue wrapping the thread between springs, keeping the threads a bead's width apart, until you have one more warp thread than the number of beads in the width of the pattern...

Alternate increasing and decreasing brick stitch for a bold look

The traditional way to nuke a brick stitch projcct iv to start with the widest part and then decrease from there. But that approach isn't practical for this hraccler with its string of graduated diamonds, so instead it's made with both increases and decreases. Finish it with flowing crystal loops and a pevote clasp for a beautiful accessory you'll love to wear. Stan at one end and work increasing and decreasing brick stitch for the length of the bracelet, then add a clasp and embellishments....

Stitch a bracelet of geometric components

Circular Netting Machine

Integrating clasps into beadwoven jewelry so that the clasp becomes a seamless part of the whole piece is a perennial challenge. This bracelet addresses that challenge beautifully with an alternating pattern of diamonds and rings. For hot results, avoid silver-lined bugles as they have narrow holes. Cull the bugle beads so that thev arc exactly the same length, and discard those with uneven edges. Use Japanese seed beads because they have holes large enough for the multiple thread passes...

Colorful beads highlight a quilters motif

Knot Under 2nd Toe Plate

Seed beads and cube-shaped crystals are perfect partners in this bracelet. The units, reminiscent of quilting's Dresden plate blocks, are stitched individually, then they're sewn together, forming a beautiful band. 1 Thread a needle with 1 yd. .9m of Nymo. Pick up 12 seed beads and slide them to 6 in. 15cm from the tail. Go through the beads again to form a circle. Tighten, and tie the tail and working thread together with a square knot Basics, p. 5 . Go through the next four beads ifigure 1....

Catch a cabochon in a beaded web

Knot Around Cabochon

If you want to incorporate stone slices or cabochons in your beadwork, try this simple beadweaving rechniquc to create a harmonious ensemble. The technique works best with thin cabochons because the woven bezel is narrow. To some extent, the size of the cabochon determines the size of the beads used to weave the strip that holds it. The large agate above is encased wirh seed beads, the medum-stzc fossil with 11 seed , and the small agate with 15v seeds. 1 Thread a needle with I yd. lt .9m of...

Cabochon connection bracelet

Surgeons Knots For Beading

Make a striking bracelet by stitching together several bezeled cabochons. The beaded bezel consists of netting combined with square stitch. Change the be el pattern by reversing the color sequence of the seed beads on every other cab. Sew the cabs together, accent with bugles and seeds, and attach the clasp with heart-shaped beads. All the cabs in this bracelet are 20mm rounds, mainly for the ease of explaining the technique. Once you bead around one, however, you'll be able to adjust the...

Circle your wrist with golden links

Brick Stitch Diane Fitzgerald

Add a regal touch to your wardrobe with a rich-looking accessory. This bracelet is made from a series of brick-stitch links joined by cylinder-bead segments. A fire-polished faceted bead forms the core of each link and determines the width of the bracelet. Tightly woven brick-stitch rows fan out from each faceted bead. The length of the bracelet is determined by the number of links joined together. A glimmering picot trim embellishes the edges. Ladder stitch usually forms the base row for brick...

Diamond and arch bracelet

Diamond Hitch Knot

Thread bridge between the last two beads in the previous row. Ck gt back through the new A d-o . 5 Pick up two As and repeat step 2. 6 Make even- odd-numbered diamond like the first diamond. Make the second diamond six beads wide at the center, the fourth diamond seven beads wide, the sixth diamond eight beads wide, and the eighth diamond nine beads wide, following the color their own thread bridges, the result is that the new row is one bead shorter than the previous row. 1 With the thread...

Make a bracelet of netted cabochons

Huichol Beaded Earrings Patterns

By sewing through the first B on during and the first A and B on the second row d-e . 4 Repeat step 3 to add another row. 5 Pick up three As and go through the next B figure 2. a-bl. Repeat around the ring b-c and step up through the first two As c-d . This row will fold under the previous row. becoming the first row on the back of the cabochon. 6 Place the cabochon in the beadwork so the front of the cab is centered in the bead ring from step 1. Pick up two As and go through the middle A of...

Wire enhances a sculptural peyote pin

Bezel Peyote

Make these peyote leaves in a riot of fall colors, or choose a subdued palette of rich metallic . Either way, this leaf pm will be a fabulous addition to your fall wardrobe. Stitch the leaves separately, then attach them to a base, and embellish them with more beads and wire. Once you master the leaves, experiment to see what else you can create with them. This brooch easily converts to a necklace by adding it to a stitched neckband. Individual leaves also can be used to make a pair of playful...

Dynamic cuff

Japanese Bead Braceletwork

Here's an easy way to work odd-count flat peyote Odd-count flat pevotc is sometimes avoided because the turn on one side is .1 bit tricky, and results in cither a Stiff or unstable edge, depending on the method used. But some designs, like this colorful cuff, require a center row. leaving no option but to use an odd-count stitch. This easy two-needle method docs away with the tricky turn and produces beautiful results with identical edges. Follow either chart I or chart 2 on p. 39. Begin at the...

Showcase a cluster of sliding beaded beads on a peyote rope

Origami Knots

This necklace uses a single stitch in combination with multiple bead sizes and colors to create a piece of jewelry that is fun to make and wear. This design features a surprise the beaded rings are captured in the center of the necklace, and thev can spin and slide around. I his necklace has seven beaded heads three pairs and one centerpiece head with a row of 3mm tire-polished beads in its center. Make as few as three or as many as nine beads, and reel free to make each different. If you want...

Basics

Ndebele Beading Stitch

Ccnditiorv-ng straightens and strengthens your thread and also helps it resist fraying and tangling. Pull un waxed nyton threads like Nyrno through either beeswax not candle wax or paraffin or Thread Heaven to condition. Beeswax adds tackiness that is useful if you want your bead-work to lit tightly. Thread Heaven adds a state charge tliat causes the thread to repel itself, so it can't be used with doubled thread. All nylon threads stretch, so maintain tension on the thread as yoj condition it....

Huichol bracelet

The Huichol Indians of Mexico have developed a distinctive style of beadweaving that produces intricate, symmetrical designs through a two-needle netting technique. While many netting Huichol designs are stitched with tiny size 159 beads, this simpler version is worked in size 110 beads. The bracelet s stitched portion is 6Vi in. 16cm long with 12 design repeats. Add or remove complete design units to change the size. To substitute 15V beads for the 1 lrs, use finer thread and stitch more...