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Crystal crossweave bracelet

Two easy layers make up this classic bracelet

Crystal crossweave bracelet

Using two needles, stitch a crossweave pearl base and embellish it with loops of seed beads and crystals for a bracelet that twinkles.

Tip!

If you find it easier to work with one needle at a time, add embellishment loops to one side of the pearl base with one needle, and then complete the other side with the other needle.

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Materials 

Bracelet 7 in. (18 cm)

  • 73 4 mm glass pearls (peach)
  • 46 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, padparadscha)
  • 5-6 g 11/0 seed beads
  • Clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

Instructions

Crystal crossweave bracelet Figure 1

Figure 1

Pearl base

 

1. Thread a needle on each end of 4 yd. (3.7 m) of Fireline, and center half of the clasp. With both needles together, pick up an 11/0 seed bead. With one needle, pick up three 11/0s and a 4 mm pearl (Figure 1, a-b). With the other needle, pick up three 11/0s, and cross through the pearl (aa-bb).

 

2. With one needle, pick up two pearls (b-c). With the other needle, pick up a pearl, and cross through the last pearl picked up with the first needle (bb-cc).

Crystal crossweave bracelet Figure 2
Figure 2

3. Working in crossweave technique, repeat step 2 for the desired length of the bracelet, minus the clasp.

 

4. With one needle, pick up four 11/0s and the other half of the clasp. Sew back through the last 11/0 added, pick up three 11/0s, and sew through the end pearl (Figure 2, a-b). With the other needle, retrace the thread path of the beads and clasp picked up in this step, and then sew through the end pearl (aa-bb). The threads should be exiting opposite sides of the end pearl.

 

Embellishment

Crystal crossweave bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3
Crystal 4
Figure 4

1. With each needle, pick up four 11/0s, a 4 mm bicone crystal, and four 11/0s, skip two pearls along each edge, and cross both needles through the next center pearl (Figure 3, a-b and aa-bb).

 

2. With each needle, sew through the adjacent pearl in the previous pearl unit (b-c and bb-cc), and cross both needles through the previous center pearl (c-d and cc-dd).

 

3. Working on top of the previous pair of embellishment loops, with each needle, pick up four 11/0s, a 4 mm bicone, and four 11/0s. Skip the next two pearls along the edge, and cross the needles through the next center pearl (Figure 4, a-b and a-bb).

 

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the length of the bracelet, being careful not to flip your work, and always working each new pair of embellishment loops on top of the previous pair. End the threads.

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