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Diagonal woven bracelet

Embellish a band of cube beads with pearls

Diagonal woven bracelet

Weave the base for this simple bracelet with stacked rows of four cube beads each. Create a striped base by using two or more colors. Then, add a pearl embellishment to the edges and attach the clasp.

 

Materials

  • 16g 4mm Cube beads or 4g each of 4 colors
  • 35-40 4mm Pearls or glass beads
  • 2 3-4mm Accent beads for attaching the clasp
  • 2g Seed beads, size 12/0-15/0
  • Fireline fishing line, 6 lb. test
  • Beading needles, #10
  • 1 Toggle clasp

 

Instructions

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Figure 1
Diagonal woven bracelet Figure 2
Figure 2

First weave the base, stacked rows of four cube beads each. Create a striped base by using two or more colors. Then add a pearl embellishment to the edges and attach the clasp.

 

Base

 

1. Thread a needle with a 2-yd. (1.8m) length of Fireline. String 2 cube beads and leave a 10-in. (25cm) tail. Bring the needle up through the first bead in the same direction and down the second bead, making a brick stitch ladder (Figure 1, a-b). String a cube and go through the previous cube and back through the cube just strung (b-c). String a cube and go through the previous cube (c-d). The thread will exit the third bead.

 

2. String 2 cubes and go down through the second bead from the left on the previous row. Go up through the bead to the right and the second bead strung (Figure 2).

Diagonal woven bracelet Figure 3
Figure 3
Diagonal woven bracelet Figure 4
Figure 4

3. String a cube and go down through the end bead of the previous row (Figure 3).

 

4. Go up through the bead to the right and back through the last bead strung. String a cube and go down through the end bead (Figure 4).

Diagonal woven bracelet Figure 5
Figure 5
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Figure 6

5. Go up through the cube to the right and the bead diagonally above it (Figure 5).

 

6. Repeat steps 2-5, adding rows until the bracelet is the desired length less 1 1/2 in. (3.8cm) for the clasp.

 

Embellishment

 

1. At the end of the last row, bring the needle down through the bead to the right and each bead along the edge (Photo A). When you reach the end of the band, turn it around and bring the needle down the the next bead on the last row and up the third bead. Go down the last bead and reinforce the other edge as shown in Photo A.

Diagonal woven bracelet Photo a
Photo A
Diagonal woven bracelet Photo b
Photo B

2. If your thread is getting short, weave it through the base, tie it off, and start a new thread. Position the needle so it exits the edge bead on the next-to-last row of the side you just reinforced (Figure 6, a-b).

 

3. String a pearl and a seed bead. Go back through the pearl and through the next two edge beads (Figure 6, b-c). Repeat until you reach the end of the base.

 

4. Weave the needle and thread through the base so it exits the edge bead on the next-to-last row on the opposite side of the bracelet. Repeat step 3.

 

Clasp

 

1. Position the needle so it exits an edge bead on an end row. String 6-8 seed beads, an accent bead, and 5-7 seed beads. Pass through the loop on one of the toggle components and back through the seed bead before the accent bead, the accent bead, and the next seed bead (Photo B).

Diagonal woven bracelet Photo c
Diagonal woven bracelet Photo d
Photo D

2. String 6-8 seed beads and sew through the other end cube bead (Photo C). Bring the needle out the next cube bead and string 4-5 seed beads. Sew through the seed bead below the accent bead, the accent bead, and the seed bead loop (Photo D).

 

3. Exit the seed bead below the accent bead. String 4-5 seed beads and go through the remaining cube bead.

 

4. Weave the thread through the base tying half-hitch knots between a few beads to secure the thread. Trim the excess thread.

 

5. Thread a needle on the tail at the other end of the bracelet and repeat steps 1-4 to attach the other half of the clasp.

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