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Right-angle weave pearl bracelet

Diagonal right-angle weave aligns tiny pearls in neat rows, creating elegant wear-anywhere accessories

SUPPLIES

Bracelet 7 3⁄8 in. (19 cm)

  • 300–324 3 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, white; light gold; platinum)
  • 3-strand clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test, or nylon beading thread, size D
  • beading needles, #12 

INSTRUCTIONS

Right angle weave pearl bracelet 1
Figure 1
Right angle weave pearl bracelet 2
Figure 2
Right angle weave pearl bracelet 3
Figure 3
1. On a comfortable length of Fireline or thread, pick up four 3 mm pearls, leaving a 12-in. (30 cm) tail. Working in right-angle weave, make a strip five stitches long (FIGURE 1, a–b). Zigzag back through the last two stitches, exiting the bottom pearl of the second-to-last stitch (b–c). This will offset the start of the second row, creating a decrease along this edge as the next row of pearls is added.

2. Work a row of right-angle weave, using three pearls for the first stitch (FIGURE 2, a–b), two pearls for each of the next three stitches (b–c), and three pearls for the last stitch (c–d). The last stitch is an increase stitch along this edge, creating the diagonal pattern. Zigzag back through the next three stitches, exiting the bottom pearl in the second stitch of this row (d–e).

3. Repeat step 2 until you reach the desired length, ending and adding thread as needed, and measuring from the highest points on each end.

4. Exiting the second stitch of the end row, work one stitch using three pearls (FIGURE 3, a–b) and two stitches using two pearls (b–c). Zigzag through the last two stitches, exiting the bottom pearl in the second stitch of this row (c–d). 

5. Work one stitch using three pearls, and sew through all the pearls added in this stitch (d–e). 

6. Using even tension, sew through the pearls along one edge of the bracelet (e–f) to anchor them. If your tension is too tight, the edge may curve, causing the stitches in the band to buckle. Smooth out the band on your work surface so it lies flat and the edges are straight.

7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on this end, then work as in step 6 along the remaining edge.

8. Exit the first pearl in the end row. Sew through the first loop of half of the clasp and the next two pearls in the end row. Repeat to attach the remaining loops, and retrace the thread path. End the working thread. Using the tail, repeat this step on the other end of the bracelet.
Right angle weave pearl bracelet tip
Editor's note
If you want to try diagonal right-angle weave before picking up a bunch of pearls, use seed beads or peanut beads instead. Once you get the hang of the stitch, switch to pearls, or finish up the sample strip for a casual version.

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