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Ruffled rondelles bracelet

Stitch a bracelet using this innovative netting technique
Ruffled rondelles bracelet
Don’t let the holiday colors fool you. These rondelles work up well in any color combination.

This bracelet showcases an innovative technique for making netted circles, and once you try my version, I think you’ll be tempted to design a few variations of your own. The project uses netted loops worked from a simple eight-bead base to build a rondelle of ruffles. You can wear one individually as a small brooch, or link several to make a bracelet or necklace. In floral colors, it’s easy to see these as flowers; in bold colors, they have a more contemporary appeal.


Bracelet 7 1⁄2 in. (19.1cm)

  • 48 4mm Czech round or fire-polished glass beads
  • 8g size 11/0 Japanese seed beads, in each of 4 colors
  • clasp
  • Nymo B conditioned with beeswax, or SoNo beading thread
  • beading needles, #12 or #13

Editor’s Note:  For a 2-strand clasp, align the loops on the clasp with the two edge beads on the rondelle. Instead of sewing through both edge beads, as in figure 6, make seed bead loops that connect to the adjacent clasp loops.


Ruffled rondelles bracelet f1
Figure 1

Make the rings

1. On a 1 1⁄2-yd. (1.4m) length of thread, position a stop bead 6 in. (15cm) from the end.

2. Pick up two color A 11/0 seed beads, a color B 11/0, a color C 11/0, a 4mm bead, a C, a B, and an A. Sew through the first A (FIGURE 1, a–b).

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Figure 2

3. Pick up six color D 11/0s, two As, and a B. Sew through the second C (b-c).

4. Pick up a 4mm bead, a C, a B, and an A. Sew through the first A from the previous step (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up six Ds, two As, and a B. Sew through the C (b-c).

5. Repeat step 4 five more times.

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Figure 3

6. Pick up a 4mm bead and sew through the C on the left of the first 4mm bead (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a B and an A, and sew through the A from the previous stitch (b–c). 

7. Pick up six Ds and sew through the beads from step 2 (c–d). Sew through the first four Ds from step 3 (d–e).

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Figure 4

8. Pick up a D, an A, a D, and a C (FIGURE 4, a–b). Sew through the C, the 4mm bead, and the next C (b–c). 

9. Pick up a C, a D, an A, and a D (c–d). Sew through the third and fourth Ds on the next set of six Ds (d–e).

10. Pick up a D, an A, and a D. Sew through two Cs, the 4mm bead, and the next C (e–f).

11. Repeat steps 9–10 around the ring (f–g).

12. Turn the beadwork over and repeat steps 8–11 on the other side of the ring. Secure the threads and trim.

13. Make five more rondelles, changing the color placement of the 11/0s for each one.

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Figure 5

Assemble the bracelet

1. Arrange the rondelles on your work surface in the order they will be sewn. Secure a new 1 1⁄2-yd. length of thread in the first one, leave a 12-in. (30cm) tail, and exit at point a on FIGURE 5.

2. Sew up through the adjacent two beads on the next rondelle and stitch them together as shown (a–b). Sew through the second rondelle and exit at point c.

3. Continue connecting the remaining rings as in step 2.

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Figure 6

4. To attach a clasp half to the last rondelle, pick up three Bs, sew through the loop on the clasp, and pick up three Bs (FIGURE 6, a–b). Sew through the two edge beads (b–c). Repeat the thread path a few more times to secure the clasp (c–d). 

5. Thread a needle on the tail, weave through the rondelle, and exit at point c as in step 2. Repeat step 4 to attach the remaining clasp half. Secure the threads and trim.

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