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Aster wrist corsage bracelet

Stitch a beautiful flower with seed beads and Tila beads
Aster wrist corsage bracelet key

SUPPLIES

Orange aster bracelet 6 1⁄2 in. (16.5 cm)

  • 5 mm Tila beads
    • 48 color A (Miyuki 2315, brick red)
    • 12 color B (Miyuki 406FR, matte opaque orange AB)
    • 12 color C (Miyuki 132FR, matte transparent butterscotch AB)
    • 28–40 color D (Miyuki 458, brown iris)
  • 2–3 g 11/0 seed beads (Miyuki 465, metallic dark green iris)
  • 2-strand slide clasp
  • 4 6 mm jump rings
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11
  • 2 pairs of pliers
  • red aster bracelet colors:
  • 5 mm Tila beads
    • color A (Miyuki 254, transparent red AB)
    • color B (Miyuki 408FR, matte opaque red)
    • color C (Miyuki 2592, antique ivory silk satin)
    • color D (Miyuki 132FR, transparent light topaz AB)
  • 11/0 seed beads (Toho 1702, gilded marble green)

INSTRUCTIONS

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Figure 1

Netted base

1. On 1 1⁄2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, pick up six 11/0 seed beads. Sew through all the beads again to form a ring, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. 

2. Work seven rounds of netting as follows:

Round 1: Pick up three 11/0s, skip the next 11/0 in the ring, and sew through the following 11/0. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first three 11/0s added in this round (FIGURE 1, a–b).

Round 2: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next three 11/0s added in the previous round. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (b–c).

Round 3: Pick up three 11/0s, skip the next 11/0, and sew through the following 11/0 added in round 1. Pick up three 11/0s, skip the next 11/0, and sew through the following 11/0 added in round 2. Repeat these two stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first two 11/0s added in this round (c–d). You will now have a six-point star.

Round 4: Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the center 11/0 in the next point. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first five 11/0s added in this round (d–e).

Round 5: Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the next five 11/0s added in the previous round. Repeat this stitch to complete the round, and step up through the first 11/0 added in this round (e–f).

Round 6: Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the center 11/0 in the next point. Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the next 11/0 added in the previous round. Repeat these two stitches to complete the round, and step up through the first three 11/0s added in this round (f–g). You will now have a 12-point star.

Round 7: Pick up five 11/0s, and sew through the center 11/0 in the next point. Repeat this stitch to complete the round (g–h).

3. To make a pair of connection loops for the straps: Pick up four 11/0s, skip the next five-bead point created in the previous round, and sew through the center 11/0 in the following point created in round 6. Repeat this stitch once (h–i). 

4. Sew through the next four points around the outer edge of the beadwork to exit a center 11/0 in the fifth point opposite the connection (i–j).

5. Repeat step 3 (j–k), and end the working thread and tail. The side of the base with the connection loops will be the back of the netted base. 

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Figure 2
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Figure 3
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Figure 4
Aster wrist corsage bracelet f5
Figure 5
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Figure 6

Flower 

1. Working on the front of the netted base, add 2 yd. (1.8 m) of Fireline to the beadwork, and exit the second 11/0 in a five-bead point added in round 7 (FIGURE 2, point a). 

2. Pick up two color A Tila beads and two 11/0s, and sew down through the other hole of the Tila beads. Skip the next 11/0 in the point, and sewthrough the following five 11/0s (a–b). Do not pull the thread too tight, as you want the Tila beads to lie flat on the surface of the netting. Repeat this stitch 11 times, but in the last repeat, sew through the beadwork to exit the second 11/0 in a five-bead point added in round 6 of “Netted base” (b–c). You will add 12 petals in this step.

3. Work as in step 2 to add petals to the points in round 6 using As, and sew through the beadwork to exit the second 11/0 in a five-bead point added in round 4 of “Netted base” (FIGURE 3). 

4. Work as in step 2 to add petals to the points in round 4 using color B Tila beads, and sew through the beadwork to exit the first 11/0 in a three-bead point added in round 3 of “Netted base” (FIGURE 4). You will add six petals in this step.

5. Work as in step 2 to add petals to the points in round 3 using color C Tila beads, and sew through the beadwork to exit an 11/0 in the original ring (FIGURE 5). You will add six petals in this step.  

6. Pick up six 11/0s, skip the last 11/0, sew back through the remaining 11/0s just picked up, and continue through the next 11/0 in the original ring. Repeat this stitch to add a total of six to eight fringes in the center of the flower. End the thread.

Straps

1. Add 1 yd. (.9 m) of Fireline to the netted base, and exit a center pair of 11/0s in a connection loop, added in steps 3–5 of “Netted base” (FIGURE 6, point a).

2. Pick up an 11/0, a color D Tila bead, and three 11/0s. Sew down through the other hole of the D, pick up an 11/0, and sew through the center pair of 11/0s your thread exited at the start of this step in the same direction. Continue through the first 11/0 added in this step, the first hole of the D, and the next two 11/0s (a–b). 

3. Pick an 11/0, a D, and three 11/0s. Sew down through the other hole of the D, pick up an 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue through the first 11/0 picked up in this step, the first hole of the D, and the next two 11/0s (b–c). 

4. Repeat step 3 to the desired strap length, but as you add the last D, pick up five 11/0s instead of three. Keep in mind that this strap will only be half the length of the bracelet. For a 6 1⁄2-in. (16.5 cm) bracelet, work a strap with seven Tila beads. Retrace the thread path through the strap, and sew through the beadwork to exit the pair of center 11/0s in the adjacent connection loop.

5. Repeat steps 2–4 to work a Tila bead strap off of the remaining three connection loops. End the thread.

6. Open a 6 mm jump ring, and attach a loop of the clasp to a five-bead loop at the end of a strap. Repeat to connect the adjacent strap to the adjacent loop of the clasp, making sure the straps are not twisted. Repeat to attach the remaining straps to the clasp.

 
Aster wrist corsage bracelet clasp
Tip!
Designer's note: Work with loose but even tension so that your bracelet is flexible and organic looking.
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