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Two-hole rickrack bracelet

Both texture and bling take center stage in this uniquely designed Half Tila bracelet

SUPPLIES

Orange bracelet 7 1⁄4 in. (18.4 cm)

  • 9 g 5 x 2.3 x 1.9 mm Half Tila beads (Miyuki 462, metallic gold iris)
  • 146 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, astral pink)
  • 2 g 15/0 seed beads in each of 2 colors:
    • color A (Japanese P486, permanent metallic burnt orange)
    • color B (Miyuki 460A, raspberry bronze iris)
  • toggle claspFireline 4 lb. test
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

Fuchsia bracelet colors

  • 5 x 2.3 x 1.9 mm Half Tila beads (Miyuki 4571, crystal magic orchid)
  • 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, fuchsia)
  • 15/0 seed beads 
    • color A (Japanese SB3249, silver-lined transparent amethyst; www.fusionbeads.com)
    • color B (Japanese 329B, celadon-lined green; www.beyondbeadery.com)
INSTRUCTIONS
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo A
Photo A
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo B
Photo B
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo C
Photo C

There are two sides to the Half Tila bead (referred to as “Tila” in the instructions). The top has a small bump in the center and the bottom is flat. When picking up a Tila, make sure the top is facing up, and sew through either the left hole (LH) or the right hole (RH) as directed. The Tilas will flip over as they are added to the beadwork. With your beadwork positioned horizontally from left to right, the holes in the Tilas will again be referred to as LH or RH as they are positioned. 

Center row

1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up two Tila beads (RH), and sew through the RH of the first Tila again, leaving an 8-in. (20 cm) tail. Tighten the beads so the end of the second Tila is positioned under the RH of the first Tila (PHOTO A).

2. Sew through the same hole of the second Tila, and continue through the open hole of the same Tila (PHOTO B).

3. Pick up a Tila (RH), sew through the RH of the Tila your thread exited at the start of the step, and tighten to position the end of the new Tila under the RH of the existing Tila. Sew through the LH of the Tila just added, and continue through the open hole of the same Tila. Repeat this stitch for the desired bracelet length, minus 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) for the clasp. This becomes the center row as the other rows are added.

4. Sew through the LH of the last Tila (PHOTO C).

Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo D
Photo D
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo E
Photo E

 

Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo F
Photo F

Adjacent rows

1. To begin the row below the center row, pick up a Tila (LH). Sew through the open hole of the same Tila, and continue through the RH of the next Tila in the center row (PHOTO D). 

2. To begin the row above the center row, pick up a Tila (RH), and sew through the open hole of the same Tila. Continue through the LH of the end Tila in the center row, and the RH of the new Tila in the row below (PHOTO E).

3. Sew through the LH of the same Tila, the RH of the Tila in the center row, and the LH of the Tila in the top row (PHOTO F).

Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo G
Photo g
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo H
Photo h
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo I
Photo I
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo J
Photo J
Two hole rickrack bracelet Photo K
Photo K

4. Flip the beadwork as shown (PHOTO G) to work from left to right.

5. Pick up a Tila (RH), sew through the RH of the Tila your thread is exiting, and tighten.  Sew through the same hole of the Tila just added and the RH of the center Tila (PHOTO H).

6. Pick up a Tila (RH), and sew through the RH of the previous Tila in the bottom row, the LH of the Tila in the center row, and the RH of the Tila in the top row (PHOTO I).

7. Sew through the LH of the Tila just added in the top row,  and continue straight through the beadwork to exit the LH of the Tila in the bottom row. Continue through the open hole of the same Tila, and continue straight through the beadwork to exit the corresponding open hole of the Tila in the top row (PHOTO J).

8. Repeat steps 5–7 for the length of the beadwork, ending and adding thread as needed. After the last stitch, sew through the LH of the Tila your thread is exiting in the top row, and continue straight through the beadwork to exit the LH of the last Tila in the bottom row.

9. Flip the beadwork as shown so your thread is exiting the RH of the Tila in the top row (PHOTO K).

For complete project instructions, click here to download & print this PDF

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