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Hollywood squared bracelet

Sporting all the glamour of the golden age of Hollywood, this captivating cuff is a style essential.  

Hollywoodsquared

Stitch your way to a dazzling Tila bead cuff studded with seed beads and two-hole crystal settings. 

MATERIALS

black-and-silver bracelet 6¾ in. (17.1 cm)

  • 10 SS29 Xilion 2-hole crystal settings, silver plated (Swarovski 17704, crystal)
  • 12 g 5 mm Tila beads (Miyuki 401F, matte black)
  • 50 4 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal)
  • 50 3 mm bicone crystals (Swarovski, crystal)
  • 100 2 mm round crystals (Swarovski, crystal)
  • 8–10 g 11/0 cylinder beads (Miyuki DB010, matte black)
  • 8–10 g 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 1559, sparkling dark gray-lined crystal)
  • 1¼ in. (3.2 cm) French (bullion) wire
  • 5-strand clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

 

INSTRUCTIONS

The base of this bracelet is constructed using modified square stitch, securing new rows of beads to previous rows of beads rather than stitching one bead to one bead as in traditional square stitch.

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Figure 1
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Figure 2

Tila bead base

1. On a comfortable length of Fireline, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up a repeating pattern of a 5 mm Tila bead and an 11/0 cylinder bead four times. Pick up a Tila bead, and sew through the second hole of the same Tila bead (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Pick up five cylinders, skip the next Tila bead, and sew through the second hole of the following Tila bead (b–c). Repeat this stitch once to complete the row (c–d). Sew through the first hole of the end Tila bead and all the beads added in step 1 (d–e). Make sure the Tila beads with an available hole are flipped as shown.

3. Pick up a Tila bead and a cylinder, and sew through the second hole of the next Tila bead. Pick up a cylinder, a Tila bead, and a cylinder, and sew through the second hole of the following Tila bead (FIGURE 2, a–b). Pick up a cylinder and a Tila bead. Working in modified square stitch, sew through the nearest hole of the adjacent Tila bead, all the beads in the previous row (b–c), and all the beads added in this row (c–d). Snug up the beads.

4. Sew through the second hole of the end Tila bead. Pick up a cylinder, a Tila bead, and a cylinder, and sew through the second hole of the next Tila bead. Repeat this stitch once to complete the row (d–e).

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Figure 3
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Figure 4

5. Pick up a Tila bead and a cylinder, and sew through the second hole of the next Tila bead. Pick up a cylinder, a Tila bead, and a cylinder, and sew through the second hole of the following Tila bead (FIGURE 3, a–b). Pick up a cylinder and a Tila bead. Sew through the nearest hole of the adjacent Tila bead (b–c), all the beads in the previous row, and all the beads added in this row (c–d).

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 twice (d–e).

7. Sew through the second hole of the end Tila bead (FIGURE 4, a–b). Pick up a cylinder and a two-hole crystal setting, making sure to sew through the appropriate hole so that the crystal is facing up, and then sew through the second hole of the next Tila bead (b–c). Pick up a crystal setting (making sure the crystal is facing up) and a cylinder, and sew through the second hole of the following Tila bead (c–d). Sew through the first hole of the end Tila bead, all the beads in the previous row, and all the beads added in this row (d–e).

8. Pick up a Tila bead and a cylinder, and sew through the second hole of the next crystal setting. Pick up a Tila bead, and sew through the second hole of the following crystal setting. Pick up a cylinder and a Tila bead (e–f). Sew through the nearest hole of the adjacent Tila bead, all the beads in the previous row, and all the beads added in this row (f–g).

9. Repeat steps 4–8 four times, ending and adding thread as needed.

10. Repeat steps 4 and 5 four times, and then sew through the second hole of the end Tila bead.

11. Pick up five cylinders, and sew through the second hole of the next Tila bead. Repeat this stitch once. Sew through the nearest hole of the adjacent Tila bead, all the beads in the previous row, and all the beads added in this row. Remove the stop bead, and end the threads.

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Figure 5
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Figure 6

Embellishing the base

1. Add a comfortable length of Fireline to the base, exiting an inner hole of an end Tila bead with the thread pointing away from the edge of the beadwork (FIGURE 5, point a).

2. Pick up five 15/0 seed beads, skip the next Tila bead, and sew through the following cylinder (a–b). Repeat this stitch three times (b–c). Pick up five 15/0s, and sew back through the corresponding hole of the end Tila bead (c–d). Sew through the nearest hole of the adjacent Tila bead with your thread pointing away from this edge of the beadwork (d–e).

3. Work as in step 2 for the length of the base, ending and adding thread as needed. When you come to a row with a crystal setting, sew through the setting and the cylinder adjacent to the next Tila bead, and continue embellishing with 15/0s.

4. With the thread exiting the outer hole of an end Tila bead (FIGURE 6, point a), pick up a 15/0, a 2 mm round crystal, and a 15/0, and sew through the other hole of the same Tila bead (a–b). Sew through the nearest hole of the adjacent Tila bead with your thread pointing away from this edge of the beadwork (b–c). Repeat this step for the length of the base to create a picot edging.

5. At the end of the base, weave through the beadwork to exit the outer hole of the end Tila bead on the opposite edge. Repeat step 4, and end the thread.

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Figure 7

Clasp

1. Add a comfortable length of Fireline to the base, exiting the first cylinder after an end Tila bead. 

2. Pick up two cylinders, ⅛ in. (3 mm) of French wire, a loop of the clasp, and two cylinders, and sew through the next cylinder in the base (FIGURE 7, a–b). Repeat this step to attach all five loops of the clasp, skipping the Tila bead at the center of this row (b–c).

3. To embellish the clasp connection, sew through the beadwork to exit one of the two cylinders connecting the clasp to the base. Pick up a 4 mm bicone crystal and a 15/0, skip the 15/0, and sew back through the 4 mm and the next cylinder connecting the clasp to the base (c–d). Repeat this step as desired, alternating 4 mms and 3 mms to achieve the desired effect. End the thread.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 on the remaining end of the bracelet.

 

EDITOR'S NOTES:

  • Substitute 11/0 seed beads from your stash for the 2 mm round crystals. 
  • Eliminate the bicone clasp fringe for a more casual cuff.

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