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Criss-cross crystal bracelet

Criss-cross a bugle-bead base with seed beads, pearls, and crystals
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Two layers of embellishments top a right-angle weave base, creating a sparkling adornment for your wrist.

SUPPLIES

bracelet 8 in. (20cm)

  • bugle beads
    • 12 12mm
    • 17 6mm
  • pearls
    • 6 5mm
    • 12 3mm
  • Swarovski crystals
    • 20 4mm bicone, color A
    • 12 4mm round or bicone, color B
    • 22 4mm bicone, color C
  • Japanese seed beads
    • 6g size 8/0
    • 10g size 11/0
  • button with shank for clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12
CrisscrosscrystalbraceletFIG1
FIGURE 1

 

INSTRUCTIONS 

Base 

1. On 3 yd. (2.7m) of thread, pick up four 8/0 seed beads, and leave a 12-in. (30cm) tail. Working in square stitch, add a second row of four 8/0s off the first row of 8/0s (FIGURE 1, a–b).

2. Exiting the last 8/0 in the row, pick up an 11/0, a 6mm bugle bead, and an 11/0. Sew back through the previous row of 8/0s, the 11/0, and the 6mm bugle (b–c).

3. Pick up an 11/0, an 8/0, an 11/0, a 12mm bugle bead, an 11/0, an 8/0, and an 11/0. Sew through the 6mm bugle, and the next four beads (c–d).

4. Continue working in right-angle weave by following the pattern (d–e) and alternating two 12mm bugles with three 6mm bugles until the bracelet is 1 in. (2.5cm) shorter than the desired length. End with one 6mm bugle so it matches the beginning of the base.

CrisscrosscrystalbraceletFIG2
Figure 2

5. Pick up an 11/0, four 8/0s, and an 11/0. Sew through the last bugle, the 11/0, and the 8/0s. Work a second row of square stitch using 8/0s. Exit the second 8/0 from the end in the last row of 8/0s (FIGURE 2, point a).

6. Pick up an 11/0, a button, and an 11/0. Sew back through the middle two 8/0s in the last row (a–b). Sew through the middle two 8/0s in the previous row (b–c).

7. Pick up an 11/0, sew through the button, and pick up an 11/0. Sew back through the middle two 8/0s, and retrace the thread path a few times to reinforce the button. Secure the working thread with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

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Figure 3

8. Use the 12-in. (30cm) tail and exit the second 8/0 from the edge in the last row of 8/0s (FIGURE 3, point a). Pick up enough 11/0s (approximately 25) to make a loop large enough to accommodate your button. Sew back through the middle two 8/0s in the last row of 8/0s (a–b).

9. Sew through the first 11/0 in the loop, pick up an 8/0, skip two 11/0s in the loop, and sew through the next 11/0 in the loop (b–c). Repeat around the loop, and sew back into the last row of 8/0s (c–d). Retrace the thread path to reinforce the loop. Secure the tail with a few half-hitch knots, and trim.

CrisscrosscrystalbraceletFIG4
FIGURE 4

Embellishment

1. Thread a needle on each end of 3 yd. (2.7m) of thread. Center the thread in the first bugle on one end of the base.

2. On one needle, pick up an 11/0, an 8/0, a 4mm color A bicone crystal, an 8/0, and two 11/0s. Sew through the next bugle so the beads lay across the opening (FIGURE 4, a–b).

3. On the other needle, pick up an 11/0 and an 8/0. Sew through the A from the previous step (c–d). Pick up an 8/0 and two 11/0s, and sew through the next bugle so the beads form an X over the opening (d–e).

4. After the first bicone, alternate the larger bead in the Xs by using one 5mm pearl, followed by four bicones. When you reach the opposite end, secure the tails in the beadwork, and trim.

5. Repeat step 1.

CrisscrosscrystalbraceletFIG5
FIGURE 5

6. On both needles, pick up an 11/0, an 8/0, a 3mm pearl, an 8/0, and an 11/0. Cross the needles through the next bugle in the base (FIGURE 5, a–b and c–d).

7. Continue adding loops along the edges of the base by repeating step 6, but alternate the bead pattern of pearls, color B bicone or round crystals, and color C bicone crystals as shown in FIGURE 5 until you reach the opposite end.

8. Secure the tails in the beadwork, and trim.


Editor's Note:

To help with the spacing of the embellishment across the base, I used two 11/0 seed beads when the Xs transitioned from a 6mm bugle bead to a 12mm bugle bead and from a 12mm back to a 6mm. Because there are slight differences in the size of seed beads, you may have to adjust the number of 11/0s you use. 

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