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In line bracelet

Add bling to this ladder stitched bracelet with rose montées and fire-polished beads.
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MATERIALS
bracelet 6¾ x 1¼ in. (17.1 x 3.2 cm)

  • 75 6 x 6 mm CzechMates two-hole tile beads (dark bronze)
  • 100 6 mm CzechMates four-hole QuadraTile beads (dark bronze)
  • 50 4 mm fire-polished beads (metallic bronze)
  • 25 3.5 mm rose montées (Preciosa topaz AB)
  • 50 3.4 mm drop beads (Miyuki DP-374E, matte bronze)
  • 11/0 seed beads
    • 2 g color A (Miyuki F457N, matte dark chocolate brown)
    • 2 g color B (Miyuki 457G, metallic brass)
    • 2 g 15/0 seed beads (Japanese 916E, topaz raspberry luster)
  • 1 3-strand clasp
  • Fireline, 6 lb. test
  • beading needles #11 or #12
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FIGURE 1
BASE
For the purposes of these instructions, and the QuadraTile in the position shown (FIGURE 1), the holes will be referred to as top left hole (TL), top right hole (TR), bottom left hole (BL), and bottom right hole (BR). 

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FIGURE 2
1. On a comfortable length of thread, pick up a tile bead, and sew through the open hole of the same tile, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Tie the working thread and tail together with a square knot, and retrace the thread path (FIGURE 2, point a).

2. Pick up a QuadraTile (BR), a tile, a QuadraTile (BR), a color A 11/0 seed bead, a drop bead, and an A (a–b). Sew back through the last QuadraTile added (BL), the open hole of the next tile, the following QuadraTile (BL), and the adjacent hole of the tile your thread exited at the start of this step (b–c)

3. Pick up a QuadraTile (BL), a tile, a QuadraTile (BL), an A, a drop, and an A. Sew back through the last QuadraTile added (BR), the open hole of the next tile, the following QuadraTile (BR), and the adjacent hole of the tile your thread exited at the start of this step (c–d). Tighten the beadwork, and sew through the other hole of the same tile (d–e).

4. Pick up a tile, and sew through the hole in the previous tile your thread exited at the start of this step (e–f). Retrace the thread path using a tight tension, and continue through the same hole of the new tile (f–g).
 
5. Repeat steps 2–4 for the desired length of bracelet (less 1⁄2 in./1.3 cm for the clasp), ending with step 3. End and add thread as needed, and end the threads when the base is complete. The base will be floppy until the top embellishment is added.
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FIGURE 3

Top embellishment
1. 
Add a comfortable length of thread to the base, exiting an end drop with the needle pointing toward the other end of the beadwork (FIGURE 3, point a). The top embellishment will be added to the top holes of the QuadraTiles in steps 2–7.

2. Pick up an A, and sew through the open hole of the adjacent QuadraTile (TL) (a–b). Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, a 4 mm fire-polished bead, and a 15/0, and sew through the next QuadraTile (TL) (b–c).

3. Pick up a color B 11/0 seed bead, a 3.5 mm rose montée, and a B, and cross over to the other hole in the next QuadraTile (TR) (c–d).

4. Pick up a 15/0, a 4 mm fire-polished bead, and a 15/0, and sew through the next QuadraTile (TR) (d–e). Pick up an A, and sew through the adjacent drop. Pick up an A, and sew through the open hole of the same QuadraTile (TL) (e–f).

5. Pick up a 15/0, sew through the next fire-polished bead, pick up a 15/0, and sew through the following QuadraTile (TL)(f–g).

6. Pick up a B, sew through the open channel of the next rose montée, pick up a B, and cross over to the other hole in the next QuadraTile (TR) (g–h).

7. Pick up a 15/0, sew through the next fire-polished bead, pick up an 15/0, and sew through the following QuadraTile (TR) (h–i). Pick up an A, and sew through next drop (i–j).

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FIGURE 4
8. Step 8 will be worked in the base using the bottom holes of the QuadraTiles: Sew through the following bottom A, QuadraTile (BL), and tile (FIGURE 4, a–b). Continue through the nearest hole of the adjacent tile, the previous tile, the next QuadraTile (BL), tile, QuadraTile (BL), and tile (b–c). Sew through the nearest hole of the adjacent tile, the previous tile, and the adjacent tile again (c–d). Continue through the next QuadraTile (BR), tile, QuadraTile (BR), tile, QuadraTile (BR), A, and drop (d–e).

9. Repeat steps 2–8 for the remainder of the base, ending with step 7. End and add thread as needed, and end the threads when the embellishment is complete.

NOTE: If you are having trouble sewing through the beads, flip the beadwork over so you can easily see and access the base layer.
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FIGURE 5

CLASP
1. Add 12-in. (30 cm) of thread to the beadwork, exiting an end tile in an outer row with the needle pointing toward the center of the beadwork (FIGURE 5, point a). Pick up three Bs, sew through the first loop of the clasp, pick up three Bs, and continue through the next tile in the center row (a–b).

2. Pick up three Bs, sew through the center loop of the clasp, pick up three Bs, and continue through the same tile, going in the same direction (b–c).

3. Pick up three Bs, sew through the remaining loop of the clasp, pick up three Bs, and continue through the next QuadraTile (BL) with the needle pointing toward the center of the beadwork (c–d). Retrace the thread path of the connection, and end the thread.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 to attach the other half of the clasp.

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