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Serape bracelet

Create a loomwork bracelet with colorful cylinder beads
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Inspired by the traditional Mexican shawl, this loomwork bracelet is both bold and beautiful.
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SUPPLIES

bracelet 8 1⁄4 in. (21 cm)

  • 11/0 Miyuki Delica cylinder beads
    • 9g color A (DB0116, wine gold luster)
    • 4g color B (DB0166, turquoise green opaque AB)
    • 8g color C (DB0272, goldenrod-lined topaz AB)
    • 4g color D (DB0273, forest green-lined topaz AB)
  • 5-loop slide clasp
  • beading thread
  • beading needles, #12
  • loomwork needle, or extra-long beading needle, #10 or #11
  • bead loom

INSTRUCTIONS

Click here to see the Pattern for this bold and beautiful bracelet!

1. Prepare the loom with 40 warp threads according to the manufacturer’s instructions, or click here for instructions.

2. Tie a comfortable length of thread to the far-left warp thread, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Tie the thread near the top of the loom if you wish to work the pattern from top to bottom, or tie the thread near the bottom of the loom to work from bottom to top. Thread the loomwork needle on this thread.

Tip!

The pattern makes an 8 1⁄4-in. (21 cm) bracelet. To adjust the length, consider these options:

  • Stitch more or fewer rows. Four rows equals about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) of finished beadwork. Make sure you add or omit the same number of rows at each end to keep the pattern symmetrical. If you are making the bracelet shorter, this may mean starting a few rows in from one end.
  • Instead of adding or omitting rows at the ends, make one or more of the stripes thicker or thinner.
  • To shorten the bracelet without omitting rows, overlap the ends and use snaps or hook-and-eye closures instead of a slide clasp.
3. Reading the pattern from left to right, pick up the appropriate 11/0 cylinder beads for the first row (as determined by your choice in step 2).
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FIGURE 1
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Sew behind the warp threads (FIGURE 1), use your finger to push the beads up between the warp threads (FIGURE 2).
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FIGURE 3

Then sew back through the beads over the top of the warp threads (FIGURE 3).

4. Work as in step 3 for the entire pattern. Using the #12 beading needle, end your thread when it gets short, and then add a new thread as in step 2, tying it on where your next row will begin.

5. When you complete the pattern, cut the beadwork from the loom, leaving the warp threads long enough to tie off. Using the #12 beading needle, end the working thread and tails, and do the same for each warp thread.

6. Add 10 in. (25 cm) of thread at one end of the beadwork. Center half of the clasp on this end, so that the loops are hidden behind the beadwork. Stitch each loop to its neighboring beads, retracing the thread path of each connection. End the thread. Repeat this step for the other end of the beadwork.

Have a question or comment? Please contact us at editor@FacetJewelry.com.

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