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Feathered edge bracelet

Bead weave two-hole and QuadraTile beads
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Highlight rows of tile beads with two layers of triangles along the edges for a fun and feathery look.
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SUPPLIES

green and purple bracelet 6 3⁄4 x 1 1⁄4 in. (17.1 x 3.2 cm)

  • 50 6 mm CzechMates two-hole tile beads (Persian turquoise moon dust)
  • 25 6 mm CzechMates four-hole QuadraTile beads (purple opaque)
  • 6 mm CzechMates two-hole triangle beads
    • 50 color A (matte metallic flax)
    • 48 color B (opaque luster Picasso)
  • 1g 11/0 seed beads (Toho PF557F, matte galvanized starlight)
  • 3g 15/0 seed beads (Toho 221, bronze)
  • 1 3-strand tube clasp
  • Fireline, 4 lb. test, or Nymo size B
  • beading needles, #11 or #12

INSTRUCTIONS

Picking up the two- and four-hole beads

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FIGURE 1

QuadraTiles: 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).

Tiles: With the holes running vertically, we will refer to the right hole (RH) or the left hole (LH) as needed.

Triangles: With the point with no hole pointing away from you, pick up the bead through the right hole (RH) or the left hole (LH).

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FIGURE 2
Base

1. On a comfortable length of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Pick up two tile beads, and sew through the first tile again (FIGURE 2, a–b), positioning the tiles side-by-side. Continue through the second tile and the open hole of the same tile (b–c).

2. Pick up a tile, and sew through the previous tile (RH), the tile just added (c–d), and the open hole of the same tile (d–e). Repeat these stitches, using a tight tension, to add a total of 25 tiles for a 6 3⁄4-in. (17.1 cm) bracelet (including 1⁄2 in./1.3 cm for the clasp). Add or omit tiles for the desired length. Remove the stop bead, and end the tail.

3. Repeat steps 1–2 to make another strip of the same length.
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FIGURE 3
4. Position one strip horizontally on your bead mat with your needle exiting the right, upper hole (FIGURE 3, point a). Pick up a QuadraTile (BR) going from top to bottom, and sew back through the tile (RH) and the other hole of the same tile (LH) (a–b). Sew through the QuadraTile (BL) from top to bottom, and continue back through the same hole of the tile (LH) (b–c). Sew through the next tile (RH) (c–d).

5. Work as in step 4 to add the 24 remaining QuadraTiles to this strip using a tight tension. End and add thread as needed, and set this working thread aside.
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FIGURE 4
6. Using the working thread on the other tile strip, sew through the beadwork to exit the end hole. Attach this strip as before, sewing through the open holes of the existing QuadraTile beads (FIGURE 4). End and add thread as needed, and set this working thread aside.
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FIGURE 5
Center embellishment

1. With the working thread from the lower strip, sew through the beadwork to exit the QuadraTile (BL) going from bottom to top (FIGURE 5, point a). Pick up a 15/0 seed bead, an 11/0 seed bead, and a 15/0, and sew down through the same QuadraTile (BR) (a–b). Pick up three 15/0s, and sew up through the next QuadraTile (BL) (b–c). The three 15/0s will be on the backside of the base (in the FIGURE, the tiles are spread apart so you can see the beads being added to the bottom surface, but in actuality, the tiles are close together). Repeat these stitches for the remainder of the base using a tight tension (c–d). When you reach the end QuadraTile, embellish the top as before. Pick up three 15/0s, and sew up through the same QuadraTile (TR) (d–e).

2. Work as in step 1 to embellish the top holes of the QuadraTiles (e–f). End and add thread as needed. When you reach the end QuadraTile, embellish the top as before, pick up three 15/0s, sew up through the same QuadraTile (BL), and continue through the next 15/0 and 11/0 (f–g).
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FIGURE 6
3. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the opposite 11/0. Pick up an 11/0, and sew through the 11/0 your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue through the adjacent 15/0, QuadraTile (BR), three 15/0s on the bottom surface, the following QuadraTile (BL), and the next 15/0 and 11/0 (FIGURE 6). Repeat these stitches for the remainder of the base, and end this thread.
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FIGURE 7
Triangle embellishment

1. With the other working thread exiting the end hole in the top strip of tiles (FIGURE 7, point a), pick up a color A triangle (LH) going from top to bottom. Sew back through the same hole of the tile (LH), and continue through the other hole of the same tile (RH) (a–b). Sew through the A (RH) going from top to bottom, and continue back through the same hole of the tile (RH) and the adjacent tile (LH) (b–c). Repeat these stitches for the remainder of the top edge. Sew through the beadwork to exit the bottom edge, and add As as before to this edge. End and add thread as needed.
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FIGURE 8
2. Sew through the beadwork to exit the end tile (LH) in the top strip (FIGURE 8, point a), and sew through the adjacent A going back to front (a–b). Pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the same A (RH) going from front to back (b–c). Pick up a color B triangle (LH) going from front to back, pick up three 15/0s, and sew through the same B (RH) going from back to front (c–d). Continue through the next A (LH) going from back to front (d–e). Repeat these stitches for the remainder of the top edge. When you get to the last A on this edge, add three 15/0s to the top surface as before, and sew through the beadwork to the bottom edge. Work as before to add Bs to this edge. End and add thread as needed.
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FIGURE 9
Clasp

1. Sew through the beadwork to exit the end tile (LH) on the top strip (FIGURE 9, point a). Pick up seven 15/0s, and sew through the same tile (LH) going in the same direction to form a loop (a–b). Continue through the next five 15/0s (b–c). Pick up three 15/0s, the end ring of the clasp, and three 15/0s, and sew through the center three 15/0s in the loop. Retrace the thread path of the beads just added (not shown in the figure for clarity), and continue through the next two 15/0s (c–d).

2. Pick up seven 15/0s, and sew through the end tile (LH) on the bottom strip (d–e).
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FIGURE 10
3. Work as in step 1 to attach the third ring of the clasp (FIGURE 10, a–b).

4. Sew through the next five 15/0s in the center loop (b–c). Pick up three 15/0s, the center ring of the clasp, and three 15/0s, and sew through the center three 15/0s in the adjacent loop. Retrace the thread path, and end the thread.

5. Add 2 ft. (61 cm) of thread to the other end of the bracelet, and attach the remaining half of the clasp as before. End the thread.
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