Woven Trellis Bracelets
Designed by: Sarah Millsop
Before you begin…
The trick to stringing crescent beads is to arrange them on your mat so that they are all pointing in the same direction. This will ensure you are able to string them the right way around first time. It doesn’t matter which direction you pick, but it will make it easier when you come to making your bracelets.
Lay out the following crescent beads: 1A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 2A, 2B, 1A. Cut 80cm of beading thread and string a single seed bead and sew through it once taking care not to spear the thread. This is your ‘stop bead’. Position it 25cm from the end of the thread. You can see the stop bead in the next photograph shown in red.
‘Step up’ to begin the next round by sewing through the other hole of the crescent the thread is coming out of. The thread should stay on the same side of the crescent so that you have a tiny bridge of thread between the holes. If you have some gaps between the beads, snug the stop bead up against them.
Repeat the stringing order in steps 11 and 12 until you reach the end. This completes the beaded feature add one more colour B crescent, Step up around it. Secure it by sewing into the first 4 beads of the second row so you exit after a crescent. Step down around the crescent back into the third row and retrace your path along the bottom row so that you come out after the crescent just added.
Strap and toggle
Bead up your strap alternating 6 fire polished with 3 seed beads (see note). Add the beads for the toggle by stringing a seed bead and a fire polished twice then add one more fire polished. Note: the length of strap you add will depend on how tightly you beaded the crescent section and also the natural variation in bead sizes. If you’re at all unsure, bead up each strap then check the length before you secure the ends – you can then easily add or reduce the number of seed beads or fire polished.
Form the toggle by sewing through the last 5 beads – ignore the first seed bead you added for the toggle. Tighten the beads into a little triangle and snug them down to the strap end. Sew through the bead you ignored, keeping it in line with the others on the strap, then through the next few beads. If you’re not absolutely sure on the length, now is the point to stop and skip to step 18 to bead up the other strap.
If you’re happy with the strap length sew through all the remaining beads until you have exited the last but one fire polished and the seed bead next to it. Pick up 2 seed beads and a fire polished – you don’t need another seed bead, as this side of the crescent beadwork is near to the toggle than the other side. Sew into the outside hole of the crescent bead – you’ll find it easier to flip over the beadwork as shown. Adjust the strap so everything is level then weave the thread into the crescent beadwork, knotting in a couple of places. Add dabs of glue to the knot then trim the excess.
Strap and loop
Remove the stop bead. Add a fire polished and three seed beads then add beads to match the other strap (excluding those used for the toggle). String 18 seed beads then sew through the first bead of the 18 so that it remain in line with the strap. Continue down the strap until you have exited the last but one fire polished and the seed bead next to it. Pick up 2 seed beads, a fire polished and a seed bead. Sew into the outside hole of the crescent. Adjust the strap so everything is level then weave the thread into the crescent beadwork, knotting in a couple of places. Add a dab of glue to the knots and trim off the excess.
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