I work on jewelry every single night. Every. Single. Night. It’s been well over a year, and I still love to bead, to the point that I can’t wait to get home from work and browse the internet and find something I want to attempt to make. Here are some of the bracelets that I have made over the past few weeks.
Embellished RAW Bracelets
Sometimes I even bring some beads to work with me, on days when I know it is going to be slow. I try and keep it simple, so I make strips of Right Angle Weave, and then embellish them when I get home.
I left the edges unfinished – I’m not sure why, but usually I add something between each bead along the length of the bracelet.
These bracelets are so easy – they take about an hour to make start to finish.
Panda Hall Flower Bracelet
I don’t know what else to call this bracelet, but I used a free tutorial from Panda Hall to make two bracelets. This first one follows the tute exactly:
The first side works up super quickly – the second side, which incorporates some beads from the first row into the pattern, takes a bit of paying attention.
This second bracelet is just the first row of the pattern. I got done with the first row, counted my beads I had left, and found that I was a few beads short! So I just left it as one row.
Tubular Herringbone / Chenille Stitch
I made my first tubular herringbone piece a few weeks ago – it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to be!
Using this tutorial from Bead Mavens, which incorporates bugle beads into the herringbone stitch, I added some gold bugles to brown and white 8/0 seeds.
It was fun to do, and I liked using the 8/0’s…they were the perfect size. Not to small and not too large. Then I came across a video for Chenille stitch which is described as “a combination of ladder and herringbone stitches”.
I like the pattern of X’s, or flowers…and I did mess up a few times in this, but once I got the hang of it, it was just as easy as herringbone. You just have to pay attention on this one, too!
One of the things I love about beading is how versatile most patterns are. With a change of color or size of beads, or adding extra rows, you can make totally different pieces from one pattern!