For this month’s finished on the 15th project, I wanted to show how different the same beads could look using the same pattern. These bracelets are done using square stitch. The pattern can be used for loom work also.
The first bracelet is almost exactly the same as the 3rd bracelet. The only difference is the gray beads in the center of the chain links. I feel this puts less emphasis on the woven link.
In the second bracelet, the hematite beads are used in the center of the woven links. This makes the centers stand out more. The overall lighter tone of the bracelet makes it more subtle.
The third bracelet drops the gray and uses the hematite beads for all of the background. This puts more emphasis on the woven links. This is my favorite of the three. I really like the high contrast.
I used 1.5 mm Toho cubes to weave these bracelets. I really like how much faster they work up than when using delicas. The beads have large holes and are easily woven. The pattern makes an 8″ bracelet with the clasp closed.
The pattern can be easily adapted to other lengths. For a longer bracelet, add more plain rows at the end of the links before decreasing. Make sure to add an equal number of rows to both ends. To shorten leave off a link and add plain rows to make up the difference. Add them equally to both ends. Don’t forget to take into account whatever clasp you use.
Source for snap closures – Fire Mountain Gems
Source for Toho cubes – Bobby Bead