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Criss-cross beaded bracelet

Embellish a ladder stitch bracelet with bugle beads and seed beads

This 7¼-inch bracelet is made with a bugle bead base using ladder stitch. Edge with seed beads and small drops. Embellish the base with smaller bugles, seed beads, and either fire-polished beads or crystals. Finally, add a loop and button closure. The number of twisted bugles you use depends on the cylinder width and the desired bracelet length. Choosing a cylinder count that’s divisible by three makes finishing the pattern easier.

Materials

  • 60 2.7 x 12mm twisted bugles
  • 29 4mm Swarovski crystals or fire-polished beads
  • 116 3mm bugles
  • 5g seed beads, size 11/0
  • 56 tiny teardrop beads
  • C-LON, size D, or Power-Pro
  • beading needle, #10 or 12
  • button with shank, 1/2 – 3/4 in. (13 to 19mm)
  • beeswax, if using C-LON
Instructions
Criss cross beaded bracelet Figure 1
Figure 1
Criss cross beaded bracelet Photo a
Photo A

To build this 7 1/4-in. (.18m) bracelet, make a bugle base using ladder stitch. Edge with seed beads and small drops. Embellish the base with smaller bugles, seeds, and crystals. Finally, add loops and a button. The number of twisted bugles you use depends on the cylinder width and the desired bracelet length. Choosing a cylinder count that’s divisible by three – such as this count of 60 – makes finishing the pattern easier.

Build the base

1. String a stop bead on 3 yd. (2.8m) of doubled, conditioned thread. Go through the thread twice and leave a 6-in. (.15m) tail.

2. Work in ladder stitch (Figure 1 and Photo A) to create a base of 12mm bugles fitted to your wrist. If you run out of thread, tie a half-hitch knot onto the thread that straddles two bugles. (I call this a thread bridge.) Work back through a previous bugle. Tie a second knot on the next thread bridge, then hide the thread in the adjacent bugle and trim it. Add new thread by reversing this process. 

3. After attaching the final bugle, remove the stop bead. Weave in the tail, tie-off as directed in step 2, and trim.

For full project instructions, download the free PDF.

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