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Regal beaded bracelet

Embellish a right-angle weave band for a regal rendition of the classic pearl bracelet

Regal beaded bracelet

The popularity of TV series like “Downton Abbey” betray our fascination with the English aristocracy. This bracelet – with crystal pearls and faceted glass beads – puts on airs fit for a duchess or debutante.  Use medium tension throughout this bracelet for a supple, fluid drape. 

 

The instructions below detail how to make the right-angle weave base. For full project instructions, download the free PDF

 

Materials

White-pearl bracelet 8 1/2 in. (21.6 cm)

  • 23 6 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, jet)
  • 24 6 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, white)
  • 48 4 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, white)
  • 5 g 11/0 seed beads (Toho, galvanized silver)
  • 46 15/0 seed beads (blue)
  • magnetic clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

Bronze-pearl bracelet 6 3/4 in. (17.1 cm)

  • 20 6 mm fire-polished beads (Czech, emerald green)
  • 21 6 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, bronze)
  • 42 4 mm crystal pearls (Swarovski, vintage gold)
  • 5 g 11/0 Czech seed beads (honey)
  • 40 15/0 seed beads (Miyuki 595, Ceylon light beige)
  • Clasp
  • Fireline 6 lb. test
  • beading needles, #12

 

Instructions

 

Use medium tension throughout this bracelet for a supple, fluid drape. 

 

Right-angle weave base

RegalA
photo A
Regal beaded bracelet Photo b
photo b

1. On 1 1/2 yd. (1.4 m) of Fireline, pick up a 6 mm pearl, a 4 mm pearl, a 6 mm, and a 4 mm. Tie the beads into a ring with a square knot, leaving a 6-in. (15 cm) tail. Sew through the first 6 mm, the first 4 mm, and the second 6 mm (Photo A).

 

2. Begin working in right-angle weave: Pick up a 4 mm, a 6 mm, and a 4 mm, and sew through the 6 mm your thread exited at the start of this step. Continue through the first 4 mm and 6 mm just picked up (Photo B).

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photo c
Regal beaded bracelet Photo d
photo d

3. Repeat step 2 until the base is 1 in. (2.5 cm) short of the desired bracelet length. End the working thread and tail.

 

4. Add 2 1/2 yd. (2.3 m) of thread to one end of the base, and sew through the beadwork to exit the end 6 mm. Pick up two 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the next 4 mm along the edge (Photo C).

Regal beaded bracelet Photo e
photo e

5. Pick up three 11/0 seed beads, and sew through the next 4 mm along the edge (Photo D). Do not pull the thread tight, but rather allow the beads to form a gentle upside down V shape (Photo E). Repeat this stitch to add three 11/0s between all the 4 mms on this edge. The base will curve slightly toward the unembellished edge. If the curve is very pronounced, your tension is too tight.

 

6. With your thread exiting the last 4 mm along this edge, pick up two 11/0s, sew through the end 6 mm, pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the first 4 mm along the unembellished edge. Continue adding three 11/0s between all the 4 mms along this edge. When you sew through the last 4 mm, pick up two 11/0s, and sew through the end 6 mm. Continue through the next two 11/0s and the first 4 mm along this edge.

 

For full project instructions, download the free PDF.

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