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Fiesta seed bead bangle

Liven up a herringbone tube with hundreds of colorful loops

This bangle really makes a statement in color and movement. With a few simple stitches and seed beads, you can watch this plain tubular herringbone bracelet evolve into a vibrant accessory that will complement your next festive summer outfit.


  • 7 or 14 hanks size 13/0 Charlottes, in each of 7–14 colors: A–G or A–N
  • 30g size 11/0 Japanese seed beads
  • Nymo B or D
  • beading needles, #13
  • plastic aquarium or surgical tubing, 7mm diameter
  • ethyl cyanoacrylate glue


Bangle with single-colored loops


1. Cut a piece of plastic tubing long enough to fit loosely over the largest part of your hand. Cut a 3⁄4-in. (1.9cm) piece of tubing, then cut it in half lengthwise (PHOTO A). Discard one half. Dab glue inside one end of the long tubing. Push the 3⁄4-in. tubing halfway into the long piece, smearing the glue around. Set the tubing aside to dry.

2. Work with comfortable lengths of thread, as you will have to add thread many times. Secure your tails by sewing into previous rows and tying half-hitch knots. Stitch a ladder 14 beads long, using size 11/0 seed beads. Connect the ladder into a ring (PHOTO B).

3. Using 11/0s, work a round of tubular herringbone. Step up through the first 11/0 in the new round. (You may want to put your work over the long tubing as you stitch so you know your work will fit over the tubing when you assemble the bangle.)


4. Modify the remaining rounds as follows to add colorful loops to each round: Work a stitch in herringbone with 11/0s, but do not sew through the first bead in the next stack. Pick up 20 color A Charlottes. Sew back through the first Charlotte, making a loop (PHOTO C). Then sew up through the first bead in the next stack (PHOTO D). Complete the round, adding herringbone stitches with 11/0s and loops with Charlottes in colors B–H. Work the next round in the same manner, using colors I–N for the loops.

5. Repeat step 4 until the bangle is 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8cm) short of the desired length.

6. Center the herringbone tube on the plastic tubing. Dab glue on the exposed end of the 3⁄4-in. tubing (PHOTO E). Then push the open end of the long tubing over the remainder of the 3⁄4-in. piece. Hold the two together until the glue sets (PHOTO F).

7. Work as many extra rounds of herringbone as needed to cover the tubing, but don’t add loops to the last two rounds. Twist the herringbone tube, then pick up an 11/0, and sew into the corresponding 11/0 in the first round (PHOTO G). Pick up another 11/0 and sew into the corresponding bead in the last round (PHOTO H). Repeat to complete the round.

8. Add colorful loops to the last few rounds of the herringbone tube to cover the join.

Bangle with multicolored loops

1. To begin the multicolored-loops bangle, follow steps 1–3 of the single-colored-loops bangle.

2. Work step 4, but modify it by using the following bead pattern. You will make loops that have 26 beads instead of 20 per stitch.
Round 1: 3A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 1G, 2F, 2E, 2D, 2C, 2B, 2A.
Round 2: 3B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 1A, 2G, 2F, 2E, 2D, 2C, 2B.
Round 3: 3C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2A, 1B, 2A, 2G, 2F, 2E, 2D, 2C.
Round 4: 3D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2A, 2B, 1C, 2B, 2A, 2G, 2F, 2E, 2D.
Round 5: 3E, 2F, 2G, 2A, 2B, 2C, 1D, 2C, 2B, 2A, 2G, 2F, 2E.
Round 6: 3F, 2G, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 1E, 2D, 2C, 2B, 2A, 2G, 2F.
Round 7: 3G, 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 1F, 2E, 2D, 2C, 2B, 2A, 2G.

3. Repeat rounds 1–7 until the bangle is 1 1⁄2 in. (3.8cm) short of the desired length.

4. Work the remainder of the bangle as in steps 6–8 of the single-colored-loops bangle.

Charlottes have holes with inconsistent sizes. If you pick up a bead that seems to be a tight fit, discard it since it is unlikely that you’ll be able to make a second pass through it.

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