Before I share this week’s bracelet design, I have a beading confession to make. I am terrified of bugles. Or at least I was before I tackled this project and faced my fears.
Since I started bead weaving, my experiences with bugles have not been ideal. I had begun to think of them as evil little beads that would cut even the strongest of threads at the first available opportunity. Some part of me knew that these disasters were mostly caused by the fact that I was using the most dangerous breeds of bugles - silver-lined Czech glass of questionable quality. You can actually see the razor-like glint on the edges of those beads.
I have been avoiding bugles for anything but stringing for a long time, knowing that I was missing out, since there are plenty of beadweavers using bugles with success. It wasn’t until I decided to explore different Egyptian beading possibilities that I decided to give bugles another chance.
The first step was to purchase some bugles that would be gentle on threads. I chose matte and opaque colors that would fit in with my Egyptian palettes - nice smooth edges all around.
At first I thought I would make something with all three of the colors I had picked: matte blue raku, jet and cream. But as I sat down to plan out a design, I realized that two colors were better than three.
Instead, I went with square stitch. If you think about it, square stitch is really just an elaborate variation of ladder stitch, where rows go up and down as well as side to side. It gave me the shape I wanted for the bracelet, and plenty of strength to hold the piece together.
The bracelet turned out better than I had hoped. Even more important: I have rediscovered the beauty of bugles. I can’t wait to design with them again!
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