Saturday, August 20, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Fake Wrap

Imitation Beaded Wrap Bracelet

A while back, I mentioned in a discussion that I was thinking of making an all-beaded variation of the leather wrap bracelet. After sharing some tutorials and inspirations for wrap bracelets with you last week, I finally got the motivation I needed to try it out.

To mimic the look of beads suspended between leather cords, I turned to what is almost certainly my favorite technique - herringbone weave. By using a very small herringbone base, and adding an increase for 6/o seed beads, the same overall shape of leather wraps appears. My version is a bit chunkier, and the dimensions are a little different, but I think the effect is very similar.

Since this was just a little experimental prototype, I only made a seven inch bracelet. I’m keeping this bracelet for myself, and it is really fun to wear! In the future, I’d like to make some adjustments to the stitch sequence and try to make a new bracelet with a more polished shape. Hopefully, I can do this without adding any additional bead sizes to the center row, but it’s tough to get all those 6/o beads to sit neatly when they are stitched perpendicular to 11/o’s. If I can make it work, I’ll try a double or triple wrap variation.

In the meantime, I’m working on a brand new PDF tutorial along with next week’s design. And the color palette is delicious. See you next Saturday!

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3 comments:

  1. I love it! I think that this would make a great pattern. Can't wait to see what you're working on for next week.

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  2. Looks like fun and is very pretty. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. I love your idea to make a beaded version of the fiber bracelets! A clever way to combine these styles :D

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