Saturday, September 10, 2011

A Bracelet a Week: Double Double

This week I have another pair of bracelets to share, because I just couldn’t stop at one. You may have already seen a sneak peek at the first bracelet in yesterday’s chevron chain tutorial. I decided to make a second bracelet for two reasons. First, I was way too excited about the new Tila technique to wait until next week to share it with you, so I had to make another as a surprise. And, while I was working on the tutorial, I noticed something interesting about the pattern in the beadwork.

Blue and Beige Tila Cuff

Luckily, I had just the right color of Tilas to make my idea work. These beads have been so versatile, even though I only have the two shades to work with. If you’ve been thinking about trying out Tilas, but don’t care for the price tag, I can assure you that one packet can go a long, long way.

So, I was looking at the interesting honeycomb shape of the first Tila cuff, noticing something funny about the shapes within the beadwork, and pondering how I could best take advantage of those shapes with the right combination of colors. It took some planning, some frogging, and eventually a leap of faith, but I ended up with a wonderfully spooky seed bead spinal column.

Vertebrae Chevron Cuff

I’m even happier with the second bracelet, and not just because of the fun theme. I love the different look that the netting takes on with the pattern and color change, and it leaves me wanting more. I have put at least one more Tila double chevron cuff on my to-do list.

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  1. Es un diseño en el que cualquier color queda precioso.Mil felicidades

  2. What beautiful bracelets, Morti! The "spinal" one is sooooo much fun! Am glad you took that leap!

  3. Wow, that is such a stunning color layout. I also noticed the honeycomb effect last night. Really cool pattern!

  4. Both of these bracelets are really fun! Thanks for the tutorial yesterday, too.

  5. What beautiful bracelets, Mort! The "spinal" one is so much fun! Am glad you took that leap!
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Thanks everyone! Chevron chain is quickly becoming my favorite 'fun' stitch. I love how quick and easy it is, and the pattern possibilities are so exciting!

  7. Hey! I love your little beaded button for the closure. Where can I find directions for that?

  8. Thank you, evalley! I do have a PDF tutorial for my favorite button and toggle closures, which you can find here:


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