Embellished Hand Bag with Seed Beads and Gemstone Briolettes
by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
So you say you need something snazzy for that holiday party but the bag you used last year just won't do. Or you saw a bag for sale that would be perfect if it only had more pizzazz. Well, here's a great project to dress up any bag in no time.
Hand bag - either one you have or one purchased separately at your local accessories or clothing store
Cut 2 yards of Nymo® then thread on your needle; double the thread. Run the doubled length of Nymo along the beeswax. This will condition the thread and help it pass through the beads more smoothly.
Beginning at one corner of the bag, pass the needle from the back side of the top edge through to the front; leave a 3-inch tail.
For the first loop, pick up eight Delicas, one 3mm garnet, and eight Delicas. Pass the needle into the fabric about 3/4 inch from where your loop started (this should give your loop a nice drape). Bring the needle back out of the fabric about 2mm from where you entered. (I used the manufacture's stitches as my guide and made each loop 5 stitches wide.)
Continue to add the same size loops all the way down the length of the bag.
Anchor the last loop of your first row by passing the needle through the top edge of the bag, from the front to the back side. Pass the needle back out to the front, just above the last bead added.
Bring the needle back through the last eight Delicas and 3mm garnet bead added. Pick up six Delicas, one 3mm garnet bead, and six Delicas. Pass the needle through the next to last 3mm garnet bead added in Step 2.
Continue this pattern across the length of the bag.
Work the needle up the beads to the first bead added. Pass the needle through the top edge of the bag, from the front to the back side, near where you began in Step 1. Tie a surgeon's knot using the tail thread and your working thread.
Work the needle back down the beads so it exits the last 3mm garnet bead added and is in position to begin the next row.
Pick up eight Delicas, one 3mm garnet bead, and 8 Delicas. Pass through the next-to-last 3mm garnet bead added in Step 4. Continue adding loops across the front of the bag.
After you complete the last loop of the row, work the needle up through previous rows then back down so the needle exits the last 3mm garnet bead added, and is in position to begin the next row.
Pick up ten Delicas, one 12x6mm garnet briolette, and ten Delicas. Pass the needle through the next-to-last 3mm garnet bead added.
Work this pattern across the front of the bag, using the 16x8mm garnet briolette in the loop that falls in the center of the bag.
Please note: Based on the length of the bag I used, the number of stitches in the manufactured seam along the top edge, and the design I was looking for, I chose the pattern outlined here. You may need to alter the pattern to meet the size of your bag and/or the beads you use.
Enjoy your Embellished Hand Bag and all the compliments you'll receive!
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