Bracelet with Fun Fur and Seed Beads
Pure fun! Break out your crochet needles and whip up a wistful of smiles.
-- Designer --
Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
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- Beading needles, #10, 1-1/4 inches in length
- Beading needle, big eye, 2-1/4 inches long
- Thread, Nymo, nylon, size D, green
- Seed bead, Matsuno, Ice blue, transparent rainbow inside, #6
- Seed beads, silver-lined, light blue, #6 square hole
- Seed bead, Matsuno, silver-lined, gold, #6 round hole
- Seed bead, silver lined, matte silver, #6 square hole
- Seed bead, Matsuno, opaque rainbow dark blue, #6
- Seed bead, silver lined, blue, #8 round hole
- Seed bead, Matsuno, glass, silver-lined silver, #8 round
- Seed beads, inside color rainbow ice blue, #8
- Seed bead, Dyna-Mites, silver-lined rainbow, blue, #11 square hole
- Seed beads, inside color rainbow peacock, #8
Size 8 pearle cotton
Size H crochet hook
Fun fur or worsted/dark weight solid
Note: SC = Single crochet
String about 18-inch of different size beads onto your perle cotton. A Big-eye needle was used to string these beads, you can also dip the end of your thread in glue, let dry and then use the tip of the thread as your needle to do the stringing. Do not cut the thread from the spool once all beads are strung; set this aside.
||Make a slip knot or tie a regular knot and draw the loop shape tightly onto your crochet hook--this is called a yarn over.
||Holding the novelty yarn and the fun fur together, with the tails between your thumb and middle finger for tension, push the crochet hook up a little and grab the working yarn with the hook. Pull the yarn through the loop on your needle--you will now have one loop below the needle and one loop on the needle. Continue this process, working until you have a length of chain stitches to fit around your wrist plus 1-inch and two extra stitches (for a 7-inch bracelet, you will need about 28 stitches). The two extra stitches will work as the turnaround at the end of the row--be sure to do this at the end of each row.
||Row 2: Insert your hook into the third chain from the hook (by passing the last two chain stitches). Yarn over and draw the hook through the two loops that are now on your hook--you have completed the first single crochet (SC). Continue this all the way across the first row. You may find it a little challenging to see the chain stitches with all the fur and details of the yarns--be sure to complete the same amount of stitches with each row and do your best to work each stitch in the correct place; you won't notice if you're a little off here and there. Row 3: Leave a tail and pick up your pre-strung perle cotton, adding it to the other two threads; SC 2 stitches. For the next SC--go into the stitch (1st Step of single crochet) and pull up three or four beads--finish the SC stitch. Repeat across the row, making the last two stitches without beads. Row 4: SC this row with all 3 yarns but no beads. Row 5: Repeat rows 3 and 4. Rows 6 and 7: Drop the perle cotton and SC the final two rows.
Using your crochet hook, catch one tail and weave it into the stitches of the finished bracelet. I usually do this on the back, along the edges and weave the tails about 1-inch into the piece. Repeat for all tails. Cut off any excess.
||Cut a length of Nymo® and thread on a needle. Pass the needle into the bracelet, along the center of one end; sew on a button, to be used as your clasp. Knot the Nymo to secure the button; trim any excess Nymo.
||On the opposite end of the bracelet, pass the needle into the bracelet about 1-inch in from the end. String on size 11 seed beads to form a loop that will fit around the button. Pass the needle to the back of the bracelet then come up through all the beads again. I usually do this 2 - 3 times, so it is nice and tight. End with a good knot then trim any excess.
||Cut a length of Nymo, add it to your needle, then double the thread. Secure the thread to the edge of the cuff and string 7 beads. Pass the needle through the third SC in the first row, creating a scalloped edge. Continue adding scalloped edging down the length of the bracelet, spacing each scallop evenly apart.In Steps 6 - 8, Don't really worry about the knots on the back; the fibers are so fuzzy it was really hard to see them. If you aren't using funky fibers, you will need to be more careful and secure your knots on the edges and weave through the fibers to hide it; either way, make sure your knots are secure.
Add a second row of a 7 bead scallop edging. End the threads by tying off the Nymo thread and running it under the fibers.
You can give your bracelet a haircut. The texture of the fur is fun, but you may not want to hide the beads, trim to your desired length. You can choose to trim the fur or not.
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