As promised here is my first post showing you what I am currently learning as part of my Challenge 2013 goals.
I decided as I already have a good stash of seed beads which I could use up, I would concentrate on trying to learn some new beading techniques this month. I was going to show you first some beaded ‘daisy’ bracelets I have been making, which I learned from a Youtube tutorial by Beadifulnights. But, I decided I couldn’t wait to show you the ‘beady’ make which I made yesterday of a 5 strand beaded cuff bracelet, using a homemade loom made by my hubby. The tutorial for this can also be found on Beadifulnights Youtube Channel.
First here is the loom my hubby made for me.
When I first saw the tutorial for the bracelet in December I really wanted to have a go at making it, but my biggest stumbling block was not having the loom. However, Aleshia of Beadifulnights very kindly showed on another tutorial how to make your own loom rather than go out and buy one. So on Sunday afternoon, after seeing the tutorial again, I grabbed my hubby and showed him the picture of the loom and said “I want one of those”. Now he doesn’t normally react straight away to things I want him to do. I once bought wallpaper to decorate my lounge and it took him nearly 8 months to do it. So I was very surprised when 30 minutes later he put the loom on my desk and said “will that do”. I was amazed, although he did then say, “Now you have to peel the potatoes!”
Click HERE for the link to the Loom tutorial.
The good thing about the bracelet was that I had all the materials I needed apart from the loom, so yesterday I couldn’t wait to get started.
For the bracelet you need size 6/0 seed beads, which I have quite a stash of but not necessarily in brilliant colours, some cotton cord, a large shank button, a beading needle and beaded thread like Fireline (I have wildfire).
If you already know how to do macrame square knots then it is really easy to get started. You needed 3 x 35″ lengths of cotton cord, thread 2 of them through the shank of the button, ensuring they are even and then secure on the loom. Using the third length of cord tie around the button as close as possible, then do a couple of square knots. You then need to split the cords into 3 on each side and do 2 square knots on each, then tie them all down ready to bead on. I am not going to go into too much detail on how to do it, please visit Beadifulnights video her videos are really good and very easy to follow. Click HERE if you want to view the tutorial for this bracelet.
For my first attempt at this bracelet I decided it would be easier to just follow the design in the tutorial which is squares. Here is the first square. If you want to work out your own pattern, you can download and print Loom weave graph paper. As suggested by Aleshia I downloaded some from FusionBeads.com.
The tutorial suggested that if you wanted to make a bracelet of about 7.5″ then the beading must measure approximately 5.25″ which she said was about 5 squares in this pattern, but I ended up having to do 6 squares using the size 6/0 seed beads which was approx 5″ in length. With the button and macreme knots the whole bracelet ended up for me at just short of 7.5″. However this fitted me perfectly.
I can’t wait to make another, I think I might try a different pattern next time.
I will show you my ‘daisy’ stitch bracelets next time.
By for now.