Grape Woven Spiral Rope Bracelet

bracelet measures 6.50"

bracelet measures 6.50"

 
The reflective surface of the Purple Iris seed beads produce a variety of beautiful color variations including red, rust, green and blue.

The reflective surface of the Purple Iris seed beads produce a variety of beautiful color variations including red, rust, green and blue.

I often have an idea for a bracelet then buy the beads to create it. Recently, I worked in the opposite way - looking through my growing bead stash and finding projects in which to use them. That’s how this delicious bracelet was conceived. I found the ideal pattern for my grape beads in my own Woven Rope Bracelet. It was one of the first woven bead bracelets I ever made. I loved the pattern then, and it’s still beautiful three years later. The simple, repetitive stitch makes this an easy two hour project.

Directions

step 1 - Add a stop bead (gold) to a two-yard length of beading thread leaving a 12” tail. Attach a beading needle and pass it through five seed beads, one bicone bead, and another seed bead.

step 1 - Add a stop bead (gold) to a two-yard length of beading thread leaving a 12” tail. Attach a beading needle and pass it through five seed beads, one bicone bead, and another seed bead.

step 3 - Pull the thread to create a Side Set. A set is made up of 2 seed beads (# 5 & 6) flanking a bicone bead. The Side Set creates the spiral effect of the bracelet.

step 3 - Pull the thread to create a Side Set. A set is made up of 2 seed beads (# 5 & 6) flanking a bicone bead. The Side Set creates the spiral effect of the bracelet.

step 2 - Pass the needle through the first four seed beads. 

step 2 - Pass the needle through the first four seed beads. 

step 4 - Add two seed beads and a bicone followed by one more seed bead.

step 4 - Add two seed beads and a bicone followed by one more seed bead.

step 5 - Pass the needle through three seed beads ( 2, 3, 4) from the previous work and one seed bead from the newly added beads (7). 

step 5 - Pass the needle through three seed beads ( 2, 3, 4) from the previous work and one seed bead from the newly added beads (7). 

step 6 - Pull the thread to create another Side Set with seed beads 8, 9 and the bicone between them. Each time you create a side set you are picking up the last three beads from the previous work and the first new seed bead added to the work (see step 5). If you have any confusion, just remember you never go back through the three beads in the side set. Continue the bracelet using steps 4, 5 and 6 until your bracelet is the length you need. 

step 6 - Pull the thread to create another Side Set with seed beads 8, 9 and the bicone between them. Each time you create a side set you are picking up the last three beads from the previous work and the first new seed bead added to the work (see step 5). If you have any confusion, just remember you never go back through the three beads in the side set. Continue the bracelet using steps 4, 5 and 6 until your bracelet is the length you need. 

step 7 - To attach the clasp, pass the needle through the loop on one end, then back through four seed beads. Tie a half hitch knot then return the needle through the seed beads and the clasp loop. Move up through the seed beads again, and create another half hitch knot. Work the needle through seed beads in the bracelet’s core adding three or four half hitch knots to secure the clasp connection to the bracelet.  Cut off excess thread.

step 7 - To attach the clasp, pass the needle through the loop on one end, then back through four seed beads. Tie a half hitch knot then return the needle through the seed beads and the clasp loop. Move up through the seed beads again, and create another half hitch knot. Work the needle through seed beads in the bracelet’s core adding three or four half hitch knots to secure the clasp connection to the bracelet.  Cut off excess thread.

step 8 - Remove the stop bead from the beginning thread and use the tail to attach the other half of the clasp following the instructions in step 7.



Supplies

At Amazon

  • 8 grams of 6/0 Purple Iris seed beads
  • 50 6MM bicone Purple crystals
  • English beading needles
  • 6 - 10 lb. Wildfire thread

Miscellaneous

  • clasp

NOTE:  I have no source for the clasp pictured.  It was purchased on eBay a few years ago.  Here are two links for interesting clasps:

Stars Clasps

ShipWreck Beads


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