The pattern is from the February / March 2010 issue of Beadwork one of the recent issues of Bead & Button magazine. Now that I’m writing about it, of course, I can’t find the magazine. It’s in the stacks, somewhere. I finally found the issue buried in the magazine stacks. I made mine in shades of green and grey.
There are a number of different sized beads, 10° cylinder, 8° seed, 8° triangle as well as regular 11 delica or cylinder beads. Those 11 delicas are some mighty small beads! I knew there was a reason I usually don’t work with them.
The pattern is made with brick stitch, so except for first row, you’re just stitching through the thread of the previous row. I won’t go into how to do brick stitch here, as there are many fine tutorials on the web.
Rather than using a clasp of some sort, this bracelet closes with a regular, albeit large, sewing snap. I like that. Makes it much easier to wear – no tiny levers to maneuver with my left hand.
A lot of the beaded things I make become gifts for various friends and family. Sometimes this is the intention when I start, other times, when the piece is finished, it just suits them better, or they express an interest – often accompanied by signifcant amounts of drool and covetous staring. This one I think I’ll keep for myself.