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Tila the Town Bracelet
This simple, light bracelet is easy to make and has a whimsical, Victorian elegance to it due to the seed bead picot edge.
By Erica Visocky
- 5 grams Tila beads
- 11/0 Seed beads
- 6lb Fireline or beading thread
- Size 10 Beading needle
- Beading mat
*Note: I used a single wire hook, so the instructions will reflect that clasp.
- Cut a 2-yard length of beading thread. Thread needle. Measure the length of clasp. Subtract the clasp length from your desired bracelet length. This will be the length you will stitch to.
- Thread needle upward through left hole of Tila bead, leaving about a 12-inch tail. Pick up 5 seed beads and go down through right hole of Tila bead. Run thread back up through left hole of Tila bead, seed beads and down through right hole of Tila bead.
- Pick up new Tila bead. Run needle down through right hole of previous Tila bead. Pull thread tight. Run thread back up left hole of new Tila bead, pick up 5 seed beads and run needle down right hole of new Tila bead.
- Repeat step 3 until bracelet is length determined in step 1, ending by adding 5 seed beads and running needle down right hole of last Tila bead.
- To start the second row, pick up new Tila bead and 5 seed beads. Run needle up through left hole of new Tila bead and through left hole of last Tila of first row. Do not go through any seed beads. Run needle down through right hole of second to last Tila in the first row.
- Pick up a new Tila bead and run needle back through left hole of previously added Tila and corresponding hole of Tila in the previous row. Run needle back up through right hole of Tila bead on the left and through new Tila bead's corresponding hole. Pick up 5 seed beads and run needle up through left hole of new Tila and through left hole of corresponding Tila in first row. Thread needle down through right hole of Tila to the left.
- Repeat step 6 until you've reached the end. You will end with picking up 5 seed beads and running the needle through the left hole of both end Tila beads.
- Pick up 9 seed beads. Run needle back through left hole of both Tila beads in the same direction as step 7. (This will create a loop on the end of your bracelet.)
- Run needle back through seed beads and holes two more times.
- Tie thread off around left side of picot edging. Trim thread.
- Thread needle onto tail on opposite end. Repeat step 8 to create a loop in the same manner. Run needle back through 5 seed beads of loop. String 2-3 seed beads (depending on clasp, I used two) clasp loop and 2-3 more seed beads. Run thread back through seed bead #5 of loop in the same direction as above and continue to take needle through rest of seed beads in loop. Run needle back through holes in end Tila beads and through loop again. Repeat step 10 to finish bracelet.
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