Beading / Jewelry
Floral Charm Crocheted Bracelet
azle Shake and Suzanne McNeill,
- Light blue seed beads, 8/0, one tube
- Lampwork glass bead, 1/2” or smaller
- Silver heart charm
- Silver findings: end caps, two; ornamental spacers, two; toggle clasp; jump ring
- Nylon upholstery thread or cording
- Crochet hook, #4 or #11
- Sharp needle, #7
- Needle-nose pliers
- ruler or measuring tape, scissors, ceramic plate, tweezers
- 1. Note: To begin, practice chain stitch with thread and beads. Begin by holding thread in left hand, gently grasp thread with middle, ring, and pinky fingers. Bring working thread up between middle finger and across index finger. Once cord has started, hold cord between index finger and thumb; pull next bead down with index finger of other hand. Slide hook across finger, picking up thread on other side of bead, with work off loops. Once confident in crocheting, pull out practice stitches.
- 2. Pour seeds beads onto ceramic plate. Thread seed beads onto nylon cording. (Note: Use sharp needle to aid in threading beads onto cording.)
- 3. Follow Basic Bead Crochet pattern as follows for 5 in the round bead cord. Make slip knot, leaving 8"-10" tail. See Figures 1 and 2. With first loop on hook, keeping tension slightly tight, push first seed bead close to hook. Hook thread on left side of bead. See Figure 3. Pull thread through first loop, leaving bead in center of loop. Repeat process four more times for total of five chain stitches. See Figure 4.
- 4. To create round, keep last loop on hook after Chain 5. Turn back to first loop in chain, right next to slip knot. Turn bead slightly forward to see stitch at back of bead. See Figure 5.
- 5. Repeat process to work 5 in the round, leaving 10" tail, until beaded cord measures 6" length. To work in the round, with hook still in loop just joined and holding onto tail, give work gentle tug. (Note: This helps to line up work/beads.) Turn first bead in chain slightly back; push hook through left side of loop with bead on it. See Figure 6. Push next bead on working thread up close to hook and pull new loop with bead in center through both loops. (Note: The bead will sit on top of first bead in joined chain.) Repeat process with each bead, working in spiral until reaching desired length.
- 6. Add or subtract rounds according to individual wrist measurement to lengthen or shorten cord. When desired cord length has been reached, last round is worked by simple slipstitch without bead to pull all beads in line. Pull last loop through. Cut working thread 12" from loop. Push end of working thread through loop; pull tail tight. See Figure 7.
- 7. On one tail end, thread endcap, spacer, lampwork bead, spacer, and jump ring. Take thread back through beads. Push needle into cord and knot. Go back though beads and jump ring again. Take thread back through beads into cord; knot again. See Figure 8.
- 8. Work thread back and forth once or twice, then trim close to cord. Attach clasp and charm to jump ring. On other end, attach end cap and remaining half of clasp.