Project Nine: A Lovely Woven Bead Bracelet
Look at what I made on Thursday evening! My lovely friend Sally owns The Beaderie in Cambridge, an amazing bead boutique full of beautiful colourful beads, where I love going just to look at all the amazing collections of beads in little pots and compartments (it really is heavely). As well as bussily running her shop, making bespoke jewellery for her clients, and fixing jewellery, she also runs beading classes in the evenings, and wanted to try out a new pattern on a novice (me) before attempting it at one of her classes.
I want some pink pliers!
When she asked me if I’d be her guinea-pig I jumped at the chance, my jewellery-making up until then had been limited to stringing beads onto elastic, and I wanted to learn some proper techniques.
I used three different types of beads, dark blue ones, smaller purply-blue ones and gold seed beads. We used proper jewellery thread and a needle to string the beads on and do the weaving, and once I got the hang of the pattern it wasn’t too difficult. My biggest problem was keep the thread from tangling up!
It took me about one and a half hours to make this, and while I was fumbling away clumsily Sally expertly whipped up an identical bracelet in about half the time, and managed to finish off another bracelet double the width of this one! She is a very talented woman. The bracelet she made was a lovely pale green colour, and she had another one she’d made earlier in a pink shade (you can see it in the photo above).