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Saturday, May 17, 2008
Setting Sun Bracelet - Free Loom or Square Stitch Pattern
Here's a vibrant abstract pattern for a loom or square stitch bracelet. It works up quickly and you can easily alter the edges of the pattern to lengthen or shorten it. Alternatively, you could use it as a center panel for a choker.
Skill Level: Beginner and Beyond
Time Required: 1/2 - 1 hour
840 beads total 12 beads (13 warps) wide 70 beads long approx. 3/4" x 5" using Delicas; somewhat longer using Matsunos or Czech size 11s adjust the length by adding or subtracting rows; remember that a clasp will add 1-2 inches to your length
Deep Purple Seed Beads Orange Seed Beads Red Seed Beads Magenta Seed Beads Yellow Seed Beads
The type of beads you use will determine the dimensions of your bracelet. The effect will be determined by the bead finish. You'll get the best contrast using opaque beads. Try rainbow finished (iris) beads for the sun's rays.
Beading Thread Use your favorite thread. My personal preference is to use black Nymo D because the black isn't seen using opaque beads and the 'D' is strong enough to survive the wear and tear endured by a bracelet.
Loom Unless you are doing square stitch, of course.
Beading Needles Either for doing square stitch or else weaving in warp threads for a loomed piece. I use size 10 beading needles.
Scissors or Nippers Or perhaps your wire cutters, if they are handy.
Clasp Not shown. Your choice of clasp will affect the length of your bracelet.
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