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

Completed Dimensions

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.

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.

Not shown. Your choice of clasp will affect the length of your bracelet.

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