|Elegant mesh Bag Free bead Pattern|
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You don't have to be an expert in right-angle weave to do this project but you will need to know the basics. If you've never used this stitch before, please practice a little first using these excellentright-angle weave instructions. You will also need to know odd-count flat peyote and brick stitch. This is an intermediate to advanced project.
What You'll Need:
- 1 hank each of matte black and red-lined green size 11 seed beads
- 5 7.5 x 5mm jet barrels
- 10 4mm black round beads
- 14 3mm olive bicone crystals
- 8 size 5 red-lined green triangle beads
- size 12 or 13 beading needle
- black nymo size D
To begin, pick up 4 sets of 1 black, 1 red-lined green (these will be called "red" from now on), and 1 black. Tie them in a circle and continue through one set. Add 18 more stitches of 3 sets each so that you have a row of 19 "squares."
To connect the two ends of the row, make sure your thread is coming out of the edge set of one end and pick up another set. Line up the two ends and go through the edge set of the other end from the same side that the thread is on on the first end. Then pick up another set and go through the first edge set from the other side.
Go through the first set added to be ready to begin the next row.
The second and subsequent rows are joined similarly, but only one set needs to be added to complete the final square.
Complete 3 rows of tubular right-angle weave. For the fourth row, complete 16 squares, then stop. Add 4 more rows of sixteen squares, working exactly as if it were normal, flat, right-angle weave. Then add 3 more rows of tubular right angle weave.
The work should look like a tube that has a rectangular hole, or frame, in one side. The next step will create a block of peyote stitch to sit inside this frame. To prepare it, the gaps left between the corners of each right angle weave sqaure must be filled. Bead around the frame, adding one red bead in each gap.
Treating the lower edge of the frame as a base row, start working back and forth across it in flat peyote. The peyote swatch should be 15 beads wide. Work upwards by adding rows until the swatch is long enough to reach the top edge of the frame. On the bag shown, the vertical columns ended up being 13 beads tall, but this number may vary, creating taller or shorter columns, depending on the beads used in the project.
Position the thread to connect the swatch to the top edge by going through the top black bead on the side of the frame, then back through the end bead of your final peyote row. Then, weave up through the first red bead in the top edge of the frame, down through the 3 beads in the peyote row, up through the second red bead in the frame, and so on, weaving through every other bead in the top edge of the frame and the peyote row.
To connect the side edges, weave out through the final bead in the top peyote row and catch the thread between the two beads closest to it in the edge of the frame. Then go back though the peyote bead and down through the one below it. Continue closing up the edge in this manner. It is likely that there will be more beads in the edge of the frame then there are in the peyote swatch. To rectify this, simply skip an additional thread in the frame edge every few stitche so that it doesn't get all bunched up. Sew up the other edge in the same way.
Center the swatch in the middle of one side of the bag, then shape the cylinder so that it forms a box shape with sides consisting of two rows each. Close the bottom of the bag by filling in the missing sets to create a two-row bottom side.
Reinforce the bottom and sides with extra thread to help them hold their shape.
For the strap, weave the thread up so that it's coming out between the two sets on one side. Pick up one black bead and go through the first bead of the second set. Then pick up 9 more black beads and go through the last black bead in the first set, the single bead you added and the first bead in the second set to create a square.
Weave up the side of the square and across the top. Pick up one triangle bead, one barrel, another triangle, 3 black seed beads, and another triangle. Go back through the barrel and pick up one more triangle.
Go through the 3 black beads at the top of the square and back up through the triangle on that side, the barrel, the next triangle and the 3 black seeds. Reinforce this circuit by going through it a couple of times. Make sure your thread exits the 3 black seed beads as these will form the base for the rest of the strap.
The rest of the strap is a simple chain of black squares, like a very long base row of RAW. Add an olive crystal in place of the set shared by each 9th and 10th squares four times on each side of the strap. Finish the strap by attaching it to the bag with the same set of beads that began the strap.
And now for the fringe! There are two sets. Three fringes on the front edge and 5 fringes along the back edge.
Hang the first fringe from the center bead in the second set along the front edge. String 15 black seeds, 1 olive crystal, 1 barrel, another olive crystal and one red seed. Skip the red seed and go back up through the rest. Go through the back of the bead you left.
Weave over until your thread is coming out of the end of the fourth set. Pick up 25 black seeds, 1 crystal, 1 barrel, one crystal, one seed, then skip the seed and go back up through the rest.
Re-enter the edge of the bag through the beginning of the fifth set, bridging the gap. Add one more fringe the same as the first from the center of the second to last set.
For the fringes along the back edge, construct 5 brick stitch tubes with the red-lined green seed beads. Each of them should be 7 beads around and 15 rows high.
Weave to the first bead in the back edge. Pick up 10 black seeds, one 4mm round black bead, 1 brick tube, another 4mm round bead and one red seed. Skip the seed and go back up through the rest. Go through the back of the bead you left.
Hang the second fringe from the center bead of the 3rd set. The sequence is the same but use 20 black seeds instead of 10. The third fringe should be attached the same way as the center front fringe, bridging the gap between the 4th and 5th sets. Use 30 black seeds for this one.
Hang the fourth fringe from the center bead of the 6th set using 20 black seeds and the 5th fringe from the final bead in the row using 10 black seeds.
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