This easy to make Jeweled Carpet cuff bracelet is worked in single needle right angle weave. After you make the base, embellish it with a variety of glass beads. Using a variety of beads will make each bracelet unique, and is a great way to use up leftover beads or bead soup.
1. Materials and Supplies
To make the Jeweled Carpet right angle weave cuff, you will need the following beads, materials and supplies:
- 7-10 grams size 11 Japanese seed beads*
- Assortment of small glass beads, approximately 3-6mm in size
- Button for closure or clasp of your choice (preferably shank button, or button with loop on the back)
- FireLine beading thread, 4 lb. test
- Size 12 beading needle
- Scissors or thread cutter
- Flat nose or chain nose pliers (optional, but helpful)
*Because this piece is worked in single needle right angle weave, you will be making many thread passes through each bead. It may be tempting to use Czech seed beads, but the holes in the Japanese seed beads are larger and will allow for more thread passes without the risk of breaking a bead!
2. Make the First Right Angle Weave Unit
On a comfortable length of beading thread, pick up 12 seed beads and tie them into a ring. Pass through the first 6 seed beads strung and pull snugly.
3. Finishing the Base Row
Working in single needle right angle weave, continue to add units with 3 beads per side until you have a total of 5 units for your base row. You will pick up 9 beads per unit.
4. Add Additional Rows in Right Angle Weave
Continue to stitch in single needle right angle weave until your bracelet base fits comfortable around your wrist. The two ends of the bracelet should just touch when wrapped around your wrist.
If you need to add additional thread, don't weave your ends in completely until after you've added the embellishment in the next step. Because there are multiple thread passes through each bead, it's important to make sure that you will be able to add the embellishment properly before weavin in your thread tails.
To secure each new thread, pull a new thread through one side of a unit, leaving a 4-5 inch tail. Tie a couple of half-hitch knots and work your thread up to where you are stitching.
5. Embellishing the Base
To embellish the base, exit from one of the sides of the last unit you stitched.
Pick up 1 seed bead, 1 accent bead and 1 seed bead.
To secure the embellishment, you will stitch through the opposite side of the unit, going through the opposite end from where your thread is exiting. Your thread path should always make a "Z" so that your accent beads lie diagonally across the unit that you are embellishing.
6. Spacing the Embellishments
You will add embellishments in every other unit on the bracelet. For the first row, you'll add three accent beads. The following row will have two accents - one in each unit between the three from the previous row.
Alternate rows of 3 and 2 embellishments until you get to the last row of right angle weave units.
7. The Last Row of Embellishments
On the last row, leave the center square open. This is where you will attach your button closure. Stitch through the base so that you are exiting from the outside edge of the center right angle weave unit in the last row.
8. Adding the Button Closure
Pick up 3 or 4 seed beads, your button closure, and 3 or 4 more seed beads. Add the button in the same way that you added your accent beads, by stitching through the opposite side of the unit.
Reinforce the button by repeating the thread path two or three times.
Weave the tail thread in, tie a few half hitch knots, and clip close to the beadwork. Add a drop of glue to the knots, if desired.
9. Weave in Your Thread Tails
Now that your embellishment is complete, you may weave in the thread tails.
To make it easier, work on the back (unembellished) side of the bracelet. Tie half hitch knots to secure your threads before clipping close to the beadwork, and add some glue to the knots if desired.
10. Adding a Loop
Start a new thread on the opposite side of the bracelet (or use a thread tail, if it's long enough). Weave through so that you are exiting the outside of the center right angle weave unit.
Pick up enough seed beads to form a loop that comfortably fits around the button on the other side of the bracelet. Adjust the loop as needed - make sure that it is not too big, or it will slip off the button.
Repeat the thread path several times to reinforce. Weave the thread into the bracelet, tie a few half hitch knots, and trim close to the beadwork. Add a small drop of glue to the knots if desired.