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Chenille Bracelet with Beaded Bead

Chenille Bracelet with Beaded Bead
Chenille Bracelet with Beaded Bead

I used tubular Chenille stitch for this bracelet. (Sara Spoltore has a detailed video tutorial for this stitch.) The finished pattern in mine looks different from hers because of the bead types that I used — a small change in size or type makes for quite a change, doesn’t it? ๐Ÿ™‚ The beads that I used here are Preciosa 11/0 gold seed beads, and Japanese 11/0 haematite seed beads. (Wish I knew what type of Japanese beads these are — I bought them before I was into beading, and it just says ‘Japanese 11/0’ on the label.)

I’d started this bracelet intending for it to be an open one, though I admit I hadn’t thought of the finishing. Then, I discovered that the rope was turning out stretchy and elastic, and I decided to make the bracelet a closed one. I’d like to think I’ve improved at joining two ends of a rope as seamlessly as I possibly can, and I’m pleased with the join in this project. (I just try to maintain the look of the pattern in the join too, as best as I can.) However, I did end up twisting the rope by 1 stitch while joining, so the pattern lines form not circles but a mรถebius! No harm done, though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Also, I now add at least two overhand knots when I weave in tails, so I can sleep peacefully knowing that the piece is secure. ๐Ÿ™‚

Because of the design change from open to closed, the bracelet started to look kinda plain, and I thought I’d make a focal beaded bead around it. I’d just finished watching the Interlace Beaded Bead video by Bronzepony Beaded Jewelry, so I used that here, using the same haematite 11/0’s from my bracelet, and some small pearl beads that seemed to fit the pattern. I finished the edges of the bead with the gold 11/0’s.

I love how this bracelet turned out, and I totally love slipping it on and off my wrist! ๐Ÿ˜€ How about you — do you change your design often after you start working on a project?

6 thoughts on “Chenille Bracelet with Beaded Bead

  1. I like this stitch pattern. I have instructions on how to do it, so maybe I’ll try some time. It’s very tempting to try, given that the bracelet is amazing!

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  2. I am loving your blog! You seem to have interests quite similar to mine – but youโ€™ve experimented in different directions and itโ€™s really inspiring to see these things that have been on my radar for a long time, but Iโ€™ve never got around to trying. I can see some stash busting in my future ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ™ƒ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Teresa! ๐Ÿ˜ I totally get what you say – the more I look around and see different things that people are up to, the more it makes me come up with ideas to experiment with! โ˜บ Have fun with your stash – I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy creating stuff from it!


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