Would you like to make a Chevron bead bracelet? I like it so much that I made several pieces. It’s an easy beginner weave. Use as many colors as you like.
The supplies I used are 6lb Fireline beading thread, and two sizes of seed beads: 11 and 8. If you’re new to beading, be sure to pick up some beading needles. I use both sizes 10 and 12.
After cutting a piece of thread about 1 1/2 arm’s length, thread your needle. Then pass your needle through a small size 11 bead a couple of times, leaving a 12 inch tail. This will be your stop bead.
Step 1: pick up 6 size 8 beads on your needle.
Step 2: Go back up through the 1st 3 beads, and pull tight.
It should look like this:
Step 3: Now pass your needle down the 2nd 3 beads.
Step 4: Pick up 3 more beads.
Step 5: Pass your needle back down the last 3 beads and pull tight.
Step 6: Pass your needle back up through the 3 beads you just added, pull tight.
Repeat steps 4 through 6 until the length of your rows of beads equals the circumference of your wrist. In case you weren’t aware of it, this is the ladder stitch.
To add one side of your clasp, pick up 2 size 11 beads, 1 size 8 bead, and 1 size 11 bead, and pass your needle through a jump ring.
Then pick up a size 11 bead and pass through the previously added size 8 bead.
Pick up 2 size 11 beads and pass your needle through the last row of size 8’s of your bracelet. Pull tight.
It should look like this:
I pass my needle through these last beads and clasp a 2nd time for added strength. Make three half hitch knots before cutting your thread.
Now you have your base, and will start adding beads to create your chevron pattern. You’ll use size 11 beads for this part.
Step 1: Pick up 5 size 11 beads, and pass your needle through the middle bead of the 2nd row over from where you last exited. Pull tight.
Step 2: Pick up 5 more size 11 beads, and pass your needle through the original row of beads that you started from.
Step 3: Flip the bracelet over, and pass your needle through the next row of size 8 beads.
Flip your bracelet back to right side up, and repeat steps 1 through 3 until you have completed the bracelet.
Tie off the remaining thread by passing back through previous beads and making half hitch knots. I usually make about 3 half knots before cutting the thread.
Next, remove the original stop bead, and thread your needle on that 12 inch tail. Repeat instructions for attaching clasp just as the other side previously described.
And that’s it!
Here I made a necklace by making two lengths of 8 inches long, and attaching them together with a few size 11 beads, and a pendant.