DIY | Woven beaded bracelets

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Weaving with Delica seed beads

In this blog post Charlotte shows you step by step how to a make woven beaded bracelet using the traditional bead weaving technique. Once you have learned the procedure, you can vary the pattern, width and length as you like. On smyks.uk you can find a vast assortment of the most popular Delica seed beads by Miyuki which are suited very well for bead weaving.
You can be sure that you will always find the right colours for your pattern design. In our bead shop in Copenhagen we offer jewellery making workshops where you can learn bead weaving from scratch. Those of you who live in Denmark and are interested: Click here to see our list of jewellery courses (in Danish).
 

diy vævet armbånd med 5 rækker delica perler

 

Woven bracelet with Delica beads

 

vævet armbånd med delica perler

Alt hvad du behøver for perlevævning

For this woven beaded bracelet we used the following materials:

 

mønster til diy vævet armbånd med delica perler

This is the beading pattern for our example.

perlevæv

First you cut 6 threads – each with a length of 55 cm – and tie them to the upper cross bar of the frame.
The bracelet consists of 5 rows of beads, that’s why we need 6 threads.

perlevæv

Pull the threads through the grooves in the upper warp seperator.

perlevæv

Then you pull them through the grooves in the lower warp seperator, pool them and insert them into one of the  holes. Tighten the threads and plug the hole with the wooden wedge to secure them.

In our example we pool all the thread ends in one hole because it is a bracelet with only 5 rows of beads. If you weave a wider bracelet with more rows of beads, you can distribute the threads equally over the two holes in the loom.

diy vævet armbånd på perlevæv

Then you cut approx. 2m of thread and tie it to the first warp thread on the left.
Fasten it with a double knot a bit above the grooves.

diy vævet armbånd på perlevæv

Take a wide-eye beading needle. It is a particularly flexible needle which can be split open in the middle to form a large eye. String the first 5 beads on the needle and leave them there for the time being. Sew underneath the warp threads from left to right and push the beads in between the threads.

diy vævet armbånd på perlevæv med delica perler

Pull the needle through the beads from left to right while you continue pushing up the beads.

lav selv vævet armbånd på perlevæv

Then you sew back through the beads above the warp threads. Keep pushing up the beads while doing that.

lav selv vævet armbånd på perlevæv

Tighten the thread so the beads sit tightly together.

lav selv vævet armbånd på perlevæv

Make the next row in the same way. String 5 beads on the needle, sew from left to right underneath the warp threads, push the beads in beetween the threads.

diy vævet armbånd på perlevæv

Pull the needle through the beads and sew back through the beads from right to left above the warp threads.

diy vævet armbånd på perlevæv

Pull the thread again so the beads sit tightly together.

lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler

Continue like this … row after row …

lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler

When the bracelet has reached the desired length, tie the sewing thread around the warp thread on the left with a half knot.

lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler

Tighten the half knot so it sits closely to the bead. This knot’s job is to secure the last row of beads when you remove the bracelet from the loom.

afslutning af lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler

Take all the thread ends out of the hole in the loom, but leave the other end of the bracelet on the frame, because it is easier to tie the first knots while the bracelet is still fastened to the upper part of the beading loom.

afslutning af lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler

Now you tie all the threads together with double knots.

afslutning af lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler

Tie them in three knots that sit tightly to the beads on the one end of the bracelet.

lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler

Next you remove the upper cross bar of the frame, cut the threads and tie knots as you did on the other end of the bracelet.

lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler afslutning

Apply a bit of jewellery glue on the knots to secure them before you cut the excess threads.

lav selv vævet armbånd med delica perler afslutning

Once this is done, you cut the excess threads underneath the knots.

endemuffe til vævet armbånd

Take the cord ends for woven bracelets and open them up a bit more with chain-nose pliers, so it becomes easier to place them over the beads as shown below.

diy endemuffe til vævet armbånd

Now you position the cord end carefully over the bracelet’s outer row of beads.

diy endemuffe til vævet armbånd

The cord end tucks away the first row of beads together with the knots.

diy endemuffe til vævet armbånd

Then you close the cord end again carefully with chain-nose or flat-nose pliers.

lås og kædeforlænger til vævet armbånd med delica perler

Finally, you fasten a lobster claw clasp to the one end and a chain extender to the other end with the help of a jumpring. In our blog post on men’s necklaces we explain how to open and close a jumpring correctly.

afslutning til vævet armbånd med delica perler

Your woven beaded bracelet is done.

Here below you can find more inspiration, beading patterns and colour combination for beaded bracelets. Click on the link for the print version of the beading patterns for woven bracelets: beading loom patterns

 

Woven bracelet with green and white beads

diy vævet armbånd med delica perler

For this woven beaded bracelet we used the following Delica beads:

 

Woven bracelet with grey and pink beads

diy vævet armbånd med delica perler

For this woven beaded bracelet we used the following Delica beads:

 

Woven bracelet with blue and golden beads

diy vævet armbånd med delica perler

For this woven beaded bracelet we used the following Delica beads:

 

Have fun designing and weaving your own beaded bracelets!


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