Claire Humpherson joins us on the Bead blog today and shares some of her great style tips - a Shamaballa style bracelet with a bit of a twist. Have a go at this great free project, perfect for adorning your wrist in this glorous weather (long may it last) and a great weekend project!
By Claire Humpherson, Beads Direct Ltd
Looking for a new way to use gorgeous Shamballa style beads? Everyone is making the traditional square knotted macramé bracelets, so why not try something different? I combined the square knotting technique with a stitched flat spiral to create this beautiful bracelet.
Shamballa Style Beads in gold and bronze
All supplies available at Beads Direct
1. Thread your semi-precious and sparkly shamballa style beads onto approx. 50cm of 1mm cord in the order of your choice. I used 13 beads in total. If they’re hard to thread on, try using a thread zapper to heat the end of the cord. It will then go hard making threading easier.
2. Thread a size 8 seed bead either side of the main beads. Make sure you position the beads to leave at least 10cm of shamballa style cord on either end.
3. Using one of the size 8 seeds as a stop bead, take a nymo thread through the first two shamballa style beads. Add 11 seed beads and take your needle up to the first shamballa style bead and back down through two. See diagram below.
4. Add another 11 seed beads and bring the needle to the top, but this time only go down through the top shamballa style bead.
5. As you exit this bead add another 11 seed beads. Count down 2 shamballa style beads and come back up through them. Add another 11 seed beads and come back up through only the first of the two shamballa style beads you came through last time. See diagram below.
6. Repeat step 5 until you reach the end of your shamballa style beads. Secure your thread on to the shamballa style cord and weave the ends back into the design.
7. Take the ends of the shamballa style cord and cross them over each other. Take a second piece of shaballa style cord and tie a series of square knots around both the ends. This creates your fastening. Secure the ends using a thread zapper or by knotting and cut off any excess. Now add an end bead to each end of the shamballa style cord the goes through the centre of the whole design to finish the sliding fastening.