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LEARN and CREATE – “My Heart” bracelet or herringbone with a twist - part 1A

Surely, someone will fall for it in a heartbeat. This charming bracelet consists of two flat herringbone “legs” bent into a heart-shape. Offer yourself some relaxing, creative time with “My Heart” bracelet … have fun!

My Heart bracelet - detail

Challenge:

No previous knowledge is necessary. Pay a little extra attention to the turnabout and keep track of the number of beads on the inside column of each herringbone “leg”. Check your thread tension regularly.

Supplies for «My Heart» bracelet:

  • 11/0 or 10/0 seed beads
  • 6x6 mm round pressed Czech beads (druk beads)
  • polyethylene thread (fishing line or fireline) and James John needle #10
  • toggle clasp
  • scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for «My heart» bracelet:

  • cut off a comfortable length of thread and keep about 15 to 20 cm tail thread
  • pick up 4 seed beads and circle back through the 2 bottom seed beads to put the other 2 seed beads next to them and form the base of the two columns for the first “leg”

My Heart bracelet - start

My Heart bracelet - juxtapose the beads

  • note: the design is made of two “herringbone legs”, each “leg” has two columns
  • pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the following two beads

My Heart bracelet - add 2 beads

  • note: make sure one bead stacks up on each column
  • pick up 1 seed bead and go UP through the three beads of the previous column

My Heart bracelet - add 1 seed bead and go up the other column

  • pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column

My Heart bracelet -add two seed beads

  • go UP through the two top beads of the previous column

My Heart bracelet - get in place to add beads

  • pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column
  • go UP through the two top beads of the previous column
  • note: the two top beads consist of one bead of the previous round and one of the beads you just added
  • pick up 5 seed beads and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column

My Heart bracelet - add 5 seed beads

  • go UP through the three top beads of the previous column
  • note: meaning, you go up through one bead of the previous round and two beads of the 5 you just added

My Heart bracelet - go up 3  beads

  • and you continue by going DOWN through the 2 top beads of the next column

My Heart bracelet - continue by going down 2 beads

SEE - PART 1B

LEARN and CREATE – “My Heart” bracelet or herringbone with a twist - part 1B

CONTINUATION: "My Heart" Bracelet

  • pick up 2 seed beads and and go DOWN through the next bead on the same side
  • note: you made a little roundabout and started the next "leg"

My Heart bracelet - add 2 beads to start next leg

  • go UP through the 2 top beads of the previous column

My Heart bracelet - go up through 2 beads of the outside column

  • pick up 2 seed beads go DOWN through the top bead of the inside column

My Heart bracelet - add 2 beads to the inside of the leg

  • go UP through the 2 top beads of the outside column
  • *pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column
  • go UP through the two top beads of the previous column**
  • repeat *...**
  • count the beads on the inside of each “leg”, there should be five of them

My Heart bracelet - go up on the outside of the leg

  • to mirror the other side and complete the top of the heart-shape: pick up 1 seed bead and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column

My Heart bracelet - mirror the other side and add 1 seed bead

  • go UP through the top bead of the previous column as well as through the bead you just added

My Heart bracelet - go one bead up

My Heart bracelet - get in position to add the top of the heart-shape

  • pick up a seed bead, 1 druk bead , 1 seed bead, 1 druk bead, 1 seed bead
  • pass your needle through the top bead of the other “leg”

My Heart bracelet - add 1 seed bead, 1 druk bead, 1 seed bead, 1 druk bead, 1 seed bead and connect with other side

  • go DOWN through the outer beads of the “leg”, in other words go down 7 beads

My Heart breacelet - go to the tip of the heart to start the next heart

  • to start the next heart-shape: ***pick up 1 druk bead and 4 seed beads

My Heart bracelet - add 1 druk bead and 4 seed beads to start next heart

  • circle back through the 2 middle beads of the 4 seed beads you added
  • pull your thread tightly
  • note: you created a Y-shape

My Heart bracelet - go thru the 2 middle seed beads to create a Y-shape

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – “My Heart” bracelet or herringbone with a twist - part 2

CONTINUATION: "My Heart" bracelet

  • pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the next bead

My Heart bracelet - build the first leg, two beads at a time

  • go UP through the two top beads of the previous column
  • *pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column
  • go UP through the two top beads of the previous column**
  • repeat *...** two more times
  • make sure you have 5 seed beads stacked on the inside of the “leg”
  • pick up 5 seed beads and go DOWN through the top bead

My Heart bracelet - add 5 seed beads to create the turnabout

  • go UP through the top bead of the previous round and circle back through 4 of the beads you just added
  • note: you went up through 5 beads to create the turnabout

My Heart bracelet - go up 5 beads

  • pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the next bead

My Heart bracelet - build the second leg by adding 2 beads at a time

  • go UP through the two top beads of the previous column
  • note: you started the next “leg”

My Heart bracelet - roundabout and going up the outside leg

  • *pick up 2 seed beads and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column
  • go UP through the two top beads of the previous column**
  • repeat *...** two more times
  • check if you have 5 beads on the inside of the leg

My Heart bracelet - check if  you have 5 rows

  • to mirror the other side: pick up 1 seed bead and go DOWN through the top bead of the next column

My Heart bracelet - add a single seed bead

  • go UP through the top bead of the previous column as well as through the bead you just added

My Heart bracelet - go up thru the previous bead and the one you just added

  • pick up 1 seed bead and 1 druk bead to complete the top of the heart-shape

My Heart bracelet - pick up a seed bead and a druk bead

  • circle your needle back through the seed bead above the previous druk bead as well as through the druk bead and the following outer seed beads to reach the tip of the heart-shape**

SEE - part 3

LEARN and CREATE – “My Heart” bracelet or herringbone with a twist - part 3

CONTINUATION: "My Heart" bracelet

  • note: you went through 1 seed bead, 1 druk bead and 9 seed beads to get in place for the next heart-shape

My Heart bracelet - pass your needle thru the seed bead above the previous druk bead and thru the druk bead

My Heart bracelet - go thru 9 seed beads to reach the tip of the heart-shape

  • to create the next heart-shape: see *pick up 1 druk bead and 4 seed beads … till … reach the top**
  • and repeat the pattern till you have reached the desired length
  • to attach the toggle clasp create a little loop of 5 seed beads at the tip of the last heart
  • reinforce the structure by going back through the thread path
  • create another little loop of 5 seed beads at the other side of “My Heart” bracelet
  • for extra mobility, attach a jump or split ring to each little loop and add a part of the toggle clasp
  • enjoy!

My Heart bracelet - vertical view

Suggestions:

  • create the bracelet in a single color or choose druk beads in a different color and keep the seed beads in a single color
  • if you have a odd number of heart-shapes in the bracelet, you could give the middle heart a different color and keep the rest in a single color
  • a single heart could be a lovely earring too

My Heart bracelet - one heart could be an earring too

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – a “Square Element” in flat peyote stitch - part 1

Elements are parts you may potentially connect together to create earrings, bracelets, charms, pendants and necklaces to your heart's content. As in the “Plum” bracelet, the flat “Square Element” is a peyote with a tweak that breaks a straight line in two pieces to create a corner.

Square Element - top view

Challenge:

Don't forget to create a step-up to get to the following round. Pay attention to add two beads in each corner.

Supplies for the “Square Element”:

  • 11/0 Japanese tubular seed beads type Delica in two colors: color A and color B
  • S-lon thread size D and needle #12
  • scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the “Square Element”:

  • cut off about 1,20 m thread and keep 20 cm tail thread
  • set-up: pick up a PAIR number of Delica beads for each side: side 1 - 3 in color A for the side, 1 in color B for the corner, side 2 - 3 in color A, 1 in color B, side 3 - 3 in color A, 1 in color B, side 4 - 3 in color A, 1 in color B

Square element - set-up, start

  • you picked up 16 beads in total
  • pass your needle through all the beads to make a circle and continue till you get in front of a corner bead in color B

Square element - set-up, form circle

  • round 3: *pick up 3 beads in color B, skip the corner bead and go through the next bead which is in color A

Square element - round 3, add 3 beads for the corner

  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead*

Square element - round 3, add 1 bead in peyote

  • pick up 3 beads in color B, skip the corner bead and go through the next bead
  • note: this is the only round in which you add three beads in each corner
  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead
  • repeat the process *...* two more time
  • go through one more bead (which is in color B) to make a step-up and get access to the next round

Square element - round 3, step-up

  • note: the step-up consists of two beads of which one of the recent round and one of the next round without skipping a bead
  • round 4: **pick up 2 beads in color B, skip the corner bead and go through the next bead which is in color B

Square Element - round 4, add 2 beads in the corner

  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead, pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead**
  • repeat **...** three more times
  • make a step-up by going through the next bead

Square element - round 4 - step-up to round 5

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – a “Square Element” in flat peyote stitch - part 2

CONTINUATION: a "Square Element" in flat peyote stitich

  • round 5: ***pick up 2 beads in color B and go through the next bead which is in color B

Square Element - round 5, start - add 2 beads in the corner without skipping a bead

  • note: you do no longer skip a bead in the corner
  • pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead, pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead, pick up a color A, skip a bead and go through the next bead***
  • repeat ***...*** three more times
  • to summarize: each side in regular peyote adds an extra bead in each row, each corner is made by adding 2 beads
  • make a step-up

Square element - round 5, step-up

  • to finish, you add only one bead in each corner instead of two beads and do the rest in regular peyote

Square Element - final round, 1 bead in the corner, sides in regular peyote

  • attach your thread by zigzagging through your work piece
  • have fun !

Suggestions:

  • for a larger center, start with: 4 times (5 beads in color A and 1 bead in color B), thus a total of 24 beads or 4 times (7 beads in color A and 1 bead in color B) giving a total of 32 beads
  • for a larger square: simply add more rounds
  • you could also use seed beads instead of tubular seed beads (type Delica)
  • of course, you could make the “Square Element” in a single color or in as many different colors as you want
  • in round 3, you could add two beads in the corners instead of three beads creating a regular herringbone effect in the corners, but the final shape will be a little less square
  • for a bracelet: connect several squares by attaching bugle beads in between them

We used the following beads:

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en/ ! 

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – the “Feather” bracelet - part 1

The stunning “Feather” bracelet is nothing more than an application of the flat Peyote stitch. We chose to accentuate the middle line - which breaks the row in two halves - and selected multiple colors to create a feather-like illusion. For sure, you will have more than one fan of your “Feather” bracelet.

Feather bracelet - view

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Challenge:

Pay close attention to the middle line, as it is the only place you have to add two beads without skipping a bead. It is also important to remember that you do not fill out the last gap of each row in order to maintain the V-shape.

Supplies for the «Feather» bracelet:

  • 11/0 Japanese Delica beads (cylinder beads) in four colors: color A, color B or middle color, color C and color D
  • a button of your choice
  • S-lon thread size D and needle #12
  • scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the «Feather» bracelet:

  • cut off a comfortable length of thread – or if you do not wish to add thread cut off about 3 meter
  • keep a tail thread of about 15 cm
  • put a stop bead in a different color on your thread and fix it in place by making several passes through the bead, you will remove it to attach the clasp
  • set-up round: pick up 6 Delica in color A, 4 Delica in color B and 6 Delica in color A or a total of 16 beads

Feather bracelet - set up round

  • note: color B is the color forming the middle line of the bracelet
  • remember: the set-up round in Peyote contains the beads of the first and the second round
  • round 3: pick up a Delica A, skip the first bead and pass your needle through the second bead

Feather bracelet - round 3, start

  • to summarize: pick up a bead, skip the next bead and pass your needle through the following bead - do this three more times – to add a total of 4 beads, meaning an even number of beads
  • note: you have reached the middle line of the bracelet
  • to create the V-shape of your bracelet, pick up two Delica in color B, do not skip any beads, but pass your needle through the next Delica

Feather bracelet - round 3, add 2 middle beads

  • to finish the second leg of row 3: pick up a Delica A, skip the next bead and pass your needle through the following bead – repeat two more times – to add a total of 3 beads or an odd number of beads
  • to finish the row you will add exceptionally a fourth Delica and fasten it by going in the opposite direction through the underlying Delica

Feather bracelet - round 3, last bead

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – the “Feather” bracelet - part 2

CONTINUATION: the "Feather" bracelet

  • to go to the 4th row and fill the gap, you pull the thread upwards between the beads
  • round 4: pick up a Delica A and pass your needle through the next bead – repeat three more times – till you reach the middle
  • pick up 2 beads B for the middle part and go on without skipping a bead

Feather bracelet - adding 2 middle beads

  • continue the Peyote stitch in color A to fill out the next three gaps
  • note: in order to maintain the V-shape, you will no fill out the fourth gap at the end of each row
  • important: each row has the same pattern – add 4 beads, 2 middle beads and 3 beads

Feather bracelet - each round, add 4 and 2 and 3 beads

  • whenever you change color, check if both sides have the same number of rounds
  • to finish your bracelet, zigzag towards the two beads at the top of the bracelet
  • make a small loop and add a button to it
  • pass your needle several times through the loop
  • when finished, zigzag again through your work and cut off the thread
  • with the tail thread add a larger loop – depending the size of your button – in between the V-shape and make several passes through it
  • zigzag through your piece and cut off the thread
  • … have fun !

Feather bracelet - view sample

Suggestions:

  • for a wider bracelet start with 8 beads in color A, 4 beads in color B and 8 beads in color A
  • you can make each section of the V-shape as large as you want and use as many colors as you like
  • you could also keep each section in the same color, without accentuating the middle line
  • and of course, you could incorporate a pattern in the sides too

We used the following beads:

https://dunebeads.com/en/db001-delica-size-11-gunmetal-metallic 
https://dunebeads.com/en/db105-delica-size-11-garnet-red-gold-luster 
https://dunebeads.com/en/db041-delica-size-11-crystal-silver-lined  
https://dunebeads.com/en/db907-delica-size-110-crystal-champagne-beige-sparkling-light-bronze-lined

Thank you for choosing your beads and finding @ https://dunebeads.com/en/ !

Happy day, see you soon!

LEARN and CREATE – your Spring and Summer 2020 in Cyan - part 1

As an artist you have probably developed your own color scheme, one you feel comfortable working with. But as you are also part of the fashion industry, it would not harm you to refresh it every once in a while.

Each year Pantone offers 12 trendy colors and 4 neutrals and gives a clear indication of what will be high fashion with its color of the year. These colors are used during the London and New York Fashions Shows, but in different combinations and with different intensities.

The Pantone color of 2020 is Flame Scarlet, a shade of pink-red. The London Show used an even brighter variant (Fiery Red) of it though. Also overall, we could say that all shades of green-blue cyan, the complement of red, will find their way to your wardrobe.

Orange to red colors:

Pantone 2020 - orange to red colors

  • Flame Scarlet: will the pink-red color of red Coral, red Agate, red Carnelian or red Jade illuminate your confidence?
  • Orange peel: a medium light shade of orange you find back in red Aventurine, orange-red Striped Agate and Sunstone.
  • Coral pink: a comforting light shade of red-pink that makes you think of Rose Quartz, pink Sunstone and pink Opal.
  • Cinnamon Stick: a medium orange-red brown. Will Petrified Wood or red Pietersite be your match or are you going for Botswana Agate and Opal?

Yellow to green colors:

Pantone 2020 - yellow to green colors

  • Saffron: a warm amber to spice up your pink wardrobe that will brighten up golden brown tones. What will it be: Mookaite, Crazy Lace Agate, Red Creek Jasper or yellow Opal?
  • Biscay Green: a shade of light cyan-green (aqua) or light turquoise green that hints at Amazonite and African turquoise.
  • Chive: this medium dark yellow-green, for those who love a herbal touch, will complement all the golden tones. Bloodstone, Canadian Jade and Common Opal will become their favorites. At the London Show this deep shade was replaced by the much lighter Lemon Curry that leans towards olive yellow.
  • Sunlight: this shade is described as a pale yellow … but looks rather like a light golden brown or medium champagne color. A peachy yellow Sunstone or a Picture Jasper will certainly please you.

Blue colors:

Pantone 2020 - blue colors

  • Classic Blue: a shade of deep cyan-blue with a hint of evening red in it. The frosted color of Lapis Lazuli will englobe this.
  • Faded Denim: this comfortable lighter shade of cyan-blue could be represented by blue Aventurine and jeans blue sponge quartz.
  • Mosaic Blue: a medium shade of cyan-blue that will match well with browns and pinks. It is a blue that will make you think of electric blue Striped Agate and sky blue Crazy Lace Agate.
  • Grape Compote: this medium purple or muted shade of blue-magenta might make you reach for Amethyst, (Amethyst) Sage Agate, purple Striped Agate and indigo blue Spotted Jasper.

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – your Spring and Summer 2020 in Cyan - part 2

CONTINUATION: your Spring and Summer 2020 in Cyan

The Classics:

Pantone 2020 - the classic colors

  • Lark: a low-key brown that fills the gap between warm and cold color schemes. Some of our Petrified Wood and Tiger Eye will contain this shade.
  • Navy Blazer: as the name suggests, a dark shade of blue that makes you think of Dumortierite, midnight blue Goldstone and Hematite.
  • Brilliant White: a crisp, light cyan-blue that leans towards silver gray ... for a bright festive touch.
  • Ash: a timeless, light-medium gray that works well with cyan-green, purple and pink colors. Grey gemstones such as Labradorite, gray Quartz, gray Agate and gray Moonstone will give you that edge.

Pantone spring-summer 2020 - London Show colors

As you may have noticed by now, Pantone has worked around a theme of red and cyan this year.

Share a joyful 2020 … with https://dunebeads.com/en/dune-beads-beads !