Summer Tapestry Bracelet Instructions Designed by Cheri Carlson
When you combine amazing colors from Artbeads Designer Seed Bead Blend with the fun loom technique, you can create an unforgettable Summer Tapestry. The colors from the Designer Blends work wonderfully together in this pattern inspired by beautiful patterns found in tapestries. Learn how to make this bracelet to play with color in your designs. You'll also learn how to add selvage to your loomed pieces. For more inspiration on how to use Designer Blends, check out this Artbeads Cafe episode.
Step one: Follow the manufacturer's instructions on how to warp the Ricks Beading Loom. Set the loom head and tail stocks as far apart as they will go. You can watch this video tutorial for more help with setting up your loom. You will start weaving in the center of the stocks, so that warp threads are left long and exposed on each end. This is so you can create a section of plain woven thread (also called a selvage) on each end of the bracelet. In other words, you don't want to add beads right up next to the head or tail stocks.
Step two: Follow the pattern in this PDF Diagram to add beads from the Artbeads Coral Shine Designer Blend, Daffodil Designer Blend, and Mint to Be Designer Blend to your bracelet.
Step three: After all of your beads have been added, continue weaving your bare thread in and out of the exposed warp threads at the end of your bracelet. You will weave in and out, almost like a basket weave. Do this until you have about 1/4 of an inch of woven thread (or selvage). You want this weave to fit into a 20mm gold-plated smooth ribbon end crimp. Secure your weft thread (the thread on on the needle) by weaving it into the selvage.
Step four: Position the loom so that you are now working on the opposite end of the bracelet and repeat step three.
Step five: Cut the warp threads near the head and tail stocks to free the bracelet from the loom. You want to cut near the head and tail stocks to ensure you have tails of warp threads on each end of the bracelet.
Step six: Working on one end of the bracelet, tie a knot in the first set of two warp threads close to the edge of the selvage. Do this for every set of two warp threads. Then, weave the tails of the warp threads into the selvage. Apply adhesive to the selvage and allow to dry. We used Gem-Tac permanent adhesive. Once the adhesive is dry, carefully trim any loose threads. Repeat this step on the other end of the bracelet.
Step seven: Clamp a ribbon end crimp down around the selvage at one end of your bracelet. You can apply a little more adhesive when adding the ribbon end, but it should grip the selvage nicely on its own. Repeat on the other end of the bracelet.
Step eight: Attach the 14/20 gold-filled medium trigger clasp to one end of the bracelet using three 5mm gold-plated 18 gauge open jump rings linked together. For help opening and closing jump rings, please see this tutorial video. Add eight jump rings linked together to the other end of the bracelet.
Tools & Supplies: TOHO One-G Beading Thread Mint Green 125 Yard Spool (STRNG-0418) The BeadSmith 10 Long English Beading Needles 4-Pack (NEED-04) The Ricks Beading Loom (TOOL-0077) EZ Bracelet Mini - Travel Size (TOOL-148) Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-106) Bent Chain Nose Pliers (TOOL-133) Nylon Jaw Pliers (TOOL-105) Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive 2 fl oz. (GEMTAC02)
List of Components: Artbeads Coral Shine Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0461, qty 1) Artbeads Daffodil Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0464, qty 1) Artbeads Mint to Be Designer Blend, 8/0 TOHO Round Seed Beads (ADB0467, qty 1) 20mm Gold-Plated Smooth Ribbon End Crimp (2 piece Pack) (FIND-1607, qty 1) 14/20 Gold-Filled Medium Trigger Clasp (GF-CL05, qty 1) 5mm Gold-Plated Open Jump Ring - 18 Gauge (FIND-0466, qty 12)
These are fun alternatives to those listed above: 20mm Imitation Rhodium-Plated Smooth Ribbon End Crimp (2 piece Pack) (FIND-1606) 20mm Antique Brass-Plated Basket Weave Ribbon End Crimp (2 piece Pack) (FIND-1617)