Bead Woven Bracelet

I just finished this bracelet.  The band is loom woven.  The triangle is a combination of peyote and herringbone stitch.  The clasp is peyote stitch.  The triangle took almost as long to make as the band, which worked up really quickly.  I woven two pieces simultaneously on the loom and learned quite a lot.

Let me show you a shot of the two pieces as they came off the loom.

The piece on the right became the finished bracelet.  The piece on the left is still awaiting its fate.  The left piece is twelve beads wide whereas the right piece is eleven beads wide.  I discovered that I love odd count bead rows.  It lends itself better to spontaneous design.  On an even bead row, diamonds have a two bead point.   You can’t center anything including which is fine, but on a thin piece like this I like being able to center the designs.  The even count rows would serve better abstract design, color blocks, Greek keys, etc.

I did not use my usual technique of weaving a fiber edge and folding it over thereby concealing the knotted warp threads because of two reasons:  I knew that the double-sided triangle clasp would buy one end of the band.  And I had decided that I would try a new technique on the other end which was to continue the end of the piece with four rows of square stitch and then fold those four rows onto the back of the piece and sew it down, again burying the knotted warp threads. I liked the outcome because it was clean and neat and no thread showed.   It might have been a little more time consuming than weaving a fiber edge, but I think it was worth and I do plan to experiment more with this technique.

Here’s a not so great photo of the extended square stitch. (I took it in bad light last night).  Once I folded it back onto the woven section those threads were buried.  I did apply some glue just to make sure the warp thread knots didn’t come undone.

I discovered something else and I am kind of hitting my head wondering why I couldn’t have figured this out a thousand years ago.  I’ve been having a lot of trouble missing beads when using the traditional technique of bead weaving which I do tend to use for thin pieces.  I couldn’t figure it out until I randomly used a long thin needle on these two pieces.  Normally I use the softouch needles meant for softouch wire.  Why?  Because they are very sturdy and easy to use.  BUT they don’t like passing through the front of a bead when on the loom.  The longer and thinner needles don’t mind doing it at all.  So with this new needle I made NO mistakes.  And you all probably already new this!  I was so happy with the  quality of the piece.  So perfect and flat and I didn’t have to sew through beads that hadn’t quite got connected to the warp.  WOW, major breakthrough I should have had along time ago.  Hope you haven’t lost all faith in me!

Picture of finished bracelet on my wrist!

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