I can honestly say that I have yet to meet a bracelet making project that I didn’t love. Beaded bracelets are what I go to when I need to get out of a creative funk, or to recharge my beading batteries. Very often, I find inspiration for new necklace making projects by making a new beaded bracelet.
Beaded bracelets also make fabulous holiday gifts for friends and family. And the best part is that you don’t have to spend a bundle to make someone a lovely beaded bracelet this holiday season — did you know there are dozens of free bracelet making projects available on the Beading Daily site? Check out five of my favorites and see if any of them inspire you to stitch up a little something for someone special this week!
|What can I say about Diane Fitzgerald’s Zulu Flowerette Chain bracelet? This is, hands down, one of my all-time favorite beaded bracelet making projects. Make it with opaque seed beads for a more ethnic look, or use metallic seed beads for a “heavy metal” bracelet. The Zulu beading technique used for this bracelet makes me feel connected to the history of beads in a very special way.|
|Beaded netting and elastic cord make the Faerie Queen Cuff by Deb Mausser one of those beaded bracelets that you’ll want to wear every day. The beaded netting means it works up fast, and the elastic cord makes it so comfortable, you’ll forget you have it on! Because it works up so fast, this is one of those bracelet making projects that I use when I want to play with color. You can easily stitch up three or four of them in a weekend to experiment with new color palettes for other beading projects.|
|Need a quick beaded bracelet for a last-minute holiday gift? Lorraine C. Mendard’s Cubed Herringbone Bracelet is an excellent solution. The larger beads and easy thread path of herringbone stitch make this bracelet something you can whip up in an evening and give away the next day!|
|The first time I saw Shelley Pleines’ Egyptian Cuff bracelet making project, it was love at first sight. Then I found out that this incredible piece of bead-weaving is made with metal seed beads — not metallic glass seed beads, but solid metal seed beads — and I knew I had to make one for myself. This is one of those bracelets that will never go out of style. It goes with pretty much everything in my closet, and it looks amazing when I wear it with a couple of my favorite handmade sterling silver chain bracelets.|
|I will always have a special place in my heart for charted peyote stitch cuff bracelet patterns. If you love the feeling of losing yourself in a beautiful peyote stitch bracelet making project, download The Illusion by Julie Ann Smith. It’s a great way to practice reading a charted peyote stitch pattern, and you can personalize it by using your own special color palette of cylinder beads!|
But you know what I like best about bracelet making projects? No matter what beading technique I’m in the mood for — bead-weaving, bead embroidery, or stringing — I can sit down and start making a beaded bracelet using that technique and whatever beads I happen to have handy!
Are you ready to explore the world of bracelet making with an incredible collection of beaded bracelet patterns? Check out the Beadweaving Bracelets (and more!) Ultimate Collection, available only in the Beading Daily Shop. You’ll get both The Beaded Bracelet by Carole Rodgers and Beadweaving Mastery by Heather Laithwaite, as well as an additional six bracelet making projects from the Beading Daily Shop! This kit makes a great holiday gift for a friend — or for yourself! — who loves to make beaded bracelets. Get your Beadweaving Bracelets (and more!) Ultimate Collection and discover the magic in making beaded bracelets.
What’s your favorite kind of bracelet making project? Do you make bracelets using bead embroidery, simple stringing techniques, or bead-weaving? Is there a particular bead-weaving stitch you prefer to use for making bracelets? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your favorite bracelet making inspirations and techniques with us!