For a less “run-of-the-mill” look, try this beaded friendship bracelet design. The addition of the multi-colored seed beads gives the piece a Native American-loomwork feel that is simply beautiful. All your friends are going to want to get their hands on one of these, so be sure to share the wealth!
thin wire (I believe it was 26 gauge)
1.) Cut a length of wire (size depends on how big/long you want to make the beaded panel, but a couple of feet will be plenty). Thread on four beads; then thread the other end of wire through the beads in the opposite way, securing on the beads. Push the beads down to the center of the wire.
2.) Thread on four beads of a different color, and again thread the other end through the opposite way. Push the beads down to sit right on top of your first layer. Repeat with another color. Keep building your panel in this way, increasing by one bead after about four rows of four beads. I did about four rows of five beads, then a row of six, a row of seven, then a row of six, four rows of five, and then four rows of four. You don’t have to follow this exactly, but make sure you gradually increase then gradually
decrease for a symmetrical panel. When it was long enough, I threaded my extra wire back through the second to last row and cut right at the end of those black beads. I super-glued the ends so they would hold and weren’t pokey.
3.) Cut a length of embroidery floss, about 30 inches. Fold it in half. Fold in half again. You should end up with a group of four strands of floss. Take this full group and thread the end (starting with the side with two cut ends of floss) through the first two rows of your bead panel. Thread on so that half of the floss is on one side of the panel and the rest is on the other side. Take the side of the floss that has the two loops as ends (the other side will have one end and two cut ends, where you cut the floss), also the side that is facing you. Separate this side into two groups of two threads; it should separate naturally. Take your side with
the four threads and bring it back over the bead panel towards you and through the very end of the side facing you, through the two groupings you just made.
4.) Continue pulling until your knot forms. When it is fully tightened, it should look like the picture below. Two threads will be on one side of the group of four threads, and the other two will be on the other side. This knot is also called a Lark’s Head.
5.) You can add beads to the ends; tie knots to hold. To wear, simply tie the floss into a knot at the back and let the beads dangle! Super cool and handmade-looking!