Weave-Along 6: Crystal and Two-Cut Bead Affinity Bracelet
Warp: Hand painted silk is nice but anything strong and beautiful will do
Beads: We are using lovely two cut size 11/0 iris beads (www.caravanbeads.net)
Crystals: any size 4mm round crystals will do
Warp your loom with the hand painted silk warp (or something beautiful). You will essentially have six warps, but we suggest you double the end warps so that you have more silk to create the rope or braid at the ends. You will also be leaving a space twice as wide as the other spaces between the two middle warps. This is to accommodate the crystal, which is twice as wide as the beads.
String up six of the two cut beads and put behind and between the warp threads. Sew through the front of the warp making sure to capture all the beads
For row two, you will string up two beads, one crystal, two beads.
I have skipped a row, but what I am doing here is what you need to do with your first crystal. Pick up two beads. Bring thread in front of piece after warp three. Sew through crystal. Bring thread behind warp before warp four. String two beads. Then sew back through the two beads, the crystal and the remaining two beads.
Weave two rows of just beads. Repeat two rows with one crystal.
Weave until you’ve woven fifteen crystals Remove from loom.
Trim loops on end of warp.
Tie overhand knots in the pairs of warps. For fun, we slipped on two glazed clay beads. You must have something fun around your house you can slip on before creating the rope.
We made just one rope by dividing the warps in half, twisting in the direction of twist already in the warp and then back twisting on itself to create one rope on each end. Recently, we’ve figured out that C-clamps come in handy for this operation. Just clamp the body of your piece to a table to keep it stable while making the ropes.
For the cl asp, make a small rope with the warp material and then wrap it twice around the over-lapped warp ends and pulling it tightly. Tie a knot.
Your bracelet is now ready to wear or to gift!