Monday, October 28, 2013

TUTORIAL Athena's Acanthus Bracelet

Late last night I finished a new tutorial.  I'm calling it Athena's Acanthus Bracelet because Athena was the Greek god of mathematics, and this piece looks a bit like one of those wreaths that they used to crown Olympians with, even if they were laurel or olive, instead of acanthus.
Athena’s Acanthus Bracelet is a flat bead woven bracelet that resembles a vine or wreath. The stitch is herringbone with two columns of beads. Using two sizes of beads in the herringbone makes the stitch curve into leaf shapes. To make a clasp, add a button on one end, and a large leaf on the other end for the loop. The button clasp is easy to do and undo, but is also secure. With a bit of string you can easily move the button to adjust the fit. This pattern is suitable for advanced beginner to intermediate bead weavers. Some basic knowledge of bead weaving is helpful.

The tutorial is 9 pages, including 40 illustrations and photographs. The tutorial is an instant download PDF file that gives step-by-step instructions for the bracelet in the photos. The last page includes photos and a discussion of a few variations.

This tutorial is part 1 of my Beaded Lace Adventure, where I aspire to write a series of tutorials designed around making a large collar necklace out of beaded lace. I am carefully documenting my process in this series, and I invite you to make a lace collar with me.

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