An Autumn Bead Crochet Bracelet

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More bead crochet exploring. This time I used Perle Cotton 8 thread with size 6 glass beads. The black stripes on orange remind me of autumn and Halloween so I created a polymer clay pumpkin bead for the clasp.

So far, I like this thread the best in feel and ease of crocheting. The black color of the thread was a little tricky to find the stitch to go into but my hook slid into the stitch a lot easier than the C-lon cord. That was too stiff for my beginning skill level. This thread also gives a slinky supple feel to the finished bracelet which is a wonderful feeling on my wrist.

The loop for the clasp is a single crochet with the same thread. I then sewed terra cotta colored seed beads around the loop.

What I really loved in creating this bracelet is that it combined 3 techniques – polymer clay sculpture, bead weaving and bead crocheting.

I chose the blue graduated background because it reminds me of a clear autumn sky and it accentuates the orange beads. I love looking to nature for inspiration even in something simple like choosing a background for photography.

Another Bead Crochet Experiment

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Another bead crochet experiment, this time with C-lon cord and a hank of variegated turquoise and brown size 8 beads I purchased during my trip to Michigan last month. I don’t think you’re supposed to see that much of the cord but I loosened my crocheting up because it was getting so tight that I could hardly get the hook (size 2.25mm) in the stitch. Do any of you bead crocheters experience that? I think it’s going to be a matter of practice to get the right tension. This cord is pretty stiff so maybe that was part of the challenge for me, too. This piece is a little over 4 inches long so too short for a bracelet but I could use it for part of a necklace.

I have a color challenge for myself based on a post I read at Morwyn’s AnotherCountry Beadworks blog. She invited her readers to pick 3 or 4 numbers between 1-50. Then you click on a link to a list of numbers that had a color associated with each number. I love lists and anything to do with color so I had a lot of fun doing this. My colors are turquoise, fuschia, Paynes gray and copper. Paynes gray is a dark bluish gray.

What a great exercise to get beyond your usual color choices. So, today I am gathering components to make a necklace with these colors. Thanks for the inspiration, Morwyn!

Chunky Bead Crochet Bracelet

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My first experiment with bead crochet resulted in this chunky bracelet. When I was in Michigan last month, I visited a yarn shop with my Mom who is an avid stitcher and knitter. From the moment I stepped through the front door, I was entranced with the bins upon bins of colorful, textured yarn skeins. All of those colors! It was like opening up a new box of crayons. I carefully made a couple of selections, having no idea what I was going to do with them. I just liked to look at them and feel their weight in my hands.

After reading Lindly Haunani’s post about setting creative goals for the fall, I wrote down 4 things that I would like to accomplish and explore. One of them was to teach myself bead crochet and experiment with various fibers and beads. A great resource for helping me achieve this goal is Bethany Barry’s Bead Crochet. So, I went through my bead stash and choose some colorful size 6 beads to match the colorful yarn I had purchased.

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I single crocheted a tube 6 beads around and then finished it with a vintage button clasp. With a chain loop that fits over the button, I was amazed at how easy it is to put it on and take it off. My next experiment is going to be with size 8 beads and C-Lon cord. Stay tuned!