Welcome to Day 15 of our National Craft Month celebrations! We’ve been having such fun sharing exciting and fun craft tutorials with you every day! We’ve moved from paper crafts to DIY jewelry and fashion crafts and so far we’ve featured nothing but amazing ideas as part of our Project of the Day series. I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering some new and interesting crafts as much as we’ve loved sharing them with you!
As a bonus to the fabulous craft tutorials we’ve been featuring, we’ve also been offering prizes each and every day of National Craft Month. If you haven’t been chosen as one of our lucky winners just yet, don’t worry. We have plenty of giveaways left so keep staying tuned to the blog for your chance to win!
Today I’m really excited to share our Project of the Day from Bead&Button magazine. They have some of the most amazing bead weaving projects and this one is no exception! Follow along with this DIY bracelet tutorial to make a gorgeous Tila Bead Bracelet designed by Jane Danley Cruz!
Tila Temptation Bracelet Tutorial
Learn how to make a bracelet by stitching a colorful chevron chain bracelet using Tila beads, glass pearls, and seed beads.
Bracelet 7 1/2 in.
- 34 Tila beads
- 33 3 mm glass pearls, color A
- 34 3 mm glass pearls, color B
- 1 g size 11 seed beads
- Fireline 6 lb
- Beading needles, #12
- On 1 yd. or Fireline, attach a stop bead leaving a 9 in tail. Pick up three size 11 seed beads and sew through the first hole of a Tila bead. Pick up three 11’s, a color A 3 mm pearl, and three 11’s, and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead. Pick up an 11, and sew through the first two 11’s added at the start of the first step. (figure 1, a-b)
- Pick up a color B 3 mm pearl, three 11’s, the first hole of a Tila bead, and an 11. Starting with the 11 your thread exited at the start or this step, skip five beads, and sew through the next two 11’s. Pick up a B and three 11’s and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead. Pick up an 11, skip an 11 in the previous row, and sew through the next two 11’s.
- Pick up an A, three 11’s, the first hole of a Tila bead, and an 11. Skip five beads, and sew through the next two 11’s. Pick up an A and three 11’s and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead. Pick up an 11, skip an 11 in the previous row and sew through the next two 11’s.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 to the desired length, ending with step 2.
- Sew through the previous B and three 11’s, the second hole of the second-to-last Tila bead; the following three 11’s, B, and three 11’s; and the second hole of the last Tila bead. (figure 2, a-b)
- Pick up seven 11’s and half of the clasp, and sew through the second hole of the Tila bead again. Retrace the thread path to reinforce the connection, and end the thread.
- Remove the stop bead, and repeat steps 1 and 2 on the other end of the bracelet.
We’re giving away a prize every single day of March, right here on the blog for National Craft Month. It’s so easy to enter; just be sure to check back each day for our Project of the Day post like this one to comment to enter! You have 31 chances to win and a new special prize each day.
Today’s prize is: 1 year subscription to Bead&Button magazine!
- Contest open to US and Canada residents 18+
- One comment/entry per person.
- Contest closes March 15, 2012 at 11:59p CST.
- Please answer the question below in order to be entered.
- Winners will be posted on this blog and notified by email.
Answer this question below in the comments section of this post for a chance to be today’s winner:
What is the first craft you ever made?