HOW TO MAKE… A STATEMENT BRACELET
White aida, 25 x 15cm (97/ x 6") 8 Backing fabric, 25 x 15cm (97/ x 6") 8 10 ply yarn in pink, grey and lilac Metallic gold thread Blue seed beads, 3mm ( 1 /8") Pink faceted beads, 4mm ( ") Wooden beads, 0.5cm ( ") Blue seed bead, 1.5mm ( 1 /16") Strong sewing thread (we use Habu Silk Wrapped Paper) Yellow embroidery thread Beading needle, size 12 Darning needle, size 3 Embroidery hoop Whether you’re at the office or a weekend brunch, this intricate cuff will add next-level style to any outfit, be it jeans and a white tee, or a plain black playsuit.
Work up the design using beads, basic embroidery stitches and knotted cottons, and refer to the stitch guide on page 98 if there are any techniques you need help with. And, you can either follow our colour guide or choose shades in your fave colourway to make a chunky piece of arm candy you won’t want to step out without.
01 Use a pencil to draw a 12 x 4cm (4 x 15/ 8") rectangle onto the aida. Round off the corners, then draw a 1cm ( 3 /8") border around the outside. Repeat on the backing fabric, then place this to one side.
02 In the smaller rectangle, draw a horizontal oval, a circle inside the oval, and a vertical rectangle either side of it, as shown.
03 Place the aida into an embroidery hoop, positioning the design at the centre.
04 Thread the darning needle with a length of pink yarn, then stitch around the smaller rounded rectangle border using chain stitch.
05 Next, fill the end sections of the small rectangle. Thread the beading needle and bring it up through the aida at one corner. Add three pink beads, then take it back down, close to where it came up. This means the beads won’t sit flush to the fabric, giving a raised texture to the design. Repeat until the section is filled, then repeat again at the opposite end.
06 Thread the darning needle with two strands of grey yarn, then fill the vertical rectangles with grey bullion knots. Next, use gold
metallic thread to fill the section around the horizontal oval with gold bullion knots.
Thread the beading needle and fill the oval with the larger blue seed beads as per Step 5, leaving the circle at the centre unfilled.
Bring the same needle up through the fabric at the edge of the circle, then thread on eight wooden beads. Take the needle down just slightly over from the place it came up, then push the beads down against the fabric, around the outside of the circle and against the blue beads. Bring the needle back up in between every third bead, looping it over the thread and taking it back down, to secure the beads in place.
Bring the needle up through the centre of the circle, thread on one pink bead and the small blue seed bead, then take it back down through the centre again. Fill any gaps with gold bullion knots.
Cut around the outer border on both the aida and the backing fabric. Place with wrong sides together, then backstitch around the outside to join.
Thread the darning needle with two strands of lilac yarn. Secure the fabrics together by taking the needle down through the aida, just outside the chain stitched border, bringing it up and around to cover the raw edges, then taking it back down next to the previous stitch. Work around the outside, ensuring all the fabric is covered.
Cut four 30cm (117/ lengths of yellow embroidery thread. Thread the darning needle with two lengths, and slip it through three stitches at the end of the bracelet. Pull it through halfway, plait the four lengths, then knot the ends. Trim, then repeat on the other side with the remaining two lengths.
Hello Tangle Veronica and Bibi are sisters who grew up by the beach in Victoria, Australia. Bibi has a background in illustration, and Veronica in finance, but they’ve both had a passion for all things crafty their whole lives, with their mum’s love of...