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(Well, I had what I thought was a really great post nearly finished except for images… and then it disappeared. I don’t have the energy to recreate it in all its glory, so you get this less spectacular abbreviated version.)

After more than a year of sourcing materials for beadwork kits (among other craft kits), I’ve succumbed to the lure of beadweaving. I was first inspired by this article on prismatic right-angle weave (PRAW), and bought some assorted supplies (seed beads, thread, needles, and assorted findings) at Michael’s in late May of 2017. Those supplies sat around for more than a year before I decided to do anything with them.

First, I made a simple 5-wall PRAW rope bracelet. It turned out too small for me, but it fits my best friend perfectly, so it’s hers now. The only thing I wasn’t happy with was my thread choice – a dark thread would have been better.

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5-wall PRAW rope bracelet with bronze and rose gold seed beads and antique gold clasp. White thread was not the best choice here.

Next, I made a couple more 5-wall PRAW rope bracelets, which aren’t pictured here since they’re gifts that haven’t been given yet.

I then moved on to flat right-angle weave (RAW) for another bracelet. This one is now with my friend Cyn.

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Flat RAW bracelet in dark brown and dark grey faceted beads with antique silver extension clasp.

For my friend Tina’s bracelet, I got a little more creative and stitched three 3-wall PRAW ropes, which I attached to a three-strand extension clasp.

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Red, silver, and hematite seed beads in 3 strands of 3-wall PRAW with an antique silver extension clasp.

I then used up most of my remaining beads from the May 2017 purchase to stitch a 5-wall PRAW rope necklace for myself (not pictured). I just kept going until I ran out of one of the colors.

On another trip to Michael’s last weekend, I picked up a bunch more colors of Toho seed beads, as well as some strung beads (at 50% off!) and some antique brass and copper clasps.

Inspired by Jann Christiansen’s That’s a Wrap bracelet from the February/March 2017 issue of Beadwork, I stitched a RAW base in matte brown (sort of antique brass colored) seed beads, which I then embellished with 4mm jasper rounds. I didn’t have Japanese drop beads for the edges, so I filled in at the corners between the squares with matte cranberry seed beads. It looked like it still needed something, so I added RAW picots in the same matte cranberry color.

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Top: 4mm green unakite rounds in a flat RAW base embellished with rose gold seed beads and finished with a copper toggle clasp. Middle: matte brown/antique brass seed beads in a flat RAW base embellished with 4mm jasper rounds and matte cranberry seed beads, finished with an antique brass lobster clasp. Bottom: 5-wall PRAW rope bracelet in silver, rose gold, and hematite seed beads, finished with a silver toggle clasp.

The next day, I tried to mimic Kim West’s Quilted Pearls bracelet from the same issue of Beadwork, but without the O-beads it just wasn’t working. So I improvised and added pairs of rose gold seed beads between the 4mm green unakite rounds along the edges and in the center of each RAW unit. I finished each end with a Y-shaped piece to which I attached the clasp.

I also whipped out a quick 5-wall PRAW rope bracelet in silver, rose gold, and hematite seed beads.

My goal is to become as comfortable modifying and improvising in beadwork as I am in my knitting, and I think these projects are a step in that direction.

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