Bead Weaving Brightly Colored Beads to Celebrate!
Tammy’s Tips & Techniques: Celebrating the vibrancy of Cinco de Mayo and bead weaving up some fabulous colors!
Cinco de Mayo – a day to observe the significant Mexican victory over the French in the battle of Puebla, May 5, 1862.
In Puebla, they reenact this battle and celebrate on May, 5 each year. We’ve adopted their celebration, and in most cases, use this as a great time to drink beer and eat our favorite Mexican-inspired food. Turns out more beer is consumed in honor of Cinco de Mayo than St. Patrick’s Day!
Puebla can also be celebrated for cultural accomplishments. Here are just a few:
Pottery originated in Puebla, Mexico.
The city is credited with the Quetzal Folk Dance.
Puebla is home to Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Los Remedios.
You can easily find inspiration from the colorful architecture.
We also have Puebla to thank for the amazingly delicious mole sauce, a spicy chocolate sauce you can find in any traditional Mexican restaurant across North America.
Brightly Colored Beads!
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo in our home, traditionally I make guacamole, pulled chicken enchiladas, and some special adult beverage. For us, it’s always been a great excuse to have a party, so thank you for that, Puebla! This year, I wanted to celebrate the vibrant colors found in art from Mexico. Here’s what’s on my bead board and my work in progress.
Toho 2mm cube beads in the following opaque colors:
- light orange
- dark royal blue
Clasp of your choice
To create a similar bracelet, start with a two-bead wide ladder as many beads long as you’d like.
Once your ladder is complete, begin flat herringbone.
Weave the colorbul beads in any pattern you like.
Another idea to consider — weave a pattern that represents the beautiful Mexican pottery as an homage to the culture emanating from the little town in Mexico called Puebla.
For help with these stitches, check out these resources in our shop: