Caddis Weave Bracelet

Designer: Anne Fletcher
Published: August 7, 2009
Technique: Caddis Weave

Anne developed Caddis Weave when she wanted to use a bead with a large hole and trap it in place with seed beads. She named this weave “Caddis” for the caddis fly, an insect that builds a wonderful case underwater during its larval stage. This technique begins with a freehand peyote cord (see tubular peyote for an illustration). Even tension is particularly important. When you’re designing a pattern for this project, avoid anything too precise—this technique is better suited for simple stripes, color areas, and freeform or organic designs. The instructions give the basic technique, which may be adopted for a bracelet or necklace. This project was originally published in the Fall 1999 issue of Beadwork and will be free for a limited time.

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