Julianna C. Avelar’s Mixed Weave Cuff is the ultimate craft stash buster. Using small amounts of many materials, this free loomed beading pattern combines yarn, sari ribbon, and beads to create a stunning statement bracelet.
14 each of three different colors of 6mm beads
Wood button with large holes (or your desire method of closure)
3 yd. of two different colors of yarn
6 yd. of sari ribbon
8 lb. WildFire thermally bonded beading thread in a color that matches your beads, yarn, and ribbon
20″ of copper 24-gauge Artistic Wire
Jewel Loom needle
Finished Size: Adjustable
General Looming Instructions
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for warping your bead loom. Note that you will need one more warp thread than you have number of beads in a row. Tie a thread to an outside warp (tie onto the left warp if you are right-handed or the right warp if you are left-handed). Use a needle to string the first row of beads and slide them down to the knot. Bring the beaded weft thread under the warp threads and push the beads up so that there is one bead between each two warp threads. Hold the beads in place and pass back through all the beads, making sure that the needle passes over the warp threads. End the threads by weaving back through the beadwork, tying knots between beads.
Insert the rod into the Jewel Loom and make four warps using sari ribbon.
Tie a piece of sari ribbon approximately 16″ long to the far left warp.
Pass the ribbon under the first warp and then weave it over and under the remaining warps.
Weave the ribbon back toward the left, passing under and over the warps. Repeat weaving back and forth until you have between 3/4″ and 1″ of woven ribbon. Tie the ribbon to an outside warp thread to end it.
Repeat Steps 2-4 twice, using two different colors of yarn. Then repeat Steps 2-4 again to add another section of ribbon.
Thread the needle with 3′ of thread and make a knot at the end. Pass the needle down through the ribbon, next to the knot in the ribbon. Trim the thread and tuck any excess under the ribbon.
Pass the needle and thread under the warps and string 3 beads. Position the beads between each warp, supporting the beads with your finger.
Note: Read all of Step 8 before adding more beads.
Keeping the previously strung beads between the warps, string another bead, pass over the top warp, and pass back through the third bead strung. String another bead and pass through the second bead strung. String another bead and pass through the first bead strung. String a final bead, then pass the needle down through the ribbon warp to hide the thread. Knot the thread under the warp to hide the end, and trim the excess thread.
Note: The first 3 beads are added according to my Mixed Beaded Boho Cuff video instructions. The next 4 beads are added through a method that I created in order to hide the thread when weaving on top of the ribbon warps. The first 3 beads are strung under the warps and the next 4 beads are strung on top, all with the same needle and thread.
Repeat steps 2-4 to add two more sections of yarn and another section of ribbon.
Repeat Step 8 to add another row of beads.
Repeat Steps 2-4 to add two more sections of yarn and another section of ribbon.
Turn the loom over and cut the ribbons as close to the back buttons as possible. Note: You will need the warp ribbons to be as long as possible.
Lay the piece flat on your work surface, then trim the weft yarn and ribbon ends to the desired length.
Tie warp ribbons 1 and 2 together and 3 and 4 together, being careful not to pull too tight. Note: If you pull the warps too much, they will shift from the bottom and pull up toward the top, leaving you little to no length for the opposite end.
Add the button clasp by threading two ends of the warp ribbons into the coordinating button holes. Wrap the warp ribbon ends together with wire.
Tie the opposite ends of the warp ribbons as in Step 14. Wrap the ends together with wire to make a loop for the wood button clasp to fit through.
Make sure the cuff fits and trim off any excess ribbon from the closure ends.
Option: Build your bracelet base with ribbon and yarn, then go back and sew beads on top of the base using traditional sewing methods.
- Sari ribbon can be delicate, so be careful not to pull too hard when creating the warps, while still keeping the tension tight for the wefts.
- Making this bracelet is a very organic creative process. You may want more ribbon in relation to yarn, more of a certain color than another, etc. Honor whatever design speaks to you!
- Wait until the bracelet is complete, then try it on your wrist to determine which yarn or ribbon ends to keep, trim, or cut off completely.
- Use a blunt needle to help guide the ribbon through the button holes.
For more tips and tricks, see “How to Use a Bead Loom: 10 Things You Must Know” by Megan Lenhausen.
About the Designer
Julianna C. Avelar, GIA AJP, has been a well-known mover and shaker in the creative lifestyle community for over 20 years. She has appeared on television shows such as Beads, Baubles & Jewels and The Carol Duvall Show. She has also written seven books and invented the hugely popular Jewel Loom.
To learn more about Julianna, including an exclusive interview, see “Jewel Loom Your Beads with Julianna”.
Find more of Julianna’s beautiful designs and workshops at the Interweave Store!