Into the Hive Cuff by Laura Graham

As a Beadwork Designer of the Year, Laura Graham wanted to refine her designs a bit but still keep her bold colors and style in the forefront. She wanted to use her favorite shaped beads but with a more traditional beading feel to appeal to a wider variety of beaders. Keep reading to find out more about the inspiration behind Laura’s Into the Hive Cuff.

Hive Cuff

“Into the Hive started as a strip of Honeycomb beads that I made for a ring. Then it grew with the addition of Minos par Puca beads stitched together with right-angle weave. I loved the look but wasn’t sure where to go from there. The project needed some sparkle. I added bicones, with the intention of them being fringe. But then the design clicked in my head, and I said, “Let’s make the bicones the center focal and zip two strips together!” The 6mm two-hole cabochons helped keep a uniform feel while incorporating another shape.

I really want traditional beaders to jump on the shaped-bead craze. Shaped beads are so fun and add a lot to our art. You can still use several core stitches but complete a project in just a few hours with shaped beads. Into the Hive fits that formula well. You can make an intricately beautiful bracelet in just a couple afternoons.”

Laura Graham
Beadwork Designer of the Year 2018

Find it today in Beadwork June/July 2018.


Create a buzz with Laura Graham’s Into the Hive Cuff, a bold geometric bracelet featuring Honeycomb beads.

Techniques: Right-angle weave variation, ladder stitch variation, fringe

Project level: Intermediate

Materials:
1 g teal galvanized permanent-finish size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
3 g dark seafoam galvanized Duracoat size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
10 g pastel petrol 2.5×3mm Minos par Puca beads (C)
50 motley viridian 6mm 2-hole Honeycomb beads (D)
22 alabaster pastel petrol 6mm 2-hole cabochons (E)
46 erinite 4mm crystal bicones (F)
1 silver 17mm toggle clasp
Smoke 8 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Hive Cuff

Main Colorway

Tools:
Scissors or thread burner
Size 11 beading needle

Finished size: 6 3/4″

Artist’s Tips:

  • Check all the holes of the Czech beads for chips and plugs before using them.
  • Use medium tension throughout to prevent the bands from curling.
  • Because the B block the holes of the C, you may need to switch to a size 12 needle to complete Row 2.
  • In Row 3, optional size 15° seed beads can be added to fill in gaps between the B and F.
  • If you adjust the length of the bracelet and use an even number of Honeycomb beads in each row, you can avoid the turnaround in Fig. 3.

Alternate Colorways:
SILVER/BLUE
1 g matte metallic antique silver size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
3 g silver-lined smoke gray opal dyed alabaster size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
10 g matte metallic beige 2.5×3mm Minos par Puca beads (C)
52 pastel Montana blue 6mm 2-hole Honeycomb beads (D)
23 pastel Montana blue 6mm 2-hole cabochons (E)
48 crystal moonlight 4mm crystal bicones (F)
1 silver 15mm toggle clasp
Crystal 8 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Hive Cuff

Silver/Blue Colorway

PURPLE
1 g lilac gold luster size 15° Japanese seed beads (A)
3 g galvanized eggplant Duracoat size 11° Japanese seed beads (B)
10 g pastel lilac 2.5×3mm Minos par Puca beads (C)
52 tanzanite vega 6mm 2-hole Honeycomb beads (D)
23 pastel lilac 6mm 2-hole cabochons (E)
48 amethyst 4mm crystal bicones (F)
1 copper 18mm toggle clasp
Smoke 8 lb FireLine braided beading thread

Hive Cuff Purple Colorway

Purple Colorway

LAURA GRAHAM started beading in 2007 after being diagnosed with lupus. She started designing and teaching bead weaving in 2014, has been featured in many publications and advertisements, and is a proud member of the BeadSmith Inspiration Squad. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband. Contact her at www.desertstarcreations.etsy.com or at laura@desertstarcreations.com.


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