How to Use Bugle Beads in Your Crochet: Interweave Crochet Spring 2013.

The Gloriana Bracelet, by Karen Hooton (Interweave Crochet Spring 2013) is built off of a central spine of bugle beads. The beads are joined using a double needle ladder stitch, which is most easily worked using two bead threader needles, but it can be done without any special tools, if your craft stash hasn't yet expanded to include bead supplies.
Simply cut a long length of bead thread, and thread your first bead onto it, sliding it to the center of the thread. Then, line up your next bead. Pass one end of the thread through it in one direction, and the other end through the same bead in the other direction.
Pull the ends to draw the bead down to the ladder.

Repeat this until your bead ladder is the desired length, making any variety of pattern you desire! To close the circle, pass the ends of thread through the first bead again. Keep your tension fairly loose, so your ladder won't curl and so you can reach the thread space between the beads. The small loops of thread peeking out between each bead are where you will insert your hook to make your stitches for the lace edge.

Enjoy all of the fun bead crochet patterns in the Spring 2013 issue of Interweave Crochet! You may find your craft repertoire expanding this spring, after all!



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