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Hexagon Angle Stitch Bracelet

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1. Gather Your Materials

For this pattern you can use any colors of size 8/0, 11/0, and 15/0 round seed beads. I used the following Miyuki seed beads to make one average-size bracelet band:

•About 126 size 8/0 beads in opaque dark brown; I.D. number 8-0409 (A)

•About 322 size 8/0 beads in black; 8-0401 (B)

•About 150 size 11/0 beads in crystal color-lined beige (C)

•About 126 size 15/0 beads in opaque luster light cream; 14-9902 (D)

The bolded capital letters above are the bead key numbers, which are referenced throughout this tutorial.

I also used the following beading supplies:

•0.008-inch, six-pound FireLine beading thread in black

•Xacto hobby knife (for cutting the FireLine)

•A size 10 English beading needle

•Ceramic bead dish

•Two gunmetal-finish jump rings and a matching lobster clasp

•Two pairs of chain nose pliers (for attaching the jump rings and clasp)

2. Prepare Your Needle and Thread

Prepare your needle and thread as usual. Remember to use an Xacto knife, razor blade, or children's craft scissors to cut the FireLine; not your regular beading scissors.

3. String the Initial Base Ring

Hexagon angle weave begins with a base ring of six beads. Pick up 6B, pass through all six beads again, and then pass through the first B one more time. Pull the thread taut.

4. Review Some Basic Rules

At this point it's helpful to review some of the basic "rules" of hexagon stitch. (You may recall that we also did this in Step 5 of the previous tutorial.)

•The beadwork is stitched in units, similar to right-angle weave.

•You always use a figure-eight thread path to stitch pairs of units.

•For the initial round (where you stitch units onto the base ring), you always stitch the first loop in a figure eight in a counter-clockwise direction, and the second loop in a clockwise direction.

5. Stitch the First Pair of Units

The first pair of units consists of the first and second "loop" of one figure eight.

For the first unit:

•Pick up 1C and 6A, and slide them down against the base ring.

•Pass through the 1C again.

•Cinch up the thread tension so that this unit rests right up against the base ring.

For the second unit:

•Pick up 1A, 1B, and 1A.

•Pass up through the next two beads in the base ring, and pull the thread taut.

Note: The brown beads are colored purple in the diagrams to make it easier to see the thread paths, which are shown in orange.

6. Stitch the Second Pair of Units

Begin the next unit by picking up 1C and 6B. You will always pick up this arrangement of beads for the first loop in each figure eight (one size 11/0 bead and six size 8/0 beads). Complete the unit by wrapping the loop around counterclockwise, and passing through the first B again.

Stitch the second loop in the figure eight by picking up 1C, passing down through two beads in the previous unit (as shown in the diagrams on the left), and then passing up through the next two beads in the base ring.

7. Stitch the Next Three Pairs of Units

Use the same technique to stitch the next three unit pairs. Notice that you're still stitching the first loop in each figure eight counterclockwise, and each second loop clockwise.

8. Stitch the Final Units in the Initial Round

To complete the initial round of hexagon stitch, pick up 5B (rather than the usual six), pass through the existing B from the first unit pair (marked with a white star in the diagram), and then through the first B again.

Pick up 1C and weave up into the beadwork, as shown. Exit through the two lower beads in the left-most unit.

9. Stitch the Next Pair of Units

From this point forward, you no longer need to stitch the first unit counterclockwise and the second unit clockwise. Instead, focus on stitching the units you need, where you need them, to elongate the bracelet band.

In the example, I stitched the next unit (of 1C and 6A) clockwise, and (accordingly) stitched the second unit counterclockwise.

10. Stitch the Next Unit Pair Upward

Now stitch another pair of units, stacking this one on top of the previous one. In the example, I stitched the first unit counterclockwise, so that I'd be in the correct position to stitch the second unit downward and into the previous unit.

11. Stitch the Next Pair of Units

Stitch the next unit pair, stacking this one on top of the previous unit. When you finish, pass through the entire second unit again (to complete the thread path for that unit). Then weave out to the edge of the beadwork.

In the example, I exited through just one bead in the left-most unit, because that would allow me to position the thread properly to complete the next two units. As you practice this stitch, envisioning the placement of subsequent units will become easier.

12. Stitch Two More Unit Pairs Downward

Stitch two more unit pairs downward along the edge of the beadwork, still using figure-eight shaped thread paths.

13. Complete This Column and Exit the Edge of the Beadwork

Stitch units downward, and then weave out to the edge of the beadwork again. In the example, I exited through two beads in the left-most unit, so that my needle was properly positioned to make the next pair of units.

14. Keep Stitching Units to Your Desired Band Length

Keep lengthening your band of beadwork by stitching stacked hexagon units. Stop when the band is your desired total bracelet length, less the width of your clasp.

In the example, the pattern begins to repeat at Step 13. My last unit of brown beads is the beginning of another repeated motif (it matches the right-most unit of brown beads in our initial round of hexagon stitch).

15. Add The Beaded Edging

Beaded edging gives this design a more pulled-together look. Begin by weaving through your beadwork and exiting the topmost bead in the top unit in the last column. Pick up 1D, 1B, 1D, 1B, and 1D. Pass through the topmost bead in the next unit on the edge of the band. Pull the thread taut.

Repeat this stitch along the entire edge of the band. Then, weave down through the beadwork to the opposite edge, and stitch all of the edging along that side. When you finish, weave-in and end your thread.

Tip: While stitching the edging, examine your band for any areas of overly loose tension. You can pause with the edging, weave down into the beadwork, and cinch up the tension anywhere cinching is needed.

16. Attach the Clasp

Attach your clasp to the center units on either end of the band. Your bracelet is now complete!

If you'd like more help with this design, or with hexagon stitch in general, be sure to stop by the Beadwork forum and write up a post.

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