Things You'll Need
- Red, white and blue seed beads
- Bead loom
- Warp string
- Weft string
- Beading needle
- Slide and interlocking multistrand clasp
You can show patriotism for the United States by wearing a waving flag seed bead bracelet. The bracelet is made on a bead loom with 15 warp strings. The warp strings are the base for the bracelet that extend from one end of the loom to the other. The use of the 15 warp strings creates a waving flag bracelet that is approximately 1 inch wide. The pattern for bead placement is the same pattern used to make a seed bead bracelet without a loom.
Position the bead loom so a metal tie pin on the wooden dowel is facing you. Tie the end of the warp thread around the tie pin.
Pull the warp string over the top of the loom to the opposite side and under the opposite tie pin. Bring the warp string over the top of the loom to the opposite side. Repeat the process until 15 warp strings extend across the top of the loom. Tie the end of the warp string around the tie pin.
Thread the beading needle. Tie the tail of the string to the warp thread on the left-hand side of the loom using a double knot. Slide the knot until it is flush with the spring-type edge that holds the warp string.
Thread seven blue, one white, one red, one white, one red, one white and one red seed beads on the weft string. The weft string is the string threaded through the needle.
Position the beads under the warp string just above the spring-like edge of the loom. Separate the beads and push one seed bead between the warp strings beginning on the left side of the loom. The last set of warp strings on the right will not have a seed bead. This section will create the wave in the flag as the pattern progresses.
Hold the seed beads under the warp string. Position the needle so it is above the warp strings. Place the needle over the top of the warp string farthest to the right. Insert the tip of the needle through each seed bead. Pull the weft string tight. This secures the seed beads to the warp string. This process also pulls the empty set of warp strings together to form a flush line with the last bead on the right.
Thread one blue, one white, one blue, one white, one blue, one white, one blue, one white, one red, one white, one red, one white and one red seed bead on the weft string. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to secure the beads to the warp string. Repeat steps 4 through 7 for a total of nine rows. The beginning row and ending row will have seven blue beads. This creates the field for the stars.
Thread 13 beads on the weft string using an alternating red and white seed bead pattern. The beginning and ending bead is red. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to secure the seed beads in place. Repeat this pattern for a total of three rows.
Thread 13 beads on the weft string using an alternating red and white seed bead pattern. Position the beads under the warp string so the first set of warp strings does not have a bead. This creates the wave in the flag. Press and hold the beads in place so the red and white seed beads are opposite of the previous row.
Pull the weft string taught. This will pull the open warp strings on the left-hand side of the waving flag bracelet flush with the left side of the bracelet. Repeat steps 9 and 10 for a total of five rows.
Continue to make the waving flag pattern across the length of the bracelet. Tie the weft string to the warp string above the last attached seed bead to hold in place. Cut any excess weft string.
Loosen the dowel with the tie pin closest to you. Roll the dowel toward the waving flag seed bead bracelet until it is loose enough to remove from the loom. Carefully lift the bracelet from the loom and place it on a flat work surface.
Spread the loops on each end of the bracelet apart. Hold the bracelet firmly with your nondominant hand.
Locate the center warp string, and pull it through the beads until the opposite end is flush with the bracelet. Repeat the process working from one side to the other of the center warp string.
Thread the beading needle with the warp string on one side of the bracelet. Center the connection holes on the slide and interlocking multistrand clasp so it is in the center of the edge of the waving flag bracelet.
Thread the string through the center of the seed beads in the last row of the seed bead pattern from the outside edge of the bracelet to the bead directly under the first connection hole.
Insert the warp string through the connection hole then through the next seed bead. Repeat the process until the clasp is attached.
Insert the tip of the needle through the center of the remaining beads in the row. Tie the warp string to the outside row of beads with a double knot. Cut the thread. Repeat steps 16 through 18 to attach the opposite side of the slide and interlocking multistrand clasp.
Kim Blakesley is a home remodeling business owner, former art/business teacher and school principal. She began her writing and photography career in 2008. Blakesley's education, fine arts, remodeling, green living, and arts and crafts articles have appeared on numerous websites, including DeWalt Tools, as well as in "Farm Journal" and "Pro Farmer."