Easy CzechMates Beaded Bracelet Pattern

Make a Tennis Bracelet With Modified Right Angle Weave

Here's how to make a stylish little beaded bracelet using two-hole Czech tile beads and round Japanese seed beads. It uses a simple, modified version of right angle weave.

  • 01 of 17

    Materials for a Beaded Tennis Bracelet

    The completed bracelet
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The completed bracelet.

    You'll need the following beads and supplies to make one bracelet that is about 7 inches long, including the beaded clasp.

    Beads

    Note: If you have trouble locating any of the exact colors I used, select similar colors or experiment with your own palette. There are hundreds of gorgeous colors of seed beads and CzechMates available.

    • About 26 CzechMates beads in opaque green luster (A)
    • About 54 size 11/0 Miyuki round seed beads in crystal color-lined beige; I.D. 110401 (B)
    • About 54 Toho short (3mm)...MORE magatamas in Hybrid frosted opal apollo (C)
    • One faceted 6mm by 8mm Chinese crystal rondelle in amethyst (D)

    The bold capital letters above are the bead key for this pattern.

    Resources: I ordered my CzechMates from BelloModo. I purchased my round seed beads from U Bead It. The opal apollo magatamas can be harder to find (I purchased mine wholesale). You might check Etsy or select a different color from BelloModo. Look for Chinese crystal beads on Etsy or Antie's Beads.

    Supplies

    Use your kit of essential beadweaving supplies for this project. For beading thread, I used 4-pound FireLine in crystal. I used a size 12 beading needle and a thread burner to trim off the final thread tails.

  • 02 of 17

    Start Stringing the CzechMate Bracelet

    The first seven beads strung.
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The first seven beads strung.

    Cut about 8 feet of beading thread and thread your needle for single-strand beadweaving. (If you use FireLine, or other polypropylene thread, be sure to use children's craft scissors, wire cutters, or a hobby knife to make the cut instead of beading scissors.)

    After pouring out small piles of the beads onto your beading mat (or into a bead dish), use the needle to pick up 3B, 1A, and 3B.

    Slide those beads down to about 2 feet from the end of the thread.

  • 03 of 17

    Use a Half Knot to Maintain Thread Tension

    The first stitch completed.
    Hiding the knot. Chris Franchetti Michaels

    While holding the beads between your fingers, reverse direction and pass down through the empty hole in the A and through the first set of 3B again. Pull the thread taut. Be sure to pull the thread slowly so that it doesn't tangle.

    Tie a simple half knot (which is just the first step in a square knot) with both ends of the thread and cinch it down close the beads. This knot helps to keeps the tension taut.

  • 04 of 17

    Reposition the Thread

    Path for repositioning the thread
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. Path for repositioning the thread.

    Pass through the first hole in the A again (in the same direction you did the first time), up through all of the second second of 3B, and back through the second hole in the A. Pull the thread taut again. (Please remember that you can click on the image for a larger view.)

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  • 05 of 17

    String the Next Set of Beads

    The next set of beads strung
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The next set of beads strung.

    Pick up 1C, 3B, 1A, 3B, and 1C, and slide them all the way down on the thread.

  • 06 of 17

    Begin the Next Stitch

    Thread path for beginning the next stitch
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. Thread path for beginning the next stitch (beadwork turned 90 degrees).

    (Notice that in the photo on the left, I have now rotated the beadwork 90 degrees to the right.)

    Pass through the second hole in the first A, bring the needle out, and pull the thread taut. Be careful not to pass through any Bs during this step.

  • 07 of 17

    Continue the Stitch

    Pass down through the empty hole in the CzechMate
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. Pass down through the empty hole in the CzechMate.

    Flip the A over toward the beginning of the beadwork, and pass through the first C and then down through the empty hole in the A. Take a moment to pull the thread taut so that there are no significant gaps between beads.

  • 08 of 17

    Complete the Stitch

    Thread path for completing the stitch
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. Thread path for completing the stitch and repositioning the thread.

    Pass through the 3B that run along the bottom of the A, and then up through the second hole in the A. Pull the thread taut again. This repositions the thread for the next stitch.

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  • 09 of 17

    Keep Stitching One Set of Beads at a Time

    Several stitches completed.
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. Several stitches completed.

    Keep repeating Steps 5 through 8 to your desired length of bracelet band, less about 3/4 inch (2cm) for the clasp.

  • 10 of 17

    Start Making the Crystal End of the Beaded Clasp

    The beads strung for the crystal end of the bead clasp
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The first beads strung for the crystal end of the bead clasp.

    Pick up 2B, 1C, 2B, 1D, and 1B, and slide them all the way down.

  • 11 of 17

    Complete This Clasp End

    The crystal end of the clasp complete
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The crystal end of the clasp complete.

    Holding those beads between your fingers, pass back down through the 1D, 2B, and 1C. Pull the thread tight so there are no gaps between beads.

    Pick up 2B.

    Pass up through the second hole in the last A in the beadwork, and pull the thread taut again.

  • 12 of 17

    Reinforce the Clasp and Weave-In the Thread

    Thread path for reinforcing the clasp and weaving in beading thread
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. Thread path for reinforcing the clasp and weaving in the thread.

    Weave through all of the beads in the clasp end again for reinforcement, and then weave the thread into the beadwork, following the path of existing thread. Make several half-hitch knots over existing thread along the way.

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  • 13 of 17

    Trim Off the Thread

    Thread burner trimming the thread
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. Thread burner trimming the thread.

    Trim the thread close to the beadwork. In the photo on the left, I'm burning through the thread with a thread burner.

  • 14 of 17

    Start the Loop End of the Clasp

    The first beads strung for the loop end of the beaded clasp
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The first beads strung for the loop end of the beaded clasp.

    Thread the needle on the tail of thread that you left when you started beading. Pick up 2B, 1C, and 18B, and slide them down against the beadwork.

  • 15 of 17

    Check the Loop Size

    How to check the size of the beaded loop
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. How to check the loop size.

    Pass back through the 1C and pull the thread to create a beaded loop. Use your finger and thumb to pinch the thread beneath the 1C, and test the loop to make sure that it slides over the crystal bead on the other end of the bracelet. It should be a close enough fit to keep the clasp latched, but not so tight that you'll have difficulty latching it.

    If you need to adjust the size of the loop by adding or subtracting Bs, remove the needle and pull the thread thread back out of the 1C. Make the...MORE adjustment, and then test the loop again.

  • 16 of 17

    Complete the Loop End of the Clasp

    The loop end of the clasp completed
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The loop end of the clasp completed.

    Pick up 2B, and then pass up through the nearest hole in the first A in the band. Pull the thread taut, and then weave-in and trim off the thread the same way you did for the crystal end of the clasp.

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  • 17 of 17

    Enjoy Your Completed Bracelet

    The completed CzechMates bracelet
    © Chris Franchetti Michaels. The completed CzechMates bracelet with the clasp latched.

    Enjoy your completed bracelet!

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