Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet Free Beading Pattern

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    Materials List

    The Fancy Tila Bead Bracelet - Tila Beads are flat, square-shaped beads with two holes that are manufactured by the Miyuki Company of Japan. Jennifer VanBenschoten

    To make a bracelet approximately 7 1/2 inches long, you will need the following materials and tools:

    • 10 grams Tila beads, matte black or in the color of your choice
    • 7 grams Japanese seed beads, size 11 - color in example is Silverlined Maize
    • Three strand clasp of your choice - clasp in example is gold-filled three strand slide lock clasp
    • Beading thread - nylon beading thread in black or color to match beads, size D OR FireLine 4lb. test
    • Size 12 beading needle
    • Scissors or thread cutter
    • Flat nose...MORE pliers (optional, but helpful)

    Resources:
    Tila beads and seed beads: Whimbeads
    Clasp: Fire Mountain Gems

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    Getting Started

    Pick up four seed beads and pass through the first seed bead again. Pull snugly to form a picot. Jennifer VanBenschoten

    Cut a comfortable length of beading thread (no longer than 5 feet) and condition it.

    String a stop bead. Pick up 4 seed beads and pass through the first seed bead again, going in the same direction. Pull snugly so that the beads form a picot.

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    Add the First Tila Bead

    Adding the first Tila bead. Tila beads have one side that is slightly raised compared to the other side, so you may want to make sure that you are picking up the beads all on the same side. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    Push the picot back against the stop bead, leaving about a 7 - 9 inch tail.

    Pick up a Tila bead by passing needle and thread through one hole. It should be noted that the Tila beads have one side that is slightly raised - you can either pick up each Tila bead so that the raised side is on the same side, or you can pick them up in a random fashion.

    Slide the Tila bead down close to the picot you made in the previous step and pick up 4 seed beads. Pass through the first seed bead of the 4 you just...MORE picked up, stitching in the same direction. Pull snugly to form another picot, and slide the picot down close to the Tila bead.

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    Add Three More Tila Beads

    Add Tila beads and picots until you have 4 Tila beads and 5 picots. Don't worry if the work flops around a bit - it will be stabilized in the next step. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    Continue adding Tila beads and picots until you have a total of 4 Tila beads and 5 picots. Push the Tila beads and the picots as close together as possible.

    At this point, the work may flop around a bit. Don't worry about that, we'll strengthen and stabilize the beads in the next step.

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    Add a New Row of Tila Beads

    Adding the first Tila bead of the second row. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    Pass needle through the next two seed beads of the last picot. Pick up a Tila bead. Pass needle through the see bead on the outside edge of the next picot. There should be 1 seed bead nestled between the Tila bead of the first row and the new Tila bead you just picked up.
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    Add the Remaining Tila Beads

    Four Tila beads for the second row have been added. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    Continue to add Tila beads by picking up a Tila bead and then passing your needle through the next outside edge bead of the next picot.

    Add a total of 4 Tila beads.

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    Stabilize the Tila Beads

    Add a seed bead between each of the second holes in the second row of Tila beads. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    (Note: the work has been flipped over in this photograph.)

    Pick up 2 seed beads and pass through the second hole of the Tila bead that you are currently exiting.

    Pass through the second hole of each Tila bead, adding a seed bead in between each Tila bead.

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    Adding Seed Beads to the Outside Edge of the Tila Bead and Reinforcing the Work

    Adding beads to the outside edge of the second row of Tila beads. Pass through the Tila beads and seed beads to reinforce the work on both sides of the second row of Tila beads. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    Pick up 2 seed beads and pass through the seed bead on the inside edge of the picot between the two Tila beads. Pass needle through the Tila bead and all the remaining seed beads and Tila beads in that row.

    Pass needle through the next two seed beads on the outer edge of the Tila bead and then through the second hold of the Tila beads and seed beads between Tilas.

    Exit through the seed bead at the top of the second hole of the Tila bead.

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    Add the Next Picot

    You will be in position to add the next row of Tila beads when your thread is exiting the third seed bead of the picot and is going in the direction parallel to the row of Tila beads. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    To add the next picot, make sure you are exiting from the seed bead that sits directly on top of the Tila bead. Pick up three seed beads and pass through the seed bead you were exiting at the beginning of this step. Pull snugly to form a picot.

    Pass through the next two seed beads so that your thread is going in the direction parallel to the row of Tila beads.

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    Add the Next Tila Bead

    Pick up a Tila bead and two seed beads. Pass down through the next seed bead between two Tilas of the previous row. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    Pick up a Tila bead and two seed beads. Pass needle down through the next seed bead between Tila beads of the previous row. Pull snugly.
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    Complete the Picot

    To finish the picot, pick up 1 seed bead and pass through the first seed bead picked up in the previous step. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    To complete the picot, pick up 1 seed bead and pass through the first seed bead picked up in the previous step. Pull snugly. A picot should form between the two Tila beads.
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    Continue Adding Tila Beads

    The first three rows of Tila beads completed. You will always be in the correct position if your thread is exiting the seed bead of the edge picot that lays directly against the Tila bead. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    Continue to add Tila beads until you have added a total of 4 beads, with picots in between each Tila. Remember to add the picot at the outside edge of the last Tila bead.

    Pick up two seed beads and pass through the second hole of the Tila bead. Add seed beads between each Tila bead, then pass through the first hole of the Tila beads and all the seed beads in between to reinforce.

    Add a picot at the top of the last Tila bead added, pass through the next two seed beads, and continue adding beads in...MORE this manner.

    At this point, you may want to add seed beads to the beginning edge of the beadwork:
    Remove the stop bead, and using the thread tail, pick up three seed beads. Pass through the empty hole of the Tila beads, adding seed beads between each one. At the other end of the Tila beads, pick up two seed beads and pass through the seed bead that lays directly against the other hole of the Tila bead. You can weave the thread in a bit at this point, knot it, and trim it close to the beadwork.

    It may be helpful to flip the work over from top to bottom as you stitch.

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    Bracelet Body and Adding the Clasp

    To add the clasp, pass needle through beads until you are exiting one of the seed beads between Tila beads. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    For a 7 1/2" bracelet, you will need to stitch about 25 rows of Tila beads. You can adjust the size of the bracelet by adding or subtracting rows.

    After you have reached the size desired, pass needle through the beads so that you are exiting the first seed bead between Tila beads.

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    Add the Clasp With Seed Bead Loops

    Adding the clasp by using seed bead loops. Jennifer VanBenschoten
    To add the clasp, pick up 4 seed beads, pass needle through one hole of the clasp from back to front, pick up 4 seed beads, and pass through the seed bead you exited at the beginning of this step working in the same direction. Pull snugly and repeat the thread path a few times to reinforce.

    Pass needle through the next Tila bead and the next seed bead and repeat until you have secured all three holes of the clasp with seed bead loops.

    Weave the thread into the beadwork, knot, add a drop of glue if...MORE desired, weave in a bit more, and trim the thread close to the beadwork.

    Add a new thread on the other side of the bracelet and repeat to secure the other half of the clasp.