Trellis Bead Bangle

One advantage I’ve found of moving sewing rooms is discovering UFO’s tucked away, completely forgotten about! I found a beaded bangle I had started two years ago at Denman.

Trellis BangleDenman is the Women’s Institute’s own residential college, it’s always a treat to go there and every other year our federation organises a big trip, three nights with a choice of courses. Last time it was beaded jewelry ( I just put my name down for whatever craft class is on!) we made beaded flowers, pendants, earrings etc. The last project was a swarovski encrusted pendant, just a bit too glitzy for me and quite expensive with all the crystals, I decided to give that one a miss. The tutor had some gorgeous bead kits, I made a necklace first, which I have to say I’ve worn quite a few times. On the last morning I started a trellis beaded bangle. It was quite complicated to get started, or rather to get the idea of how the pattern worked, so I was determined to sort it in my mind before I left, so the tutor was on hand to help. I made about an inch of the bangle, just enough to be able to pick it up again later…

…only I didn’t think it would be nearly two years!

Trellis BangleThe tutor was Sally Boehme, she was lovely and very patient. The bangle I chose was made from three different beads, some gorgeous peacock coloured seed beads, some pale amber seed beads and a lavender Czech faceted beads.

The peacock seed beads make a net around the Czech beads, with the amber ones acting like the king pin, linking everything together. It took a while to get my head round it again, it helped that I remembered how to hold it (fairly taut with the thread over a finger) to keep the pattern clear. On one row the three Czech beads are added between each amber bead, you can see them nestling here.

Trellis Bangle

The next row is where the peacock beads are added, so you just keep going round in a circle.

I started it at around 9.30 last night, I thought it would take quite a while but it was surprising how quickly it grew. I had a bit of a panic when I realized I was going to have to join a new thread in, I went on you-tube and found a very helpful tutorial on Bead School!

I finished it this morning, I thought it might be a bit complicated to join the ends together, but with Sally’s instructions it was actually fairly easy, just zig-zagging with beads.

Trellis Bangle

I think it’s a really pretty bangle, it’s quite flexible too so I think it will be fairly comfortable to wear. It’s a little snug getting it over my hand, I’m not pushing my luck with it until after the local show as it’s another entry completed, I’m making good progress so far 🙂

Trellis Bangle

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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6 Responses to Trellis Bead Bangle

  1. CurlsnSkirls says:

    This is a gorgeous bangle – congratulations on finding & completing a UFO, too. 😘
    Don’t know why, but I’m fascinated by the WI, and read or watch anything about it that crosses my path. We’ve nothing similar over here, and I wish we did. If you’ve time, would love to read more about other courses you’ve taken. Thank you!


    • craftycreeky says:

      Thank you, I’m pleased with it. I love the WI, it interests me that considering it started in Canada, it came over to us, but didn’t go down to America. I’m off to Denman again in May (for the Federation visit) I’m doing ribbon embroidery, so I shall be posting about that when I get back, I’m hoping I manage to finish the project so I can frame it and enter it in the show two weeks later!

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      • CurlsnSkirls says:

        Thank you for reminding me! I’ve wondered about that Canada-UK but not US, too. I’ve dabbled a bit with ribbon embroidery (pre-Internet days) & really enjoyed it, but had difficulty finding the ribbon. Should try it again, but there always seems so much else to do.
        Seemed to me that using ribbon for designs finished up quicker than floss, but never combined them. Will be very interested in your course, and what you think about it!

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  2. Thimberlina says:

    It’s stunning! Well done got finish no it, it’s quite a ‘young’ UFO for you! 😂😂

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  3. amcclure2014 says:

    It’s lovely. Glad you found it and finished it.


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