A few weeks back my beady friend Linda Younkman and I were playing around with herringbone. I had pulled out these large square wood beads (size 8) to practice this weave. But I really like how the angled squares turned out in this pattern.
I was pretty technology challenged at the time as I was up in the Adirondacks for a break from work. I was trying to snap a picture to send to Linda, of which it took something like 20 minutes to upload to Facebook (insert swear word ... then multiply). Anyway, once I did upload Linda was game to give it a try. And as usual I got the BRB message as she high tailed it to her LBS .... that would mean she would 'be right back' after heading to her 'local bead shop.' She pinged me later with her own stash of square beads and off she went to try out the pattern.
And man, I love how she added a leather closure to her version. Check out her post called Needle, Thread and Beads, but don't forget to come right back because we then decided to write up a quick tutorial on this simple weave and show you a few closures and variations. I whipped up a second cuff, this time in reds, to show you a slide closure. You can check it all out in this month's Bead Chat Magazine, or read the full article on the BCM site. Either way, give this one a try for a quick cuff that feels really nice around your arm.
Oh, and btw (I'm just full of acronyms today) Linda's post (featuring several different beaded cuffs) caught the eye of one of the editors over at Beading Daily and they gave one of her pieces top billing on their recent post! Go Linda! bead on my friend.