Hydrangea


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Designed by: Karen P, Drea C, Cindy B, Lynn P, Kim G, Michelle G, and Janice P
Sample by Drea Carbone

Our Private Facebook Group, The Bead Table, is chock-full of inspiration…be it in the forms of the jewelry others are creating and sharing or the beautiful color-palette photos to use as a design guide. Kate’s many trips to the Farmer’s Market provided loads of inspiration, and so did customer and beader Karen Packard’s photo of her blooming hydrangeas, with adorable teeny frogs hopping about the blooms.
Drea fell especially hard for the photo and the palette, and immediately thought of the Froggie Button! Encouraging other Bead Table members to each add a product to the design, Drea collected the ideas…Amethyst Leather from Karen, C-Lon from Lynn, briolettes from Kim, a selection of Czech glass and seed beads from Cindy, a gorgeous seed beed mix from Michelle…and the design was rounded out as Janice and Drea pulled each suggested ingredient out.

This five-wrap bracelet incorporates the shapes and colors of the hydrangea leaves, the many shades of purple in the blossoms, and an abundance of techniques! To see a breakdown of each individual wrap and Karen’s original photo, please see the Project Map below.

For easy shopping, click the Shop Tab above and enter the desired quantities. Be sure to check out our other Farmer’s Market samples, and enjoy making your own!

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Froggie
$8.95 USD
Amethyst- 1.5 Greek
$12.25 USD
Green - Regular C-Lon
$4.25 USD
Peridot - Regular C-Lon
$4.25 USD
White - Regular C-Lon
$4.25 USD
Dark Purple- KO Thread
$4.35 USD
6-574 Dyed Violet Silver-Lined Alabaster 6/0
$4.95 USD
8-4248 Duracoat S/L Dyed Dark Lilac
$5.95 USD
8-MIX03- Seed Bead Mix Evergreen
$4.95 USD
4mm- Glittery Matte Silver
$3.25 USD
3mm- Milky Amethyst Celsian
$2.35 USD
3mm Melons- Pacifica Fig
$4.50 USD
Green Amethyst Briolettes
$7.95 USD
Green Serpentine Briolettes
$6.95 USD
ParaWire Non-Tarnish Silver- 24G Round
$4.65 USD
Size 10 4 Pack Beadsmith Seed Bead Needles
$3.95 USD
GS Hypo Cement
$5.75 USD
Maxi- Shear Flush Wire Cutter
$19.25 USD
EuroTool Round Nose Plier
$12.95 USD
Eurotool Chain Nose Pliers
$12.95 USD
Project Tray Inserts
$10.25 USD
Deep Dish Project Tray
$19.95 USD
Clampers
$1.95 USD
Project Map

This five wrap bracelet was made to fit Drea’s small wrist, but the design is easily adjustable to fit anyone! Simply ladder or macramé for longer, add an extra leaf design or more macramé knots between your leaves…anything goes!

The first and third wraps may be the most difficult as you are tapering your laddering in an unusual way. Drea tapered from one 8/0 seed bead up to five, then her next row went back down to four beads, then the leather was brought back together with macramé to create the leaf shape. Check your tension to ensure your final rows of 5 and 4 beads don’t pop out when you bring your leaves back together. Each leaf was done in alternating colors of C-Lon in Green and Peridot. You could easily pick out which colors of the Evergreen Seed Bead Mix you’d like to use, or just pick at random as is done in the sample. You could do each leaf in a solid color or an ombré effect…the choice is yours! If you're having difficulty stringing the 8/0s on the C-Lon, make self-needles with a dab of glue on your C-Lon ends to stiffen them.

The second wrap uses Peridot C-Lon to macramé a design with 6/0, 8/0, and 3mm Czech Fire Polish. Small petal shapes are created by stringing on three beads at a time, in this pattern: 8/0 - 3mm FP - 8/0. The smaller beads on the ends helps this design element pop out and create some shape. This section alternates designs, between each patterned trio is a single 6/0. Two complete macramé knots are tied between each section of beads.

The third wrap uses Infinity Stitch and KO Thread with 8/0s, 3mm Czech Melons, and 4mm Czech Fire Polish. Drea much prefers Infinity Stitch to Traditional Laddering, but you could certainly traditional ladder in this section if it’s what suits you best.

The fourth wrap was very fun. String your 6/0 beads directly onto the leather, then slide them up one at a time, alternating sides, and tying half a macramé knot around each one. It has a cute effect! There’s a section of beaded bollywood-style macramé in the center of this wrap using more of the 3mm Czech Fire Polish.
The fifth and final wrap is back to the leaves, but in reverse…start with four beads, pulling your leather apart to accommodate the width…then taper up to five beads, then taper down with rows of four, three, two, and one bead. The first wrap has five leaves, but this final wrap uses one less leaf design to accommodate for the buttonhole length. The buttonhole is secured with a silk wrap, then two dangling briolettes are added with wire-wraps, and finally the leather is knotted in an overhand knot to finish.

This was a really fun wrap to make! Thanks to all who helped design it, it never would have been accomplished without you!

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