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Russian River


Project Info:

Level: Intermediate

Estimated time: 4-6 Hours

Project By: By Sam Applegate

In this 1-1/4 inch wide, 15 strand woven bracelet, Sam tells the story of a fast-running California River, the Russian. More intricate than a Beginner nine strand design, this wider cuff is meant to challenge you after you have done one or two of the narrow ones. There is a downloadable PDF of the pattern to follow, as well as the Project Map below. Please watch the video and use the Project Map and printable PDF Graph to assist you when you are building your pattern. All techniques and steps are included in detail in the video, so it is crucial to watch it from start to finish.

Russian River

Compassion Suede- Dark Brown

Compassion Suede

$3.95 USD

UltraSuede- Coffee Bean


$4.95 USD

White- KO Thread

KO Thread

$3.78 USD

$4.45 USD

Chocolate- Regular C-Lon

Regular C-Lon

$4.40 USD

8-187- Bright Copper Plated 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$12.50 USD

8-132FR- Matte Transparent Light Topaz AB 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$4.00 USD

8-2035 Matte Khaki Iris 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$7.50 USD

8-306- Olive Gold Luster 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$6.95 USD

8-147F- Matte Transparent Emerald 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$3.00 USD

8-2028- Matte Opaque Sea Foam Luster 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$5.75 USD

8-152FR- Matte Transparent Grey AB 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$3.85 USD

8-4201- Duracoat Galvanized Silver 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$8.65 USD

8-402F- Matte White 8/0

8/0 Miyuki Seed Beads

$3.50 USD

Transitions Crimp Beads- Antique Pewter

Metal Beads

$3.50 USD

Pony Express Beads- Silver

Metal Beads

$5.95 USD

Size 10 4 Pack Beadsmith Seed Bead Needles


$3.00 USD

Beadsmith Big Eye Needles


$3.95 USD

Project Tray Inserts

Design Boards & Storage

$10.25 USD

Beadsmith Zap Jewelry Gel


$4.50 USD

Project Map

 The total length of this design from end to end of ultra suede cuff should be your wrist size plus a little bit (1/4-1/2 inch more). The design reads best if it is up against your wrist rather than falling too loosely. Since you cannot take the bracelet off to measure while it is still on the loom, knowing your wrist measurement beforehand is so important. If you need to, you can always make the width of your ultra suede cuff a bit wider for added length. In Sam’s graphing PDF, she has also included additional rows of the pattern for anyone wanting to make their design longer than this sample. Please watch the video before beginning.


It is very tempting to cut your first bracelet off to see how it looks. Very tempting...but think about using all the warp to make more bracelets before you cut your design away. Infact, a design board can make up to twelve bracelets. How? By moving the warp around the board. In the video, Sam goes over how to move the warp around your board to use a new section. Above samples and “practice sections” are done by Beckie Ten Eyck. Thank you, Beckie! And a big thank you to Sam for such a wonderful project.
 You rock! So please watch the video and have fun looming and weaving :)) Janice