Time for Tila beads!

Posted by Julia Gerlach
on Thursday, July 21, 2011

Our August 2011 issue features several projects that use some of the new bead shapes that are currently on the market, including the red-hot Tila bead, the two-hole tile from Miyuki. Not wanting to be left out of the Tila craze, I decided to design a little bracelet with them, and here it is! If you want to try this easy design, read on. Happy beading!


bracelet 7 1/2 in. (19.1 cm)

40 Tila beads

97 2.5 mm fire-polished beads

• 1 g 15/0 seed beads

• button

• Fireline or Wildfire 6 lb. test

• beading needles #12


1. On 2 yd. (1.8 m) of thread, attach a stop bead (Online Basics), leaving a 6-in. (15cm) tail.

2. Sew through one hole of a Tila bead, and pick up two 15/0 seed beads, a 2.5 mm fire-polished bead, and two 15/0s. Cross diagonally over the Tila bead, sew through the other hole, and pick up a 2.5 mm (figure 1, a–b).

3. Repeat step 2 (b–c) until the strip is the desired length. Remove the stop bead, and end the working thread and tail (Online Basics).

4. Repeat steps 1–3 to make another strip of the same length.

5. Line up the two strips side by side. On 1 yd. (.9 m) of thread, attach a stop bead, leaving a 10-in. (25 cm) tail, and sew through the left-side hole of the first Tila bead of the right-hand strip.

6. Pick up a 2.5 mm, and sew through the right-hand hole of the next Tila bead in the left-hand strip and the next two beads (figure 2, a–b). Sew through the adjacent hole in the Tila bead your thread just exited, pick up a 2.5 mm, and sew through the next Tila bead (b–c). Sew through the adjacent hole and the next two beads (c–d).

7. Repeat step 6 (d–e) to connect the remainder of the two strips.

8. Using the tail, attach a button to one end of the bracelet. Use the thread at the other end of the bracelet to make a loop of seed beads that is large enough to fit around the button. Work a round of peyote stitch (Online Basics) if desired. End the remaining threads.

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