Stitch this cheery cherry blossom bracelet pattern using either a loom or square stitch.
This is the view from my office on a typical snowy, blowy, January day!
I ripped this project off the loom because the satin finish on the background beads was too much competition for the shiny pinks of the blossoms.
I used the Clover loom, but you can use any loom or work in square stitch to create your own breath of spring!
Until last week, I had never heard the term “polar vortex.” Then the temperatures dipped below -18°F, the wind chills dropped unspeakably low, cars wouldn't start, and ice formed on the inside of my windshield. When it finally blew over, I fully understood the meaning of the term.
I typically don't mind the cold too much, and in general anything less than a foot of snow doesn't bother me. But day after day of no sunshine makes me SAD. This year is no different except that it's colder than usual. I bundle up to stay warm inside, wearing fingerless gloves and a scarf even at the office. Most days are gray and gloomy, and the worst part is that I know we still have the dog-days of February to get through.
I'm so anxious to feel the sun's warmth, hear the birds chirping, and to see the first few signs of green life pushing through the snow. This past week I found myself singing a few lines from a song my mother used to sing to me: “Down in the meadow, under the snow, April is teaching green things to grow.” What I wouldn’t give to see those first few buds appear! So I stitched up a few quick blossoms to wear on my wrist and cheer me up on these cold snowy days, and I want to share it with you. Click here to download this free pattern. Note: There is a separate chart and the bead key to download here if you want to use my colors.
I designed the pattern using Bead Tool 4, and I didn't have my beads in front of me at the time. That was my first mistake. Once I started weaving with the colors that looked good on the screen, I discovered that the pink blossoms blended into the shiny, pearly background because there wasn't enough contrast. I ripped it out and started again with the matte background you see in the finished bracelet. Contrast is a good thing to keep in mind as you design. Don't use beads with all the same finish. Make sure you have some matte beads and some shiny beads in your design to provide contrast and that will make your pattern stand out clearer.
I used pink Nymo beading thread and the Clover loom Julia picked up at the Bead&Button Show last summer, but you can use any loom or even square stitch. I like this loom because it's so easy to set up, it's very portable, and you don’t have to tie off every single warp thread at the end. One thing I learned is that I need to watch my tension in the first few rows as I had a bit of slack there!
The woven band is 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) long and 1 in. (2.5 cm) wide. For a clasp, I used a four-loop slide clasp connected to each end of the bracelet using loops of seed beads.