Hello, my darling beady friends!
I have a new pattern to share with you. You may remember my post about my amulet bag recently, and that the little purse I made had a little interlocking-circles motif?
Well! I really liked that part, and may have turned it into a full blown bracelet (and by “may have” I mean “definitely did and CANNOT wait to share it).
Introducing my newest pattern – the Ruched Tila bracelet!
I am so happy with how this bracelet turned out and have been surprised by how versatile it is. The original prototype (and the example in the pattern instructions) is a five-Tila-tall cuff with Miyuki Tilas (Matte Khaki Iris ) and Miyuki seed beads in two colors (Matte Khaki Iris  and Picasso Seafoam ).
The interlocking loops make a really neat braided or chainmail illusion, and I really liked the contrast with the structured Tila stacks.
Then, I decided that I really wanted to try to make an ombre, or gradient, bracelet. I decided on sunset colors and made this piece.
Making this bracelet led me to discover also that this bracelet can use Miyuki or Toho beads interchangeably, which is rare for my patterns, since they usually work best with Miyuki beads. The Tilas in this bracelet are Dark Topaz AB (134fr) and the 11/0’s along side them are some unlabeled Toho beads from my stash. The loops, in descending order are, Miyuki Opaqe Pale Pumpkin (2041), Miyuki Durocoat Opaque Red Brown (4458), Union Beads Lava Red (11-402-01890), Miyuki Special Dyed Old Rose (2046), and Miyuki Special Dyed Wine (2047).
When I was teaching the class yesterday (and getting some proofreading, haha), I decided to try a bracelet that was only three Tila’s tall and utilized a bead soup that I made from leftover 11/0’s in my stash.
And I haven’t finished my latest sample, but I decided to get really crazy and replace the Tila’s with a set of three Half-Tilas, making the structures portions wider. I also decided to use some really pretty Charlottes that were given to me as a gift. Looks like Czech seed beads work just fine as well!
One of the ladies in my class even tried swapping out the Tilas for 6mm Czech Tile beads, and that seemed to work just fine as well. This design seems to be quite the chameleon!
Do you guys have a favorite? Any thoughts on other swaps or color effects I could try out? I’m eager to hear your thoughts!