Make a Chevron V Channel Bracelet

Make a Chevron V Channel Bracelet


Hi, this is Heather with the Potomac Bead Company. Today I’m going to show you how to make a, our Chevron V bracelet. The Chevron V bracelet is based on a ladder stitch and then the embellishments actually give it a V look and it’s based on the Chevron style. What you’ll need for this project, this is a very simple project, but what you’ll need is some 8/0s, probably a gram of 8/0 seed beads for your ladder stitch base. And then you’ll also need some 11/0s, less than a gram of 11/0s each. For this bracelet that I stitched I actually just use two different colors of 11/0s. You can use how many colors you want for the embellishment. For the bracelet that I’m going to work on today I’ve actually picked three different colors for our embellishment. You’ll also need a toggle and the clasp, some fire line, probably a couple yards of that, and a size 10 or 12 English beading needle. And if you would like to use a stop bead you may and then we’re going to go ahead and get started. So once you’ve attached your stop bead, and you’ve left about a six-inch length of thread go ahead and string on three seed beads. We’re going to start our ladder stitch. So string on three of your 8/0s, excuse me, and then go ahead and string on three more. Bring them down. So what you want to see happening is you want your second set of of your 8/0s to lay next to your first set, and what you’re going to do is take your needle back up from the bottom to the tip, up the first three seed beads that you just put on your project, and then you’re going to pull. Then you’re going to take your needle down the last set of 8/0s and you’ve just created your first two ladder stitch. To continue your project you’re going to string on three more of your base color, your 8/0s, and to bring your project around, well to have your 8/0s lay up against the second column, you’re going to take your needle down the previous set of 8/0s. Pull tight so that they lay up next to each other nicely and then you’re going to take your needle back up through those three seed beads you just put on your project and then pull. I’m going to do it one more time, string on three 8/0s, bring them down to your project and this time we’re going to take our needle up the previous three 8/0s on our project and we’re going to pull. And then we’re going to take our needle back down these 8/0s that we just added to kind of stabilize them. And that’s how you do your ladder stitch for this project. What you are going to do is you’re going to keep going until you’ve reached to your desired length of your bracelet. For the bracelet that I used here I have about 44 rows of ladder stitch and this is for a seven inch bracelet. If you want a seven and a half inch I would suggest going a little bit longer and then leave about an inch for your toggle and clasp, but kind of figure out what your length is going to be once you’ve gotten your ladder stitch and add some more 8/0s if you need to. So go ahead and finish up the rest of your ladder stitch. So now that you’ve completed the length of your ladder stitch bracelet we’re going to go ahead and attach the clasp on the one end of your bracelet. This is very simple, so, exiting out using the same thread and needle, exiting out doesn’t matter either at the top or at the bottom, exiting out of the top you’re going to add two of 11/0 seed beads. It doesn’t matter which color, so pick out whichever color you want. Two 11/0s, one of your 8/0 seed beads, three of your 11/0s , your toggle bar, three 11/0 seed beads, then you’re going to take your needle back down through the 8/0 seed bead that you had just strung on and pull. So it’s almost complete. Then you’re going to add two more seed beads of your 11/0s. Then take your needle back up on the opposite end of your ladder stitch and then pull. There you’ve just completed adding a toggle clasp to your project. At this point you are going to begin your embellishments . You are going to pick up five of one color seed beads, drop the five 11/0s to your base, to your bracelet and skip two rows down from where your thread’s coming out. Take your needle through the middle 8/0 seed bead and then pull. Should create a V. And then you’re going to pick up five, take your needle, you’re exiting out of the 8/0, and take your needle back up through the last row because you want to mimic, you want to mimic what you just had on the other side. So take your needle back up through that last row and then pull. So now we’ve created our first V channel. Then we’re going to take our needle back down the second row of your 8/0 and you’re going to pick up five of your next seed bead color and then take your needle up through the row, the one row below where your transition bead is here for your first set of fives. So go one row down and take your needle up through the middle 8/0 seed bead, just like that and then pull. And you’re going to repeat and then take your needle down through the second row of your ladder stitch making sure it’s going through only your 8/0s. Might be a little tricky and then pull. Then you’re going to take your… I’m going to flip this over so that you could see it just a little bit better. Now that your thread, your thread and needle are coming down through the second column of your ladder stitch you want to take your needle down through the next row of 8/0s. You should be exiting at the top of your bracelet here and at this point you’ll go ahead and add five more seed beads, five of your 11/0s and here’s the transition area of the previous V that you’ve created. So the column next to that in the middle 8/0 seed bead you’re going to take your needle through that middle 8/0 and then pull. And then you’re going to add five more 11/0s. And then take your needle, if you need to turn your bracelet over you can, you’re going to take your needle down. See how these beads already exiting. So you need to take take your needle down through that third row and pull. And then you can see your creation developing. And now that now we need to take our needle down through the next. You can see, I’ll just flip it over one more time, so we’re going to take our needle down the fourth column of our ladder stitch so that we can add, so that we’re able to add our embellishments and at this point will be exiting from the bottom portion. So I’m going to pick up five of my 11/0s, actually I want this color, and I see my 8/0 here, and I’m going to take it to the next 8/0 seed bead in the middle, take my needle up through that 8/0 and I’m going to pull. Creates the V. I’m in position to do my second set of five 11/0s and I’m going to make sure I’m taking my needle down, you can see, down that column. It doesn’t have any seed beads. It’s matching up to the row I had just taken my needle out and you’re going to pull. Then you’re going to take your needle back over one column over to the left and pull so that you can add another set of embellishments. Pick up five 11/0s, take your needle down through the middle seed bead, middle 8/0, is next in line and pull, add five more seed beads and take your needle up through that same column that you just came out of and pull. And then you’re going to take your needle down the next column just like so and pull so that you’re in place to do your next set. And you’re going to keep doing this until you get to the end of your bracelet Once you’ve finished adding your 11/0 embellishments to your ladder stitch, we are actually finished with our bracelet and all we need to do is add our clasp. And to do so you’re going to remove your stop bead or just move it out of the way and if you notice your thread is going to be coming out of the third column from the from the end on the inside. And what you need to do is get your thread coming out of the last column, and to do that you’re just going to go back up through your ladder stitch. Take your needle down through the second-to-last row I can and then take your needle back up through the very last row of your ladder stitch and now we’re just in position to add at our clasp. And it’s pretty much just what we did on the other end of our project right here. You’re just going to mock it. You’re going to add two of your 11/0 seed beads of the same color that you had for your toggle, take one 8/0, and three 11/0s, your clasp, and three more 11/0s. Take your needle down through that one 8/0 that you added and then add two more 11/0s. Then take your needle back up through that last column of your ladder stitch and you’re just going to pull. And you have completed, at this point you’ve completed your Chevron V bracelet, and you’re going to tie off your string by just kind of bead weaving through your project and doing a couple of half hitch knots. And it’s very easy. This is a very fun bracelet, very easy, very light on your wrist. You can, you know, be creative with your colors. You don’t have to use all one color. You can do a couple different colors like I did to this one, with this bracelet, or just make it a multicolor bracelet. My daughter picked out these colors. That’s why they’re a little pink and teal. So have fun with this bracelet. Enjoy making it. It really, it works up really fast. It’s an easy, pretty looking bracelet. So and if you have any questions, hopefully you could stop in to the Potomac Bead Company store or visit us on Facebook and watch more of our videos and we’d love to see you one day. Thanks again for watching this video

39 Comments

  1. I really like is bracelet, especially the one in green. It's also nice because seed beads are not expensive and almost everyone has them in their bead stash. :o)

  2. hi, was just wondering , first i'm new at beading, n just barely know alot of stitches., how come my ladder comes out sloppy and don't lay straight like urs.

  3. Usually a new beader's problems a related to how taut your thread is. You need to pull quite tight with your thread in most stitches at the end of each row… keep constant pressure on, and that will fix most problems with being 'loose'.

  4. It's a really fun project & i made so many of those Bracelet because it's a good way to play whit colors and Chevron stitches is a very versatile stitch love it Heater,Thank's to share and your Daughter will be very happy to have the one you have done,very Girly!

  5. Is that it? So easy? I didn t knew it was soooo easy. thank you so much for your CLEAR TUTORIAL . Kisses from the Netherlands. Nilza wilgenhof

  6. Had a rocky start basically because I couldn't keep the starting seeds tight especially around the clasp. Wasn't sure I was going to like it. In the end, I love the way it came out and will make more. Thanks for your wonderful tutorials. They are so easy to follow.

  7. Thank you so much. I love this pattern I've made several, some with beads I bought in Venice. I've had some people ask me for the patter, so I've given them the link to this video. Hope that's ok?

  8. on the Chevron bracelet are you skipping the 8/0 beads in the middle to make the V I cannot see or are you going every single bead in the middle to me it looks like you're skipping every other beat under the V I hope you can understand what I'm trying to say I love this pattern I'm going to try it thank you Potomac bead company💌

  9. Jessie Moto how much would you sell this chevron bracelet for I have trouble pricing things I know how much I pay for the beads but don't know how much to charge for my time

  10. So out of curiosity it’s probably possible to make this wider by adding more beads to the height of the ladder stitch. I’m assuming that you can do that as long as the number of 8/0’s are odd right? Then I suppose you just have to add a bigger number of 11/0’s?

  11. I love the tutorials and they are so easy to follow. But not to be mean, maybe some of the girls should get manicures before doing the tutorials.

  12. Thank you for closeups & turning bracelet over so we can see exactly where needle goes into proper bead. I was wanting to master this.

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