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LEARN and CREATE – A fantasy on the ladder stitch «Dancing rectangles» - part 1

« Dancing rectangles » is a 6 mm large, slender bracelet that will charm young and old alike. Like the basic ladder stitch, « Dancing rectangles » is an easy beginner's project, but you will work with two beads at a time instead of one bead. If you are not familiar with the https://dunebeads.com/en/learn-and-create-the-flat-brick-stitch-on-a-foundation-of-ladder-stitch-part-1, try it out first. It will give you a good understanding of the thread path you will use here.

Dancing rectangles

Challenge:

Understanding the thread path and controlling the thread tension. Too much tension and the top beads sit askew, too little and the beads do not line up nicely.

Supplies for the “Dancing rectangles” bracelet:

  • 11/0 Japanese Miyuki Delica beads
  • S-lon thread or polyethylene (fishing line), John James needles # 10 or #12
  • clasp (optional), scissors and a bead mat

Weaving instructions for the “Dancing rectangles” bracelet:

  • take a comfortable length of thread
  • pick up 4 Delicas and circle back till your thread sits on the same side as the tail thread

Dancing rectangles - start

  • pick up 2 Delicas and circle back till you end at the top of the row you added

Dancing rectangles - 1st rectangle, add 2 beads

Dancing rectangles - 1st rectangle

  • pick up 4 Delicas and go DOWN through the outer stack of two beads you just exited

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - start

  • you have put a square on top of your rectangle
  • pass your needle UP through the two preceding beads and also through the closest two beads of the four you put on top

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - attach in place

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle, fixing in place

  • go DOWN with your needle through the outer two Delicas

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - getting in place to add beads

  • to complete the rectangle : pick up 2 Delicas, circle back DOWN through the preceding set of two and go UP through the two last beads

Dancing rectangles - 2nd rectangle - adding 2 beads

  • note : you always work with pairs

Dancing rectangles - getting in place to add next rectangle

SEE - part 2

LEARN and CREATE – A fantasy on the ladder stitch «Dancing rectangles» - part 2

CONTINUATION: «Dancing rectangles»

  • check the thread tension and look if the beads sit right on top where they belong, in other words the last row is stacked on top of the previous round; but the beads are located in between the beads of the previous round
  • * pick up 4 Delicas and go back through the outer stack of two beads you just exited

Dancing rectangles - next rectangle, adding 4 beads

  • go with your needle UP through the preceding two beads as well as through the closest two beads on the top

Dancing rectangles - attaching next rectangle

  • go DOWN with your needle through the outer two Delicas

Dancing rectangles - getting in place to add 2 beads

  • to complete the rectangle : pick up 2 Delicas, circle back through the preceding set of two and go UP through the two last beads **

Dancing rectangles -  getting ready to add rectangle

Dancing rectangles - adding 4 beads

  • repeat * till ** until you reach the desired length
  • attach a small clasp or zip the strip together
  • enjoy!

Dancing rectangles - bracelet

Ideas:

  • make several to create a stacking bracelet set
  • would it not be a nice thumb ring too?
  • you might want to work with two colors

Thank you for choosing your beads and findings @ https://dunebeads.com/en/delica-seed-beads-size-11-japan !

Happy day, see you soon!