This bracelet works up really fast, even if you aren't comfortable with 2 needle techniques. It took me about 2 hours and that includes time for a sandwich,finding the right beads, losing a needle and then losing a needle again. It's a right angle weave variation.
I added the clasp after I finished weaving the first part of the bracelet on one end, then when I finished weaving back across with the kisses, I put on the other end of the clasp. Attach your clasps how you please, at the beginning the way I did or at the very end.
You will need:
4 mm fire polish crystals
size 15/o seed beads, charlottes or something similar in size.
size 11 Japanese seed beads
strong beading thread
The thread and needles need to be a size that can do multiple passes through the beads.
Cut about a 2 yard length of thread and put a needle on each end.
Put on 4 beads and move them to about the middle of the thread, pass needle and thread through the last bead opposite them crossing the threads so the needles are on either side of the bead.
The first layer has only size 11 seed beads in it.
Add 1 size seed bead, 1 fire polish, 1 seed bead, 1 fire polish, 1 seed bead, 1 fire polish on one side, on the other add 1 seed bead, 1 fire polish, 1 seed bead, one fire polish, 1 seed bead, and pass that needle and thread through the last fire polish of the other thread, crossing the threads so you end with one needle and thread on each side. Hug completed.
Continue that way, one 4 bead unit without seed beads, 1 hug unit until the bracelet is the length you want.
When it's long enough, you'll switch directions and work back across the bracelet. The kisses are worked over the 4 bead units passing the needle and thread through the vertically oriented beads.
On this pass, the only beads added are the size 15 seed beads.
So add 7 beads on one needle and thread and cross the unit to the diagonal corner and pass needle and thread up through the vertical bead on the other side of the 4 bead unit.
With the other needle and thread, add 3 beads, then pass needle and thread through the center bead of the 7 beads just added, add 3 more beads and go down through the vertical bead. Pass needle and thread through the hug unit. Continue across until all the 4 bead units are "kissed".
I used an iris coat dark blue for all my beads, but you can absolutely mix up colors. Just to give you an idea how that might look I colorized these diagrams.
It's a very adaptable pattern, you can use all sorts of bead sizes, just adjust the kisses accordingly.
There are a few variations on the idea of a hugs and kisses bracelet, the first one I remember is a very sparkly bracelet that Sarah Frazier posted instructions for, this is my take on the idea.
If you're looking for the original hugs and kisses beaded bracelet pattern that Sarah posted, you can find that here
There is also a free peyote pattern available here
on the hugs and kisses theme.
One of my blog readers pointed out that the printable boxes
I make for cookies are a good size for giving bracelets as a gift. This one has a hugs and kisses theme.