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Potawatomi Chevron Chain
Chevrons are very popular right now in jewelry and home decorating, which means that it's a good time to refresh skill in older stitch patterns. The bracelet above is woven in Potawatomi weave, which is a daisy chain variation.
Making this chain is a lot simpler than it first seems. There are instructions here. It's been one of my favorite chains for years now.
To make this bracelet, you will need:
strong thread- I used Fireline
seed beads in 2 colors- I used size 11 Japanese seed beads
For a quick overview, you go up through the 4th bead of the previous row then up through the second bead of the current row. Add 5 beads and repeat.
When you go through the 2 beads it cinches them together popping up the 3rd bead of the current row. In the example below, the bead rows are shown in alternating colors so you can see it clearly.
A note about planes of orientation- A lot of clasps have the hole on the same orientation as the clasp, for lobster claw clasps, that's fine because they are perpendicular to the bracelet. For toggle clasps, you may need to add a jump ring or a split ring. Jump ring shown in red on the right.
So, to make the bracelet, start with a loop of 7 main color with the clasp strung on. Go up through the 2nd bead from the clasp, and add 3 beads in the main color, then 2 beads in the alternate color, go through the 2nd bead from the one you came up through to start the row, then through the second bead added, add 3 beads in the accent color and 2 in the main color. Go up through the 4th bead on the previous row, and then up through the second bead of the current row. Keep adding beads, alternating colors in the same pattern. Each row starts with 3 beads in the same color as the last 2 beads of the previous row.
If you want to alternate arrow direction, try this graph!
As you can see, the rows to point the chevrons the other way go ABAAB BABBA compared to the AAABB BBBAA of the first example.
Try graphing out your own simple designs. This method can be used to make nice friendship bracelets that echo the V shapes in knotted floss bracelets.
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