I have taken inspiration from Kelly Osbourne to make this funky colourful bracelet to match her fabulous colourful personality – not to mention her lovely hair. She is young and vibrant and would easily carry off such a colourful accessory.
STYLE PROFILE KELLY
Kelly Osbourne is a British singer-songwriter, fashion designer, actress, TV presenter and most famously – daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, who shot to fame in the Emmy Award winning show The Osbournes. The series chronicled their day-to-day life, and the show became a hit for its portrayal of a dysfunctional, albeit close-knit family.
PHOTOGRAPH: VOLODYMYR GOINYK/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
- 50cm length of 6mm faux leather
- Strand of 8mm mixed colourful beads
- 120cm of embroidery thread
- Dressmaking needle
- The first bead is always a bit tricky to position, but when you start repeating the beading process, it corrects itself.
- Try to keep the tension the same all the way through the bracelet so it remains straight. You may find it easier to work on a clipboard to hold it all in place. Work out what is the best method for you.
Thread a needle with a brightly coloured contrasting embroidery thread to your faux leather cord. Fold the cord in half and form a loop just large enough to fit a bead through. Sew a few stitches at this point to secure the cord. Wrap the thread around the stitches to hide them.
Now continue to wrap the embroidery thread around each cord separately to form a figure-of-eight pattern. Do this a few times, then, starting with the embroidery thread positioned at the top cord, take a bead and thread the needle through it and go down and around the bottom cord in the direction shown in the picture.
Thread the needle back through the same bead going the other way, and go over and around the top cord in the direction as shown in the picture. Pull the thread tight, securing the bead between the two cords.
Pick up another bead and thread the needle through it and down and around the bottom cord. Then go back through the bead and over and around the top cord. Keep repeating this step to add as many beads as appropriate for your wrist size. I have used 16.
When you have added your last bead, wrap the embroidery thread around each separate cord to again create a figure-of-eight pattern. Sew a few stitches to hold both cords in place.
Finally, continue to wrap the embroidery thread around both cords to mirror the other end and then thread on another bead and sew another few stitches to secure it all in place. Cut away any excess cord and thread and add a few drops of superglue to secure.
Make a variation
These fabulously bright beads come in same colour strings as well as the multicoloured ones. I have crimped three separate strands of nylon-coated steel wire onto a three-loop connector bar and then threaded 6mm beads onto each strand. Each strand was lightly crimped to hold the beads in place. Plait the together, then remove the loose crimps one strand at a time and re-crimp to another three-loop connector bar. Finally add a toggle clasp using jumprings.
All of the brightly coloured beads:
T: 01823 339356 or 07824358253
6mm faux leather:
T: 01509 218028
Laurel Guilfoyle, Tansy Wilson
- Date 13th Mar 2017
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