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Bethel's Wild Wonderings

Tila Keyboard Bracelet Tutorial
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Tila Keyboard Bracelet Tutorial by Bethel's Wild Wonderings

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Tila beads are so smooth and flat and square and tiny. There is something very appealing about their seeming absence of weight. When stitched together with cross weave ladder stitch, the bracelet is very soft and delicate. This bracelet combines the contrast of pearly white with matte black into the impression of a piano keyboard. Step by step instructions are given for the 2 needle cross weave ladder stitch that creates the body of the bracelet. Step by step instructions are also included for the picot stitch that forms the rope like edging. Because we all know that "a picture is worth a thousand words", I have also included photos of each step. The only thing difficult about this pattern is waiting to see the finished bracelet.

On the pattern pages, I have provided you with:
  • Photo of finished bracelet
  • Bead Legend (number and color of beads required)
  • Easy to read numbered graph
  • Detailed step by step instructions with photo illustration
Approximate Finished size:
Length: 7 1/4(with clasp)
Width: 7/8 inches
Colors: 2
Supplies Used:
Miyuki Tila beads, 15/0 seed beads, white and black beading thread, 2 inch beading needles, Toggle clasp, Jump rings
2 needle cross weave ladder stitch and picot stitch
Pages to Print:
Skill Level:
Beginner to Intermediate: Detailed instructions for cross weave and picot stitch included. Work with long lengths of thread.

When Tila beads first came on the market in 2010, I ordered my favorite colors black and white. I had no idea what I would make with them, just that I had to try them. When they arrived I fell in love with their tiny, weightless, squareness. I sat at my work table trying to decide how to put them together into a design. Then it struck me that the shiny white pearly luster finish and the matte black finish looked like the keys of a piano. I made a quick drawing of my idea and went to bed. I am a night owl, but it was too late to do any more that night.
The next morning I got out of bed and went to the electronic keyboard (that no one in my house can play) and drew up the placement of the beads. I barely took time for some cereal and coffee before I had my thread out and was stitching them together. Once I got the body of the bracelet stitched together, I took a break to think about how to finish it. The rope picot seemed to flow right out of my fingers. After I had finished, I sat in amazement at how much I liked the design. that was August of 2010. I have made it several times since then and am still amazed every time I finish. I thought it was time I share my pattern. I hope you will enjoy making it as much as I do. 

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