Crochet a Wire and Ribbon Bracelet
Susanne Williams crochets wire into a bracelet and then weaves ribbon into the silver wire.
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Materials and Tools:
32-gauge sterling silver wire
silk ribbon (typically used for ribbon embroidery)
ribbon embroidery needle (or any needle with a very large eye to accommodate the silk ribbon)
scissors (to cut the wire) or wire cutters
scissors to cut the silk ribbon
Swarovski crystal bead
1. Sterling silver wire is available by the roll, so work directly from the roll to eliminate guessing the size of the finished bracelet.
2. Thread the Swarovski crystal onto the wire.
3. Using a crochet hook, single chain stitch one row to the desired length of the bracelet.
4. Turn and single chain stitch a second row.
5. Turn and single chain stitch a third row, this time stopping at the halfway point on the bracelet.
6. Pull the Swarovski crystal up so that it will be pulled into the next crochet stitch.
7. Continue the single chain stitch to complete the third row.
8. Turn and single chain stitch a fourth and final row.
9. Clip the sterling silver wire with an inch of excess wire.
10. Using needle-nose pliers, weave and twist the excess wire back into the bracelet, making sure there are no sharp points.
11. Thread the silk ribbon onto an embroidery needle. Work directly from the package of ribbon rather than cutting off a certain amount. This eliminates the guesswork.
12. Randomly weave the ribbon throughout the crocheted wire bracelet.
13. Weave the ribbon in and out of the crochet loops.
14. Leave about an 8-inch length of ribbon on each end.
15. You now have an 8-inch length of ribbon at each end of the bracelet. Tie each one with a simple knot to the wire, and tie the ribbon around your wrist.