Embroidery Chain Bracelet
Elapsed project time: 1 hour.
What you’ll need: chain, embroidery thread (assortment of colours), scissors and wire cutters.
Begin by measuring the chain on your wrist to ensure that it can go a full time around. Then double the chain over and make sure it’s a suitable size to be only half of the bracelet, as shown in the above photo.
Cut unwanted chain links.
I chose 5 shades of pink and purple embroidery strings but you could use anywhere from 3-10 (if you wanted to get really complicated). I measured the strings across my arm span (hand to hand with my arms stretched out), but I had plenty of extra. Fold the chain in half and on the side with the loose ends, loop the strings so they go through both end chain links, so there is an even amount of each colour on both sides. In the photo I have 5 strings on the left and 5 strings on the right.
Tie a knot with the evenly divided strings.
Separate the strands into the same order on each sides (pink – outside, burgundy – 2nd from outside etc.). At this stage, I taped down the chain right above where the strings start so the bracelet won’t move while dealing with the strings.
(I’ve done a few rows so that’s it’s easier to see what I’m doing) Start by bringing the outer string across the string directly to its right.
Now bring the outer string through the loop you’ve just made as shown above. (to be clear, if string 1 is the outer string, the process goes: burgundy across pink, burgundy through the loop – below pink but on top of burgundy on the starting side of burgundy). Pull the stitch tight to the top of the bracelet. Repeat this step two more times for a total of three stitches on the same string.
After finishing with the pink string, bring burgundy over to the next string directly to the right of the string you were just working on. Repeat the same stitch process but on the next string (purple). Bring burgundy across purple.
Complete the stitch by bringing burgundy through the loop as previously explained. Repeat to have a total of 3 stitches on this string.
Complete the 3 stitches on each of the strings as you move into the middle of the bracelet, remember to pull each stitch tight.
The photo above shows what the row of burgundy stitches should look like after completing the row.
Now working on the right side of the bracelet, ensure that your strings are in the same order from the outside as the left side of the bracelet. Begin by bringing burgundy across the string directly to the LEFT of it. For this type of bracelet, you’re working outside-in, so the stitch will be backwards on the opposite side of the bracelet. Bring burgundy across in the opposite direction (I find it easiest to just remember that you’re working in, so to bring the string over pointing towards the inner centre of the bracelet).
Complete the stitch on each thread, 3 stitches on each, always working inwards. As you get farther in the bracelet, the pattern and organization of the strings will get much easier to see and deal with as they kind of fall in place in order.
Remember to pull each stitch tight as you complete it. Keep working inward until you reach the middle where the two burgundy strings will meet.
The “V” pattern must be closed to finish off the row of burgundy. Only two stitches are required at this step.
Bring the right burgundy across the left and complete the same stitch. When pulling tight, the outer strings sometimes get caught in the middle stitch, so try to hold the rest of the strings tight while completing this.
Now using the opposite side stitch (following the string pointing inwards rule), bring the left string over the right and complete the stitch. Again, pulling tight but not letting other colours get mixed in within this stitch. Your “V” row is now finished.
This is what it should look like at this stage. (Again, I completed a few rows for better photo-explanation)
Repeat the same steps, using the new outside string to complete 3 stitches on each string while working inwards. This is what it will eventually look like.
The “V” stitch is very time consuming, but worth it in the end!
Once you’ve completed enough of the embroidery thread section of the bracelet, ensure that it will fit on your wrist (size it a bit big because neither materials are very stretchy). Thread one of the groups of strings through the end of the chain and tie it off securely.
**Note: to begin the “V” pattern, the steps are the exact same, but you may have difficulties with the strings staying in the same order as they have not been stitched at all yet. Go slow and ensure that you are working with the correct strings as it can get frustrating. It may look somewhat wonky in the first 2 rows of “V”s, but no worries as it will straighten out if you are doing it correctly! Leave a comment if you have any questions!