RAW Bracelet Tutorial: ‘Up the Garden Path’


RAW bracelet tutorial made with peanut beads, Superduos and Lentil beads to create the effect of flowers growing on a path. This dimensional bracelet can be altered to fit different wrist sizes and is fastened with a slide clasp. Suitable for intermediate beaders, the tutorial is illustrated with step-by-step diagrams.

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RAW bracelet tutorial designed by Katie Dean. I have called this design, ‘Up the Garden Path’. The colouring and arrangement of the RAW base reminded me of a path, laced with flowers emerging from the paving.

About the RAW Bracelet Tutorial

You will use peanut beads, Superduos and Lentil beads to make this bracelet. It cleverly makes use of the Superduo’s two holes to create a layered effect. I finished the bracelet with a slide clasp, but you can use a clasp of your choice if you prefer. The design would also lend itself well to a beaded clasp.

I have written this RAW bracelet tutorial with intermediate level beaders in mind. The tutorial does include clear step-by-step diagrams and is not technically difficult. However, I feel that the shaped seed beads may make this particular RAW bracelet tricky for beginners. The tutorial would be perfectly suitable for advanced beaders looking for a reasonably quick project. If you are a beginner and like the design, then I would encourage you to have a go at this. You can download my free RAW tutorial which will give you a helpful introduction to Right Angle Weave. So, with a little perseverance, you should be able to master this RAW bracelet tutorial.

I designed ‘Up the Garden Path’ as my first exploration with Lentil beads. I love the colour and style of these beads and they immediately reminded me of flower petals. So this led me to think of ways in which I could incorporate a flower into a bracelet design.

Those of you who already know my work will know that I love working in three dimensions. As I experiment more and more with Superduo and Twin Hole beads, I am fascinated by their ability to add layers to otherwise flat beadwork. So, I decided to bring these two ideas together in this single design. This is certainly an idea that I will be exploring further. I hope you will also enjoy trying these new ideas for using the shaped seed beads that are emerging so fast in the beading market.