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Rullas Rule! Woven Bracelet Project

Part Number:PROJ-SS-197
Rullas Rule! Woven Bracelet Project
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About This Project

I have seen Rullas used in a variety of different ways, but I wanted to do something very simple. Even though this bracelet is constructed using thread, it is very easy to make and you will find, as I did, that the color possibilities are endless!

Author Shanna Steele
Shanna Steele
Auntie's Beads Designer


  1. Cut a piece of thread measuring about 15 feet in length. Thread your needle.
  2. String a stop bead, leaving a 10-12 inch tail (you will use this tail later). Pick up 2 size 11/0 seed beads. Run them down the length of the threads to where the stop bead is.
  3. String a rulla followed by 2 size 11/0 seed beads.
  4. Repeat step 3 until your piece is about 1 inch shy of the desired length.
  5. To start row 2, pick up 2 size 11/0 seed beads and run your needle and thread down through the bottom hole of the last rulla strung on row 1.
  6. To complete row 2, add a new rulla between each existing rulla. Your piece will twist a bit during this step, but don't worry; it will straighten out in row 3.
  7. To begin row 3, string 2 size 11/0 seed beads and a rulla and go through the bottom hole of the last rulla strung in row 2.
  8. Continue to add a rulla in between each existing rulla as you did in step 6.
  9. To begin row 4, string 2 size 11/0 seed beads and go through the bottom hole of the last rulla strung in row 3. Then add a rulla in between each existing rulla.
  10. To begin row 5, string 2 size 11/0 seed beads and a rulla. Go through the bottom hole of the last rulla strung in row 4. Continue to add new rullas between the existing rullas.
  11. To begin your last row, string 2 size 11/0 seed beads and go through the bottom hole of the last rulla strung in row 5.
  12. To complete the last row, add 2 size 11/0 seed beads in between each rulla.
  13. When you get to the end of the last row, pick up 2 size 11/0 seed beads and go through the top hole of the same rulla.
  14. Go up through the bottom hole of the next rulla. Add 2 more size 11/0 seed beads and go through the top hole of the same rulla.
  15. Go up through the bottom hole of the next rulla. Add 2 more size 11/0 seed beads and go through the top hole of the same rulla.
  16. Run your thread along the top row of your work. When you get to the other side, plug in 2 seed beads where needed and weaving between the outer rullas as you did in steps 13 through 15).
  17. To add your button, position it so it is toward one end of the rullas and the holes are centered over spaces between rullas.
  18. Run your needle and thread so they are exiting where one of your button holes is.
  19. Pick up 2 size 11/0 seed beads, run your needle and thread through the button hole, add another size 11/0 seed bead and then back down through all beads just strung.
  20. Run your needle through and/or between beads to get to the other button hole. String 2 seed beads, run your needle and thread through the button hole, string another seed bead and then run your needle and thread back down.
  21. Reinforce your work by tying half-hitch knots. Find a good exit point and trim excess thread.
  22. Remove your stop bead from the other side. And thread your needle. Run your needle and thread through the first 2 size 11/0 seed beads at the edge of the band. Pick up 24 size 11/0 seed beads and run your needle and thread through the last 2 size 11/0 seed beads at the edge of the band.
  23. Run your needle and thread down through the bottom hole of the last rulla and then up through the top hole.
  24. Run your needle and thread down 2 size 11/0 seed beads, then down through the next rulla and up through the top rulla. Repeat this process until the edge of the band has been reinforced.
  25. Go back through the loop, tying half-hitch knots as you work. Work your way back down through some nearby rullas, tying half-hitch knots until you find a good exit point. Trim excess thread.


Tools and Materials Needed:

Czech Glass 3x5mm Rullas, Magic Red Brown, 10 grams (about 15 grams)
11/0 Tr Chartreuse Miyuki Seed Beads (about 1-2 grams)
Swarovski Crystal 14mm Faceted Button (3014), Crystal Copper
Beadalon Wildfire, .008" (12 LB Test), Frost (about 5 yards)
OR
Czech Glass 3x5mm Rullas, Vega on Jet, 10 grams (about 15 grams)
11/0 Galvanized Gold Miyuki Seed Beads (about 1-2 grams)
Swarovski Crystal 14mm Faceted Button (3014), Jet Nut
Beadalon Wildfire, .008" (12 LB Test), Black (about 15 yards)
Size 10 Beading Needle
Cutting tool, such as Snipper


Customer Reviews

5 Stars
Review:Rulla beads
Just got my shipment. The Rulla beads rock. I was so excited, I stated making the bracelet following the instructions on your site. Unfortunately I orderd just one packet (10 grams) - I need one more to complete the bracelet.
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Reviewed by:  from Canada. on 4/10/2014
5/5
5 Stars
Great
I've made several of these and everyone absolutely loves them. The first one was a little confusing, but after that it was fun! Just be careful of the closure. it seems to undo so I put a safety clasp with it.
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Reviewed by:  from Florida. on 3/9/2014
5/5
5 Stars
alternative method
I had great difficulty following the directions for the closure, button, etc. and gave up. So I decided to start another bracelet using rullas with Karla'a snakeskin directions. I used an 8 seed bead instead of 2 11s between the rullas; it worked just fine and looks almost the same as the photos.
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Reviewed by:  from Ormond Beach, FL. on 9/1/2014
5/5
3 Stars
Judy
I have been working on this for two days, I don't find it to be an easy project. It twists and turns along with the usual knots and tangles that comes with fireline. This will be a one of a kind in my house, if I ever get it done. I wish they had this bracelet in a video lesson.
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Reviewed by:  from Torrance, Ca. on 10/21/2013
3/5

Questions and Answers

Q: This is a lovely pattern. Would it be possible to start working the bracelet at midpoint in the thread between rows three and four so that you only have to deal with half of the thread length at a time?
Asked by: Judy - 5/11/2015
A: I run my Fireline thru some beeswax before I start stitching. This helps the line go thru the beads more smoothly and helps to prevent tangles...after the bracelet is done it helps prevent the line from fraying and breaking.
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Answer provided by:  Cathy (6/2/2015)
A: I suppose you could or just tie in thread when needed, which is my least favorite thing to do!
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Answer provided by:  Karla Schafer (5/22/2015)

Materials and Supplies Used in This Project:

11/0 Galvanized Gold Miyuki Seed Beads
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English Beading Needles, Size 10, 4-Pack
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Snipper Tool w/ Cover
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Classic Nipper Tool
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