Barefoot Beaded Sandal

I was lucky enough to get my first glimpse of bead crochet when I was about 14 years old. My parents had purchased a weekend get a way and in the house hanging from the wood stove was a beautiful aqua beaded bag. I fell in love with it. I still have the bag and that was the beginning of my obsession with beaded bags. To me adding beads to your crochet work creates a breath-taking project that can put some people , ok me, into a trance just looking at it.

Lets get started on our project Barefoot Sandals. If you are not experienced with thread I recommend that you use the following materials: Small amount of size 10 thread, 38 E beads (they are the larger than seed beads and smaller than pony beads) , size 6 steel hook, split needle or wire beading needle. Thread your needle and string 19 of the e beads onto your crochet thread, push/slide them all down the thread approx 2 feet. Row 1: Leave a long tail to weave in later, ch 25 join to form a ring Row 2. ch 1 , bsc (bead single crochet) slide 1 bead as close as possible to your hook, sc in ring. The bead will be on the opposite side of your work. Ch 1 turn. Row 3: 3 sc in bsc, ch 1 turn. Row 4: bsc, sc, bsc, ch 1 turn Row 5: sc across, ch 1 turn Row 6: sc, bsc, sc, ch 1 turn Row 7: sc across, ch 1 turn Rows 8 – 26: Repeat rows 4 – 7 5 times Row 27: ch 160, sc in 1st sc, sc in next 2 sc, ch 160 sl st into last sc made end off. Weave in all ends, slip the ch 25 loop around 2nd toe, tie around ankle. That’s it, now make another one. You can of course substitute thread and use size 11 seed beads.

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