## Introduction: How to Make a Morse Code Bracelet on a Bead Loom

I love secret message jewelry, so when I was brainstorming projects for my new bead loom, I knew I had to incorporate a secret message somehow. My solution? Combine loom beading with Morse Code.

I've included both a video tutorial and the step-by-step written instructions, as well as a pdf pattern for the "dreamer" part of the bracelet. You can also view my original post for this bracelet on my website: kerrielee.com where I make video tutorials about all the things I dream up.

## Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

I used the following materials in my project. (These are Amazon affiliate links.)

## Step 2: Design

The "dreamer" Morse Code pattern is included in the attached pdf. You can use it and skip over this step if you like. Otherwise, follow these instructions to create a bracelet with your own phrase.

2. Determine the final length of your bracelet. (Subtract 1/2″ if using a button closure.) Hint: Women’s bracelets are typically 7″ around. Men’s bracelets are typically 8″ around.
3. Multiply the number of beads per inch you counted in step 1 by the length of the bracelet you selected in step 2. This is the total number of beads of a single row of your bracelet. Write down this number.
4. Determine the word or phrase you want to use in your bracelet and map out the number of rows required for your finished piece. I decided to use the words from my tagline (dreamer dabbler noodler) in three different rows. My finished bracelet is 9 rows. That’s 2 blank rows at the top, a row for dreamer, a blank row, a row for dabbler, a blank row, a row for noodler, and 2 blank rows at the bottom.
5. Translate your words or phrase using a Morse Code Translator.
6. Copy and paste the morse code into a word processing program and enlarge the font size to make it easier to read. Count the total number of beads from end to end. Count 1 bead per dot, 2 beads per dash, 1 bead per space separating dashes and dots, 3 beads per space between letters, and 5 beads per space between words. Write down this number.
7. Subtract the number of beads in your word you counted in step 6 from the total number of beads in a row you calculated in step 3. This number represents the total number of extra beads you need around your word beads. Divide the extra bead number by 2 to determine the number of extra beads needed on each side of your word beads. Round to the nearest whole number (one up and one down) if necessary.
8. Repeat these steps for each of your words.
9. Transfer your design to graph paper.

### Attachments

3. Pass the needle back through the beads over the top of the warp threads. You want to pull the thread until it’s taut, but you don’t want to pull it too tight.
4. Repeat these steps following your pattern.
5. To change thread, leave a 3″ tail of old thread, and a 3″ tail of new thread. These will be worked into the piece later.