Tile, Tila and Half-Tila Bead Patterns (5/18/2016)
I’ve been so preoccupied with SuperDuos and all the other new beads that keep coming out, I haven’t played with Tiles or Tilas lately. I’ve hardly used Half Tilas at all. Guess I better get busy with some of these patterns!
This is another wonderful bracelet creation by my friend Teejay. She sent me one for Christmas and I blogged about it HERE. We decided to collaborate on a free pattern so that everyone can make some of these cute bracelets. It’s not easy to find nice patterns for Half Tila beads so I’m glad that Teejay dreamed up this one. I’ve got eleven more Lucy bracelets to blog about over the next couple of weeks and it’s hard to choose my favorites. I hope that you’ll like them and be inspired to make some for yourself.
The rectangular shape of a Half Tila bead presents many opportunities for design – like this project. The circular necklace lays flat against the skin and although it looks heavy it is light as a feather. Black and Silver half Tila beads are combined with silver lined and black Delica beads for a contemporary style. This project is not woven. The beads are simply strung onto thread with the bottom of one row becoming the top of the next and linking all the pieces together. Gotta love those Tila beads!
Pendant Bead Patterns (5/11/2016)
Back to one of my favorite beading subjects – pendants. Did you miss making your mother something for Mother’s Day? Got any weddings or graduations coming up where a personalized gift would be appropriate? Pendants are great and fast!!
Free Beading Pattern For Star Rivoli Necklace
This pattern was modified from a free Russian tutorial… for a lovely 14mm rivoli pendant surrounded by 4mm and 6mm green crystals. My modified version of the pattern starts the rivoli bezel with a peyote stitch instead of right angle weave, which changes the number of surrounding crystals to 8 instead of 10, allowing room for additional crystals in the outer row.
This is a really cute way to bezel a Swarovski 30mm x 22mm pendant. The bezel compliments the crystal pendant – and does not detract from it. It uses Delicas and Size 11/0 and 15/0 round seed beads. The instructions are in French, but they look easy to follow.
Seed Bead Patterns (5/3/2016)
How many of you ever bought a tube of seed beads, then got home and realized you had 3 tubes already? I say you are consistent!! Many of us have a love affair with seed beads. Try one of these patterns to use some of those seed beads you’ve bought 9 times!
Venetian Tapestry Earrings Pattern
Designed for Toho for a demonstration at the 2015 Bead and Button Show, these earrings feature many Toho seed beads along with Czech two-hole daggers and 4mm rounds. The technique is very simple, you work from the inside out using a combination of peyote stitch and netting to build up the medallion shape. Try them out today!
Peyote Stitch and Daisy Flowers
I love these little rings! They are perfect stacked on your fingers but look really great peeking out of the sand on your toes. Perfect for beginners, these rings require that you know only two basic stitches: even count peyote stitch for the ring band and how to make a beaded daisy for the flower embellishment. Changing the beads you use on the daisy can change the look entirely.
Bead Crochet Tutorials (4/20/2016)
It’s Bead Crochet today! OK, so I don’t do it, but it is so pretty. It’s definitely on my beading bucket list, along with 94 bazillion other things. So get your crochet needles ready, pick a project and DO IT!
Beads + crochet = two of my favorite things, so when I saw this crochet necklace combo on Ravelry, I had to give it a try. The detailed instructions are called “Infamous Beaded Necklace Tutorial”, by Devon Clement. There are many creative interpretations found on the “projects” pages there which provide inspiration aplenty. My beads were basically leftovers from other projects…freshwater pearls in various sizes, seed beads, and lots of sparkly crystal.
You begin by pre-stringing all your beads on to the thread. The last bead you thread will be the first that gets crocheted in. I found that a dental floss threader was a big help for stringing beads, but it’s hard to get the relatively thick thread through some of those tiny bead holes, and using the threader means that it’s a double thickness going through.
Chain Maille Tutorials (4/13/2016)
For you chain maille lovers, I have not just a few patterns and tutorials, but 6 collections of patterns and tutorials. Most are free, but some are paid. I find it helpful before buying a tutorial from someone new, to be able to try a free one to see if I like their style of writing instructions.
Chainmaille tutorials are written and organized with easy-to-follow instructions. Most of these chainmaille tutorials are really just instructions to teach variations on the basic chainmaille weaves. These are just the tutorials – if you want a kit with everything you need (including the tutorial) to make a particular item, please go to the ‘KITS’ page.
Weave names can be technical. Some of them contain the weave family name, and certain weaves have an ‘x in y’ designationindicating how many rings go through each ring. Some weave names extend those of a previous version of the weave with the addition of one or more qualifiers. Technical names are used whenever possible, and some weaves are named differently elsewhere.