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Free Beaded Rope Patterns (10/10/2014)

2014 October 10

I love the rhythm and repetitiveness of beaded ropes. You almost get in a “zen” like state when you get in the groove of a beaded rope stitch. Many beaded ropes are spirals, some that are not. It is fun to make pendants, or buy art beads (clay, lampwork, wood, metal, etc.) and make a beaded rope to pair them with. I really enjoy picking out the colors for the beaded rope to make the pendants.

Waltz Rope and Polka Dot Beaded Beads

Waltz Rope and Polka Dot Beaded Beads

Waltz Rope And Polka Dot Beaded Beads Instructions Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:52:00 -0700

I’ve talked a few times this week about my “new” technique for stitching a rope using Super Duos and seed beads and how it’s very similar to other designers’ ropes.  It’s not exactly like theirs, though, so like I mentioned yesterday, I now feel comfortable writing up my instructions.  However, I don’t feel comfortable charging for those instructions, so I’m making them available for free right here!

Options for Finishing Your Beaded Ropes Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Pretty much any stitch can be turned into a beaded rope by working it with a tubular thread path, and there are even a couple of stitches (like spiral rope and African helix) that only exist as a beaded rope. When it comes to making intricate beaded necklaces, my preferred design idea is to start with a beaded rope — they can be used for a lot more than just hanging pendants. Here are 3 options for finishing your beaded ropes that will ignite your creativity!

Chenille Stitch Beaded Ropes

Chenille Stitch Beaded Ropes

Beaded Ropes: Chenille Stitch Sun, 16 Feb 2014 17:02:00 -0800

I really like beaded ropes! They make great simple bracelets and necklaces on their own, or wonderful ways to show off a beaded or bead embroidered pendant. It’s a hybrid between herringbone and netting stitch, and it makes a lacy, fairly open rope.

Make Tension Your Friend When Stitching Beaded Rope Tue, 27 May 2014 23:00:00 -0700

Maybe the reason I love making beaded rope patterns so much is that you can use just about any off-loom bead-weaving stitch for them. All of the tubular variations of your favorite beading stitches can be used to make beaded ropes! Working these beading stitches in tubular form requires a few adjustments to your tension so that your beaded ropes drape nicely, instead of turning out stiff and uncomfortable when worn.

Herringbone Rope with Twin Beads

Herringbone Rope with Twin Beads

Try This Herringbone Rope with Twin Beads Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:00:00 -0700

After working up a necklace of my own using this herringbone stitch technique, I can see why Beth is so obsessed with it! The resulting rope was smooth and supple, but extremely sturdy and suitable for hanging heavy beaded pendants. I can also imagine a whole world of ways in which to embellish these beaded ropes using seed beads, pearls, or even small loops of fringe. Try this herringbone rope technique with your favorite colors of Twins and size 11 seed beads!

Beaded Ropes – Spiral Stitch Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:29:00 -0800

Spiral bead weaving stitch is probably my favourite kind of beaded rope — it works up quickly, is sturdy and I think it’s very attractive without being too bulky.

Dutch Spiral Bracelet or Necklace Tutorial

Beadweaving Basics: Spiral Rope

How to Add a Clasp to a Bead Woven Spiral Rope

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