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!
This is an easy earring pattern using 5mm tila beads, 11/0 Czech seed beads, and a 4mm crystal, designed to coordinate with the Tila Netting necklace from my last post. If you recall from my last post, the black AB tila beads used in the black/blue and silver version were only AB on the front (the back was entirely black), so the resulting necklace became reversible. In order to make the earrings also reversible, I replaced the top 11/0 bead (that the jump ring goes through) with a small lobster claw clasp, to allow me to turn each earring around to show either the blue/black AB side, or the black side, depending on how I wear the necklace. These earrings are fairly quick to make. Enjoy!
You’ve got to love it when beads just fit in the right way. Check out this half tila circle beaded jewelry tutorial by Monica Lopez on Caravan Beads. Two of the Miyuki seed beads on the outer curve just countered the single beads in the inner one. Perfecto!
While each of the Hawaiian islands offers different vistas, one thing they have in common is their amazing sunsets. You might expect sunset colors to be yellow and orange and pink. What I also found was gorgeous amethyst hues. When I saw the Amethyst Tila beads, I couldn’t resist. I’ll think of Hawaii when I wear this bracelet. The tiny wavering, center multicolor beads will remind me of the lush green palms. You don’t have to be an expert to make this project but knowing how to make half hitch knots helps. If you don’t know how to create them the instructions are only a click away.
You need toho seed beads 11/0, Czech tila beads, super duo beads and miyuki drops 3,4 mm