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Beadweaving Tutorials (11/9/2015)

2015 November 9

One of my favorite go-to beading resources is Inspirational Beading. Mortira vanPelt never fails to present fun, colorful projects. The free patterns are very well written and photographed. I’m featuring 6 of her projects today:


Leaf Fringe

Leaf Fringe Wed, 23 Feb 2011 08:08:00 -0800

Fringe is a beader’s best friend. Whether you specialize in embroidery, loom work, or beadweaving, chances are, you’ll want to add a bit of trim to your designs from time to time. There are many different techniques and styles of fringe to choose from. One of the easiest and most interesting, is leafy fringe.

Two-drop Peyote Cuff Thu, 08 Oct 2009 18:20:00 -0700

One of the most important stitches that any beadweaver will learn is the versatile and endlessly useful peyote stitch. Also called gourd stitch, the seemingly simple pick-up-one-skip-one pattern can be one of the most frustrating to master. Although the basic concept is easy enough to understand, finding the right tension and making the beads go where they should takes a lot of practice.

Did You Miss Me? (11/6/2015)

2015 November 6

I apologize for being AWOL. We took our first week-long vacation in 4 years last week, and this week we are playing catch-up.

When you are self-employed like my husband and I, there is no vacation or sick pay. If we aren’t working, then we aren’t getting paid. The week before vacation and the week after we have to work extra hard to make up for the vacation week.

On a good note, we really enjoyed our vacation to Florida’s Forgotten Coast. We went to Port St. Joe’s / Cape San Blas. Very quiet, hardly any people and lots of wildlife. I got some beading in also.

I’ll be back next week with new free patterns!


by Julie Hunkar

Herringbone Bead Patterns (10/23/2015)

2015 October 23

Herringbone, also known as Ndebele Stitch, is another stitch that looks almost completely different in it’s different techniques. Flat display the classic herringbone patterns, while tubular is great for necklaces and ropes.

Herringbone Pearl Rope Bead Pattern

Herringbone Pearl Rope Bead Pattern

Herringbone Pearl Rope Bead Pattern Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:38:00 -0700

This tubular herringbone rope is very simple and beads up quickly. I used this bead woven rope in my Blue Victorian Pendant Necklace and absolutely love the way it feels!  All photos are shown with blue beads but I have indicated in the instructions on what beads to use.

Herringbone Stitch from a Ladder Stitch Start Sun, 23 Jun 2013 13:36:41 -0700

Herringbone stitch can be started from either a Ladder stitch start as I demonstrate in this video or from a Herringbone start which I will leave for another video. Each Herringbone stitch involves picking up 2 beads, so your Ladder stitch foundation row needs to be an even number of beads.

Wire Jewelry Tutorials (10/19/2015)

2015 October 19

Here are some great wire jewelry tutorials today. They are all pretty quick and easy, so if you are a beginner give them a try. If you’re an expert, some of them are still pretty sweet!

Desert Rain Wire Earrings Tutorial

Desert Rain Wire Earrings Tutorial

Desert Rain Wire Earrings Tutorial Mon, 14 Sep 2015 14:18:10 -0700

These earrings were inspired by the American Southwest, where you can sometimes see small isolated rainstorms on the horizon, dampening the desert with a few drops of rain. This is an easy wire project because it’s mostly free-form. The wire “rain” can even be made from scrap wire.

Texture Wire Ring Tutorial Thu, 15 Oct 2015 19:29:25 -0700

If you would like to make your own ring, you can download this step-by-step tutorial today! Skill level: beginner. Tools needed: chain nose pliers, wire cutters, nylon jaw pliers, mandrel. Materials needed: 36″ of 20-gauge texture wire.

Kumihimo Seed Bead Patterns (10/16/2015)

2015 October 16

I’ve got so many ideas for Kumihimo, but I’m so busy with bead weaving projects, I never get to them. I’ve got a vacation in Florida coming up, maybe I should get busy stringing a few projects for the plane and/or just take the beads and string while on vacation. If only I had more time and that pesky work didn’t get in the way of my beading…

Kumihimo Braiding and Art Beads

Kumihimo Braiding and Art Beads

Kumihimo Braiding and Art Beads Tutorial Tue, 18 Feb 2014 06:19:00 -0800

I’ve been adding seed beads, fibers, lampwork beads and sterling silver beads to kumihimo braids to create unique pieces of art jewelry. I’ll share with you a few of my own pieces for inspiration and then give you a tutuorial so you can create your own beaded kumihimo jewelry.

20 Cool Kumihimo Jewelry Patterns Mon, 12 Jan 2015 02:11:26 -0800

Among all the braiding techniques used for jewelry-making, kumihimo is one of the most simple and versatile. This Japanese braid-making method allows you to produce both round and flat cords, being perfect for making stylish bracelets and necklaces. The spiral design produced by it makes it a good choice for beaded accessories as well.