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Free Twins and SuperDuos Bead Patterns (4/11/2014)

2014 April 11

Although Twin two-hole beads were the first ones out, SuperDuos have quickly become more popular. They are more uniform in size and shape, as well as having a much wider selection of colors. It is getting hard to find designs that DON’T use SuperDuos or some other two hole beads. That’s OK, I love them all and can’t make enough pieces of jewelry with two-hole beads.

Easy SuperDuo Earrings

Easy SuperDuo Earrings

Easy Superduo Earrings Mon, 29 Jul 2013 19:33:00 GMT

This simple and beautiful earring is designed by Nunzia Scalpore. She is Italian and has a channel on YouTube with a lot of amazing tutorials. The videos are in Italian, but I think it’s pretty easy understand the pattern because she shows in the video everything you need to do. It’s a good pattern for beginners.

bead_tutorial: [Tutorial] Estelia Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:37:51 GMT

Materials: 1 pc. Rivoli 12mm, 12 pcs Bicone 3mm Color A, 12 pcs Bicone 3mm. Color B, 18 pcs. Superduo, 6 pcs Solo You can use drop beads, superduo or twin or even bicone or pearl 3mm, 1g Seed Bead 11/0, 1g Seed Bead 15/0. On comfortable length of thread, pick up alternate pattern of 11/0 and superduo six times, total of 12 beads.

Free Bead Embroidery Tutorials (4/9/2014)

2014 April 9

Bead embroidery can be a little intimidating, but it’s not as hard as it looks. Don’t be afraid to try it, and make sure you take a class with a good instructor. Two national teachers I’ve taken great classes with are Sherry Serafini and Hannah Rosner. They both gave me the fundamentals, along with a lot of creative ideas. Every teacher you take will always give you some tips and techniques that you won’t get from another teacher, so it’s always helpful to take different teachers for the same technique.

Bead-embroidered cuff bracelet

Bead-Embroidered Cuff

Bead-Embroidered Cuff Bracelet Mon, 22 May 2006 18:28:00 GMT

Cut out a picture to fit inside of a bottle cap. Fill the cap with a thin layer of Diamond Glaze, Liquid Glass, or resin. When nearly dry, place picture inside and cover with a thin layer of the same glaze. Let it dry. Trace around the bracelet blank to create an outer edge on one piece of ultrasuede. Secure the bottle cap cabochon to the fabric with E6000. When it has dried, begin to stitch around it.

About Bead Embroidery Backing Sun, 05 Feb 2012 17:40:39 GMT

You’ve seen some of my bead embroidery, and you’ve probably also seen more in magazines and videos.  Maybe you’ve thought about trying it, but you weren’t sure what you should use when actually doing the embroidery. Quite simply, the beading foundation (backing)is what you actually embroider your beads upon.  You sew upon it, stitching the beads in place.  That’s all it really is, but what do you use?

Free Peyote Stitch Bead Patterns (4/7/2014)

2014 April 7

Peyote Stitch is probably the most popular stitch. It’s been around a long time and is a great beginner’s stitch. It works as a base for building on or embellishing. It also makes great bracelets and cuffs from patterns made from pictures. While I’ve included some patterns today, I also found some techniques and tips for expanding your peyote expertise: Reading Peyote Graphs, Marking Your Place in Peyote Graphs and Finishing Peyote Stitch patterns. Enjoy!!

Peyote Garden Necklace

Peyote Garden Necklace

Peyote Garden Necklace Thu, 09 Jun 2011 21:41:20 GMT

I love tiny glass seed beads.  They come in so many colors, finishes and sizes.  So, I decided to make a necklace with peyote stitched seed beads, and glass flower and leaf beads.  Peyote stitch is a technique that forms a weaving of the tiny beads.  The possible combination of beads, colors and patterns is infinite, limited only by your imagination.

How to Read a Peyote Stitch Pattern Mon, 03 Oct 2011 04:00:00 GMT

One of the reasons why I learned how to do beadwork was because I wanted to learn how to make peyote stitch amulet bags. (Remember those?!) And some of my favorite amulet bag patterns used a peyote stitch pattern or graph. Once I learned how to do flat peyote stitch, learning how to read those charted patterns was a whole new learning experience, and one that I find many beaders struggle with when they get started with peyote stitch.

Free Two Hole Seed Bead Patterns (4/4/2014)

2014 April 4

There’s been a revolution in beadweaving due to all the two-hole seed beads that have been introduced in the past few years. I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of the different shapes and colors, especially all the special finishes, like “picasso” or “chalk” which give your beadwork so much texture. If you are holding onto a stash of two-hole beads, here are some projects to get your started:

Wild Rose Earrings

Wild Rose Earrings

Free Earring Making Project Using Shaped Glass Beads Fri, 21 Feb 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Beki’s beaded jewelry designs are the perfect balance of ease, simplicity, and beauty. And if you’ve got a handful of some of these great new shaped glass beads in your stash, but aren’t quite sure what to do with them, this is the perfect project to get you beading with them. Thanks to Beki and our friends at Starman for sharing this great free beaded earring project with us today!

Two-Hole Czech Glass Seed Beads Mon, 20 May 2013 23:12:19 GMT

There is something almost intoxicating about looking at a wall of seed beads; all those shapes, sizes, colors and finishes are just the pick-me-up your creative soul needs sometimes. What better way to celebrate  their beauty and versatility than by experimenting with our exciting new selection of two-hole seed beads!  We are so excited to drag our fingers through these luscious little drops of glass! Just take a look and we know you’ll soon be swooning too!

Free Seed Bead Bracelet Patterns (4/2/2014)

2014 April 2

Seed bead bracelets can be very satisfying to make as they are usually quicker than necklaces. They also make great gifts. With so many new bead types out (2-hole, O beads, peanuts, etc., there are tons and tons of seed bead bracelet patterns on the Internet. Here are some great ones I found:

Simplicity Beaded Bracelet

Simplicity Beaded Bracelet

Simplicity – beaded bracelet – free pattern Wed, 26 Mar 2014 16:21:00 GMT

Just as I promised yesterday, I’ve got for you the free tutorial for a beaded bracelet. “Simplicity” is yours now. You will need 6mm round beads, SuperDuo beads, 4mm fire polished beads, 8/o seed beads (2 pcs), 11/o seed beads, beading thread, size 10, 2 x metal jump rings (optional), a clasp of your choice… The exact number of beads depends on your individual desired length.

Make An Easy Right-angle Weave Bracelet With O-beads Wed, 05 Mar 2014 07:00:00 GMT

So, I’ve got a half dozen colors of the new O-beads sitting on my bead board, and a handful of round glass druks, and I need an idea for a bracelet making project. Up until now, I’ve only ever used the O-beads as embellishments for bead embroidery, but I’ve been positively drooling over the bead-weaving projects I’ve seen being made with them. To test the waters and see what it’s like to use these new shaped beads, I turn to my favorite bracelet making technique: right-angle weave!