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Free Bead Crochet Tutorials (12/8/2014)

2014 December 8

I have yet to try Bead Crochet, but I like the way it looks. Bead stringing and beadweaving is what I do mostly. I have done some Kumihimo and I used to dabble in wire and metal. But the whole knitting and crochet area has passed me by. Maybe someday. But if you do Bead Crochet, here are some cute patterns.

Easy Beaded Crochet Necklace

Easy Beaded Crochet Necklace

Easy Beaded Crochet Necklace Tutorial Sun, 15 Jun 2014 11:01:00 -0700

I made this necklace last week while trying out a new crochet skill – beaded crochet. If you can make a chain stitch and count to 30, you can make this necklace! It’s easy, but takes a little bit of patience. This necklace is lightweight and perfect for warm summer weather – you’ll forget you’re even wearing it!

Crochet Fruit Pendants and Charms Tutorials Thu, 05 Apr 2012 04:00:00 -0700

Fun crochet fruit pendants and key chain charms, arigurumi style! These tutorial designs are quick to do and what’s more, they use up scrap yarn! Make several kinds and you will also have a cute bowl of miniature yarn fruit!
You can also experiment with finer yarn or crochet thread and smaller hook sizes for reduced fruit sizes if you prefer smaller pendants.

Free Brick Stitch Seed Bead Patterns (12/5/2014)

2014 December 5

 Brick stitch usually just uses seed beads, although you can incorporate other beads. So it should be easy to pull some great colors, sizes and shapes from your bead stash to make any of the projects I’ve found for you today!

Scalloped Brick Stitch Bracelet

Scalloped Brick Stitch Bracelet

Scalloped Brick Stitch Bracelet Fri, 15 Jan 2010 14:16:28 -0800

Bead Projects and Ideas Scalloped Brick Stitch Bracelet with Miyuki beads Scalloped Brick Stitch Bracelet with Miyuki Japanese seed beads. Scalloped Bracelet. If you make this bracelet, we want to see it! Remember to email us a picture of your version and we’ll post it on the blog for everyone to admire.

Gypsy Lace Brick Stitch Earrings Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:00:32 -0700

Use the brick stitch to create the gorgeous lace pattern in these earrings. Still don’t have the hang of the brick stitch? Leslie Rogalski can help! Her Essential Seed Bead Techniques class covers brick stitch, plus lots of other handy seed bead stitches.

Free Chain Maille Tutorials (12/3/2014)

2014 December 3

I found some good chainmaille patterns for you today. There is one article on using metric instead of inches/fractions when you design, teach or write instructions for chainmaille. I also like the video on strengthening your hands and fingers…which you need for chainmaille.

Beautiful DIY Chainmaille Patterns

Beautiful DIY Chainmaille Patterns

Beautiful DIY Chainmaille Patterns Fri, 07 Nov 2014 01:56:15 -0800

Did you know? That chainmaille is also known as “mail” or “maille”, which literally means armor. It is usually made from metal rings that are connected together in various patterns to create a protective mesh. I bet you don’t know that this type of protective gear is mostly used by several shark divers and butchers as well!

Chain Maille E-Book Collection Fri, 14 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0800

We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Interweave Press–publishers of Step-by-Step Wire Jewelry magazine–on a new kit that will accompany their new e-book, The Ultimate Chain Maille Collection. Color My World will use B3 aluminum and rubber jump rings and is the only kit included in the price of this e-book bundle.

Free Seed Bead Earring Patterns (12/1/2014)

2014 December 1

With the holidays near, here are some quick and easy seed bead earrings you can make for gifts. Throw in some crystals, pearls or semi-precious stones and you’ll have a handmade gift that looks fantastic and were fast and inexpensive to make. Your female relatives will love them!

Bugle Beaded Orange Heart Earrings

Bugle Beaded Orange Heart Earrings

Bugle Beaded Orange Heart Earrings Mon, 10 Nov 2014 23:05:45 -0800

This couple of beaded heart earrings is made up of orange seed beads and green bugle beads, the two colors match perfectly, I believe you will fall in love with the bugle bead earring patterns, so let’s start this tutorial on how to make bugle bead earrings.

Fun And Colorful Boho-Style Earrings Wed, 02 Jul 2014 00:14:29 -0700

I’ve been asked to get a tutorial up for these fun and colorful Boho-style earrings. Simple and, hopefully, comprehensible ! I like to mix matte colored seed beads with some shiny or iridescent ones for visual contrast/interest. The variations are endless!

Black Teardrop Earrings

Black Teardrop Earrings

Thanksgiving and Shop Local (11/28/2014)

2014 November 28

Hope you all had a great Thanksgiving yesterday…and your stomach has recovered. Many of you may have been up early shopping – or maybe you never went to bed. I’m not much for early mornings – and especially not the insanity of Black Friday.

Tomorrow, November 29th, is Shop Local Day. Please make an effort to get out and shop at your locally 0wned stores. I bet you have a bead store near you – or wherever you are spending Thanksgiving. Who doesn’t like to shop for beads? Maybe you need beads to make your holiday presents?

Visit our Bead Store Directory and look for a store near you.

If you register and use your American Express, you can earn cash back:

On Nov 29, Spend $10+, Get $10 Back. Up to 3X.
American Express® Card Members can register to get up to $30 back when they Shop Small® on Small Business Saturday®.

Get out there and shop…locally!!

by Julie Hunkar