For International Beading Week, I’m trying some of the wonderful patterns being shared by other beaders. The first one I chose is Smadar Grossman’s, Deco Duo Pendant. The only modification I made was to replace the crystals with Czech fire polish, and that was because I couldn’t find the right color 3mm crystals in my stash.
I missed last week’s Free Pattern Friday because I’ve been beading for Darcy Rosner (Sweet Bananaberry) for the Mannequin Project, a permanent installation at the Three Sisters Sanctuary in Goshen, MA. The project is a fully beaded full-sized mannequin to be used as the center piece for a new garden space entitled Illusions.
Leaves, twigs, petals, flowers, a clump of grass…this is only part of it, there are more that didn’t get photographed, but they are all in the mail.
Manny, the grass snake, is made with Cath Thomas’ petal pattern. He started out to be a clump of grass but my brain went in a completely different direction. Darcy, you have no idea how close I came to keeping him. :)
Here is a new 2-drop peyote pattern for the Bead-it-Forward gang. The squares are so small (28×21) that I went with part of a butterfly wing this time. Your choice of colors or bead as-is.
We’re going to do some red, white and blue for Free Pattern Fridays since Independence Day will be here soon. This is a repeating odd-count peyote pattern, 17 columns wide, and only takes 3 colors. Click the image to enlarge and right-click to save to your hard drive. When you get to the bottom, start back at the top and work until the desired length. Your choice of clasp.
We’re going to do a playful pattern because I’m in a silly mood. I redesigned my Spiny Norman hedgehog earrings into a even-count peyote cuff.
- Repeat the pattern until it’s long enough to fit your wrist and add a clasp.
- Stitch the longer piece, then work the smaller pattern on each end until it’s long enough to fit your wrist. Add a clasp and you’re done.
You can also change the border color, add clouds, hills, trees, etc. in the background, outline the heart, or picot the edges. You could even leave off the heart and attach a charm in its place. Get creative, have fun and Happy Beading!
This pattern was squirreled away for sharing but I modified it to use as a background for one of the Bead-it-Forward squares (see post from June 2nd). Today it gets to stand on it’s own. It’s a repeating odd-count peyote pattern, 17 columns wide, and takes 5 colors. When you get to the bottom, start back at the top and work until the desired length. Maybe a bar clasp or a bird- or leaf- shaped button?
Free Pattern Friday is here again. Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to design a butterfly square for Bead-it-Forward. I know some people suffer from brain freeze when asked to make a pattern (I still have that problem from time to time) so I’ve made a graph with a butterfly outline.
Choose your favorite Delica colors to fill in the butterfly and add a background – it can be a solid color or you can get creative: flowers, trees, vines, clouds, etc. Feel free to modify the shape of the butterfly, if you want!
Would you rather stitch than design? Here are two charts that I made for examples. Click the images, right-click and save to your hard drive.
Have fun and Happy Beading!
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