Beading for a Project

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.


These flowers had been sitting, unfinished, in my stash for years. So happy they’re completed and have been adopted!


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. :)

FPF: Red, White & Blue

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.

Have a safe holiday and Happy Beading!

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FPF: Hedgehog Love

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.

There are two different ways to work it:

  1. Repeat the pattern until it’s long enough to fit your wrist and add a clasp.
  2. 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.

Click the images to enlarge and right-click to save to your hard drive.

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!

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FPF: Flower Trellis

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?

Click the image to enlarge and right-click to save to your hard drive. Have fun and Happy Beading!

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FPF/BIF: Create a Square

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.

The beaders at Bead-it-Forward would love to see, and stitch, your artwork if you would like to share a link in the comments.

Have fun and Happy Beading!

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FPF/BIF: Neon Butterflies

The 2018 Bead-it-Forward theme is butterflies. With that in mind, this week’s free pattern is a peyote stitch butterfly square. It is 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” (28c x 21r). I still had neon colors in my pattern software but you can choose any colors you like.

If you are participating in Bead-it-Forward, don’t forget to check the website or the Facebook page, as Amy has changed some of the information.

If you are not a participant and would like to join in, here is the link to the new website. You can also find the group on Facebook.

Enjoy and happy beading!

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