Swirls

I’m convinced that once I turned 60 what [very] few math skills I once possessed have disappeared into the twilight zone…along with my attention span. I’ve spent the last three weeks making this pair of earrings. During that time, I cut one up completely because I miscounted the starting row of beads and didn’t realize it until I was ready to start the bottom loop. Then, I had to cut two of the arcs off because I added an extra row of beads on one and two extra rows on another. In spite of my elderly shortcomings, I finally got them right and finished! They were fun to make and easy on my fingers.

Swirls and Pearls Earrings are a pattern by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel. You can find it in her book, “Modern Beaded Lace”.  I modified it a tiny bit by using 15’s for the arcs because I didn’t have the color I wanted in 11’s.

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FPF: Grumpy Pumpkins

It’s Friday the 13th and Halloween is coming up fast. Let’s do a cuff with some grumpy pumpkins in odd-count peyote stitch this week.  You’ll need two orange, a green and  black.  It’s a repeating pattern.  Work until it fits your wrist and add (your choice) of clasp.

Click to enlarge, then right-click to save to your hard drive.

You can also widen the cuff and add a border on each side, if you wish.  Have fun and happy beading!

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FPF: Loom vs Peyote

Two graphs for Free Pattern Fridays this time.  With a couple of minor tweaks, I converted my loom bracelet to 3-drop peyote.  Both are repeating designs.  First is the loom pattern.  It is 17 columns wide (0.9″).

The 3-drop peyote pattern is 21 columns (1.1″).

Here is how they will look once you’ve worked several sections.  Loom on the top, peyote on the bottom.

Click graphs to enlarge, right-click to save to your hard drive.  As always, you can work them with the colors shown or choose your own.  Your choice of clasp.

Have fun and happy beading!

#beading #freepatternfridays

FPF: Fall Diamonds

For the first day of Fall, and Free Pattern Fridays, we have another loom/square stitch pattern.  It repeats and is 19 columns (1.01″) wide.  When you get to the bottom, start back at the top and work until the desired length. Your choice of clasp.

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

Have fun and happy beading!

#beading #freepatternfridays

FPF: Loom Pattern

We’re going with a loom, or you can work it in square stitch, bracelet pattern this week. Pick your theme – Winter or Fall.  It is 19 columns wide (1.01 inches) and repeats.

Click the images 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 fun and happy beading!

#beading #freepatternfridays

IBW: Deco Duo Pendant

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.

Thank you for sharing, Smadar!