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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FPF: Bars & Stripes

Things have been off-kilter at my house since the beginning of the year and I haven’t had much creative energy for beading.  My mojo finally reared it’s head and I’m starting to get a few ideas again.  I designed this odd-count repeating pattern in black and white.  It is worked in 1- and 3-count peyote and is 17 Delicas wide.  When you get to the bottom of the chart, start back at the top and work until the desired length.

I liked the pattern enough to keep it and then decided to see how it would look in shaded colors in place of the white.  I used red/violet, wine and rose.  Independence Day will be here soon and it would look good in red/white/blue also.

This chart is too small to work from but it will show you how it will look, turned on the side, while you’re stitching.  Maybe a picot border in black 15’s and a bar clasp to finish?

If you work the pattern, I would love to see a photo.  Happy beading!

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Helena’s Heart

A couple of weeks ago Helena Tang-Lim graciously shared a free pattern, called Wrap Around My Heart, on Marcia DeCoster’s Bead Love blog.  I thought it was beautiful and had to make one.  This is my variation.  Helena’s pattern calls for 3mm fire polish beads. As frequently happens when I decide to work a pattern, I didn’t have enough and had to substitute something else.  I did have lots of 2mm and got carried away with them – I even added them to one side of the heart.

I attached the strap a little differently to make it reversible.

I liked it so much that I started another heart.  Maybe a pendant this time.