Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tutorial - Book of Kells Bracelet - The Chunky Version

In the pattern for the Book of Kells Bracelets I show how to weave Japanese seed beads, shank buttons, and thread into a few different bracelets.  Here is the chunky version, made with size 11° and 8° seed beads.  It's very flexible and substantial.
In contrast, this version is made with size 15° and 11° seed beads.  In either case, you can weave it in many different shapes because the pattern repeats like wallpaper.
This is the other side of the chunky bracelet. 
With the bigger beads, you need fewer repeats, so it weaves up faster than the finer version. The techniques I used are variations of right angle weave and cubic right angle weave, but you don't have to know how to do those weaves to follow the tutorial because I show you how to do every step.  Here is a link to the Tutorial for the Book of Kells Bracelets if you want to learn how to make your own.  Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coxeter Beaded Bead in Aqua

Here's the latest piece of my bead mat, a Coxeter Bead. It's a little over an inch wide, quite hollow, and it has big holes for stringing it on cord. The symmetry of this piece makes me think of a virus.
The dominant color is the aqua bugles, and then I added matte blue half tila beads to soften the bright aqua.  The tiny drop beads inside the circles came from a mixed box of beads, and I separated the colors when I wove them into the beaded bead. 
If you'd like to learn to make your own, you're in luck because I wrote a tutorial that explains how to weave a Coxeter Bead.  Thanks for looking!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

More Trefoil Triangle Earrings Beaded with Herringbone Stitch

Last time, I showed you my new tutorial for Trefoil Triangle Earrings. After making a handful of Trefoil Triangles, I wanted to add some crystals for a touch of sparkle. So I came up with this variation, which I included at the end of the pattern.
Trefoil Triangle Earrings
The tutorial is 12 colorful pages, with over 65 illustrations and photographs.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Tutorial - Trefoil Triangle Earrings Beaded Celtic Knots

This tutorial explains how to make Trefoil Triangles in three designs, in two sizes, and in mirror images. You only need a few pinches of each bead color, making this a good choice to use up your leftover seed beads from other projects. No fancy shapes required!

Trefoil Triangle Earrings
These earring are quick and easy to make. This pattern is suitable for advanced beginning bead weavers. If you have tried bead weaving once or twice before, you are probably ready to try this. The technique is herringbone and square stitch. The main projects are shown in the first photo, and the second photo shows you a variation with tiny bicone crystals that is explained at the end of the tutorial.

The tutorial is 12 colorful pages, with over 65 illustrations and photographs.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

New Tutorial - Delta Queen Necklace with Beaded Pendant and Toggle Clasp

I just released my newest tutorial, and I admit I'm quite pleased with it.  It's one of the most involved tutorials I've ever written.  This tutorial explains how to weave the Delta Queen Necklace with beads and thread.
A dramatic pendant hangs from a thick cable of beads.
The necklace is finished with a beaded toggle clasp, a new clasp design created just for this necklace. Everything is woven with honeycomb weave (with a bit of herringbone weave), including the Daisy Chain Cable. Honeycomb weave like right angle weave (RAW), but with other angles. You don’t need to know RAW to follow this tutorial, but you do need to know how to weave the Daisy Chain Cable, shown below. If you don’t know the Daisy Chain Cable, you can find it in my Etsy shop here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/225147305/
To the best of my knowledge, honeycomb weave was first introduced in my paper, Using tiling theory to generate angle weaves with beads on page 21 as an example of a 2-across-edge angle weave.  In particular, honeycomb weave uses the tiling by regular hexagons, and the hexagons are very visible at the top of the pendant.  It's always been one of my favorite weaves in that paper, but it's taken me until now to design something with it.  I'm sure it won't be my last use of this weave.
This Delta Queen Necklace tutorial is a long project, suitable for intermediate to advanced bead weavers who are already very comfortable with the Daisy Chain Cable. The tutorial is a PDF file with 31 pages, including over 160 photos and illustrations. That's a lot of steps, but I think it's a fun project because you're not doing a billion repeats of the same thing (except the necklace cable.  That has a lot of repeats).  There are lots of different elements, and that gives you the chance to make lots of different coordinating components that all assemble into a single finished necklace.  Also, you don't need any fancy bead shapes, so you can really play with color rather than wasting time trying to track down that one weird bead shape in just the right color.

Can I tell you?  I'm really happy it's finally done... Although part of me wants to make another one of these necklaces, I'm also ready to move on to the next project because I've got a bunch more ideas for flat weaves that I'm really itching to try.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Tutorial - Daisy Chain Cable Beaded Bangle Bracelet and Earrings Angle Weave

I just released a new tutorial for that explains how to bead weave a bracelet and earrings with one size of seed bead, round or bicone beads, and thread. No fancy shapes required! The Daisy Chain Cable is solid and somewhat flexible. Its cross section is oval, measuring 7 mm by 8 mm when woven with size 11° seed beads. You can weave it as long as you want, and you can also scale it up or down with other sizes of beads.

This tutorial includes step-by-step instructions for weaving the bracelet into a continuous bangle. You will also learn two ways to end the cable, so you can add a clasp, make earrings or weave it into more complex pieces of bead weaving.

This tutorial is designed for advanced beginning bead weavers. This design uses the honeycomb angle weave. It’s like right angle weave (RAW), but with other angles. If you like RAW and want a new challenge, you’ll love this. However, you don’t need to know RAW to follow this very detailed tutorial.

The tutorial is 14 pages, including about 75 illustrations and photographs. The tutorial is a PDF file that gives step-by-step instructions for the bracelet and earrings in the photos.

The materials you will need include
Size 11° seed beads, colors A, B
4 mm beads, round or bicone
Thread: Fireline 6 lb.
Beading Needle, size 10 or 11

You can scale this weave down with size 15° seed beads and 3 mm beads, like I did for the earrings. Fireline 6 lb will still work, but you might want to use 4 lb instead. You can also scale this weave up with size 8° seed beads and 6 mm beads to make a chunky daisy cable that weaves up quickly.

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

New Tutorial - Book of Kells Beaded Angle Weave Bracelets, Pendants and Beaded Beads

Learn to bead a Book of Kells Bracelet with just Japanese seed beads, shank buttons, and thread. No fancy shapes required! The Book of Kells weave is a fine beaded fabric that is flexible and comfortable. You can weave it in many different shapes because the pattern repeats like wallpaper.
This beading tutorial includes step-by-step instructions for weaving the aqua bracelet with the button hole clasp. This clasp is quite easy to do and undo, and it stays buttoned when you want it to. You will also learn how to layer the Book of Kells beadwork for 3D effects, and I show lots of examples to inspire you including these and more.
Book of Kells Jewelry
An unusual and complex angle weave, the Book of Kells design is suitable for intermediate bead weavers or advanced beginners who are comfortable with right angle weave. If you like RAW and want a new challenge, you’ll love this.

The beading tutorial is 29 pages, including over 100 illustrations and photographs. The tutorial is a PDF file that gives complete step-by-step instructions for how to make the aqua and black bracelet with a button clasp.
Book of Kells Beading Tutorial
On pages 19-24 are step-by-step instructions for how to add layers to the Book of Kells lace to thicken it for pendants and bracelets. This includes step photos and brief instructions for the pendant shown. As an added bonus, for more advanced weavers, I also include clear photos of the front and back of the pink bracelet, with information on the clasp with brief hints and tips (pp. 25-26), a chunky dimensional bracelet with larger beads (p. 27), and even a few step photos and hints to get you started on the Book of Kells beaded bead (pp. 28-29).
The tutorial only gives a few key step photos and a bit of written guidance for the beaded bead because I think after you've made the pendant, the beaded bead won't looks so complicated.  Plus, you advanced bead weavers need a little challenge from time to time to keep your minds nimble. Besides, after 29 pages of writing, I decided I needed to finish this tutorial and move onto the next project.

If you're wondering why I called this design "Book of Kells" you should really pop on over to the Trinity College Dublin website and check out the 1200 year old Book. Give the page a second to load.  It's setting up 680 thumbnails, photos of each page of the Book of Kells.  Scroll about 1/8 the way down the list on the left, and click on folio 33R.  That's the one that gave this design its name. While you're there, click on some of the other pages because the calligraphy is amazing.  The carpet page of Folio 188r about 60% down is also worth taking the time to click on it.
Thanks for looking!
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