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:
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!
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