4 Beaded Bead Projects

Nov 8, 2007

 Making Ladder Stitch Beads Step by Step

Beading Daily Reader Chris O. asked for illustrations for this week's featured project, the Lazy-B Ranch Bracelet. I took some quick step-by-step photos at my kitchen table. I used dark thread so that you could see it in the photos, but you'll probably want to use thread that matches your beads. 


1. String 4 beads.


2. Arrange into 2 columns.


3. Keep adding beads 2 at a time.


4. 4 columns of beads.


5. Ladder-stitched cube.


6. String the stitched cube
next to other loose beads.

 


Four Beaded Bead Projects

If you love beaded beads, here are a four projects that use them. If you're new to the world of beaded beads, rather than completing an entire bracelet or necklace, create one beaded bead for a simple necklace pendant or a dramatic pin.

Crystallicious Bracelet

Fibers Meets Beads

  • Crystalicious Bracelet by Bonnie Clewans combines crystals and Japanese seed beads with netting stitch. There are instructions for two types of "beaded beads"--beaded cylinders and beaded rosettes.

  • Fiber Meets Beads by Kathleen Lynam also includes directions for two types of beads--one that uses right-angle weave and another that uses netting to cover a large wooden bead.

  • Necklace in Wire and Beads by Gwen Blakely uses bead crochet to create beaded beads.  (From Interweave Crochet magazine)

  • Rounds of Color Patterns by Kimberley Price covers small wooden craft spools with peyote stitch. (This is a set of color charts only--no written instructions.)

Need more beaded beads? Beadwork Creates Beaded Beads by Jean Campbell includes instructions for 30 beaded beads, using flat peyote stitch, right-angle weave, netting, brick stitch, tubular peyote, circular peyote, Dutch spiral, square stitch, wireworking, herringbone stitch, and triangle stitch. Whew!

 


 

Charity Beading Event
Beadapalooza 2
Saturday, November 10, 2007, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Chicago area glass artists will be making beads for Beads of Courage, a program for children with cancer, at the Blue Fire Beads and Jewelry store in New Lenox, Illinois. For directions and more information, visit www.bluefirebeads.com


Coming Next Week: Projects from Step by Step Wire Jewelry, plus the results of the beaded home decor poll.

Holiday Beading: Do you have a beautiful piece of jewelry that you always wear to holiday parties or a special beaded ornament? I'm working on an inspirational gallery of holiday-related projects by Beading Daily readers. Please send in links to your website or blog by November 25. Thanks!


Michelle Mach is the editor of Beading Daily. She is going to try and go to a new (to her) bead shop this weekend. Oh, the possibilities!

 


 

 


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ChrisO@11 wrote
on Nov 9, 2007 1:39 PM
Thanks, Michelle, for the pictures. I can see now how the beaded bead goes together. so easy, but the words alone just confused me.
Chris
Anonymous wrote
on Nov 9, 2007 1:43 PM
OOPS!
I try to help Michelle when she goes on a short vacation, and I mess up her email! As you can see, the pictures and instructions are right here. (Sorry Michelle!)....Kat >^..^<
LianneF wrote
on Nov 13, 2007 11:57 AM
HI Michelle,
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the beaded beads projects! I can't WAIT to get started. And, as if I weren't already safisfied, do you think you could post something about color combinations? I notice that the colors of these beaded beads make all the difference in the world. I have tried (with not so good results) some beaded beads and the colors just make it or break it. Sometimes the beads look better in the vials then they do on a beaded bead. Any good hard fast rules would be appreciated. Thanks again!
Lianne (aka Crazy Bead Lady as my family so affectionately calls me...)
emi hongo wrote
on Jul 3, 2008 8:51 AM

I can not access the crystalicious bracelet instructions, I interested in rosettes beads