Five Fabulous New Seed Bead Projects in the Beading Daily Shop

Jun 19, 2011

Seed beads are beautiful.  And not just because they're little and shiny - for me, the beauty of seed beads lies in the fact that you can do so much with them! Sure, you can string them all by themselves or stitch them together in a simple peyote stitch or brick stitch band, but when you mix them with other seed beads and a couple of focal beads, you can create some pretty spectacular beadwork. Take a look at my five favorite new seed bead projects in the Beading Daily Shop and see why each one of them shows the marvelous versatility of these itty bitty treasures:


In some projects, seed beads can take a backseat. In Dottie Hoeschen's Harvest Time bracelet, seed beads are used to accent Czech fire polished beads and cube beads to make a beautifully textured cuff bracelet. Notice how the seed beads are used both to protect the thread between the cube beads and the Czech fire polished beads and to add just a hint of accent color between the larger beads.

Seed beads take center stage in bead embroidery. Even though there are gorgeous cabochons used as focals in Kelly Angeley's Happy-Go-Lucky Bracelet, the seed beads are what create the lines in the cuff. Like drawing or sketching a picture, stitching down rows of seed beads using backstitch create a flow throughout the entire piece. Seed beads also provide accent colors to the beautiful glass cabochons in this cuff.
Seed beads can also be used to make geometric shapes, like in Kathie Khaladkar's Triangulations necklace. Shaped seed bead work requires an even tension to keep things from falling apart.  The type of seed beads that you use - cylinder, Czech or Japanese - can make all the difference in the world between a piece that holds its shape together well and one that just doesn't work. And of course, you can make peyote stitched beaded bezels using seed beads.
Kerri Slade's Eye of the Peacock Lariat is a perfect example of how you can achieve beautiful color gradations with seed beads. In this particular piece, we can see how Kerri used the seed beads to achieve both color and texture through her use of a twisted herringbone tube for the lariat. The seed beads used in the twisted herringbone tube create a self-supporting beaded rope.
Seed beads can provide the "backbone" structure to a beaded rope, like in Victoria Pearman's Triangle Twist Necklace. The bugle beads are lovely, and technically categorized as seed beads, but it's the little round seed beads that show up the best in the twist of this beaded rope. The seed beads in this beaded rope provide a great accent to the bugle beads, and they throw in just a dash of contrasting color.

Seed beads can really do it all! They provide color, accents, structure and form to all these different projects. Is it any wonder that we can't get enough of them? There's a reason why I absolutely have to own every single color of seed bead in every size - you never know when you're going to need it!

If these projects make you want to take out your seed beads and make stuff, then you should check out all the fabulous projects available in the Beading Daily shop! All projects are 15% off for a limited time, and you'll find seed bead projects for every skill level and for all of your favorite bead-weaving stitches - peyote stitch,  brick stitch, herringbone stitch, square stitch, and bead embroidery. Download a few new projects and see where the seed beads take you!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

 

 


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kareng915 wrote
on Jun 20, 2011 3:08 AM

aaaahhh ... the joy of being a seed bead junkie!!