Look What You Can Do With Beaded Leaves!

Aug 14, 2011

Autumn is, without a doubt, my favorite season. I love the warm days and the cool nights, the smell of freshly made apple cider and the amazing colors that we see on the mountains here in upstate New York. And, of course, I can remember when I first started beading how thrilled I was when I discovered how to use leaf beads and even make leafy fringe in my beading projects! There's just something about seeing beaded leaves that brings back wonderful memories: pressing bright fall leaves and making bookmarks with my sister when we were kids, time spent walking in the woods with my husband when we first met and watching my son delight in the crunch of leaves underfoot for the first time last fall. 

Because I love using glass leaf beads and beaded leaves in my beading projects, I've done some pretty over-the-top beaded jewelry pieces that use these beads and beading techniques. And I'm always on the lookout for a new beading project that uses leaves! Check out my favorite leaf projects from the Beading Daily Shop:

When I first started beading, Barbara Grainger's instructions for making beaded leaf fringe totally captured my imagination. This was back in 1998, when beaded amulet bags were all the rage, and I covered several of them with beaded leaves and roses. Barbara Grainger's gorgeous Clinging Vine Earrings are a perfect example of how she captures the essence of nature in seed beads! These earrings are easy enough for a beginner to make, but more experienced beaders can jazz them up with freshwater pearls or other accent beads!

I'm a sucker for necklace slides. I love the idea of stitching up a piece of beadwork and then just being able to slip it over a variety of cords and straps to get different looks! This Loopy Leaf Slide by Dottie Hoeschen is just dripping with gorgeous leaf beads. Easy enough for a beginner to make, this beaded necklace slide would make a perfect gift for someone special!

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I love beading projects that successfully combine lampwork glass beads with beadweaving, and Autumn Bouquet by Lisa Kan certainly does that! Lisa's gorgeous lampwork glass leaves are accented by intricate beadwoven flowers to create this stunning necklace. Even better, the beadwoven flower components can be used as earrings!

Now that I've discovered how much fun beads and wire are, I've been branching out into knitting and crochet with wire. Appropriately enough, this beautiful Leaf Cuff by Nancie Wiseman combines two of my favorite things: crochet with wire and Czech pressed glass leaf beads! I've got loads of these in my bead stash, but if you don't, try using dagger beads or even the new long Magatama beads!

I'm always looking for interesting beaded chains and straps to use as quick bracelets and as necklace straps for my beaded cabochons. Turning An Old Leaf by Hazel Furst is a perfect example of how versatile beaded chains and straps can be! Just by changing a few colors or adding a new size of seed bead, this traditional Apache Indian design can take on new life to be used for all sorts of beautiful beaded jewelry projects.

Are you looking for a few good beading projects to usher in autumn? Check out all the gorgeous beading projects available in the Beading Daily Shop - they're all on sale for a limited time! You'll find loads of gorgeous beading projects that you can download instantly, so there's no waiting and you can get started beading right away! Take advantage of the project sale in the Beading Daily Shop and find new projects to bead your way into autumn!

Do you have a favorite theme or motif that you find works its way into your beading projects again and again? Share your stories here on the blog, or post a picture in the Reader Photo Gallery!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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Elegant, leafy fringe earrings.

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Tubular herringbone with foliage!

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