Take Those Seed Bead Patterns and Make Them Your Own!

Mar 27, 2012

Have you ever looked at a seed bead pattern in the pages of a magazine and wondered how you could make it your own? Of course, it's always fun shopping for new beads when you want to make a particular beading project, but that's not always possible. Or maybe you're one of those beaders like me who just wants to get started working on a new seed bead pattern right away and you dive into your stash to see what beads you have that can work with a particular beading project.

Marilyn Aronson's Confetti Spiral peyote bracelet can easily be customized based on your color choices and your favorite beads!
If you don't have exactly the right beads specified in a seed bead pattern, you probably have beads that will work just as well with a few adjustments. Do you need some more ideas for customizing a seed bead pattern? Here are three ideas to get you started!

Change the Colors! The easiest way to customize any seed bead pattern is to just use your favorite colors. Love the texture and components of a new beading pattern, but don't love the pinks and blues of the seed beads used in the project? Substitute your own colors and make that seed bead pattern your own! You might be surprised at how using your favorite colors can completely change the look of a beading project!

Swap out Your Favorite Beads! If you're not a fan of Czech druks, you can probably substitute a round Swarovski crystal bead in most seed bead patterns. You can also try substituting size 6o beads for a 3mm bead in a seed bead pattern to give the project a different texture.

Tina Koyama's Porcupine Cuff is just begging to be customized with your favorite colors and fringe beads.
If you're going to swap out some of the beads in a seed bead pattern, it's a good idea to work a few rows or rounds of the pattern to see how the stitching works with the new beads. Don't be afraid to rip out what you've done and start over if your beads aren't working. Remember that if you use beads of a different size or slightly different shape, you may have to make some adjustments in the pattern as you go along.

Create a Variation on the Theme! You don't have to stitch up the seed bead pattern exactly the way that it's printed. In fact, playing with the directions of a seed bead pattern can lead to accidental discoveries and new beaded jewelry designs. Even using a different beadweaving stitch than the one called for in the original pattern can lead you down a whole new beading path!

Start your experiments with customizing your seed bead patterns by using easy patterns. Once you're comfortable substituting other beads and materials, you can move on to variations with more complex seed bead patterns and projects. Customizing a seed bead pattern to your own personal tastes can give the finished beading project a whole new look, and giving yourself permission to play with your seed beads, colors and seed bead stitching can open up a whole new world of beaded jewelry design possibilities!

Are you eager to start adding your own personal touch to some easy seed bead patterns? Check out our new eBook, 10 Quick + Easy Peyote Stitch Beading Patterns. You'll find out how to boost your peyote stitch beading skills while giving each project your own personal touch with these beading projects, selected by the editors of Beadwork magazine. Download your copy of 10 Quick + Easy Peyote Stitch Beading Patterns today and start exploring all the ways you can add your own personal touch to your favorite seed bead patterns!

How do you like to make your favorite seed bead patterns your own? Do you use your own color palette? Do you have a "signature" bead or crystal that you use? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your thoughts!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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seageek wrote
on Mar 28, 2012 11:51 AM

I am all about 'getting started right away'!  If I want to make something that I don't have the correct beads for and I order them, I am usually inspired by something else by the time they arrive. I've got a lot of projects in my backlog because of this.

I'm learning to build my stash and then raid it when 'instantly inspired'.

My favorite line from your post:

"You don't have to stitch up the seed bead pattern exactly the way that it's printed"

I hardly EVER make a pattern exactly the way it is printed! LOL!

Every pattern is just a jumping off point for me. But I'm the same way with sewing and cooking.

Often I make part of the project and then use it for something else (a bracelet instead of a necklace or vice versa).

My main problem is not one of inspiration, it is finding enough time to make the projects!

elkie wrote
on Mar 28, 2012 3:46 PM

Jennifer,

I am looking for a program that I can use to design rosettes and other seed bead projects. Something that I can put bead colors in and re-size etc. What would you suggest? Where could I get it?

I am Native American and would like to be able to make rosettes for the dancers in my tribe.

Thank you, Dee Falling Star Shear