"Where did you come up with the idea for that piece of beaded jewelry?"
I hear that all the time when I'm showing someone a piece of
my handmade beaded jewelry. And really, if you know where to look, you'll find
beaded jewelry design ideas all around you. Coming up with beaded jewelry
design ideas can be as easy as playing around with your favorite beadweaving
If you love making handcrafted beaded jewelry, you'll love
our new free eBook, our Guide to Making
Jewelry with Beads: Create Handmade Beaded Jewelry from Your Own Bead Jewelry
. We've selected some of our best jewelry design blogs, beading
stitch tutorials and then added a sample of free bead jewelry patterns to show
you how each beading stitch can be altered and modified to create a unique
piece of handcrafted beaded jewelry.
Need a few good ideas to get you started? Check
out our favorite blogs about beaded jewelry design ideas, including five ideas
for making beaded necklaces, four fun ideas for making beaded earrings,
sketching ideas for beaded necklace shapes, and examples straight from the
sketchbooks of our readers about how to sketch out your beaded jewelry designs!
Try Dustin Wedekind's instructions for brick
stitch increases and decreases to learn more about how to shape this very
versatile beadweaving stitch. Then try Nancy Jones' Bead Be Bangled bracelets
to see how brick stitch is used to create these easy-to-wear beaded bracelets.
Next, learn how to do two drop odd-count peyote
stitch with Dustin Wedekind's directions. This popular variation on peyote
stitch can be used to create shape and texture in your beaded jewelry designs.
Follow up with Laurie Nelson's lovely Lady's Slipper Earrings to see how shaped
peyote stitch can be used to make beaded flower petals.
Netting can be used in so many different ways to
create wonderful beaded jewelry designs, and Dustin Wedekind's hexagonal
netting tutorial illustrates how this beading stitch can be modified to create
lovely shapes. Bonnie Voelker's Potato Chip Netting project takes it one step
further and uses free-form netting to create one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry.
Right-angle weave is probably the most loved and
feared beading stitch around. But never fear - in Stitch Pro by Jean Campbell,
she takes the guesswork out of single needle right-angle weave. Once you've
mastered right-angle weave, try Eileen Arnstein's Link Necklace, composed to
right-angle weave chains that are linked together as you stitch them!
So the next time you feel like making beaded jewelry, sit
down with these handy references and see what comes out of your own
imagination! Who knows? You might find that you have more beaded jewelry design
ideas in you than you ever thought possible! Download your copy of Beading Daily's Guide to Making Jewelry With Beads: Create Handmade Beaded Jewelry from Your Own Bead Jewelry Designs
today and see where your creativity (and the beads!) will lead you.
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