Use Your Seed Bead Patterns to Get Out Of Your Beading Rut

Jan 2, 2013

It all happens to us from time to time. Even the best beaders find themselves stuck in a "beading rut". No matter what you do, no matter what you try, you just feel like there's nothing new and exciting to be done with your seed beads, right? When I get stuck in a rut, one of the things that I do is flip through my old copies of Beadwork magazine.The seed bead patterns and beading projects I find there are usually just the thing to get me back to my beads and stitching away again.

Stitching up another designer's seed bead patterns, like Deco Delight by Diane Fitzgerald, is a great way to learn how a top designer thinks.
As a designer, I love stitching up the seed bead patterns of other designers because I can learn so much from them! It's true that no two designers look at bead-weaving stitches in the same way, so I try to make time in between designing my own seed bead patterns to stitch up a few beading projects that test my skills and let me play with using new kinds of beads and color palettes that I might not have used before.

Sometimes, though, it's just the simple act of stitching a peyote stitch cuff bracelet from a charted pattern that gives my beady brain just the break it needs. Following a peyote stitch pattern is a wonderful way for me to meditate while I'm beading, and it reminds me of the Zen-like feeling I discovered when I first started learning how to bead.

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Another reason I love working up seed bead patterns from other designers is that it's a great way for me to take a break from my own designs, but still keeps my hands busy. I'm not the kind of person who can sit still, even when I'm watching a movie or traveling. Plus, working on a seed bead pattern while I'm flying is a great way for me to relax during a long flight.

And have you seen all the great new shapes of glass beads and seed beads that are in your favorite bead shops lately? Glass spike beads, gumdrop beads, two-holed Tila beads, Twin beads, SuperDuos, and the new Rizo beads are popping up in seed bead patterns everywhere! For me, the most challenging kinds of beads to use are the ones with two holes, and that's where I love to see what other designers have done with them before I venture into creating my own designs.

Sometimes, a seed bead pattern like Kelli Rae Burns' Pearlvescent, is just fun to make.
If you feel like you're stuck in a seed beading rut, check out Stitching with Shaped Beads: 10 Beading Projects to Make with Tila Beads eBook. Created by the editors of Beadwork magazine, these ten beading projects will help you learn new bead stitching skills using those beautiful Tila beads and get your creative juices flowing. With beading projects from some of your favorite designers, these seed bead patterns made with Tila beads are sure to get you back to your beads in no time!

Download your copy of Stitching with Shaped Beads: 10 Beading Projects to Make with Tila Beads eBook and re-discover the joy of stitching up a seed bead pattern tonight.

How do you get yourself out of a beading rut? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your tips and ideas with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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on Jan 6, 2013 6:20 PM

The first thing I noticed about this post wasn't related to being in a rut, but how you describe the meditative state of beading and the Zen-like state you achieved as a beginner. I practically screamed inside my head: I'm not the only one!! I often refer to my jewelry making as bead therapy & my beading area is more commonly known as the stress relief station.

Also, sometimes there does seem to be a more calming effect when it's someone else's pattern vs. trying to come up with one of your own. Always such great tips & ideas. Keep up the good work!