Four Weeks of Beaded Bracelets Bead-A-Long! July 1-28, 2012!

Week 1 (July 1-7, 2012)

Grommets Galore by Dulcey Heller

Dulcey Heller designed this bracelet to challenge herself to use an unusual material. While seeking inspiration at her local hardware store, pulling out drawer after drawer of nuts and bolts, she came across these black rubber rings. Intended to protect insulated wire from sharp metal edges, the grommets' grooves are perfect channels for beads!

Download project from the Beading Daily Shop or find it in Beadwork magazine, June/July 2006.


Week 2 (July 8-14, 2012):

Heart to Heart by Carol Dean Sharpe

Follow the pattern to create a cuff of stylized hearts using increasing and decreasing brick stitch. For the perfect ending, brick-stitch a separate heart-shaped "button" for a button-loop closure.

Download project from the Beading Daily Shop or find it in Step by Step Beads magazine, January 2009.

Week 3 (July 15-21, 2012)

Petite Fiore Trellis Bracelet by Lisa Kan

This bracelet features a rainbow of picot-based flowers on a right-angle-weave trellis. The design encircles the wrist like a delicate corsage - a dainty and feminine piece that can be worn with just about any outfit.

Download project from the Beading Daily shop or find it in Beadwork magazine, April/May 2008.

Week 4 (July 22-28, 2012):

Islander Bracelet by Ruth Ann Grim

Cover right-angle-woven chains of size 6 seed beads with two passes of smaller beads to create rich ropes. Here, the ropes are broken up with patterned bone beads for yet another layer of texture.

Download project from the Beading Daily shop or find it in Beadwork magazine, June/July 2005.

Beading Daily Bead-A-Longs:

CoCo Chenille by Nancy Cain

This amazing beaded bracelet by Nancy Cain only looks difficult! Easy enough for a beginner, this gorgeous bracelet can be done in a day and makes a great creative break for a more advanced beader. Whip up several as gifts for your beading friends!


April 16, 2012 - April 26, 2012: Order supplies and download project.

April 26, 2012 - April 29, 2012 - Start stitching! This bracelet only takes about three hours to complete and makes a great beading party project.

April 30, 2012 - Show off your finished creation in the Reader Photo Gallery!






Eau Claire by Jean Campbell

This bright and bold beaded necklace by Jean Campbell combines fun beaded beads with large turquoise barrels. Use a ceramic face cabochon the way Jean did, or substitute your favorite 30mm cabochon!

April 2, 2012 - April 16, 2012: Order supplies.

April 16, 2012 - April 25, 2012: Make beaded beads using right-angle weave.

April 25, 2012 - April 30: Make focal piece using 30mm cabochon and assemble.

May 1: Show off your finished piece in the Reader Photo Gallery!




Netted Jewel Earrings by Amy Haftkowycz

Combining netting with right-angle weave and a graduated series of fire polished beads, these beaded earrings work up in a snap! Why not invite a few friends over and make this project together?

April 2, 2012 - April 13, 2012 - Order supplies and download project.

April 13, 2012 - April 15, 2012 - Get together with your beading friends (in person or online!) and make your earrings!

April 16, 2012 - Take a picture and share your creations in the Reader Photo Gallery!


Earrings-Every-Day Challenge for January 2012

Join us as we challenge ourselves to start the new year doing what we love to do best - bead!

The idea is to create a pair of beaded earrings every day for an entire month. You can design them yourself or stitch up your favorite beaded earring patterns. (Just make sure to give proper credit to the designer in your photos.)

Once you've finished your beaded earrings, tag them with the code "EADJAN2012" and submit them to the Reader Photo Gallery.

If you need some encouragement and inspiration, make sure you spend a little time over in the forums where you can chat with other challenge participants.

We'll begin on January 1, 2012, so start gathering your ideas, beads and patterns now!

Free Beaded Earring Patterns for Inspiration:

Desert Skies Earrings

Crystal Corona Earrings

Figure 8 Earrings

Montee Magic Earrings

Peyote Car Earrings

Summer Bird House Earrings

Cherry Blossom Earrings


Four Fun Ideas for Earring Making

Free Metalwork Earring Instructions