Bead software Illustrating bead instructions

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safedigan wrote
on Jul 11, 2011 7:58 PM

Please help. I am trying to find beading software that is not for creating patterns with seed beads. I just want to be able to illustrate stringing and very simple bead weaving instructions. I see these illustrations all of the time in the bead magazines but all of the beading software products that i am finding seem to be about creating seed bead patterns on a grid.

Does anybody know where I can find bead software that i am describing?  Thank you so much!!



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kathi@46 wrote
on Jul 12, 2011 7:41 AM

Hi and welcome to the forum.

Swarovski have a design tool here.....

and Silverhill Design have put together a Fringe Designer that you may also find useful.....

I don't know if you were to use these to make patterns for commercial use if you would need permission but its best to check.

I know that some designers have successfully used such programs as Paint Shop etc to create their designs.



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Beadiecat wrote
on Jul 12, 2011 10:39 AM

Here is a website (link) where she gives a detailed tutorial on how to use a free program called Inkscape to draw bead diagrams.


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Gyspy Mary wrote
on Jul 13, 2011 6:46 AM

Thanks, for asking the Question. I also want to Thanks those who shared info. these sites are very easy to follow and helpful.

Just what I been searching for.

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SusanC@208 wrote
on Jul 13, 2011 9:25 AM

Thanks!!  This is just what I needed!!!

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luv2bead wrote
on Sep 23, 2011 7:46 AM

Dear Kathi,

I love the silver hill design soft ware very easy to use but I couldn't find a way to save my design once finished.  I have email them and am waiting for a reply.  With that said do you know of  a software similar that you can actually save your work for later?

I would be willing to purchase something if it was easy to use like the silver hill.

Thanks for your help


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megabgirl wrote
on Sep 23, 2011 9:09 AM

I draw my own diagrams using Abode Illustrator. It's a learning curve to figure out how to use the program, but they offer free 30-day trails form the adobe website. Maybe you could try it out and see if it's something you would be able to use? I've never actually used beading design software, so I'm not sure how it compares, but I design all of my beading pattern with Illustrator and InDesign. They are expensive to buy permanently, but I cannot imagine my life without them.


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untmom2003 wrote
on Sep 23, 2011 11:35 AM

I think I'm going to try the Swarovski one, since it will calculate how many beads you will need, and let you save and print your idea. Thanks for the help!!

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beadhivepa wrote
on Mar 8, 2012 12:25 AM

I found the Swarovski Design Tool and it looks like it would work great, but there are no instructions or tutorials on how to use it.  Does anyone know where you can actually learn to use the tool?  I have to write a lot of bead instructions and the hand drawing is awful and looks very amateurish.  I have tried and tried to master Inkscape with no luck, I just can't get it to work properly. 

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