hi everyone, i think i posted this somewhere else also, but i'm not sure if i did it right. anyway, my friend's grandma made a bunch of christmas ornaments that were very popular from the late 70's to the early 80's i think. i'm sure everyone has probably seen a version of the beaded bell. well i am looking for instructions on the beaded basket. i tried to figure it out from the pics that she sent me but i'm not getting anywhere. i have attached the pics and i would appreciate any help i can get.
Have you looked at BeadJewelryMaking dot com? They have instructions for all kinds of cute beaded 3D objects.
hi kathy, i just went and checked it out and no basket but they did have some cute things. thanks for the tip. i have a feeling it will not be easy to find the pattern.
Sherrie................I think you can do it on your own. String 6 beads and tie off into a circle, bead around it like right angle weave using five new beads to make a larger circle of 6 bead rings. I am not positive how the sides get "formed" but somewhere along the line, like after the first three rounds, a decrease happens and that shapes the vertical sides.
Do you have a library that has craft books? There are a number of craft books (usually Japanese) that show how to make these things, usually with wire, but just make it using string. I had several of these and just gave them to the library. They keep some and sell the rest of what is donated to them..........so I can't be more specific. The books will usually have small human figures, dogs, cats, sometimes furniture, flowers, etc. Donna
I also think it is a RAW stitch indeed. As far as I can see the rounding is frow the second layer where you add 5 beads instead of 6. If you want to make this easy for you, you have to look past the colors and just see the rounds.. Like this, the red dot is the beginning.
You can see now that the second layer is 5-6-5 ...
Have a lovely beading day,
Thanks D.M.Z. the library is a good idea. i got as far as stringing the 6 beads in a circle. If you can't tell already, i'm still learning stuff.
thanks honey bead, i think i have to practice raw stitch but i think i can see what you're telling me.
wow just wanna say thanks to everyone for all the tips and feedback. my first time on the forum and it's been awesome.
wow that's pretty cool but i have no idea how to read that. i really need to learn some stuff i think. she could do that just by looking at it? that's impressive.
You really need to check out some Right Angle Weave (RAW) tutorials. The pattern above is pretty good especially with the different colors inserted along with bead types.
The basket you are trying is a basic RAW with what looks like faceted acrylic/plastic beads (that was the common type to use for these decorations in the 80's). Being larger also make them super simple to do. You need to know how a right angle weave is done first though- (also pretty easy)
There are a few patterns very similar out there for sale but before I spend $15- on a pattern (what I found at Beadwrangler) I would definitely want to have an idea of the technique. (I also think that is steep for this pattern in seed beads, but that is me).
You could also check for any books on Amazon from enterprise art and see if they actually had it in a publication. That way you could at least have a variety of items to learn.
Start slow and practice some basic weaves... as you go along you will start to get the idea for how many beads of what size you will need to get the look you want. Then try the pattern, or even another and build up to it.
Good Luck- (BTW, you can check beadwrangler for the pattern I found under projects6to9
It is done with seed beads but looks to be the exact type basket- just don't add the little adornment inside the basket and use larger beads.
I would not be surprised to find out that this came from a "Mary Maxim" catalogue.
I don't think you'll need the pattern, I'm sure you'll be able to re-create it without too much trouble.
actually that was the first place i checked and that's how i found the bell. i've been trying to recreate it but i'm not really understanding the right angle weave. still working on it though.