Sunday, December 9, 2012

New pattern uploaded: Tuscan Drop Earrings

I was playing around with my Tuscan Earring design and found that these earrings looked even prettier with a drop. This pattern is fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions for two drop versions: one with pearls in each corner (at right) and another with pearls in the center (at left). I used Swarovski #5500 9x6 pear drops but any drop bead will work.The Tuscan Drop Earrings pattern, $3.25, is available at my website, AroundTheBeadingTable.com and Bead-patterns.com:


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Tis the Season!

NEW COUPON! Enter "joy" in the "Discount Code" box of the AroundTheBeadingTable.com shopping cart, click "UpdateCart" and receive a 25% discount on all PDF pattern orders until midnight, Pacific Time, Monday night, December 10, 2012. This discount coupon code can be used again and again until December 10, 2012, but is only valid for downloadable PDF patterns, PDF pattern sets and PDF e-books on my website, AroundTheBeadingTable.com.


NEW PATTERN FOR SALE! The Sybil Pendant, $3.00, available at AroundTheBeadingTable.com and Bead-Patterns.com. This pattern is fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions for making a pendant to hang from a chain or cord and instructions for a pendant with a beaded chain. Both use size 11 seed beads, SuperDuo beads and Tile beads (Miyuki Tila beads or Czechmates). The design would probably make a nice pair of earrings as well if you like them big.


Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, October 7, 2012

New SuperDuo pattern: Athena Bracelet and Earrings

I just uploaded a new pattern to my website: the Athena Bracelet and Earrings, $5.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


It uses size 11 seed beads, 4mm fire-polished beads and the new two-hole SuperDuo beads that I have fallen in love with. I'm thinking that it may work with other 4mm beads but haven't tried it yet. Please let me know if you do!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

New Crystal Patterns

I just uploaded two new crystal patterns to my website:

The Alexandra Bracelet, $4.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


An some matching Alexandra Earrings, $3.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


Monday, September 3, 2012

New Tila SuperDuo Color Combos

Betsy over at RedPandaBeads.com has beaded up my Tila SuperDuo Bands pattern in some great colors!

Here is Band 1 with burnt sienna Tila beads, green turquoise capri and ivory capri SuperDuo beads and size 11 bronze seed beads:


And here it is with mustard Tila beads, opaque yellow picasso and matte brass SuperDuo beads and size 11 bronze seed beads:


And here it is with copper Tila beads, matte copper and matte rose gold SuperDuo beads and size 11 duracoat muscat seed beads:


Beautiful!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New pattern: the Tila SuperDuo Bands

I just uploaded a new pattern to my website: the Twin SuperDuo Bands, $5.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


 A trio of bands made from seed beads, Tila beads and SuperDuo beads. The pattern is fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions for each bracelet and includes a page of three blank charts of three different widths so you can design you own bands. Note: I used SuperDuo beads because they are much more uniform in size and slightly thicker than Twin beads. I did not try these bands using Twin beads but if you do and are successful, please send pictures!

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

New Pattern Uploaded: Twin Cube Wave Band

I just uploaded a new pattern to my website: the Twin Cube Wave Band, $4.50, also available at Bead-patterns.com:



This is a fatter version of my Tila Twin Wiggle Bracelet, using two colors of Preciosa Twin beads and 3mm cube beads instead of Tila beads.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Special offer from Red Panda Beads

The pattern for Band 1 of my two-band Tila Flower Bands is available for free at RedPandaBeads.com with each SuperDuo bead purchase for customers registered on the Red Panda Bead website. For more info, click HERE or on the image below:


Monday, August 13, 2012

A new pattern for sale, FREE pattern and some SuperDuo confusion

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Tila Flower Bands, $5.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com. Two bracelets made from seed beads, Tila beads and two-hole SuperDuo beads (top) or Twin beads (bottom):


And I also uploaded an easy bracelet made from seed beads, two-hole SuperDuo beads and Tila beads: Skinny SuperDuo Band (a PDF is available for download at the bottom of my Web site page):


Okay, so if you are wondering, "What the heck are SuperDuo beads?", here is what I have managed to figure out: 
  • Twin beads and SuperDuo beads are often referred to as two-hole seed beads and they look almost exactly alike with a few exceptions. Twin beads, made by Czech company Preciosa Ornela, have the same oval shape but are often somewhat irregular in size. SuperDuo beads are pressed glass beads (i.e., made in a mold) so they are a bit thicker and much more uniform in size than Twin beads. 
  • As of this writing, SuperDuo beads are rather hard to find and seem to come in two sizes: 2.5mm by 5mm and 2mm by 5mm. In some instances, SuperDuo beads can be used as substitute for Twin beads and vice versa, but sometimes not. It depends on the design. For this pattern, I used 2.5 by 5mm SuperDuo beads from RedPandaBeads.com
  • Chris Franchetti Michaels of Beadwork.About.com has the best list of SuperDuo suppliers at: http://beadwork.about.com/od/BuyBeadsOnline/a/Superduo-Suppliers.htm
  • Preciosa Ornela is coming out with, or has already come out with, their own "pressed glass" Twin bead, although I have not been able to find them.
  • There may be several Czech companies making "SuperDuo" and "Super Duo" beads, which could account for the size difference. Dee's Place has a great article that provides a bit of the inside scoop: "The Great Czech Two-Hole bead Wars" by Doris Coghill.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Free pattern with Twin bead purchase

RedPandaBeads.com is now offering a free PDF copy of my Tila Twin Wiggle Bracelet pattern with each Twin bead purchase for customers registered on the Red Panda Bead website. For more info, click HERE or on the image below:


RedPandaBeads.com also has a vast selection of Tila and other Miyuki beads, as well as free shipping on all U.S. orders over $25.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New pattern for sale and a FREE pattern uploaded

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Twin Cube Bands, $5.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


Two bracelets made from seed beads, 3mm (top) and 4mm (bottom) cube beads and two colors of Preciosa Twin beads. The pattern is fully illustrated pattern with detailed step-by-step instructions.


And for those of you who aren't real sure about cubes and Twins, I uploaded a free Skinny Twin Cube Band (a PDF is available for download at the bottom of my Web site page):

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Some wonderful new free patterns

It's been a while since I posted links to some free beading patterns out there on the internet. Here are some more—some new, some not new but newly discovered, all beautiful and created by some very talented and generous designers.

Easy Art Deco CzechMates Beaded Earrings by Chris Franchetti Michaels of Beadwork.about.com:


Simply Cameo by MyAmari of My-Amari.com:


...and Be Jeweled Earrings Tutorial by MyAmari of My-Amari.com:


 Silver Moon Earrings by Charlene Booth of cbbeads.com:


Louisa from rayher-hobby.de:


Earrings from Amybeads.blogspot.com:


Thursday, June 7, 2012

New pattern uploaded: Tila Twin Wiggle Bracelet

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Tila Twin Wiggle Bracelet, $4.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


A wiggly bracelet made from seed beads, Miyuki Tila beads and two colors of Preciosa Twin beads—fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

New pattern uploaded: Tila Twin Bands

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Tila Twin Bands, $6.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


A trio of bands made from seed beads, Miyuki Tila beads and Preciosa Twin beads. Wear just one or all at the same time:

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New pattern uploaded: Tila Cuff

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Tila Cuff, $4.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


It's a wide Tila bracelet using right-angle weave:


Sunday, April 22, 2012

New pattern uploaded: the Steppin' Out Earrings

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Steppin' Out Earrings, $4.00, also available at Bead-patterns.com:

 
Once you create the bezel using the peyote stitch to hold the rivoli, the rest is a breeze. 
 
Seriously :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New pattern uploaded: Garden Cuff

I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: the Garden Cuff, $4.50, also available at Bead-patterns.com:


If you are ready for Spring, then this pattern is for you. It is a slightly wider and a bit more complex version of my Garden Bracelet, fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A few more lovely patterns

Fiesta Twin and Crystal Earrings from Chris Franchetti Michaels at Beadwork.About.com:


You can find more Twin bead patterns on the Preciosa Ornela website but it can be a bit tricky to find the download links. You have to click your way to the "Projects" section, and then on the right, click on "Simple Bracelets". The link to a PDF with these pretty bracelets is under the heading "Files & Links":


Tubular Herringbone Stitch Bracelet at Beadmavens.blogspot.com:


How to Cover a Bracelet Blank by Jodie Marshall at http://www.marshalljodie.blogspot.com.es:


... and the Stick Earring Tutorial by Jodie Marshall at http://www.marshalljodie.blogspot.com.es:

How I create my patterns

Beaders often email and ask what "beading software" I use to create my patterns.

I don't use any "beading software" because what is out there is really for peyote, loom or brick stitch patterns (graphs), which I don't really do.

I'm a freelance desktop publisher/graphic designer by day so I use the same software that I use for book and magazine work to create my patterns:  
These apps are expensive and not all that easy to learn but I use them all the time for work and have already made the investment in time and money so I stick with them, but moreso, I just don't know of any other apps that do the job as well. If you find any, please let me know because my method is very time-consuming. Each drawing is hand-drawn in Illustrator.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Having fun with Pinterest

Those of you who follow my blog know that I love to find free beading tutorials and Pinterest has quite the bounty. If you are on Pinterest, you can find more free pattern links on my Pinterest Beading Tutorials board, and if not, here are a few beauties:

Amberle by BeeJang at Bead-tutorial.livejournal.com:


Greta by Krisztina CsapĆ³ at krisztigyongy.blogspot.fr:


White Pearl Rope – Tubular Herringbone Bead Weaving by MyAmari at My-amari.com:


...and Double Flat Spiral Stitch Tutorial by MyAmari at My-amari.com:


Tila Temptation Bracelet from Favecraftsblog.com:


Color Blocks Cuff Bracelet by Marilyn Gardiner at Beadingtimes.com:


... and Marilyn Gardiner's Marching Cubes Bracelet at Beadingtimes.com:


...and Marilyn Gardiner's Diamonds Bracelet at Beadingtimes.com:


Tesserae Earrings by Marcia DeCoster at Jewelryartistmagazine.com:


Pendant Tutorial at Beadiferous.com:


Vintage Pendant Tutorial at Snivli.blogspot.com:



Renaissance Diamond Chain Collar at BeadingDaily.com:


Beaded Spider Tutorial by Kathy L. Shaw at Shawkl.com:


Trihex by Alexis at alexis.al.ohost.de: