Thursday, September 30, 2010


Even more FREE stuff:
  • Beadwork: Now hosted by Jennifer VanBenschoten, this site has numerous free patterns, stitch tutorials and a great beading forum.
  • Diane Fitzerald has downloadable PDFs available for many of her beading magazine articles on her Web site,
  • has some great video and step-by-step instructions in the Jewelry Learning Center.
  • Numerous tutorials on a number of beadweaving techniques can be found at Beadwrangler Samplers.
  • has free patterns and links to a number of free offsite patterns.
  • Eagle Spirit’s Beadwork Tutorials is a wonderful resource for beaders. At this site, you can find fully illustrated instructions for many different weaves, as well as variations of the weave: African netting, chevron weaves, traditional and Potowatami daisy chains, the Karmen necklace and weave, Victorian lace and lots more. 
  • Fire Mountain Gems Free Beading Instructions has lots of goodies, including beading videos.
  •'s Techniques features an abundance of free step-by-step instructions and beading techniques—all well-written, illustrated and wonderfully presented.
  • Created and maintained by "Eni Oken & Friends," has lots of tips, tutorials and articles for free once you sign in.
  • Guide To Beadwork is Greg Vinson’s online book that contains fully illustrated and detailed instructions for the chevron and daisy chain, as well as the gourd stitch (circular peyote technique), flower stitch, twill stitch (even count peyote), brick stitch and lace stitch (netting).
  • Once you sign up (for free), you have access to all of Beading Daily's free e-books. There are quite a few of them and the latest is on making beaded beads.
  • Several beautiful peyote patterns and a gorgeous triangle weave Starflower Bracelet pattern is available for free PDF download at
  • Use a repeating ladder stitch to make this great Checkerboard Bracelet.
  • Directions for a really lovely Herringbone Flower Bracelet at
  • Lots of quick and easy beading projects at
  • Michelle Skobel has several beautiful bracelet patterns, an ornament pattern, beaded flower and star patterns, as well as instructions for a peyote beaded clasp at her Web site,
And if you need even more links, check out the link list at Alexis and Glitter Glow Beading.

    Saturday, September 25, 2010

    new e-book uploaded: Crystal Necklaces III

    I have just uploaded a new e-book—Crystal Necklaces III:

    Crystal Necklaces III features 6 crystal necklace patterns. All patterns are fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions, ideal for beginner beaders. They can also be purchased individually as part of the following patterns:

    Ophelia Necklace
    Button Necklace
    Crystal Posy Necklace
    Lobelia Necklace
    Scalloped Pearl Necklace
    Persian Necklace

    Downloadable PDFs available for $21.95 at:
    A print version is available for $24.95 plus shipping at my Lulu store.

    Wednesday, September 15, 2010

    new e-book available: Crystal Earrings III

    For those of you who have been asking for more e-books, I have just uploaded the first of four new e-books to come this month—Crystal Earrings III:

    Crystal Earrings III features eight crystal earring patterns. They can also be purchased individually as part of the following patterns: Sundial Earrings, Bijoux Earrings, Button Earrings, Heirloom Earrings, Mandala Earrings, Tuscan Earrings, Vintage Crystal Earrings and Bistro Earrings.

    Downloadable PDFs available for $21.95 at:
    A print version is available for $24.95 plus shipping at my Lulu store.

    Monday, September 13, 2010

    FREE! Part II

    More wonderful and FREE beadweaving patterns on the Web:

    Alexis Beads/Perlen
    Alexis is known for having one of the most comprehensive lists of beading links on the Web but she has also posted numerous beautiful free patterns, available in English, German and French and downloadable in PDF form:
    If you click on the "Free" tab, you will find over 300 free beading patterns, stitch instructions and tips, all downloadable in PDF format, including some of my patterns and some of my favorites, like Jann Christiansen's Sealed With A Kiss Bracelet:

    Bead Weaving Patterns by Sandra D. Halpenny
    Along with hundreds of gorgeous patterns for sale, Sandy also has about 14 free patterns available on her Web site, including two free snowflake patterns:

    Part III coming soon!

    Saturday, September 11, 2010

    New pattern uploaded: the Crystal Wiggle Bracelet

    I just uploaded a new pattern to my Web site: Crystal Wiggle Bracelet, $4, also available at

    This bracelet is made by combining hana-ami motifs and then running FireLine through the outer edge of seed beads and fire-polished beads to firm up the "wiggle" and give the bracelet some added strength and smoothness. The pattern is fully illustrated with detailed step-by-step instructions and would look great in holiday colors.

    Friday, September 10, 2010


    Every time I post a free pattern, there are always a number of beaders who email to thank me for my generosity. When I look at some of the other "free" patterns and instructions out there on the Web, I am always amazed and proud to be part of such a generous community of artists. So, for those of you who are not aware of just how much wonderful "free" stuff is out there, this will be the first of a multi-blog series.

    Ruby's Jewelry Design & Beadwork
    Whenever beaders email and ask where I think the best place is for a beginner to start learning how to beadweave, I always send them to Ruby's site and tell them to order a copy of Beading with Ruby. However, Ruby also has loads of free tutorials up at and they are all well-illustrated, step-by-step and excellent. It's quite a varied collection, reflecting years of hard work. My favorites are her Herringbone stitch bracelets:

    Whimbeads Free Beading Tutorials
    This is where I learned to bezel a rivoli and there's also intructions for a Flat Undulating Herringbone Bracelet that is just awesome. For those of you who have been wanting to try out Miyuki's new Tila beads, Whimbeads just uploaded their Spikey TILA Bead Bracelet Tutorial:

    Eva Maria Keiser Designs
    If you are looking to learn some really unique beadweaving—and especially if you are a fan of the beaded bead—then check out Eva's "Complimentary" instructions, available for download in PDF form when you click on an image on the Learn page, with more free patterns available on her blog.

    I look at her work in her blog and think, "Oh my heavens... never in a million years would I find the talent to create this kind of intricate beauty" but many of her free patterns certainly make me want to try.

    More soon!

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010