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

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

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

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

How to Cover a Bracelet Blank by Jodie Marshall at

... and the Stick Earring Tutorial by Jodie Marshall at

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.