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Beading and Beadwork with Crafty Grandma

Updated on August 11, 2011

Beware! Beadwork Can Be Addictive

You had better watch out before you start reading this lens....Beading can be addictive. Don't believe it? I am a true example of it. I don't know why I did not become addicted back in the 80's when I first started beading, but I sure did starting in 2005. It is a wonderful addiction though. I can create beautiful jewelry to give away or sell as I wish.

There are so many styles of beadwork that you need to narrow down which one you want to start with. I started with pretty wire and crystal ornaments and stringing beads. I moved up to working exclusively with crystals and seed beads and doing Right Angle Weave. I found peyote stitch after that. I still love both but design in peyote. I love to make pretty crystal bracelets because they look so dainty and feminine. I love to make sets also. If I have a bracelet, for some reason, I feel the need to make earrings.

Too many beads? NEVER! I told you beading is addictive and it is one we don't want to be cured of.

Filet Roses in Black and White - Loom Hatband
Filet Roses in Black and White - Loom Hatband

Wonderful Surprise in Email Today.

Filet Rose in Black and White - Loom Bracelet Pattern Made into hatband

I opened an email from one of my pattern customers who purchased my Filet Rose in Black and White - Loom Bracelet Pattern. Instead of making a bracelet from this loom pattern, she extended it and made a beautiful hatband.

This was my first Filet pattern that I created. Since then, I have created the Filet Rose in Color - Loom. I love it both ways but have to admit that my favorite is the one in color.

Filet Rose in Color - Loom Bracelet Pattern

Filet Rose in Color - Loom Bracelet Pattern
Filet Rose in Color - Loom Bracelet Pattern
Triple Spiral Bracelet
Triple Spiral Bracelet

Spiral Rope Beading Variations Tutorials

Such An Exciting Beading Technique

I was so excited when I found a lense called Beading Tutorials: Spiral Rope. Mortira has tutorials for spiral ropes that I have never seen before. I have done a few but they were the basic style spiral. I did learn how to create a spiral necklace with crystals included when I was visiting San Antonio, TX. I had always been afraid to try the different types of spiral ropes as I doubted my abilities. But, with the help of my instructor, Sue Charette-Hood, I was able to learn it and almost finished the necklace in her class. If you are ever in San Antonio, TX and want to take some classes from her, you can see which classes she is teaching at Originals Texas classes. I have bookmarked this lense so I can try some of the different styles I have never done before.

This lense is great for a beader wanting to learn the different variations of spiral ropes. They are so beautiful when they are completed. The triple spiral bracelet shown here is one that I created for a swap. I did it this way because I wanted something different for her so I did the spiral for a portion and added a cube bead and more spiral and a cube bead until I got the length I wanted. I think it came out pretty cute. I might have to make another one with some of the other variations available to me now.

Beading Videos - To Let You See The Steps In Beading Visually

Here are some You Tube videos to help you with your beading.

Lulu in her new beaded dog collar
Lulu in her new beaded dog collar

Beaded Dog Collars

Another option for a bracelet pattern

At the end of January, I saw a picture of a dog in a beaded collar. The collar looked gorgeous. It was from a pattern created by Debbie Van Tonder Debbie received a request from a customer asking her if she could reduce the width of the loom bracelet and make the pattern so that it could be repeated a couple to times to fit around her dog's neck. Once Anne Medley finished her dog collars, she sent Debbie pictures of the collar on her dogs. She says her dogs are the best dressed dogs in town. The picture here is of Lulu wearing her collar.

At my request, Anne sent me the directions on how she attached the beadwork to a nylon dog collar. Anne said she glues it onto the collar to keep it from moving. Once dry, she works around the top and bottom of the beadwork by going through every 3rd bead and through the collar to give the beaded portion of the dog collar more stability.

If you should want to do this, just send a message to the designer of the bracelet pattern to be used and I am sure that if he/she has the time, the designer will be happy to do this for you.

Rosemary's Bracelet Pattern - used for dog collar above

Rosemary's Bracelet Pattern - used for dog collar above
Rosemary's Bracelet Pattern - used for dog collar above

What type of Beading do you do? - Or what would you like to see featured in my lens?

Lucky Fisherman Lip Balm Cover Pattern
Lucky Fisherman Lip Balm Cover Pattern

Are you already a beader or a want-to-be beader? I would love to know what type of beading you do and if you have any lenses on the subject if you already bead. If you are a want-to-be beader, I would love to see what you might be interested in seeing.

What type of beadwork do you do?

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Sweetie done in peyote stitch
Sweetie done in peyote stitch

Peyote Stitch Technique

Are You Having Trouble Learning This Stitch

A lot of beaders have a hard time learning the peyote stitch. Once learned, it usually becomes a favorite for most beaders as it goes so fast, especially 2 or 3 drop peyote. I have written an article here at Squidoo on Peyote Helpful Hints that will hopefully help you to learn how to do the peyote stitch and love it. If you have any problems, just let me know and I will help you the best that I can.

For those of you who are experienced with the peyote stitch, I would appreciate you looking over my lens and adding comments about what you thought of the lens and what I may have missed in my lens.

Peyote Help From Books - Check Them Out To Help You Further

Leave Grandma Marilyn a comment - I love hearing from my friends and fellow beaders

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      I loved my time here.

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      :)P awesome lens!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      great ideas you have on here and love your design patterns!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      Really nice beading lens! Pinned it! :)P

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      Teri Hansen 5 years ago

      Another great lens Marilyn, Love what you have going on with your niche of beadwork.

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      Tonie Cook 6 years ago from USA

      This is wonderful! Love this type of jewelry and art. You are a very talented and detail oriented beader. Thank you for sharing your tips and information.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Oh, I wanna see what you bead up when you are done. I so love eye candy. Thank you for blessing my lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You have tempted this Grandma to get herself some beads and start in...I have always admired beadwork and now I want to do it. This Grandma Angel is leaving a blessing in your bead box...

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @annieangel1: Thank you

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      Ann 6 years ago from Yorkshire, England

      these are lovely - thanks for sharing

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Tipi. The dog collar isn't mine but been thinking of converting some of my bracelet patterns to dog collars and tell the beaders that their dogs can have matching accessories.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @KathyMcGraw2: I use a program called Beadtool. It is a really cool program. As with my Squidoos, I design my patterns on a whim or whatever hits my fancy. I still have a lot of them that have not been uploaded yet.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @tiff0315: I think it is very cute, too. Almost any bracelet can be turned into a dog collar. Just ask the designer or beadweaver.

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      capriliz lm 6 years ago

      I hope you add some samples of your work. I love to see the handcrafted jewelry items. The beaded necklace in your intro photo is lovely.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @capriliz lm: Thank you. I plan to add more as I go. My daughter designed that necklace. She is the stringer and I am the beadweaver.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love doing bead work, and really need to find some time to create something new again. I love the dog collar pattern, and all the other items that you have showcased. ~ Have a great day, and happy beading Grandmama!

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I used to bead some, but all the intricate work ruined my eyesight. I beaded with tiny seedbeads...mostly native geometrical designs. This was pretty cool, would like to know how you make your patterns.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      I love the dog collar! That's really cute!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Lemming13: Thank you. You had better watch out....beading is addicting and it is an addiction you won't want to get rid of.

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      Lemming13 6 years ago

      I do a lot of crochet and embroidery, and am just branching out into using beads in those, so I was very interested in your lens. Good stuff.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @auntjennie: If you need any help, just let me know and I will help you the best I can. If I can't answer you, I will try to find someone that can.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I haven't done any beading work before, but I'm putting it on my to do list.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @ElizabethJeanAl: Crocheting can be fun, too. I don't consider what I have done to be complicated but I might have a few years back.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I've done some simple beadwork but nothing complicated. I like to keep my hands busy but it's crocheting. My daughter-in-law does a lot of beadwork.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Colorful beads are intriguing and fun for handmade craft ideas.A beautiful lens with colorful beadwork.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @marsha32: Marsha, you could start out with the larger beads until you become comfortable with doing the stitches and then go down until you get to the smaller seed beads. The small seed beads intimidated me also when I first started out. I started out with the acrylic faceted beads (looked like crystals) and seed beads. As long as you get the needle to the hole, you can work with the seed beads with no problem.

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      marsha32 6 years ago

      I would like to do bead work, but working with the small beads in intimidating to me.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @CCGAL: Very nice to meet you, too. Yes, I do believe in the better late than never. I need to get more of my beadwork up here and I need to do a lens on the bead patterns that I create.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @MargoPArrowsmith: Thank you, Margo. I am slowly learning to us Squidoo. It took me a while to get brave enough to try making the lenses.

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      CCGAL 6 years ago

      Very nice to meet you! Welcome to Squidoo, although I am a bit late in saying hello, I hope you, like me, believe in "better late than never". I don't do beadwork, myself, but I certainly do appreciate the skill it takes and enjoy the beautiful end products. Thumbs up on this lovely lens!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 6 years ago

      Thumbs up! I have lensrolled this to my lens on peyote bead work