- Arts and Design
Bead Work, Bead Design, and Crafting
You will find beautiful beaded jewelry, beaded patterns, and other crafts here. I will probably take some of my beauties to other lenses but they will be linked to this one. As I create lenses, I will be showing you my wonderful new items, both bead work and bead designing, as well as wonderful creations from other crafters, jewelrymakers, bead designers, and items that just fascinate me.
I beaded up this beauty. I fell in love with the way the cuff turned out. This bracelet is available in size 6.5 at Stained Glass Cuff Bracelet. The pattern is available at Stained Glass Cuff Bead Pattern if you would like to bead one up yourself. If you do bead one up yourself, I would love to see the photos of the finished item.
All photos are my private collection and are not to be copied.
The Growth of Grandma Marilyn's
From crocheting to bead design
I have been a crafter ever since I could remember. I started out with crocheting and other crafts.
Late in 2005, I discovered beading. I started small making some ornaments and easy beading. I had to have a pattern or I could not bead. Of course, all of my crafting has been that way ever since I could remember. I used to say that I did not have a creative bone in my body. I started doing harder and harder patterns. My ready-to wear jewelry can be found in my GrandmaMarilyns eCrater store in my Beaded Jewelry shop. I also have some beaded accessories (pen wraps, lighter covers, and lip balm covers) available in my Beaded Accessories shop.
I found some beading software and started playing with it coming up with some patterns that I beaded up and put up for sale. Other bead designers, such as Glenda Payseno and Marie Starr, started working on my self-esteem and convinced me to make some beading patterns and put them up for sale. Well, I am proud to say that my beading patterns are now for sale in my Grandma Marilyn at the Boutique, GrandmaMarilyns ecrater store, Bead Coop store, and GrandmaMarilyns Etsy Shop.
As I create lenses, I will be showing you my wonderful new items, both bead work and bead designing, as well as wonderful creations from other crafters, jewelrymakers, bead designers, and items that just fascinate me.
The above pictured bracelet can be purchased in a size large or 8 inches at Candy Jade Bracelet. This lovely bracelet was made from a pattern designed by Glenda Payseno and is being sold with her approval.
Bead Pattern Designing
I am open to suggestions for new pattern designs
As I stated in my other module, I could not work without a pattern. I started creating bead patterns and I still need a pattern but at least it is my own pattern I am using. I started out making bracelets in the peyote stitch. Then the customers requested that I make some in loom so I proceeded to do so. I don't have that many loom patterns yet, but am going to try to make all of my peyote patterns into loom patterns eventually.
The picture attached was the first bead pattern of my own that I beaded up. It was for an Etsy Beadweavers (EBW) Team challenge. I didn't turn it in in time but you can't have everything. This peyote bracelet was created with Matsuno seed beads.
This bracelet is available in size large or 8 inch in my ecrater shop. The is a pattern is available for this bracelet also in my Bead Patterns Boutique shop. Remember, if you make one of my patterns, I would love to see a photo of the finished item.
Accessory Sets Bead Patterns
Wouldn't you love to have one of these pen wrap, lip balm and lighter cover sets
A few months before Christmas, I started thinking of small projects that could be beaded up quickly and came up with patterns for Pilot G-2 Pen Wraps. Then I thought, why not coordinate the pen wraps with the lighter and lip balm covers and have an accessory set. After the bead patterns are all put out individually, I am making an ebook with all 3 patterns in it. Now, I am considering making a book with multiple sets in them in a category type book (i.e, Native American and so on). I have so many of these sets designed but they all have to be beaded up.
If it weren't for my Bead Angels, I wouldn't get as far as I do now. My Bead Angels bead up the patterns and let me know anything that needs to be fixed in it, they take pictures of each step and then I request on the sets that they take one with all 3 finished pieces together. Oh this makes them look wonderful. Currently, my Bead Angels are Ellen Roskopp, Pat Tipton aka Mama Hen, Tammy Uren, and Jean Baer.
Get the Diamonds and Triangles Accessory Set E-Bbook. Just click that link. To get my other bead patterns, you can go to Bead Patterns Boutique or my eCrater Bead Pattern Shop. To tell you the truth, Bead Patterns Boutique has the most current listing of my patterns.
I also have these items already beaded for you if you don't want to bead them up yourself. Just stop by my Beaded Accessories Shop in my eCrater Mini-Mall. If I don't have what you want, contact me and I will see if I can create the items that you would like to have. These make a wonderful gift.
Filet Roses and Lilies Bracelet Pattern
Loom and 2 Drop Peyote Versions Available
My Bead Angel, Jean Baer, just finished beading up both the peyote and loom versions of the Filet Roses and Lilies Bracelet pattern for me. She tests the pattern for me so that you will get an error free pattern. They came out so beautiful.
I got my inspiration for this bracelet from a filet crochet pattern from the early 1900s. I will be adding this pattern to my various pattern sites under my filet pattern series. Keep an eye out for the next pattern Jean is beading for me.
If ever you find an error in any of my patterns, just let me know because we may have missed it. I will correct it and send it out to everyone who purchased the pattern. I always accept criticism whether good or bad. How else can I continue to learn.
Cat Faces Cuff Bead Pattern - Blog Post on Grandma Marilyn's Blog
I received a picture from one of my customers today of a finished cuff created from my Cat Faces Cuff Bead Pattern. I decided to write a blog post showing all of the pictures I have received from customer who had purchase this pattern. Each one of them came up with some beautiful pictures. If you would like to have this bead pattern for your own, the pattern can be purchased from Bead Patterns Boutique or Ecrater.
These beading pads are wonderful. I love using them. These come in a 2 pack and are 13 inches by 18 inches.
Necklace and Earrings Designed - For Project Prom Donation
For the month of April, 2013, I worked on a project to create a necklace and earrings for a foster girl here in San Antonio, TX who wanted to go to the prom but her foster parents couldn't afford to get her what she needed. They were giving the girls dresses, purses, shoes and jewelry. I wish I could have seen a picture of the girl that picked my necklace with her dress and everything on. That would have been really cool. Oh well.
I decided on a spiral necklace with white and gunmetal. I designed a white slider with jet black Swarovski crystals for the necklace so that it would be convertible. The earrings were white with gunmetal spirals with the jet black Swarovski crystals at the end.
I eventually plan to make a pattern for this but have to decide how I want to do it as I want to create a tutorial for the spiral necklace and earrings.
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