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GrandmaMarilyn Bead Pattern Designer

Updated on January 13, 2013

Beading Comes First

When I first started beading back in the 1980's (mostly earrings), my favorite saying was "I need a pattern to bead...I don't have a creative bone in my body." I had started going to craft shows with my MIL and was selling soft sculpture dolls. I wanted something else to sell and found a crystal earring book at the now defunct Winns store. I started making those to sell. As a matter of fact, I still have some of those earrings. Somewhere along the line, I quit beading and started up other crafts. I started beading again toward the end of 2005 and joined a lot of beading groups. See the pretties below in the slide show.

Gold Round Lace Jewelry Set
Gold Round Lace Jewelry Set

Where To Purchase Ready To Wear Jewelry

Beaded by Grandma Marilyn

If you are interested in any of my beautiful beadwork, I have them for sale at the following shop:

Ecrater Ready To Wear Jewelry Shop

If you can't find what you are looking for, just email me by going to my profile here on Squidoo and I will be glad to help you. I am special order friendly and will recreate anything in the size you want or color you want, if at all possible. Enjoy my beadwork and if you have any problems, do not hesitate to contact me.

Etsy Beadweavers (EBW) Group
Etsy Beadweavers (EBW) Group

Joining Etsy Beadweavers Team

My Entry Into Bead Pattern Designing

In May 2008, I joined an Etsy group called the Etsy Beadweavers (EBW). One of the requirements for being a member of EBW is to create a design using a specific theme, bead it up, and place it for sale in their Etsy shop for sale with a blurp about the monthly challenge in the description The member has to do, at least, one of these challenges a year. I didn't join any of the challenges at first as I didn't think I could design a jewelry pattern. I did my part by blogging and tweeting the voting for the monthly challenge on the EBW blog each month. I also created wonderful treasuries to showcase their jewelry. There was so much beauty in their shops.

Diamonds and Triangles Cuff Bracelet
Diamonds and Triangles Cuff Bracelet

My First Bead Pattern Design

To Be Entered In The EBW Challenge

Then the time came where I had to create a design for the challenge so it could be voted on in the next month's blog. So I decided in July that it was time that I did my entry for the August challenge. I had bought a bead program called BeadTool and so decided I would use that to make my entry. The theme was Art Deco. I liked that theme and came up with quite a few potential patterns for it. The one I picked was a design that my daughter had created but I did some major revisions on it. I called this entry Diamonds and Triangles.

I had problems getting the entry beaded up. Finally, at 11:50 CST, I got my entry in. I thought I had made the deadline only to find that the deadline was 12:00 EST not CST. So I missed that deadline. I was so disappointed.

Pin Stripes and Flowers Cuff Bracelet
Pin Stripes and Flowers Cuff Bracelet

My Second Bead Pattern Design

To Be Entered Into An EBW Challenge

I didn't get discouraged though. I created another design for the September Challenge called Complementary Contradictions. I thought about this and came up with what I considered a complementary contradiction. The bracelet I created was called Pin Stripes And Flowers. How did I consider this a complementary contradiction? Back when I was younger, we didn't wear pin stripes (or any stripes) with a pattern that was a definite no-no. Now they are considered to go together great.

I made the deadline this time. I didn't win but that is ok. I accomplished what I set out to do.

Diamonds and Triangles Accessory Set
Diamonds and Triangles Accessory Set

Bead Pattern Designer

At Last

I hadn't started selling bead patterns as yet but I was designing them myself. I still couldn't bead without a pattern but the pattern was of my own creation. I was so excited. I still didn't think people would want to buy them. My EBW friends told me that I should sell them but I still didn't believe in myself enough to sell them. Two designers finally convinced me that I should sell my patterns.

The first was Glenda Payseno. She runs a Yahoo bead group called Beadchat.

The second was Marie (Orvick) Starr. She did a lot of talking with me and helped me to put my bead designs into PDF patterns. Once I got them to her specifications, she helped me by putting them in her shop, Starr Design Studio. She was in the process of designing a new bead pattern designer's studio that would allow bead pattern designers to get together and sell their patterns. I was one of the first designers to be added to the list to be included. In June 2009, Marie opened Bead Patterns Boutique. I started adding bead patterns to Marilyn at the Boutique.

Since then, my patterns have shown up in many venues.

Bead Patterns Boutique shop
Bead Patterns Boutique shop

Bead Patterns Boutique

What is it?

In June 2009, Marie opened Bead Patterns Boutique. Currently, Bead Patterns Boutique has 12 bead pattern designers. There have been others that joined us and gone on on to other venues. We will have many more join us in the future.

Marie also started a Yahoo group where we could let the beading customers know what patterns we were uploading and to help them with any problems they might have been having at about the same time she started the site. Come join the fun if you love beading. We have Bingo, Pink Light Trivia, and other fun activities every so often. Only our forum members know what is going on. Come join the fun if you love beading.

Marie also started a newspaper called the Boutique Gazette. In the Gazette, you will find out about any new challenges or something going on in the forum, learn about the designers, find helpful beading tips, see featured patterns from the designers, get discount coupons, learn the answers to questions from members of the forum, get a free pattern, read a funny forward, and maybe see a recipe.

Come on by and check us out.

Stained Glass Accessory Set Bead Pattern E-book - For Sale Soon

Stained Glass Accessory Set
Stained Glass Accessory Set

The newest accessory set which includes the pen wrap, lighter cover and lip balm cover with a beautiful stained glass design will be up for sale soon. Working on a few last minute kinks and it will become available for those beaders that want to save some money by buying the complete set instead of each pattern individually. Bought individually, it will cost $15.50. When bought in the e-book format, the three bead patterns will only cost your $12.50....a savings of $3.00.

These Stained Glass Accessory Sets make wonderful gifts for either men or women.

If you would like to have a set either for yourself or to give as a gift for someone else, contact me and I will bead a set up for you.

Stained Glass Cuff Bracelet
Stained Glass Cuff Bracelet

Where To Find Bead Patterns

Designed By Grandma Marilyn

Since then, I have my bead patterns in several venues. You can find my patterns in the following venues:

Grandma Marilyn At The Boutique

The Bead Coop - Grandma Marilyn

Ecrater Bead Pattern Shop

If you can't find what you are looking for, just email me and I will be glad to help you. I will modify the patterns for you if you would like them longer, narrower, etc. Enjoy my bead patterns and if you have any problems, do not hesitate to contact me.

Bead Patterns Boutique

now has a translator for those beading customers that would like to buy a pattern but can't read English. You will find the Google Translator on the right side upper part of the site. Just select the language you need to see the information in.

Sweetie - Dad's Dauchsund who died
Sweetie - Dad's Dauchsund who died

Bead Angels

A Bead Pattern Designers Greatest Tool

They are also called Bead Fairies. But, I would rather call them my Bead Angels because they are a blessing. I have had many Bead Angels help me with making sure my bead patterns are easy to read and use. They also send me pictures to use in my pattern of the prototype they beaded for me. I am going to list my Bead Angels and one of the patterns they tested here for you as my way of showing my appreciation to them. They are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Jean Baer was Bead Angel for the following pattern: Hearts Accessory Set eBook.

Carolyn DeGroff was my Bead Angel for the following pattern: Reindeer Accessory Set E-Book. She was already a bead pattern designer in her own right when she was my Bead Angel for this pattern. I have all 3 Reindeer bead patterns and an ebook from her. She is also the owner and moderator of the Yahoo Bead Group Seedbeadersters.

Llweyn Friars was one of my first Bead Angels. She moved on to become a bead pattern designer herself. Click on her name to go see her patterns. She was my Bead Angel for the following pattern: Black Dragon Amulet Bag Panel Bead Pattern.

Helen Jolly was my Bead Angel for the following bead pattern: Diamonds & Triangles Accessory Set eBook.

Candys McCulley was my Bead Angel for Floral Pony Business Card Sleeve. She moved on to become a bead pattern designer herself. Click on her name to go see her patterns.

Angelique Metz, my daughter, was my Bead Angel for the following bead pattern: Rose Bud Pen Wrap Bead Pattern.

Penney Ripley was my Bead Angel for the following pattern: Butterfly & Flower Amulet Bag Panel Bead Pattern.

Ellen Roskopp was my Bead Angel for the following bead pattern: Colorful Flower Petals Bracelet Bead Pattern.

Pat Tipton aka Mama Hen was my Bead Angel for all of my cowboy and cowgirl patterns. Here is one that she beaded for me: Cowboy Accessory Set eBook

I love getting comments from my readers either good or bad. It shows me that someone is stopping by and reading my articles. If it is bad, then I will correct the fault.

What Do Think About What Grandma Marilyn - Has Become?

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      Grandma-Marilyn 4 years ago

      @FancyThatUK: Thank you, Daisy. It is something you fall in love with once you get started. It becomes an addiction you don't want to be cured of.

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      FancyThatUK 4 years ago

      I wish I could bead like this, but I just dont have the patients. These are beautiful!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      :)P Awesome lens and great bead work designs! I love it! They are gorgeous!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      This is great that I found your lens! I have been looking into doing this for awhile now!! I had bought a native American bracelet at a thrift store that was slightly used that was well designed with a bead pattern that I adored! And wanted to make them every since! Very well put together lens! Loved it, liked it, and pinned it to my pintrest board so I will have it to refer to! Thank you so much!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @mobileboutique lm: Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I really appreciate the glowing praise in your comment.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @curious0927: Thank you for the comment and blessing.

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      mobileboutique lm 5 years ago

      I'm always amazed by people that can take simple beads and thread and turn it into such gorgeous things! Awesome lens, awesome designs!

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      curious0927 5 years ago

      Gorgeous! I really love your stuff! I can't wait to come back and study it a little more. Blessed!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @Anime-e: You are most welcome, TonyLee. Just keep on working hard and it will get there.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I'm glad, too, Tipi. I am still working on the confidence part though. LOL

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @GonnaFly: Thank you, GonnaFly. I appreciate the compliment. It boosts my confidence.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @bead at home mom: LOL, Teriann. Thank you for the wonderful comment and thank you also for voting.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      These are just beautiful. Wonderful talent with beads. You deserve to be called bead designer.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Boy, have I been remiss on this lens. Thank you for the wonderful comment, Sandy.

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      Anime-e 5 years ago

      We Email all the time! and talk all the time. You were my very first true friend from squidoo and I wanted to give you a Thank you! You showed me the ropes and helped me earn my very first penny on squidoo without you I would have been lost. And We are still great friends and supports of each other out side of squidoo! We help each other with everything and I just wanted to stop by and tell you thanks for being patient with me and truly getting me on my own to feet! THANK YOU!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm so glad you didn't give up in discouragement because you went on to wonderful! Then you go on to share it all so well for other hopeful potential beaders, delightful!

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      Jeanette 5 years ago from Australia

      Goodness. Aren't you a clever girl! Your designs are very beautiful.

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      Wow! Wow! and double Wow!! I am very impressed with what you have done with your creation of designs. I do basic stringing but have yet to move over to weaving. This is quite inspiring. I did vote for the ladybug pen wrap, guess why! I will be featuring this page in my 'discover beading' page.