Monday, December 15, 2014

Advice for novice beaders.

Here is my advice for novice beaders, 

1. Practice, and practice some more! When you learn a new stitch- do it again and again. Don't make one, make three. This helps both your brain and body "learn" how to do something. This will help when you apply the stitch in another project later on.

2. Be patient: try not to get discouraged. It sometimes takes a while to have the "ah-ha" moment, like with practice, it may take a while for your brain and your body to get it! When in doubt, take a 5 minute break and come back to it.

3. Keep a beading diary. Write down, scribble, or draw about what you have learned and the pieces you have made. Keep a notebook, or a bunch of napkins shoved in a box- whatever is your style. This is something I wish I had done when I started beading, and try do now.

4. Take pictures of all of your work. Someday you will be glad you did.

5. Buy quality. When it comes to beads, particularly seed beads don't skimp on materials. Buy good beads. Don't be tempted to buy seed beads that are $1. I have never found good things to come from poor quality beads.

6. Buy beads you love. Make pieces you love. Don't buy what you think is popular, because everything is a trend.

7. Learn from your mistakes. Sometimes they are less of a mistake and more of a beginning to something new. Knowing certain color combinations don't work, or that certain beads don't fit together can be a time (and sanity) saver in the future. (see #3)

8. Learn from others, and give credit to them. I won't harp on this subject. Use your gut, ask yourself if this was your idea, pattern, or tutorial would you want credit for it? If you reverse-engineer something you have seen, or were inspired by something you saw on Pinterest or even a bead magazine, give some credit for your inspiration. It is not difficult and it gives you and them the warm fuzzies :)

9. If you don't know if it will work -try it. Always try it. Sometimes your best inspiration comes because those beads happen to be sitting on your mat waiting for something. Not only does this give you knowledge of what works, but even better, it gives you knowledge of what doesn't work. (see #7)

10. If you have a question, either about a tutorial you have purchased, or a general beading question, don't ever be afraid to ask. Everyone has asked at some point! There are no stupid bead questions, but there are a bunch of opinions, so be prepared.

11.  Don't feel ashamed about self promotion. Wear your creations proudly everywhere you go. This is a part of you, whether your hobby, interest, or career. Don't you think Coco Chanel wore Chanel?!

12. Have fun, or find your Zen with the beads. If you aren't doing this, then why are you doing this?

Hope you enjoyed my advice, take what you want and leave what you don't.

Thanks for reading, and Happy Beading


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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Farfalle Snowflakes

Farfalle, most commonly known as peanut beads are so cute, but what to do with them...I figured out a cute pattern for snowflakes. They are sturdy and adorable.

To share the love of winter and the peanut bead the free tutorial for "Farfalle Snowflakes" can be downloaded here

Happy Beading! -Beth

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pen covers

I can't believe it has been seven years since I made these pen covers! The other day my mom mentioned that she never got one, so I needed to recreate my template! I figured I would share how they are made! They are created with a long peyote stitch strip that is "zipped together". They fit perfectly over a Bic pen.

The ends of the tube are improvised by adding beads until the tube has a secure end. I don't have a pattern for this, I just attached beads until it was "closed".

When I make my mom's I will update this and document the way I decide to do it this time! (It has been seven years)

Here is the pattern for the blue pen:

This is the pattern I am using for my mom's pen

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UPDATE! Here is the finished pen my mom will be receiving for Christmas this year. (I don't think she reads my blog)

As promised here is a how I finished the end. Very clean looking, and much better than my covers from years ago. Here are the steps:

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Thanks for reading! Happy Beading -Beth

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Finicky Flower Links Bracelet Tutorial

Introducing my newest tutorial the "Finicky Flower Links Bracelet" 
The name suits them well as they take a bit of maneuvering to get them perfect 
which I explain in full color detail in a fifteen page PDF.

This tutorial can be found here.
Thanks for reading, and happy beading! -Beth

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lacy Zipper Stitch

Lacy Zipper Stitch by Beth Clark

This tutorial is free online, if you would like an easily printable version you can download it here.
If you would like to support me or thank me for this tutorial, you can donate to me via PayPal. There is a $3 donate button link in all of the other tutorials in the pages tabs of this blog. Thank you very much for your interest in my tutorials!

On to the free online version:

The beads needed for this pattern are: 

Size 15/0 beads, two hole beads (I used black Superduos), and Miyuki 3.3x2.8mm drops.
 (You will need approximately 8 Superduos, per inch of stitch).


Start by picking up one Superduo and looping  around it several times until thread is secure.

Pick up a 15/0, a super duo, and another 15/0 and "picot" the edge of the Superduo. (Picture 1)
Picture 1
Picture 2

 Pick up two drop beads and "picot" the other side, exiting the first 15/0 you added. (Picture 2)

Continue through the bottom hole of the Superduo that is sticking up. (Picture 3)
(Picture 3, a few stitches in, but the same)

Repeat picoting both sides of each added Superduo, starting with the 15/0, SD,15/0 pattern first and the two drops second or "on the bottom" until you have a bit more than the length desired for your creation. 

Pictures 4, 5, and 6 are for reference.

On the last stitch of the desired length, skip the first set (15/SD/15) of picot and continue through the last Superduo. (Picture 7)
Picture 7
 Add the drops picot and continue back up through the Superduo. (Picture 8)
Picture 8

To secure this stitch, go back down through the Superduo and connect the outside Superduos to the outside drops by weaving through them, going through the 15/0's for the entire the length of the project. (Pictures 9, 10, & 11)

Picture 9

Picture 10
Picture 11 (the same as picture 10, just a few stitches farther)

When you have reached the end and have woven all the edge beads on the first side, turn around and repeat down the other side, through the drops then Superduo and 15/0. (Picture 12) *I found it easier to go through one drop at a time rather than the pair.

Picture 12
This stitch does work with other two holed beads in the place of the Superduos. 

The finished stitch is delicate looking but sturdy! Enjoy! Happy Beading

Please do not teach this tutorial to others without permission from Beth Clark.

Selling items made from this pattern is encouraged, 
but please give credit to the pattern designer.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tubular Herringbone with Twins

How to make a herringbone chain with Twin beads

I learned how to start this through a pin with only photos to represent how to make the chain, 
here is the original source for the pin:

I also found this site that needs Google translate, unless you speak German, that has a written, but translated, tutorial:

Here are my photos and an English explanation of how to make this beautiful rope!
 Hope this helpful for everyone!

You will need about 2 grams of twin beads per inch. I estimated this based on the 6 inches I got out of a 12 gram culled package.

Size 11/0 beads will also work, but more thread will most likely show.
Made with superduos, more thread also shows. 

Thanks for reading, have fun beading! -Beth