Thursday, December 14, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #41: Bead Crochet

This week I am covering bead crochet. Since I started beading over a decade ago I have tried to learn to bead crochet about twice a year. Yes -over 20 times I have strung a bunch of beads, studied patterns, watched videos and failed.  This time, under pressure to produce for my own blog, I tried a few more times and succeeded. I am not an expert, and most likely won't be adding it to my resume of beading go to's but I did it- more than once!

I first made the piece with blue & greens. It took me about six tries to get it. I do want to thank Kelly Dale owner of the bead store Off the Beaded Path. After watching several other videos on YouTube without luck I found Kelly's bead crochet videos and used her set to "master" (haha lol) bead crochet. She has six videos on Bead Crochet that cover everything I needed to learn how to do! Her videos are: Basic Tools NeededHow to figure bead countsHow to chain stitch with beadsFirst row and beyondWays to finish bead crochet and how to read a bead crochet pattern.


I did complete two bracelets along with my trial piece! As you can see in the red, green, and silver one that I reversed my colors while stringing it so there are two beads that have extra "holiday spirit" :) I finished both bracelets with some bead caps that I happened to have that fit great over top of the rope. I used E6000 glue to secure them in place and wired clasps to them before. Neither of the pieces I made had enough strung beads for a bangle so I didn't get to try the "invisible join" but after watching Kelly teach it on YouTube it seems doable. 

I don't think I will make many bead crochet pieces, but having the knowledge of all the things I was doing so wrong all the other times is relieving! In the past I didn't use the correct materials, which is always important. I am now a bead crocheter! I am not sure if I could use smaller beads than 8's since it did seem to hurt my hands and I had to take more breaks than with usual off loom stitching. Overall I am happy I finally learned. If I have a long trip or it snows again I might give it another chance!

Next week I will be covering/discovering my last stitch for this year! Hubble! I will be Hubbleing! Will that make me a Hubbler?!

I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

December 21: Hubble

December 28th: Summary of 2017's project and what I am up to next year! 2018!

                            Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

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