Bead Crochet Your Next Design

The mention of Valentine’s Day brings hearts, flowers and the color red to mind. I’m not a heart person, really, but I do love the Swarovski crystal Devoted 2 U and Wild heart pendants. And really, how can you resist them? The deep colors, the great shapes, and those facets!

Swarovski crystal Devoted 2 U heart pendant

Swarovski crystal Devoted 2 U heart pendant

Swarovski crystal Wild heart pendant

Swarovski crystal Wild heart pendant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Heart Key Fob

Wild Heart Key Fob

Not too long ago I taught a workshop for Swarovski using the Wild heart pendant. I still use this key fob as an accessory on one of my purses. It’s long but it makes a statement!

With slight modifications, the design could easily be made into a nice embellishment for a pillow, a fan/light pull, or even as a fancy gift topper for that special someone on Valentine’s day.

Here are a few notes on the design:

– I anchored the cording between two key rings but any solid component will do.
– Variegated rattail was woven into a “snake knot,” giving the design some flexibility. Use your own favorite cording and knot, or maybe choose one from a book like Decorative Knot Craft.
– Weave the cording to suit your design idea, finish it with a matching large-hole bead, like the 18mm rondelle with 3.5mm hole shown here.
– Create a tassel-like assembly of chain, beads, pendants – whatever you like, then finish using wire working techniques.
Need to brush up on some wire-working basics? The Wireworker’s Companion is a great resource and sure to help.

 

 

Swarovski Wild Heart bead crochet necklace. White hemp cording, 5mm crochet hook, Swarovski crystals in crystal red magma

Swarovski Wild Heart bead crochet necklace. White hemp cording, 5mm crochet hook, Swarovski crystals in crystal red magma

 

The Wild heart pendants also worked really well in this bead crocheted necklace, if I do say so myself.

 

 

I learned how to crochet a while back but after watching Candie Cooper’s and Judith Durant’s bead crochet videos, was inspired to try my hand at it again. And although I believed Candie when she said a design like the heart necklace would work up super fast and super easy, I was still surprised to see first hand, it really did!

Want to give bead crochet a try? Or step up your repertoire by using different materials and different stitches? Good news! With this limited edition bead crochet bundle, which includes bead kits for two different designs and bead crochet videos from both Candie and Judith, you can make your very own bead crochet designs in no time!

 

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Judith Durant’s, “Tunisian Stitch Bracelet Blitz” bead crochet video

Candie Coopers NEW Blue Crochet kit

Candie Coopers NEW Elegant bead crochet necklace kit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have a favorite heart design or piece of jewelry made using hearts? Love bead crochet and want to share a recent project? Please leave a comment at BeadingDailly.com. We’d love to hear from you!

Happy bead crochet!

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