Beading Patterns for Stitching Bugle Beads into Beautiful Jewelry
Beading Patterns with the Royal Touch
Prince William and Princess Kate have been traveling throughout Canada recently. From the news footage, it’s been nice to see the couple out and about and I’ve really enjoyed seeing all Princess Kate’s outfits. More than the outfits, it’s been wonderful to see her looking comfortable and happy as the mom of her precious children. What a coincidence to have a bracelet named after Princess Kate staring at me this morning. With a review copy of the Stitching with Shaped Beads: 10 Beading Projects to Make with Bugle Beads awaiting me it would’ve been hard to miss a design like this. And it was easy to see why Cristie Prince named this particular bracelet Princess Kate. Out of all her other regal beading patterns, this design is just like the princess: elegant, beautiful, and comfortable.
The Princess Kate Bracelet by Cristie Prince is made by ladder stitching bugle beads around clear crystal rhinestone cup chain. The construction allows for a very flexible and wearable design. The combination of materials makes for a very lovely bracelet to wear.
Beading Patterns Lacy by Design
Bugle beads in general create flexible beading patterns and designs. Gilded Lattice by Katherine Schwartzenberger is a bracelet that moves and sways with your every move. This 3-dimensional design, also made using ladder stitch, is like a beautiful piece of ribbon, and the colors regal in their own right.
In Pewter Lace by Smadar Grossman, bugle beads are used to create the structural edges of the bracelet and amplify the curves. The beaded bracelet is made using three different stitches: double-needle right-angle weave, netting, and brick stitch. Smadar offers ideas on using different beads and configurations but cautions not to remove the seed beads along the edges of the bugle beads. These cleverly placed beads help protect the thread from the bugle beads sharp edges.
Beads, Ribbons, and Corsets
Using odd-count peyote to weave this corset-like cuff, the bugle beads create drama for the “ribbing” in the bracelet. They give the cuff structure, yet allow a great flexibility.
The aptly named Corset Cuff by Csilla Csirmaz is cinched closed with a ribbon, just like the back of a corset would be. So clever!
Tuscan Tiles by Kelli Burns, designed with different-size bugle beads, is woven using a variation on right-angle weave. This bracelet design seems like a very flexible beaded cloth yet strong in structure. The bugle beads in this design create a frame for each beaded section and help define the open spaces.
Like other shaped beads there are a great variety of bugle beads to design with and beautiful colors to weave until our heart’s content. Have a favorite bugle bead design you can share? Please leave a comment or upload an image to our member gallery.
Yours in Creativity,