How to Create Your Own Beaded Jewelry Designs
“Where did you come up with the idea for that piece of beaded jewelry?” I hear that all the time when I’m showing someone a piece of my handmade beaded jewelry. And really, if you know where to look, you’ll find ideas for beaded jewelry designs all around you. Coming up with beaded jewelry design ideas can be as easy as playing around with your favorite beadweaving stitch!
Anyone can learn to assemble jewelry elements, but creating personalized pieces transforms a jewelry maker into a jewelry designer. Many beaders start out making jewelry using beaded jewelry patterns, which is a great place to start to learn about the tools and techniques required. Take your handmade beaded jewelry to the next level by learning from Beading Daily.
If you love making handcrafted beaded jewelry, you’ll love our new free eBook, our Guide to Making Jewelry with Beads. We’ve selected some of our best jewelry design blogs, beading stitch tutorials and then added a sample of free bead jewelry patterns to show you how each beading stitch can be altered and modified to create a unique piece of handcrafted beaded jewelry.
How to Make Beaded Jewelry Using Brick Stitch
Try Dustin Wedekind’s instructions for brick stitch increases and decreases to learn more about how to shape this very versatile beadweaving stitch. Then try Nancy Jones’ Bead Be Bangled Bracelet to see how brick stitch is used to create these easy-to-wear beaded bracelets.
Beaded Jewelry Design Ideas Using Peyote Stitch
Next, learn how to do two drop odd-count peyote stitch with Dustin Wedekind’s directions. This popular variation on peyote stitch can be used to create shape and texture in your beaded jewelry designs. Follow up with Laurie Nelson’s lovely Lady’s Slipper Earrings to see how shaped peyote stitch can be used to make beaded flower petals.
Making Handcrafted Beaded Jewelry Using Bead Netting Techniques
Netting can be used in so many different ways to create wonderful beaded jewelry designs, and Dustin Wedekind’s hexagonal netting tutorial illustrates how this beading stitch can be modified to create lovely shapes. Bonnie Voelker’s Potato Chip Netting project takes it one step further and uses free-form netting to create one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry.
Make Beaded Jewelry Using Right-angle Weave
Right-angle weave is probably the most loved and feared beading stitch around. But never fear – in Stitch Pro by Jean Campbell, she takes the guesswork out of single needle right-angle weave. Once you’ve mastered right-angle weave, try Eileen Arnstein’s Link Necklace, composed to right-angle weave chains that are linked together as you stitch them!
Learn to Sketch Your Beaded Jewelry Designs
Get out your sketchbook and collection of beads: using your own designs is fun and rewarding! Design your very own beautiful and wearable art. Learn the basics to sketching your own bead jewelry designs to capture inspiration or provide solutions to common design problems you may face when designing beaded jewelry without sketching it out first. Whether you’re a beginner or have been creating your own designs for years, you’ll find tips and beautiful projects in this instructional tutorial that are sure to capture your imagination. Check out examples straight from other jewelry makers’ sketchbooks for ideas on how to sketch your imagination!
Other skills/articles included:
- Necklace Making: 5 Ideas for Designing Beaded Necklaces by Jennifer Vanbenschoten
- 4 Fun Ideas for Earring Making by Jennifer Vanbenschoten
- 4 Sketched Ideas for Beaded Necklace Shapes by Jean Campbell
So the next time you feel like making beaded jewelry, sit down with these handy references and see what comes out of your own imagination! Who knows? You might find that you have more beaded jewelry design ideas in you than you ever thought possible! Download your free copy of Interweave’s Guide to Making Jewelry With Beads: Create Handmade Beaded Jewelry from Your Own Bead Jewelry Designs and see where your creativity (and the beads!) will lead you.