Kassie Shaw has created some amazing new resources for us. Her latest, a series of videos featuring right-angle weave and right-angle weave variations – each of these are available as video downloads or you can find them all rolled up into a DVD – Beadweaving Beyond the Basics: Right-Angle Weave Variations. To complement these videos, Kassie has dug into her bag of tricks and created yet more right-angle weave patterns to share with us. Please, enjoy this free bead-weaving earring jackets design. These are a great wear-with-anything accessory and the more you make the greater your options!
Take it away, Kassie!
When I was younger, I remember wearing earring jackets. You know, those bright interchangeable circles or flowers that you wore with studs? Well, recently I was playing around with superduos and came up with a cute little motif that works perfectly as an earring jacket. The part I like best is I can easily make a handful of them and, using the studs I already have, wind up with dozens of new pairs of earrings!
Materials List for blue and purple colorway
- 11/o Toho permanent finish steel seed beads (A)
- 11/o Toho permanent finish silver seed beads (B)
- 8 pastel bordeaux SuperDuo two hole beads (C)
- 8 pastel petrol SuperDuo two hole beads (D)
- 6# FireLine® (recommended)
Note: In the diagrams, the darker beads represent new beads being added during that step. Lighter beads represent beads that have been added in previous steps. The dot on each thread path will be shown on the bead the thread is exiting at the beginning of that step.
Step 1. On 2’ of thread, string 4B. Pass through all 4 beads plus the first one again. Leave a tail long enough to weave in later. Pull snugly on the tail and working thread to tighten.
Step 2. Pick up 1A and pass through the next B in the center round. Repeat 3 times. Pass through the first A picked up.
Step 3. Pick up 2A and 1C. Pass through the next A from the center round. Repeat 3 times. Step up by passing through the first 2A picked up.
Step 4. Pick up 3A and pass through the 2nd hole of the C. Pick up 1D and pass through the outermost A of the next stack in the round. Repeat this entire step 3 more times, but on the last time, pass through the 4th A down from the end.
Step 5. Weave in your working and tail threads, tying a few half-hitch knots as needed, and trim.
- Wear your earring jacket by inserting a stud through the center of the bead weaving.
- Use a tight tension and retrace the thread path from step 4 if necessary.
- If you don’t like the open hole on the end of the superduos, consider using superunos
- To make a regular pair of earrings, add a loop of seed beads on one corner and attach an earwire with a jumpring.
For more tips and designs by Kassie, visit her website: http://beadingbutterfly.com/tips-freebies
Thank you again, Kassie. For all you’ve shared, all your inspiration, and in advance for your next round of bead-weaving techniques – we can’t wait!
Have you caught the right-angle-weave-variation bug? Please share your designs with us here in the comments.
Get more from Kassie Shaw in the store today!