Simple to Sublime: My Favorite Seed Bead Patterns From Favorite Bead Stitches 2015

There are good reasons why we love off-loom bead-weaving stitches. With so many thread paths, so many variations, and so many possibilities, weaving seed beads together with needle and thread allows us to create incredible beaded jewelry designs. All of the projects in Favorite Bead Stitches 2015 use one or more of your favorite off-loom bead-weaving techniques plus fabulous beading supplies like chain, crystals, shaped glass beads and two-holed seed beads. Check out these 5 of my favorite beading projects from the new Favorite Bead Stitches 2015!

Adelaide’s Soiree by Christine Wilson is a beaded necklace that reminds me of the jewelry my grandmother wore back in the 1940s, but with a distinctly modern twist. Chain loops under each brightly-colored beaded component give the whole piece a wonderful vintage look.
Sandie Bachad’s Apollo Gold necklace uses new piggy beads strung back-to-back and simple beaded fringe to create a dramatic beaded necklace that looks just as good with office attire as it does with a casual sweater and jeans. Who couldn’t use a little extra glamor in their wardrobe, right?
I love Reem Iversen’s Heliotrope Earrings for their use of two-hole seed beads — one of my favorite kinds of beads! These little beauties use three of my favorite off-loom bead-weaving stitches: tubular peyote stitch, tubular right-angle weave, and circular herringbone stitch to create these lovely medallions. (I’ll bet they make great components for a bracelet, too!)
What happens when you combine chain and two-holed seed beads? You get Barbara Falkowitz’s fantastic Flower Basket Earrings, that’s what! By using simple circular peyote stitch and a couple of easy wire working techniques, you’ll have a pair of earrings that are so beautiful and comfortable, you’ll want to wear them every day.
Herringbone stitch is one of my favorite beading stitches to use with two-holed seed beads, and Shae Wilhite’s Lavender Weave Bracelet is made using an easy-to-learn variation of this popular off-loom bead-weaving stitch.

Get the complete instructions for these plus an additional 27 off-loom bead-weaving projects when you get your copy of Favorite Bead Stitches 2015. You’ll find fabulous beaded necklace, bracelet, and earring making projects, plus illustrated techniques for all the stitches used!

What’s your favorite off-loom bead-weaving stitch? Do you have a favorite variation or two of it? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your favorite beading stitches with us!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer

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