This is the opportunity for you to push the boundaries of your beading knowledge to the max, because beading bottles is a fabulous, fun way of using every stitch in the book and some! As no two bottles will be the same, they will dictate the bead numbers and sizes you choose to work with, so every beaded row and every finished bottle will be totally unique – a masterpiece! The pattern gives you guidance on how to calculate the bead numbers needed to tailor your beadwork to your own bottle, also about transitions from one stitch to another. Plus, there are colour images to help give you ideas and inspiration.
It will be helpful if you have experience working in as many beadwork stitches as possible, including Peyote, Herringbone (Ndebele), Netting, Albion, Square Stitch, St Petersburg chain, fringework, bezeling, daisy chains and other beaded braids.
Beaded Friendship Bracelet
The Beaded Friendship Bracelet is a great starter project for beginners - the perfect way to play with colours, get to know three beaded braids and how to make a feature of the attachment to the clasp. You'll want to make them in many different colours
1-Stitch Peyote, Picots, Netting, Right Angle Weave, Ladder Stitch.
Mix Herringbone, Peyote, Right Angle Weave and Square Stitch together in your beadwork, sometimes all within one row, and you’ll produce some stunning sculptural effects as well as have a lot of fun. It’s a bit like doodling three-dimensionally. I just love those “what if....” moments when I’m experimenting and mixing stitches and the Byzantine Cross incorporates all of this.
The Byzantine Cross is made from a few different components, worked together to produce a three-dimensional, reversible piece. If you want to challenge yourself and boost your beading techniques, this is it! Add a loop to the top sector of the cross, add a chain and make it into a fabulous pendant. But don't stop there, the instructions extend to different bead sizes so you can make the cross in other colours and sizes - why not make three - size 8°, size 11° and size 15°, and wear them all at the same time on different length chains!
Tubular Peyote, Organised Freeform Peyote, Freeform Herringbone, RAW and Square stitch - it's all in the pattern!
The Caterina Necklace is a real showstopping display of fabulous crystals each set in delicate filigree beadwork. The stunning Swarovski Step Cut Fancy Stones (#4582, 24x16mm) used in this piece are deliciously grand and really make a bold statement, but they are rare and have been discontinued, so make sure you can source them first. The necklace displayed incorporates 15 stones, but not everyone wants to make such an opulent piece, so you could make a version with 1, 3, 5 or 7 stones etc. and finish with a rope of your choice.
Some experience needed in RAW, Peyote stitch, Herringbone and Brick stitch.
Crystal Finger Candy Rings
These rings are quick, easy and fun to make, with lots of potential for adaptations, plus they are a great way of using up odd crystals and seed beads. Make lots in different colours to suit your mood or outfit and they make perfect little gifts for friends. The prominent stitch in this pattern is RAW, working in circular RAW for the ring face, using large and small beads for each stitch, and linear RAW for the ring itself. There are suggestions at the end for further adaptations and embellishments.
Right Angle Weave.
Crystal Rosette Pendant
The rosette pendant is petite and delicate. Made almost entirely in brick stitch, this simple, but effective pattern is quick and easy to make, so it’s ideal as a gift for someone, and it’s a great way of using up odd beads and crystals. The subtle effect brought about by using two shades of one colour is very pleasing to the eye; the colour of the dark outer crystals seems to graduate towards the lighter, inner crystals and fade in the open latticework inside the structure.
Brick Stitch, Netting.
The Eclectica! design is jam-packed full of techniques and inspirations. Learn to bezel cabochons of any size and shape with this fast, easy technique, then have a go at embellishing them in countless ways! Make lots in a variety of sizes and colours then put them all together to make a wonderful, wild bracelet or necklace. It's virtually guaranteed to get the creative juices flowing, so you'll come up with your own embellishments once you've had a play with these methods. The only limitation is your imagination!
Melanie's Bezeling Technique, Circular Herringbone, Circular Peyote, Netting and Fringework.
Simple but very elegant, the Emilie bracelet is light and sparkling on your wrist - the essence of a capricious young Parisienne. It's easy and quick to make, so it's great for gifts too.
Modified Right Angle Weave in combination with a form of Netting.
Fantasy Garden Cuff
Get ready for the red carpet with this luscious cuff! Work the Fantasy Garden as trim or as wild as you like in a particular colourway or a chaotic spectrum. The Fantasy Garden Cuff is an excellent project for exploring outside your colour boundaries and having some fun with randomness, it's also a great way to use up odd amounts of beads!
Some experience needed in RAW, Peyote stitch, Fringe work.
Hubble Stitch Grid – 2-Drop Stitch
This is a simple grid that you can download FREE to create designs using 2-Drop Hubble stitch. Some of you 'Hubblers' out there have been making some pretty awesome patterns in your stitching, so I thought you might find it helpful to have a pre-drawn grid. Download it and print out as many as you need, then get the colouring pens out!