Tag Archives: Free pattern

Back to the twins

It seems that I cannot keep away! I love the versatility of them, I also love the shapes that they make, all-stars and flowers. Happily the weather was glorious when I started this and so I sat out in the garden. My idea of happiness.

 

You make a series of these and then join them together to make a bracelet…..pictures when I finish it properly. 😉

Twin bead diamond earrings

These are quick and easy to make. Forgive the turquoise and silver – colours that I always use.

Simple but effective?

Simple but effective?

Simple and easy – what’s not to like?

One final earring pattern using twins

I am sorry if I am over dosing you on twin bead patterns….just one more for today, I promise.

Another turquoise set of earrings :)

Another turquoise set of earrings 🙂

Add the shepherd hooks to the loop just made.

Three patterns, all using twin beads. I shall use something different next time, promise.

Two more twin bead projects.

I have really got into beading with twin beads and have spent another happy weekend creating patterns. I love that there are cross overs with crochet e.g. you can work in rounds. I also like that it is truly creative. This was a stumbling block for me for a while but I am now really loving it. I am hungry to learn more.

Some of you will be aware that I have been writing a blog for my local bead shop, which is where all this jewellery making has come from. There is some cross over with this blog as I must have photographs on the web somewhere to get them onto that blog. With me not being very techie I have decided that I may as well make two posts from the same thing. In that way. Should you ever wish to have a go at any of the projects then I do tend to link all the bits straight up to the blog so that you can easily get hold of the necessary bits. Anyway, on to this weeks projects:

I call this my star burst pendant.

I call this my star burst pendant.

I envisage this hung on a simple chain or even a bit of wire which would have a bit more structure. Here is how I made it:

It now gets a bit tricky; if this is your first one then you go around again, adding 1 more twin in between each of the pair of twin beads from the round below and then fasten off. If you are wanting to join it onto another motif you:

Go around this little circle a few more times to strengthen it and then fasten off.

Tips: Don’t pull too tight as it will prevent the motifs from sitting flat.

IMG_0132My next one came about when I was trying to create a more oval shape rather than circular. I came up with these earrings.

I was also keen to include some bicones.

I was also keen to include some bicones.

Here is how I made them:

In order to add the ear hook go through one of the end bicones, add a twin bead and go through each of the holes of it, add a seed bead, a hook, a seed bead and another twin. Go around this circle a few more times to strengthen it. Fasten off the thread.

IMG_0142So there you have it. Two more makes to add to my list (my own designs too!)

 

My First Beaded Design

My posts are very biased towards running and jewellery at the moment. This simply reflects the focus of my life at the moment. Having said that, however, today sees the very first session of a VERY exciting project (hint it involves the Chelsea Flower show!!!) I shall be sharing more very soon.

Back to jewellery and some more excitement, I have made up my very first beading pattern, one that I am really chuffed with.

Taa daa. Here it is - flower rings. I can't help but be very pleased with myself.

Taa daa. Here it is – flower rings. I can’t help but be very pleased with myself.

They are fairly easy to make and I shall attempt to try to explain.

You will need:

Twin beads, 1 size 8 seed bead, size 11 seed beads, beading thread and a beading needle.

Step 1:

Thread the size 8 seed bead onto the thread and tie into place.

Thread the size 8 seed bead onto the thread and tie into place.

Step 2:

Thread on 6 twin beads and make a circle by going through them twice.

Thread on 6 twin beads and make a circle by going through them twice.

Step 3:

Go around the circle going through the seed bead to secure it in place.

Go around the circle going through the seed bead to secure it in place.

Step 4:

Bring the thread to the top hole. Go around the top holes adding in a new twin bead between each one.

Bring the thread to the top hole. Go around the top holes adding in a new twin bead between each one.

Step 5.

Again, bring the thread up to the top hole, add on a size 11 seed bead, another twin and a size 11 seed bead between each existing twin bead.

Again, bring the thread up to the top hole, add-on a size 11 seed bead, another twin and a size 11 seed bead between each existing twin bead.

Step 6:

Go around the last round again to secure it. Finish with the thread coming out of a twin bead, add three size 11 sized beads and go through the seed bead, twin and seed bead from the previous row.

Go around the last round again to secure it. Finish with the thread coming out of a twin bead, add three size 11 sized beads and go through the seed bead, twin and seed bead from the previous row.

Step 7:

Add three more seed beads and thread the thread back through the previous three seed beads to secure.

Add three more seed beads and thread the thread back through the previous three seed beads to secure.

Step 8:

Thread on 2 twin beads, 1 seed bead, 2 twin beads etc until the band will fit around your finger.

Thread on 2 twin beads, 1 seed bead, 2 twin beads etc until the band will fit around your finger. Finish with 6 seed beads.

Step 9:

Thread through the opposite three beads to where you started. Go through 3 of the seed beads and secure by completing the circle again. Repeat for the next three seed beads.

Thread through the opposite three beads to where you started. Go through 3 of the seed beads and secure by completing the circle again. Repeat for the next three seed beads.

Step 10:

Now go back down the other side of the band. This time place the seed beads in the places where you had two twin beads together before.

Now go back down the other side of the band. This time place the seed beads in the places where you had two twin beads together before.

You now finish off and you have a ring. The trickiest bit is the band. When you join the second end to the ring in step 9 you need to ensure that you are not twisting the band, it needs to be on the same side as where you started.

I pulled the second ring a bit tight which has distorted it a bit so be careful! I would love to see if you make any. 🙂

PS: I am feeling rather chuffed as one of the ‘professional beaders’ from Spoilt Rotten Beads (where I also write the blog) has had a go at making my own very little humble pattern. See here. Also, I have written a slightly different version of the instructions on the blog over there, which also has links to the components that you need should you wish to have a go yourself. 🙂

A Quick Christmas Wreath

This week I would like to share a Christmas wreath that I have made. I am always a bit of a bar humbug when it comes to Christmas decorations, making my family wait until the weekend before Christmas. This year however, even I agree that next weekend is leaving it a bit TOO late! Our decorations have gone up this weekend.

Patterns

On Friday I suddenly had the urge to make a wreath. In years gone by I have made one out of foliage. I love doing this but am by no means an expert. It also takes a fair bit of time. In a supplement from Simply Knitting (magazine) they had a pattern for a knitted one which, back in November, I quickly dismissed. This week however I hunted it out.

Substitutions

The yarn the pattern suggested did look amazing:

Image from Readicut yarns

You can see why it would work really well. Having left it so late (typically) I did not have the time to hunt around for it, or order it online so I went to my local shop and found a great substitute: Shaggy from Sirdir.

Christmas Wreath

Pattern

If you are like me and have not got a wreath you can make one of these in an afternoon.

Materials: 1 ball of the Shaggy Scarf wool. (0601)

8 mm needles

25cm polystyrene ring

2 meters of ribbon (I used ribbon with wire in to help the bow hold its shape)

decorations of your choice (I used three glittered pine cones)

Pattern: Cast on 10 stitches. Knit each row until the knitting fits around the ring (about 1 metre).

Sew the knitting onto the ring. (After struggling for a bit I put the seam on the outside and then twisted it around when finished. I suggest you do this from the beginning!).

Sew the 2 ends together.

I folded the ribbon in half with the loop at the top. Wrapping each end around the ring completely I then tied a bow. At the base I then used cotton to attach the three glittered pine cones.

That is it! Finished.

I now have to work out how to attach it to my door without upsetting my OH. (I am not allowed to put holes in anything so may have to invest in suckers).

The best thing about this is that it can be got out each year and the materials were not that expensive. Perfect if you ask me!

We have had quite a busy weekend, finished off with Candles by Candlelight at the local church. After that I shall be coming back to have a browse around the other blogs over at Handmade Monday whilst looking at my Christmas tree! The perfect end to a lovely weekend. Hope you all have a lovely week 🙂

Crochet Flower Brooch

This is the last pattern from the three that I used at the WI meeting. (You can find the others here and here.)It is suitable for those new to crochet as much of it involves chain stitches.

This last flower can be built up into layers in whatever way you like. By making different flowers and then layering them together you create something with depth. You can use different yarn thickness, different hook sizes, different colours or a mixture. The length of the petals can also be adjusted. Buttons and beads can be added to the centre. Have a play and come up with something completely unique.

First Flower

All instructions in UK terms (for us conversion see here)

ss: slip stitch

ch: chain

dc: double crochet

Foundation ring: Ch 6 and join with a sl st to make a ring.

Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, 14 dc into centre of ring, sl st into 2nd ch of ch 2.

Round 2: Ch 15, sl st into first dc (this makes one petal), *1 dc into next dc, ch 15, sl st into the same dc just worked, repeat from * until 15 petal loops worked, sl st into first dc.

Fasten off yarn.

Second Flower

Repeat the above pattern using a different sized hook and different colour yarn.

Third Flower

This can be made using the same size hook as one of the above as the pattern is slightly altered.

Foundation Ring: ch 6 and join with a sl st.

Round 1 (RS): Ch 1, 11dc into the centre of ring, sl st into the 2nd ch of ch 2.

Round 2: Ch 10, sl st into first dc, * 1 dc into next dc, ch 10, sl st into dc just worked, repeat from * until 12 petal loops worked, sl st into first dc.

Finishing:

Weave in loose ends. Layer the flowers together with the largest at the bottom (or however you wish). Sew together at their centres. Add beads and buttons as you wish.

Have fun with this and do share your makes with me – I love to see how patterns are interpreted by different people.

Wire

Since the meeting I have had a go with various different wires and I am pleased to say that the pattern works just as well in wire as in yarn.

In purple wire. (Needs a bit of ‘arranging’)

In pink…..

…in green…

….. and in gold. There is a silver one too.

The only decision left was which to put with which…..

Green and silver?

Gold and purple?

Pink and green?

Which do you like or what would you do?

As is often the case, I got this far and then got sidetracked onto another project. They need more work! What can I say?

The other project (in case you are wondering) is an up-cycled bangle. You can see a picture of it on my Facebook page. There will a post and pattern coming soon.

For the lovely people reading this from Handmade Harbour I did take the knitting where I had made a mistake back, and it only took an evening to recover that which I lost (I went back to row 24 from row 54!!) I am currently doing the final sleeve…..why do we have such long arms?

Oh well… as a break from the monotony of knitting sleeves I shall, as always, be heading over to Handmade Monday to see what everyone else has been up to this week. Do come and join me. I am hoping that Wendy (the wonderful host) has managed to catch up a bit…..

Hope you all have a lovely week 🙂

Beaded Flower Pattern (in wire)

At the WI last week another pattern that I had available was for this little flower:

I put it onto a hair grip but could be adapted for other things.

It is crocheted and this one is in very fine wire. It would work in thicker wire or another yarn. Many people seem to be interested in trying out crocheting with wire which is why I devised this pattern. I have sent some home with some people who were unable to have a go on the night and have vaguely wondered if it might be a  good idea to put some kits together to sell. What do you think – do you think that people would be interested?

Here is one that was completed on the night by someone:

This was done with a larger hook so came out a bit bigger but is really pretty.

The wire that I took with me was very fine and not good for beginner crocheters but they did still manage to complete something that was unique to them.

For those of you with a bit of wire stashed away somewhere (and I do know that you are out there) and fancy having a go here is the pattern that I came up with:

Wire, Beaded Crochet Flower

This is a flower that starts with a magic circle so it can be pulled tight. Dc’s and Tr’s are then worked around the ring.

Key:

All the stitches are in UK terms for conversion see here.

ss: slip stitch

ch: chain

dc: double treble

tr: treble

Thread 10 beads onto the wire.

Make a Magic ring by wrapping the wire around your finger. With your hook, pull the yarn through. For an excellent tutorial on how to do a magic ring see the stitchsharers post here.

Round 1: 1 ch, 19dc into loop. Ss to 2nd ch of 2 ch. Pull loop tight.

Round 2: 3ch, 1tr into next dc placing bead in the final pull through –(yarn around hook, through dc, yarn around hook, pull through dc, yarn around hook pull through 2 loops on hook, pull bead up, yarn around hook, pull through the remaining 2 loops on hook. The bead should be in place.)  *1tr into next dc, 1 tr into next dc with bead placed at the top. Repeat from * until all beads used. Ss into 3rd chain of initial 3ch. Cast off.

There should be a bead in every other treble around the top.

Finishing off: Weave in ends. Attach a hair piece or brooch back as desired.

If you try this I would love to see what you produce. Enjoy 🙂