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.
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.
Thread the size 8 seed bead onto the thread and tie into place.
Thread on 6 twin beads and make a circle by going through them twice.
Go around the circle going through the seed bead to secure it in place.
Bring the thread to the top hole. Go around the top holes adding in a new twin bead between each one.
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.
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.
Add three more seed beads and thread the thread back through the previous three seed beads to secure.
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.
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.
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. 🙂