Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Lizbeth - Red & Sage


LIZBETH BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Red Dark Travertin"
  • 3mm pearls "Fiesta Sage Green"


Go to THIS post to download the free "Lizbeth Band" pattern. I got these pearls from Robin's Beads in the UK. You can buy them HERE. Unfortunately, I don't know of any place in the US that sells them. When I did a Google search, only Robin's Beads came up.



 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Lizbeth Band & Bethany Earrings Set - Blue & Silver


LIZBETH BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Czech/Miyuki "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • 8/0 seed beads Czech/Miyuki "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • SuperDuo beads "Saturated Dark Sky Blue"
  • 3mm druks "Silver"



Isn't this such a pretty shade of blue? The blue and silver together have a wintry look and the centers of the earrings remind me of snowflakes.



BETHANY EARRINGS
  • 11/0 seed beads Czech/Miyuki "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • 8/0 seed beads Czech/Miyuki "Full Labrador" (27000)
  • SuperDuo beads "Saturated Dark Sky Blue"
  • SuperDuo beads "Full Labrador"



Go to THIS post to download the free "Lizbeth Band" pattern. You can download the "Bethany Earrings" pattern from THIS post. You can buy the blue SuperDuos HERE at Red Panda. Red Panda also carries the Full Labrador seed beads.




 

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Lizbeth - Azure & Purple


LIZBETH BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Antique Bronze" (223)
  • SuperDuo beads "Satin Metallic Azure"
  • 3mm druks "Pearl Coat Purple Velvet"


Go to THIS post to download the free "Lizbeth Band" pattern. I found these SuperDuo beads at Queen City Bead HERE. You'll find these druks HERE at Red Panda.



 

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Free Beading Pattern - Lizbeth Band


LIZBETH BAND
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • SuperDuo beads "Metallic Suede Teal"
  • 3mm druks "Jet"

I've been promising to publish this pattern almost since the beginning of this blog and since then it has been requested more than any other bracelet design I have blogged about. I began my blog in January of 2014 shortly after Teejay sent me lots of wonderful beaded bracelets for Christmas in 2013. Not long before that, Deborah Roberti had released her "Bobble Bangles" pattern and Teejay wondered if there was a way to make Deb's design work with SuperDuo beads. With several tweaks to Deb's pattern, she found a way and "Duo Bobble Band" was born. We have changed the name to "Lizbeth Band" so that it won't be so similar to the name of Deb's pattern.

In time there will actually be three patterns in the "Lizbeth" family of bracelets, all based on bracelets that Teejay sent me that Christmas. The next one will be called "Liz Band" because it's a simplified version of "Lizbeth". The third one doesn't feature SuperDuos but it's also an adaptation of Deb's pattern and will be called "Lizzie Bracelet".

"Lizbeth Band" is fairly easy to make. The bracelet is comfortable to wear and is a nice medium width; not too thin and not super wide. Depending on the beads that you use, Lizbeth can be very casual or quite dressy. The pattern works best with druks or pearls but small rondelle crystals also work nicely as long as they aren't wider than 3mm. I've tried using 3mm fire polished beads but they are actually a little longer than 3mm and cause the beadwork to warp so I haven't listed them as an option. However, fire polished beads will work perfectly with "Liz Band" and the "Lizzie Bracelet".

As I mention in the pattern PDF, it works best with Miyuki seed beads because of their small, consistent shape. You can use Toho seed beads but you may have to coax them into forming neat arches around the SuperDuo beads. Just make sure that the beads have sort of "locked" in place before moving on to the next step. I used Toho beads to make the black and gold bracelet below. The benefit of using the larger Toho seed beads was that I was able to use the smooth type of SuperDuos. They won't work well with the tiny Miyuki seed beads because there isn't enough space for the fatter SuperDuos in the smaller motifs.

For today's post, I'm featuring several bracelets that I have blogged about previously as "Duo Bobble Band". They're ones that I made for myself and still have on hand which allowed me to take updated photos of all of them. Also, since the name of the pattern has changed, I will update all of my old posts with the new name and will also add a link to download the free pattern. I have made several new colorways which I will blog about over the next week or two. The link to download the pattern is down below the bracelet photos.


  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Metallic Chocolate" (461)
  • SuperDuo beads "Matte Ultra Green Luster"
  • 3mm druks "Matte Siam ruby Bronze Picasso"


  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Gilded Marble Black" (1706)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Gilded Marble Black" (1706)
  • Smooth SuperDuo beads "Matte Golden Olive"
  • 3mm druks "Jet Matte"
 

  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Pewter" (4222)
  • SuperDuo beads "Pastel Light Brown/Coco"
  • 3x4mm rondelles "Blue-Green AB" (Chinese)


  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Nickel Plated" (711)
  • SuperDuo beads "Jet Hematite"
  • 3mm pearls "Silver - #HX10/28" (Beads One)

Click HERE to download the free pattern.

If you like this pattern, please consider making a voluntary donation through PayPal using the DONATE button on the right.

NOTE: I don't mind if you sell the projects that you make with my patterns, but please mention that you got the pattern from Linda's Crafty Inspirations. Please contact me for information about teaching this or any of our other patterns in a class.

 

Friday, January 19, 2018

Today's Tangles


Jenna Black's "Trisnail" tangle step-out can be found at TanglePatterns.com HERE. There is a video tutorial at Artzyfartzy HERE.


"Betwix'd" by Cyndi Anderson is posted HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. Mimi Xy has a video tutorial HERE. I used a pencil grid for mine and erased it when I was finished drawing.


Ina Sonnenmoser's "Crescent Worms" pattern is on Pattern-Collections.com HERE. There is also a link to a video on that page.


I didn't think that I'd be able to draw "Buckled-Up!", which is by Tomás Padrós, but it turned out that it's not at all as difficult as it looks. I started with a pencil grid to help keep my circles lined up neatly. You'll find his step-out HERE on Instagram.

You probably know of Carole Ohl for her wonderful beading patterns which she sells HERE on Etsy. But, did you know that she also happens to be a Zentangle CZT? Every year she publishes a unique calendar book called "tangle*a*day". For every day of the year there is a space to do some tangling. Carole sent me a copy of the 2018 "tangle*a*day" calendar book and I've been pretty diligently keeping up with it by drawing two or three days worth at a time. For information about where to buy a copy of Carole's fun calendar book, visit her blog HERE. Last night I drew a more colorful version of the "Buckled-Up!" tangle in January 18's square and below you can see a scan of that page from my book:


 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Today's Tangles

I'm busy working on another free bracelet pattern and hope to have it ready to blog about soon. I know you will like it because it's one that has been requested more than any other bracelet design by Teejay that I've blogged about. Since it takes up nearly all of my time making the diagrams and example bracelets, etc. I haven't had time to make any other beadwork to blog about. This is the best time of the year for me to work on creating patterns because I don't have any beading projects to make for gifts and that sort of thing. Unfortunately, that means there will probably be a lot of days when I won't have any beadwork to blog about.

So, in the meantime, I hope you won't mind too much if I post some of my Zentangle drawings now and then. I do try to squeeze in a little drawing time in the evenings after I've put away my beading stuff.



"Magical 8" is by Smita Toke and her pattern can be found HERE at Pattern-Collections.com. I had fun with this one and tried a couple of different things with it.


Ina Sonnenmoser's "AAC" is also posted at Pattern-Collections.com HERE.


"Stonia" is a pretty little tangle by Miriam Gresnigt. Once again, you'll find it HERE at Pattern-Collections.com.


Here is one that is NOT from Pattern-Collections.com. It's called "Box Spirals" and it's from Margaret Bremner CZT. You'll find her step-out HERE on her Enthusiastic Artist blog. I used three different pen colors to draw this one. I used black, brown and sepia Micron pens.

 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Simple IrisDuo Chain - Aqua & Bronze


SIMPLE IRISDUO CHAIN
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Dark Bronze" (457)
  • IrisDuo beads "Metallic Aqua"
  • 2mm Czech pearls "Antique Ivory"


I love this colorway. When I was nearly finished making this bracelet, I got the idea to try adding some 2mm pearls between the motifs. I think they add a pretty touch. The pattern doesn't mention the pearls but they were easy to add. I just wove my way down the length of the finished bracelet on both sides and added the pearls as you can see in the photos.

IrisDuo beads are available HERE at Queen City Bead. Download my free "Simple IrisDuo Chain" bracelet pattern from THIS post.



 

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Bracelet of the Day: Simple IrisDuo Chain - Green & Copper

SIMPLE IRISDUO CHAIN
  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Dusty Cedar" (YPS0014)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Metallic Dusty Cedar" (YPS0014)
  • IrisDuo beads "White Teal Luster"


Today's bracelet was made with Toho seed beads in a fairly new color. It's a lovely shade of copper and they come in 11/0, 8/0 and 6/0 sizes. Too bad that they don't make them in 15/0 as well. You can buy them at Supply Emporium on Etsy or at Red Panda.

11/0 Toho Metallic Dusty Cedar
HERE at Supply Emporium
HERE at Red Panda

8/0 Toho Metallic Dusty Cedar
HERE at Supply Emporium
HERE at Red Panda


The IrisDuo beads are available HERE at Queen City Bead.

Download my free "Simple IrisDuo Chain" bracelet pattern from THIS post.





 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Free Beading Pattern - Simple IrisDuo Chain


SIMPLE IRISDUO CHAIN
  • 11/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • 8/0 seed beads Miyuki "Duracoat Light Pewter" (4221)
  • IrisDuo beads "Pastel Petrol"
  • IrisDuo beads "Copper"








  • 11/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • 8/0 seed beads Toho "Galvanized Starlight" (557PF)
  • IrisDuo beads "Metallic Violet"





To make up for the lack of beading posts in the past month or two, I thought I'd whip up a quick little bracelet pattern. I do hope to have more beadwork to blog about soon and I'm also hoping to post some of the free patterns that I've been promising for what seems like years and years.

IrisDuos are 2-hole beads that measure 8mm x 4mm and are the same length as DiamonDuos and GemDuos. This chain bracelet is made using the same basic method as the chain part of my "SuperDuo Flower Chain" pattern except that the number of seed beads has been adjusted to fit the larger IrisDuo beads instead of SuperDuos. This pattern works best with Miyuki seed beads but I have come up with a work-around for using Toho seed beads. I suggest that you use Fireline if you use Toho beads. They have smaller holes than Miyuki beads so there may be times when it will be difficult to get your needle through the 11/0 beads between the motifs with Nymo D thread. I almost never had to use my pliers to pull my needle through when I was working with Miyuki beads but had to use them nearly every time with Toho beads.

Queen City Bead has a nice selection of IrisDuo colors. Get 10% off your bead order in Donna's Etsy shop by using the coupon code "Bead10". My wrist measurement is 6 inches and I needed 13 IrisDuos for the bracelet with Miyuki seed beads. I only needed 12 IrisDuos to make the one with Toho seed beads.

Click HERE to download the free pattern.

If you like this pattern, please consider making a voluntary donation through PayPal using the DONATE button on the right.

NOTE: I don't mind if you sell the projects that you make with my patterns, but please mention that you got the pattern from Linda's Crafty Inspirations. Please contact me for information about teaching this or any of our other patterns in a class.