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.

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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.

 

11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the pattern!

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  2. This bracelet is very beuatiful!

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  3. OMGosh, Linda. I'm so glad I stumbled across your site. As a recent subscriber, I'm amazed that you offer your patterns for free. I do intend to send compensation your way from time to time. I just can't right now. I've spent a huge chunk on beading supplies this month, well over budget.
    LOVE this bracelet and each of your examples of color combos are beautiful! Anxious to give it a whirl. Hopefully I have 3mm round or rondelles to coord. with my Superduos on hand.
    Thanks so much for sharing, Michelle

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  4. Thank you! I have so much been waiting for this pattern.

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  5. Thank you so much! I love this pattern!

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  6. I downloaded (for a donation) this pattern and made it over the last couple of days. It came out beautiful. Excellent instructions!

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    1. Thanks for your nice comments. I'm glad that it worked well for you.

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  7. I made a second bracelet in a different color. Very pretty. I'm not a big fan of superduo beads because of the color selection. I made up 3 samples and find it's hard (for me) to predict what will be pretty based only on the SD color. The samples helped.

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  8. thank you! i love how clear the directions are.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that. That's one reason why I waited so long to publish this pattern. I wanted to get it right. I don't think I would have been happy with the results if I'd made the pattern before I got more experience making patterns.

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