Thursday, December 24, 2015

Free Dragon Pattern - Peyote Stitch Bead Weaving

Here is a free Dragon Pattern that you can stitch in the Peyote Stitch or Brick Stitch Bead Weaving technique. To get the PDF download sent to you, please follow me on Facebook and send me a private message with your email address. If you're already following me, I'll look forward to hearing from you! I will send you the PDF attachment or a link to access the file. You will need a digital reader (such as Adobe Acrobat) to open the document. Like most of my patterns, you will need to be familiar with bead weaving to finish this project...but, because it is free, you can give it a shot!

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This dragon design was suggested by a wonderful beader, Lori. Thank you Lori for inspiring me!

Free for a limited time. Get yours now!
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After time runs out, you will be able to purchase the pattern on Etsy.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you for your support!!

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Make Your Own Beaded Christmas Tiles : Make & Take

A Make and Take session with Bead Crumbs and The Bead Gallery.

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Hi! Want to learn how to make these cute Christmas Tiles? I will be at The Bead Gallery, Honolulu, 1287 Kalani Street #103, (808) 589-2600, for a Make & Take session on Saturday 12/12. Pop in between 11 AM - 2 PM and I'll get you started. Bead kits will be sold by the Gallery. This is a simple and fun Peyote Stitch project appropriate for beginners...and if you like this type of designs, I can come up with more patterns in the future so you will always have something to bead. These tiles are great as pendants, charms, earrings and whatever you can imagine. I hope you stop by!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Free Bead Pattern with Thread Path: Decreasing Brick Stitch Watermelon

Hello,

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving celebration. We had a small family potluck, nothing fancy, but it was nice to eat, relax and chit-chat. With the nieces, nephews and young cousins moving away to the mainland for school, work and to raise their family, it seems that only us old folks are left. We are h-a-n-g-i-n-g on to the younger ones that can't leave us yet even while they squirm for space (can't ask 'em about their personal life!).

About this time each year, I kind of evaluate what is working and what is not to see where I can improve. This year I released a bunch of my patterns and I'm happy to say that people seem to like them. I just need a faster way to get the images in my head into a pattern. The process usually involves me putting my idea onto the handy-dandy BeadTool software program, beading the design (and if necessary making alterations & re-beading), taking a photo of the finished piece, and then creating a PDF file to share.

For those who do not bead weave, I think once you learn how to do it, you will enjoy it a lot. I'd love to present tutorials in digital animation format but the ones I've made so far are not very good and it took me forever to create. It is my "one-day" goal to be able to show you, step by step, how to bead my patterns.

If you would like to practice, below is a PDF link for a free Watermelon bead pattern with thread path. Watch this awesome video by Silverhill Design to get started with the ladder stitch and decreasing brick stitch.


You will need a digital reader such as Adobe Acrobat to download this document.

I hope you enjoy this pattern! Please feel free to contact me with your beading ideas and suggestions.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Finishing Off With a Decorative Bead

Earlier I posted 4 ways to finish off your bead pattern with loops or tube beads to make it easier to convert your piece into a jewelry component. Click here to view.

Today I am adding 2 more methods. These styles work great if you want to integrate the finish into your design. I usually use a larger bead and loop or tube bead to create this look.

In the Sword photo below, I use a faceted bead for the handle with a beaded loop.


Here is the thread path:


With the yellow Ice Cream below, I used a round bead with a metal tube bead.

Here is the thread path:


I hope these diagrams help to make your bead weaving adventures easier and a lot more fun!

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Bead Patterns - Finishing it Off

I'm going to show you some of the ways that I finish off a bead pattern with either a loop or tube bead. I know everyone has different ways of doing this so my newer patterns that I list on Etsy or Craftsy will not include instructions, suggested beads or thread path for making the loop or connector bead endings. You can use any of the methods below or do it your own way.

I hope the illustrations below will give you an idea of how I like to complete my design.





I usually like to use transparent, size 15 round beads to make the loop but then I change it up from time to time, depending on the design. I may use 1.3 to 2 mm metal tube beads instead and slide a jump ring right through it. I double or triple up the thread for this section to make it stronger. I don't think it makes much of a difference how you finish off your piece but I would caution slipping hardware directly through the glass bead to avoid cracking your work. Also, some tube beads have sharp edges so I use it only with my Fireline thread. You may want to substitute the tube with another type of large hole bead such as a spacer, closed jump ring , split ring or decorative connector bead.

Have fun beading!

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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Custom Orders - Just a Reminder

The holidays are coming up fast and I'd like to make sure that I can fulfill all of the requests that I receive this year so I am re-posting this informational video about custom orders. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Thanks!



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Friday, October 2, 2015

Halloween Parade

It's October! October is a great month because I think it inspires creativity in everyone. When my children were little, their school would hold a Halloween parade for the families. It was amusing to see students and administration all dressed up in costume. Some of the teachers were incredibly imaginative and had crazy, elaborate "disguises" while others were just funny. Students would wear whatever mom or dad could find (like last year's outfit, yeah me), something trendy from the rack, or a few others had over the top costumes with moving parts and gadgets. It was all in good fun with no pressure to compete...ahhh, fond memories!

Fast forward to today...we'll place some decorations in our driveway...no costumes except for my husband (who does the embarrass our kids thing)...prepare goody bags while binge watching "Lost" (we're often years behind the TV rage). Perhaps we will finally carve a pumpkin rather than drawing on it. A calmer sort of October that I find really nice.

Though there is no costumed parade here, I would like to share with you my procession of Halloween themed crafts that I have recently listed in my shop.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

More Christmas Charms - Girl Elf, Christmas Trees

It feels strange to work on Christmas designs when we're still in September but, I know there are people out there who prepare early so the holidays can be enjoyed peacefully as it should be. Me...I get lost in the frenzy and kick myself for not starting early. Not this year! Hmmm...is that is what I said last year, and the year before and probably every year prior to that?

If you're building your Christmas gift giving list, here are some designs that you can purchase or make yourself.

This little female elf goes along with the male elf made earlier. I made her by request and can make one for you too.

This is a new peyote stitch Christmas Tree that I will have available as charms and as a pattern. I haven't listed it yet so I don't have a specific Etsy link to follow but you can check out my sidebar for my updated listings.

Or, go here:


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Monday, September 21, 2015

Christmas Elf Charm / Pendant, Peyote Stitch

Here is my newest Christmas design. It's a little elf. I wanted it to have a pointy face, big ears, thin legs and big black shoes. I hope I accomplished that look. I made the elf with the peyote stitch beading method. The charm will be listed soon (Charms & Pendants section) with the pattern to follow.


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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Peyote Stitch Panda Charms & Brick Stitch Fish Charm on Keyrings

I decided to make use of my large size 8 Delica seed beads. The beads are so much bigger than the size 11 beads I usually use. I must say, it was a lot easier to finish up my project without any error in stitching.

The size 11 beads have a hole size of .8 mm. while the size 8 beads have a hole size of 1.5 mm. That .7 mm. makes a lot of difference.  My eyes were much happier too. It is unfortunate that I don't have a variety of colors in the 8's. It would be fun to make more designs with this size beads.

I made Panda charms and Fish charms to add to keyrings using 10 lb. Fireline thread.

Click here for more Panda keychain info.

More Information Here > Panda Keychain


Click here for more fish info.

More Information Here > Fish Keychain

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Scarecrow and Crow Bead Patterns, Peyote / Brick Stitch

When I made this scarecrow design, I was thinking of the dove and mynah bird that joins our Pooch Dog during his morning meal and I knew I had to add a bird to complete this pattern set. I see these birds on the fence nearby...lurking...spying...ready to ambush. As soon as I pour the food, ZOOM! They make their descent and hop around awkwardly on our open patio.

Our dog, an old beagle mix, is a very slow and messy eater. Whatever food that spills out of Dog's bowl is immediately gulped down by the birds that do their funny dance next to his muzzle. Sometimes Dog eats so slow that the birds get impatient and steal the kibble from right under his nose.

You can see me in the morning chasing the birds away. It's a fruitless effort because as soon as I turn my back, the mynah and dove are right back again. The dove is quietly persistent but that mynah is definitely sassing me with its loud squawking! Sometimes I think Dog purposely shares his food with the birds...but I guess that is what friends do.

In honor of best friends of the unlikeliest sort, here is a scarecrow and crow set for you. Best friends forever!

Find out more about this unlikely pair of friends.
Pattern information here > Scarecrow & Crow

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Thanksgiving Turkey Bead Pattern, Peyote Stitch

I was seriously lacking some Fall designs so I was very excited to start working on this Turkey pattern. This is a peyote stitch project. Again, I used size 11 Delica beads and FireLine thread. I love the Autumn colors - rust, cranberry, orange, squash. I hope you like this Turkey!

Find out more about this Turkey here!


The charm will be available soon for those who don't have time to DIY. You'll be able to find it in the "Charms & Pendants" section of my shop.

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Saturday, September 5, 2015

Halloween Witch Bead Pattern, Peyote Stitch

Hooray! I was able to complete another pattern to add to my Halloween themed designs. I hope you like this fashion forward witch with her lavender hat and matching cloak. She's a wee enchantress measuring no more than 2 cm. wide x 2 cm. in height (but don't underestimate her powers of cuteness!). I had fun stitching her up and I think you will too. She would look lovely as earrings and attractive as a pendant. This delightful witch will soon be listed in the Holiday Pattern section of my shop.

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Li'l Red Devil Bead Pattern, Peyote Stitch

This Li'l Red Devil peyote stitch pattern is sooo brand new that it is not in my shop just yet. I always bead up an actual piece before I make the pattern available. Sometimes the finished beadwork looks different from the graph image which means I need to go back and do alterations. I'm happy that it took me only one try to get this Devil down! I will have this up in the holiday section soon.


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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Kawaii Emoji Strawberry Bead Patterns, Peyote Stitch

Juicy strawberries with goofy faces for those who enjoy sweet and silly. These are peyote stitch bead weaving patterns to make the two strawberries. For those who prefer to brick stitch, you can always turn the strawberries to the side when making your stitches. These colorful fruits are really cute and would make fun earrings. In the photo below, center image, I attached the beadwork to a lanyard clip and keyring.

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More Information Here > Emoji Strawberries, Pattern


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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Simple Music Note Earrings

We have a lot of music in our household! We have piano players, guitarists, a singer with a beautiful voice and now a clarinet player (squuueeeak!) Where do I fit in? Well, I just clap along and make the themed gifts.

In honor of the newest instrument addition in our home, I made these musical note earrings. These are hand assembled with components that I snagged a couple of months ago.

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More information here > Musical Note Earrings


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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mouse and Cheese Charm Set

Scurrying along in my shop is this little grey mouse with his lucky find - a big chunk of cheese. This mouse may seem familiar because he also appeared my Aesop Lion and Mouse set. He is taking a break from saving mighty jungle animals and will settle down for a nice lunch.

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More information here > Lion and Mouse Charm Set
Feeling Crafty? > Brick Stitch Mouse Pattern

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Watermelon Pattern with Thread Path, Decreasing Brick Stitch

With more patterns being listed in my shop and more inquiries for patterns with instructions, I decided to list my first pattern that includes the thread path for the project. A thread path is simply an illustration of the beadwork that shows the direction of the thread.

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I wanted to start with a simple project - an easy one for me to illustrate and one that would be fun and rewarding for a beginner. I chose this brick stitch watermelon. The entire watermelon (except for the base row and loop) can be stitched with the decreasing brick stitch. 

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Creating the instructions took a more time than I anticipated so I am not sure when I will tackle the next pattern with a path. For more information about the Watermelon pattern, you can view it here...

Watermelon > Pattern Only
Watermelon > with Thread Path

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Witch Hat - Brick Stitch Beading

What kind of witch would wear this hat? Would it be a ill-tempered hag that would love to put you into her giant kettle? Would it be a young, bouyant witch who rarely wears her hat because she usually forgets it on the sofa where she accidentally sits on it? Or could it possibly be a motherly type who takes care of everyone and rarely has time to run a brush through her hair, much less straighten the bend in her hat?

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While you think about your answer, you can view it here ➤  Witch Hat, Brick Stitch Beading

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Guitar Charm/Pendant - Brick Stitch Bead Weaving

Hooray! It's Friday! My children are very relieved and so am I. It was the first week back to school...a new school for my younger child, who is very shy by nature, so it has been a tough one. We are all extremely grateful for weekends!

Our weekends usually involve some kind of music - radio in the background, piano classes and, sometimes, guitar strings being plucked.

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To celebrate the first school-weekend-break, here is a guitar to remind me of the simple things that make our family happy.

➤ Brick Stitch Guitar Charm/Pendant

Hope you have a great week. Enjoy your weekend!

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Maltese Dog, Peyote Stitch Bead Pattern

When I received the suggestion for a Maltese Dog pattern, I knew it would not be easy but I was up to the challenge. This toy dog, with its long, silky hair, absolutely needed to be a part of my bead collection!

It took me 11 revisions that I beaded 5 times (the rejects are sitting forlornly next to me) and late nights under my trusty OttLite lamp. I settled on two finalist and this is the one that won out.

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I used Delica seed beads, size 11. The finishes piece measures 2.25 cm. wide x 2.5 height. It takes 193 beads in 7 colors.

More information is found here  Maltese Seed Bead Pattern

I really hope you like this design!

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Brick Stitch Pattern

Here is another 2014 design that I am finally making available as a pattern. It's a Staffordshire Terrier (aka Pit Bull). These dogs have a reputation of being ferocious but I've met a couple of them and they were just the sweetest doggies with the cutest smiles!

Click here for more information about this pattern.

Supplies used to create this design:

*Delica seed beads, size 11
*Rocailles beads, size 11 (for loop)
*Fireline Thread

Bead count is 181 beads in 8 colors.

More information here ➤ Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Feel free to send in your suggestions for my next design. Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Farm Keychains - Brick Stich Cow and Tractor

Do remember these designs from my earlier beading adventures? Once upon a time I had a cow thing going because cows are so sweet and gentle that even flies are not afraid of them. Well, I think flies are not afraid of much except being squashed so maybe cows are just a wee daft?

This cow has been sitting around, happily chewing cud. I finally got around to placing it on a keyring and adding it to my shop.

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This tractor is also a 2014 creation. It's been altered a tiny bit but not drastically. I added it to a keyring as well. 

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Although I have the tractor pattern saved and ready, it will be going up later. It took me all day to take decent pictures of these keyrings and write listing descriptions. I really need to figure out how to do these things more efficiently! Maybe I'm a wee daft too? If you have any photo & description tips for me, please share :)

Find these items on Etsy.
Cow
Tractor

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Peyote Stitch Chihuahua Pattern

For all you Chihuahua lovers out there, here is a pattern for you.

Click here for more information about this beaded Chihuahua Pattern.
Available for purchase on Etsy ➤ Peyote Stitch Chihuahua Pattern
The pattern calls for Delica Seed Beads in size 11, Miyuki Rocailles Seed Beads size 11 & 15 for loop. The total bead count is 176 and color count is 7.

I've made earrings well. More information here ➤ Chihuahua Dog Earrings, hypo-allergenic ear wires


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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

New Bead Patterns: Brick Stitch Lion & Mouse

Hi There!

I'm going try my best to keep my blog updated. I know I've said that before but by saying it again, I make a commitment to try...again. I'm much better posting on Facebook because I can get away with just a photo and a short description.

I'm going to keep it simple by blogging about the items that I list in my shop, Bead Crumbs on Etsy. Those interested in my newest patterns and bead designs can regularly get notification by subscribing to my blog feed by email. See the "Follow by Email" on the side bar? This, I hope, is more convenient than going to my Facebook page or continuously checking my shop for updates. Of course, you can opt out at anytime too (but I hope you don't). I'll still post on Facebook & Twitter for those who prefer that method of notification.

So today I'd like to share my newest listings that are part of the ➤ Lion & Mouse Charm Set that I created earlier. Now you can make your own set with these patterns.

Newest First ➤  Mouse, Brick Stitch Bead PatternContains 113 beads in 8 colors.

Click here for more info about this Brick Stitch Mouse Pattern.


Added Earlier ➤ Lion, Brick Stitch Bead Pattern. 179 beads in 8 colors.

Click here for more info about this seed bead Lion pattern.

Details about each pattern is found on the Etsy listing.

These patterns are digital downloads so you will need a digital file reader such as Adobe Acrobat or something compatible with your computer. 

View a pattern similar to what you will receive with purchase ➤ Sample Bead Crumbs PDF Pattern, Bead Weaving with Seed Beads

Remember coupon codes are available for a discount on your order before shipping ➤ Coupon Codes.

For those who don't Facebook, Tweet or check Etsy regularly, I hope this will help keep you up-to-date with my bead projects & designs.

Thanks for all of your support. You're appreciated!


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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Coupon Codes

Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to update you on my shop's current coupon codes. You'll need to enter the code when you're making your payment.

1. OAHUSHIP ~ Free USPS first class shipping to Oahu mailing addresses. Minimum purchase of $5.00.
2. 5% return customer discount. Please check your invoice for your coupon code.
3. DISCOUNT15 ~ 15% off of purchase before shipping. Minimum purchase $20.00. 

Here are some of the items I'm selling. As you can see, I've been working on patterns.


Click here for more info. about the Peyote Stitch Boxer Pattern.
Boxer Pattern

Click here for more info. about the Cow & Moon Bead Patterns
Cow Jumped Over the Moon Pattern

Click here for more info. about the Brick Stitch Pumpkin Pattern
Pumpkin Pattern


You can find the rest of the patterns here as well as beaded charms, necklaces, and earrings.  Thanks for stopping by!


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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Make Your Own Howler Wolf

I don't do book reviews, but, I do love to blabber about things that I love! And, I do love Pierce Brown's Red Rising Trilogy so blabber I will!

Suggested by my husband (who did not read and does not plan to read Red Rising). He happened to hear about this book and thought I would enjoy it. After dragging my feet, I decided to check it out because it is rare to get a book recommendation from him.

I certainly did not think I'd love a book that involved a zillion characters with names I could not pronounce fighting in a dark and violent dystopian galactic world. To be honest, I nearly gave up on Red Rising during the first few chapters but, somewhere between the lines I got caught up in the the drama, excitement and emotions (including humor) of the story that I could not put it down. I don't know how it happened and where I went from "I can't believe I'm reading this!" to "This book is awesome (with a happy dance)!" As a testament to how much I loved this book, upon completion, I zoomed over to the library to borrow the second book, Golden Son. Now I'm impatiently looking forward to the third installment, Morning Star, scheduled to be released in 2016.

Reminds me of Sevro from Pierce Brown's Red Rising
As I was working on a bead order for a customer - this familiar wolf design, I was reminded of Sevro (aka Goblin), a character in the book. (I just can't get the book out of my head!) Sevro is the pack leader of the "Howlers" who disguise and conquer as wolves. Sevro has a soft spot in my heart as the quirky but loyal follower of Darrow, the main character.

This beaded wolf pattern is available here for those who would like to make their own "Howler". It's a pretty simple brick stitch design using Delica seed beads. I think you'll enjoy this pattern but you will need to know basic bead weaving stitches (see sample pattern post).

Did you read Red Rising or Golden Son? What do you think? If not, here is the review on Good Reads- Red Rising Review, Golden Son Review.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Seed Bead Pattern - Cute Rhino

When I first designed the bead pattern for this rhino, I was pretty certain that the horn would look funny and weird. I didn't want the rhino to look like it had a flat white triangle on it's grey face. With a little bit of experimentation on the rhino's cheek, not it's nose, I finally came out with something that I liked. While the rhino's horn really IS just a flat white triangle on a grey face, I think it looks like a horn. My harshest critics, my children, gave it the "grunt" of approval and that's great for me!

Click for a closer look at the cute beaded Rhino!

This easy rhinoceros bead weaving design includes 171 seed beads. The primary colors are two different shades of grey Delica beads. Bead size is 11/0. The weaving technique is brick stitch. I would recommend using 6 lb. Fireline thread if you're making earrings or pendants. For charms that dangle from your bag or keychain, 8 lb. line would be a better bet for durability though the thread will be more visible.

The finished size of the Rhino is approximately 22mm. in width and height but may vary if you plan to use another brand of beads.

This is an easy pattern to bead because the increase and decrease in beads are gradual except for the ears that stick out. If you're buying this pattern, you will need to know how to ladder stitch & brick or peyote stitch. Instructions are not part of the purchase. If you want to review basic bead weaving stitches, there are a lot of wonderful tutorials on the internet. I have a YouTube channel that demonstrates brick & ladder stitches but it's not that fancy.

Now the big question is...what would you do with this Rhino? Would you wear these as a jewelry piece?

Hmmm...I would enjoy this as earrings if I'm feeling especially funky. I could certainly wear it as a whimsical necklace pendant on any day or as a bracelet charm. I would love it as a bag charm. I also like to stick little doo-dads onto packages that I give as gifts. It would be fun to surprise the school librarian or a parent with this rhino to complement Rudyard Kipling's tale, "How the Rhino Got His Skin".

If you are interested in beading your own rhino, click here.
If you are interested in it as earrings, click here.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Seed Bead Santa Claus Earrings

The NORAD tracker is showing that Santa is already on his way to Bead Crumbs!

I did not plan to work on a Christmas design in the heat of the summer but a favorite customer returned with an early order for multiple pairs of Mr. & Mrs. Claus earrings. I'm grateful for this unseasonable start because it gives me a lot more time to enjoy the process rather than feeling rushed.

Back in 2011, I made my first Santa charm based on a bead pattern by Jennifer Creasey. I later added a Mrs. Claus to join Santa.

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In 2014 I decided to create my own full body jolly Santa design. Naturally, Mother Christmas followed and the happy couple was reunited.

Request your own seed bead holiday earrings.

This holiday earring set is made with size 11 Delica seed beads and Fireline thread using a modified brick stitch method that incorporates multiple passes of thread through the tiny seed beads. Santa has a small round acrylic bead attached to his floppy hat and the pair is wearing traditional red suits. The ear wires are non tarnish, hypo-allergenic, stainless steel French hooks.

Measurements are:
Santa - approximately 2 cm. at its widest point and 2.75 in height.
Mrs. Claus - about 1.5 cm wide and 2.5 cm height.

While this set is not available for sale, you can place a request for your own pair of beaded Mr. & Mrs. Claus by visiting Bead Crumbs on Etsy and clicking the "Contact Shop Owner" button.

Feel free to let me know if you have any bead suggestions for me. If I'm able to come up with a design for your idea, I'll post it here on my blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Ready-made, custom or DIY patterns for seed bead jewelry & accessories. Explore and Create...Follow the Bead Crumbs.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

May Bead Weaving Class - Panda Charm

Hi Everyone,

Hope you're all doing well. The month of April is quickly coming to an end so I decided to work on a class design for May.

The response to my classes have been lukewarm thus far. I've received some inquiries and have been told that the time (Friday at 5 pm) is a bit inconvenient mainly because everyone is to dealing with construction traffic and just want to get home at a reasonable time. I'm keeping this feedback in mind and if I can free up my weekends, perhaps, I may be able to change my class time in the future.

In the meantime, I wanted to share the beaded Panda project for the May Bead Weaving class.

Bead Crumbs Bead Weaving Class

We will work on:
  • Ladder Stitch
  • Increasing/Decreasing Brick Stitch
...and you will receive the kit needed to complete one panda. This includes;
  • Pattern
  • Beading Needle
  • Fireline Thread
  • Size 8 Miyuki Delica Beads
  • Ribbon, Bell
  • All findings including keyring or lanyard clip
I will provide:
  • Bead Mat
  • Scissors & Tools
(or you can provide your own scissors & flat nose plier).

The koi shown in the photo is for the April class. You can still sign up for the April 17 & 24 class). Click here for more information.

To inquire about this project, please email me at BeadCrumbsHawaii@gmail.com with "Class" in subject line. To register, please sign up at Ben Franklin Crafts, 850 Kamehameha Hwy., Pearl City. Phone: 455-1909.

Location:
Pearl City Ben Franklin (HouseMart)
Cost; $15.00
Date: 1st & 3rd Fridays @ 5 - 7 pm.
(May 2 & 16)

Hope to see you soon!

p.s. If you have any suggestions, feedback, questions about the class, I would absolutely love to hear from you!


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

April 3rd Bead Weaving Class - Boys' Day Carp

Hello!

I'm happy and nervous to announce that I will be teaching a bead weaving design class at Ben Franklin Crafts, Pearl City. The first class will be on Friday, April 3, from 5 pm - 7 pm. The cost of the class is $15.00 and it will include all the materials needed to complete the project.

For this first session, I will be providing instructions on how to make a Boys' Day Carp charm/pendant very similar to the one show below. Boys' Day, now known as Childrens' Day, is celebrated on May 5. In Hawai'i, you often see bright carp flags festively flying in front of homes to wish health, happiness and success upon the children who reside there. Now you can make your own handcrafted beaded carp to wear as a necklace pendant or use as a charm.


I chose this particular design because it is one of the simpler patterns - great for those new to bead weaving. I will be using larger size 8, Delica seed beads, rather than my usual tiny size 11 beads, because it is easier to handle plus we will be working in the outdoor courtyard where lighting may not be ideal for teeny-weeny beads. But still, remember your eye glasses.

To inquire about this project, feel free to email me at BeadCrumbsHawaii@gmail.com. To register for the class, please sign up at Ben Franklin Crafts, 850 Kamehameha. Hwy. Pearl City. Phone: 455-1909.

I hope to see you there!!!

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Seed Bead Candy Conversation Heart - "MEH"

This is the largest size seed bead charm that I have made to date. It is a giant sized candy conversation heart that measures approximately 2.25 inches wide by 2.5 inches in height. The finished piece includes 1128 tiny, size 11, Miyuki Delica seed beads in three colors: arctic blue, moody blue and bright rose.

This was a special request with specifically requested colors. I was unable to find the colors locally so I purchased the beads online at ebeads.com. It was the first time I shopped at ebeads but I'm glad I did because the service was great, the beads arrived lickety split, and I even received a free pen!

I stitched the heart with a "modified" brick stitch that allowed for multiple passes through each seed bead using thinner, 4 lb. Fireline thread. The finished piece is still durable while remaining flexible and the seed beads sit nicely together like best friends (or like a teacher saying, "stand in a straight line!").

Bead Weaving by Bead Crumbs

This beaded heart is headed all the way to the cold, blustery East Coast. I hope it brings some warm Hawai'i sunshine to the recipient. 

I am halfway through with my largest order of charms, 50 black panthers, so I don't think I'll be posting any new designs before Valentine's Day. (Hmmm....seems like "largest" is my word for 2015!). 

Sending ♥ your way.

Bead Weaving by Bead Crumbs

~ Jayne

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