Free Beaded Bead Tutorial – The Colossal

Another freebie and I’ve chosen one of my most popular designs to share with you today – the Colossal beaded bead! All you need to make one is a 20mm wooden bead and size 11 seed beads. I’ve made so many of these beads in a rainbow of colours, I hope you have as much fun as I do. And please send me photos of what you make, I love to see what you do with my tutorials! To download this free beaded ball tutorial simply click here to open the file and then save it to your computer. I also have some tips on perfecting your bead in this post.


Too busy beading

Yes I’m pleased to say that I’ve been too busy beading to do much blogging! A recent trip to a bead fair – and meeting up with my two wonderful friends Carol & Sarah there – has given me back my beading mojo. And while it’s here I’m making the most of it! So this is going to be a photo heavy post while I update you on what I’ve been doing.

First of all a glimpse at the goodies I got at the bead fair back in March. Mainly crystals, some glass pearls, very few seed beads and some C-Lon cord & big eye needles for kumihimo.



A beautiful gift I received from Carol at the bead fair was one of Sabine Lippert’s kits for her Granada brooch. I’ve had the book – Beaded Fantasies – for some time and I’ve always wanted to have a go at this design but never seemed to have the right beads in the right sizes and the right colours, you know how it is. So I was thrilled with this gift! It was a real treat and I couldn’t wait to make it…



It was so much fun that I couldn’t wait to make another so I put together some purple, green and copper beads and here’s what happened. Those pearls from the bead fair certainly came in handy!



In the same book, Beaded Fantasies, Sabine has another design for a bracelet called Les Fleur which is so pretty. I’ve gothed it up a little by using black and hematite seed beads with black Swarovski crystals and clear crystal chatons. It was so hard to photograph this, the chatons in the middle of each flower are really bright and sparkling…


And then I went all loopy with Aleta Ford Baker’s Indespiral tutorial and made a bangle. I made a huge boo-boo a few inches in and accidentally decreased a bead where I shouldn’t have. I didn’t notice until I was half way through so it was either undo a LOT of work or keep going and increase a bead before joining up. Thinking of the wasted hours I decided to keep going! The mistake is hardly noticeable but if you look at the photo below you can see there are more – and slightly thinner – twists in the top left portion than there are in the bottom right. It doesn’t notice when it’s worn and I like it’s quirkiness :)



Still on a spiral binge I made a teeny cellini, which is a smaller version of the cellini spiral. Jill Wiseman has a brilliant tutorial on YouTube for regular cellini spiral and she mentions using fewer bead sizes for the teeny version at the beginning. I used brass size 15, purple size 11 and matte black size 8 for this…


Are you still here? Good! So…then Gwen Fisher posted a photo of one of her Twisted Beaded Beads on Facebook and obviously I had to have a go. It’s a free tutorial which you can find on her blog or as a video here on YouTube. In sharp contrast to the last few bracelets in blacks and greys I used this month’s bright and beautiful OTTBS challenge colours in a very random fashion. I love this bead!




Talking of the OTTBS challenge colours, I also made these beaded beads. It all started when I found a bead that I’d made last year with RAW (right-angle weave) reminding me that I was going to experiment with RAW stitch and beaded balls. There is so much you can do with this stitch and there are many possibilities for embellishment. In fact I’m working on something that has evolved from these beads right now and I’ll be sharing it with you soon ;)


Somewhere along the line I also made a few Glam Rocks bracelets, one using Swarovski bicones and two using chinese crystal rounds. Now don’t go all ‘ewww’ at the mention of chinese crystal, the quality is so much better these days and oh my Goddess they sparkle! In fact I’m favouring Chinese and Czech crystal over Swarovski these days.


And finally, here’s the Goddess art doll that I gave you a sneak preview of you in this post. Ok, so it’s wasn’t really a sneak preview, more like a pile of beads! The crystal at the bottom is actually round, I just caught it at a weird angle.



Phew! ;)

Free Berry Beads Tutorial

Time for another free beading tutorial! These Berry Beads are quick and easy to make, all you need are size 8 seed beads and a needle and thread. Wouldn’t a handful of these on a charm bracelet look delicious? Click here to download the tutorial. I’d love to see what you make with these so please feel free to send me photos of your work, my email is on the right :)


Copyright info: This is a free tutorial and must not be sold, made into kits or published in any shape or form. You may sell any finished beadwork that you create using this tutorial. You may teach this design to others but do not remove my details and copyright information. Please give me credit as the designer.

Free Crystal Bracelet Tutorial – Glam Rocks!

Here’s a brand new tutorial that I’ve just made, exclusively for my lovely blog readers! Such a simple design but so pretty: these skinny bracelets are quick and easy to make and their oodles of sparkle will glam up any outfit.


A great stashbuster too, you only need seed beads in sizes 11 and 15 (use Japanese beads like Miyuki or Toho to get a neater effect) and 4mm crystals. I’ve used Swarovski bicones and Czech fire polished crystals and they both work equally well. So click here for the Glam Rocks tutorial, I hope you enjoy it! I’d love to see your versions so please feel free to email me your photos or link to your blog posts in the comments :)


Free Corvus Crow Peyote Pattern

Time for another free pattern! A silhouette in one colour and minimal shaping makes my Corvus design a breeze. You can create this beautiful bird in either peyote stitch, as I have done here, or alternatively it can be made in brick stitch. Use cylinder beads for a neat finish. Click here for the pattern.




Taikatalvi and Another Bead Mix

Remember the snowy bead mix I showed you in this post? Well here’s what I did with it! It was made for the January Challenge over on Operation Tackle That Bead Stash and even though I set these challenges myself and know what the colours & themes are well in advance, I still left it until the last few days to make something! The theme was “Inspired by a Song” and while listening to the album “Imaginarium” by one of my favourite bands, Nightwish, I was inspired by the beautiful song Taikatalvi. It’s sung in Finnish but translates as “Enchanted Winter“.


I decided to do some freeform, random, raised bead embroidery – whatever you want to call it – like I did with my Gaia Goddess art doll. I really wasn’t quite sure what shape I wanted to create to begin with, I toyed with the idea of a circle or a leaf shape but I found the Swarovski crystal drop bead in my stash and thought a pointed ellipse shape would work well with it. The bead mix contains lots of white, crystal, silver lined and a few metallic silver. I had to be very careful that I didn’t use too much silver lined and metallic as I find this can make the white palette a little dirty looking. I also included lots of Swaro clear crystals, fire polished crystals, drop beads, flowers and a potato pearl that was just the right shade! It’s hard to photograph white beadwork but I hope you can see some of the details…


It must be the very cold weather and the bit of snow we’ve had recently but I seem to have been in a wintry mood beadwise. I made this ring a little while ago using Carol Passaro’s wonderful Cluster Ring tutorial. It really does sparkle like diamonds! I used Swarovski 4mm bicones in Crystal AB and clear AB seed beads which match the bicones really well…


The project I was making using this blue bead mix is now finished. I love the finished piece but as it’s a gift I’ll show it at a later date. For anyone reading this who enjoys beading and would like to take on a challenge then pop on over to the OTTBS blog where we have a new challenge for February. It’s a colour scheme this time – Blue, Red & Gold – and I had great fun putting this bead mix together. Some of it was left over from the blue mix (after picking out the silver beads!) and I’ve added lashings of red and gold in all kinds of bead sizes and shapes.


I found a shell hoop in my stash that matched in colour and I thought that might give me a starting point or some inspiration on what to do next. Maybe I’ll use it as the clasp for a chunky bracelet, or perhaps it will be the focal of a necklace or pendant. Or I might not use it at all. I have no idea what I will be making as of yet! The twist is Freeform Beadweaving so I definitely want to include some of that.

Of course that’s if I don’t get too distracted by the needle felting kit that arrived this morning! I only really needed the foam pad as I want to have a go at ‘needlefelt painting’ but I fell in love with the natural wool tops so ordered the kit from Heidifeathers.



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