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Free Beading Patterns from The Craft Chair

Beading June 21, 2017

Free Beading Patterns from The Craft Chair

Summer is the perfect time to take a new craft for a spin, and what’s more summer camp appropriate than beading patterns? These four free beading patterns from The Craft Chair (that’s us!) make excellent projects for quiet summer afternoon activities, with minimal effort and materials.

To make these keychain cuties, you’ll need the following: pony beads (any color – feel free to use your favorite sports team colors, school colors, or be inspired by nature), cord, a keychain, and scissors. You might want to use a plastic yarn needle but it’s optional.

If you want to try out the simplest beading pattern first, we recommend the Beaded Owl, which uses four colors (black, orange, light brown, and dark brown – but remember, these are merely suggestions) and has eight rows of beads. It’s incredibly simple and won’t take too long to complete.

Then, if you’re up for ¬†more of a challenge, you could try the Beaded Crocodile, which has a snout, arms, legs, and a tail, but only uses two colors. This one might take a little longer than the Beaded Owl, but once you master how to add on the arms and legs it’s easy going.

Finally, when you’re ready for the ultimate challenge, you can try something with wings – either the Beaded Bee (two colors and one set of wings) or the Beaded Dragonfly (three colors and two sets of wings). While the bee has standard colors of black and yellow, the dragonfly can be made of any color or special bead (glitter, wood, clear, etc.) you can find.

If these look like a great summer activity for you and your friends, kids, and summer camp counselors, you can print these out and give them a whirl.

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Beaded Dragonfly (Free Patterns)

Beading May 29, 2017

Beaded Dragonfly (Free Patterns)

Looking for an easy craft project with minimal cost and endless variety? How about a beading project that results in something you can use to add sparkle to your clothes, keys, luggage, decor, or holiday decorations? This Beaded Dragonfly is the perfect project to try out beading, and it’s easy to switch color and size, whether you want to make a matching set for napkin holders or whether you want a large one as a luggage tag or one to wrap around your wrist as a bracelet.

The pattern is a diagram available from Hand Made for free, and if you want to try making different shapes and sizes, the pattern is very easy to alter. You could turn the dragonfly into a bee, a butterfly, or a spider and make an array of critters to adorn whatever you wish.

The materials you’ll need are as follows: thread or cord (stretchy plastic, hemp, embroidery thread, etc.), beads (make sure the string and beads are of similar gauge to prevent losing beads or not being able to slide them on – and you can use any type of bead, whether it’s glass, wood, plastic, or other materials like paper mache), scissors, and whatever you want to use as a clip or chain if you’re adding these dazzling dragonflies to something.

Of course if you want more beading opportunities there are free patterns available for other creatures as well – try looking through Pinterest or craft sites for ideas. Once you begin beading it’s easy to pick up new patterns or alter the ones you have to create your own unique projects.

If you’re interested in adding a few of these beauties to your collection (as keychains, luggage tags, or jewelry), you can take a look at the free pattern and photo inspiration at Hand Made, as well as our own pattern below.

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Inspirational Beading Tutorial: Daisy Chevron Chain

Beading May 29, 2017

Inspirational Beading Tutorial Daisy Chevron Chain

What looks more summery than a daisy chain? With this Daisy Chevron Beading Tutorial, you can create daisy chains for every summer occasion, whether you’re using them as napkin rings for a dinner party, or a piece of jewelry to wear by the pool (necklace, bracelet, even a ring or anklet), or a host of other options like candle decorations, bookmarks, keychains, etc.

While the chevron pattern is pretty easy to follow and a good beginner project, you might want to practice making the actual daisies for a little while before you jump into the combination of patterns. There are plenty of photos in the tutorial to help you figure out how the daisies are made and once you catch on, adding the chevron is a piece of cake.

To make your daisy chains, you’ll need a similar gauge string (cord, hemp, ribbon, plastic, leather, etc.) and bead (plastic, glass, paper, wood, etc.), plus scissors and some tape to hold the chain while you’re working. You’ll want to clear an area of a table or the floor to put all these things together.

One of the most fun parts of making these daisy chains is, of course, making it unique. You can try different patterns, colors, ombres, bead and string sizes, and textures to make these daisy chains special to you (they also make cute gifts or party favors!).

Want to try making your own daisy chains? Follow along with the free photo tutorial provided by Inspirational Beading. Happy beading!

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