Free Beading Patterns
Free beading patterns abound on the World Wide Web. Just type in that phrase and you can find a ton of patterns. And I am not just talking jewelry either. There are a whole host of items out there that can be made or embellished with beads!
I would guess that most of us on line, searching for free beading patterns are searching for something jewelry related. There is certainly nothing wrong with that. Jewelry in and of itself is a huge category from which to work from. There are free beading patterns for necklaces, earrings, and even rings for your fingers can be made from beads.
Don’t think, since you may be new at this, that a pattern is going to be over your head. Tons of the patterns out there are to teach and learn from. And in using your own beads, of various sizes and colors, you can work from a pattern and still create something that is unique even on your first try. That said, do not think that because you may have been doing this for years, that patterns have nothing left to offer you. Granted, you may have to look harder and longer, but people love to share what they have learned, and you may be surprised to find a new knot technique or bead combination that you simply hadn’t seen or thought of on your own.
Beads can be seen all throughout history decorating every sort of item. Don’t limit yourself just to thinking of traditional jewelry. Free beading patterns are out there for creating a simple bookmark, to making a complete handbag. You need to keep in mind your skill level, time available, and budget. Yes, you may find free beading patterns but that doesn’t mean you will find a bunch of free materials. Chances are you won’t; though with some digging you can find some good deals. And if tackling something large, like a hand bag, most places discount for buying things in bulk. That said, if you are sticking to something simple, like a chain for reading glasses, you may want to make several in an attempt to sell them or for long Christmas list. So buying in bulk may work even for more simple pieces.
Beads can make up a complete object or just add some flare. Like jewelry adds flare to your outfit, so to can beads add flare to many other things. Such as, you can add beads to the bottom of a lamp shade to add a little sparkle to the room. You can also achieve a little atmosphere by making a beaded votive cover. You can find tons of free beading patterns for making adornments for bottles or wine glasses, so your guests always know which glass is theirs. Get a little spunky and make some beaded fan pulls. A great gift idea and big seller, especially here in the south, cause we do love our ceiling fans! If you are feeling really creative you could even make beaded plant hangers. The list is truly endless. You could get lost for hours, just surfing the net on the simple search phrase ‘free beading patterns’.
You can also be the one offering those free beading patterns to others. You may have been sitting there one day, playing around with a new necklace idea or key fob configuration, and discovered something you thought wonderful and unique. Share it with others. People get so caught up with ‘I made, it. It is mine. I want all the credit’, but as artists we grow most when we share. So post what you learned online, offer it up for free, and see what the people of the world do with it.
Forums are a great online medium for sharing ideas. Look around online and find one that suits you. There are those that cost money to join, but there are free ones too, you just have to take the time to search around. We can learn so much from our peers, there is little else that is better that that as a teaching tool.
So whether you are just starting out, or have been at beading for a while, take a look around on line at all the free beading patterns out there. You are more likely to get overwhelmed with ideas than you are not to find anything that suits you. So jump in. You will be here awhile!
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