I have some beading friends who do amazingly complex graphed beadweaving. I am the freeform queen, so patterns are…a challenge. Nonetheless, I’ve had some ideas bouncing around in my head for designs incorporating graphed tubes.
The first challenge was making patterns. I found some downloadable peyote stitch graph paper, pulled into Photoshop, cropped it to capture the little bit I wanted, then used the paint bucket tool to fill the beads.
In the first photo, you can see my graphs alongside the actual beadwork, one flat and one zipped into a tube.
The second thing I thought I would do today is use up some of the finding odds and ends I have in my stash. I used the tubes on a pair of Swarovski chandelier findings and made a pair of earrings.