Day 9 – Teeny graphed tubes

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.

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About bebopbeads

I fell in love with freeform beading after many years of dabbling with all manner of media. My fascination with seed beads goes back to my childhood. My mom, a Cub Scout den mother, started me on a bead loom when I was about 8, so coming back to seed beads was like coming home. You can find more of my work at http://bebopbeads.artfire.com

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