Photo to Beaded Pattern

A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much. This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it. You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming. The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.   They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you …

Bow & Cali

Not the latest music sensation, but two new shapes in shaped, multi-hole beads! The Bow Bead First up, the Bow bead – new from Preciosa, is large compared to other shaped-beads, and is a gently curved bar, with two holes. I’m quite excited about the design possibilities! If you click through to this article – you will see lots of glorious eye candy – some of which I guarantee you, will surprise you! See our website for lots of innovative ways to use this new shape, and a free pattern for the bracelet above! The Cali Bead The new Cali …

Take a Bow …

The new Bow beads – bigger than most of the shaped beads we’ve seen developed lately – and with lots of design possibilities far beyond bead weaving. Just look at these designs! This – for instance! I love the sort of tumbling look of the beads – and check out the instructions – it looks super easy to do! Click on the pattern to see the full size image. ? Here is a variation – more of a wavy river effect. And even wavier! You can see that this is made of modules, joined by large jumprings. What about the …

Four Quarter Tilas = …

Do 4 Quarter Tilas equal a whole TILA bead? First – there were the Miyuki Tilas – then the Half Tilas, and now, drumroll please – the super thin sliced – Quarter Tila! The quarter Tilas are 1/4 of the width of the original Tila – so that you can use them as thin spacers or connectors in your beading, use them to create complex geometric patterns, or use them in patterns where moving around a circle (like a bezel) in smaller increments is a bonus! Miyuki has these lovely, free projects to inspire you too! Quarter Tila Necklace, and …