Thursday, April 23, 2015

Peaks and Valleys - a New Beadweaving Tutorial by Sweet Freedom Designs

My latest beadweaving tutorial contains step-by-step instructions for a wide bracelet, 2 skinny stacker-type bracelets (with options for several more variations), 2 very different necklaces, and 3 different earrings. Beads used include Superduos; Czechmates™ 2-hole tiles; O-beads; drop beads; and size 15/0, 8/0, and 11/0 seed beads. One of the necklaces has the option for using the new 6x5mm and 9x8mm Czech glass mushroom beads.

"Peaks and Valleys" wide bracelet:
"Peaks and Valleys" bracelet; 3 colorways shown

"Peaks and Valleys" skinny bracelets:
"Peaks and Valleys" skinny bracelets

"Peaks and Valleys" necklace #1:
 "Peaks and Valleys" Necklace #1

 "Peaks and Valleys" necklace #2:
 "Peaks and Valleys" Necklace #2

There is a lot of opportunity for varying this second necklace - by changing the number of strands across the front and/or back, and by varying the choice of "accent" beads (I used Czech glass mushroom beads for the lower 2 strands, but Swarovski crystals, firepolish beads, and drop beads could easily be substituted.)

 "Peaks and Valleys" Earrings
 "Peaks and Valleys" - 3 different earrings

This versatile tutorial is available in my Etsy shop, and I'm working on getting some kits put together in several colorways.