Learn How to Make Beaded Lace

There was lace making and bead weaving and then came “beaded lace.” Traditional lace making takes a very long time. Beaded lace goes much faster. Some gorgeous jewelry pieces can result from beaded lace techniques. If you already have the basics of bead weaving, lace beading will come to you fairly quickly.

Materials to use:

A good choice of beads to use for lace beading is “ Japanese seed beads.” Use sizes 15 and 11 for very intricate and delicate work. You can also add finishing touches using pearls, crystals or two hole beads.

There is metallic, galvanized, and plated seed beads. Galvanized are least expensive. Use transparent seed beads next to metallic beads for the look of gemstone beads. Use opaque seed beads for a solid look. Use matte beads for a soft look. Silver-lined beads will add sparkle in a space too small to use a crystal.

You can also use 2.5 crystals which are a good size just big enough to sparkle and small enough to fit into tight places. Man-made glass pearls are best to use for lace beading. Gemstones can be used in place of pearls and crystals if you prefer.

If going by a pattern that calls for pearls and crystals and you want to substitute gemstones, just be sure they are as close as possible to the size specified in the pattern.

Rivolis is a large faceted crystal pointed on both sides. These large beads are good for attaching to the rest of the bead work by going through their holes making the fit of the bezel less important. Czech fire polished beads do not sparkle like crystals. They do add a softer look to the final piece.

Stringing Materials:

When a bead woven necklace seems to be just too much, use a manufactured chain, a ribbon or a necklace strung of beads. Pearls always add elegance. Crystals or gemstones add sparkle. Smaller beads adds delicacy. Choose a chain that compliments the colors in your piece and in a size that is strong enough to hold up to a lace beaded pendant.

Velvet ribbons add a romantic touch to a lace beaded piece of jewelry. Nylon ribbon might be easier to seal the ends to keep them from raveling by melting them. Hold the end of the ribbon briefly in a flame in a well ventilated area. Ribbons can be tied into a bow or sewn onto a clasp.

Thread:

Nymbo B adds a soft drape to lace bead work. Work with a single ply of thread using a size 12 needle. If you use double thread, use a size 13 needle. Single thread may be best to use as beading lace requires passes through the same beads where double thread may not work. It is important that you feel comfortable with the type of thread you choose to use. Nymbo B thread is not the only type there is. When you start a new thread, use only as much as you are comfortable in using. If your thread knots and tangles, use a shorter length.

Tools for lace beading:

Needles, usually a size 12 or 13

Small pair of scissors

Chain nose pliers

Flat nose pliers

Beading thread

For detailed instructions, check out the book entitled “Modern Beaded Lace,” Beadweaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs written by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel. She includes 18 different projects with step by step instructions for creating lace beaded jewelry.

Names of some of her jewelry designs include:

Wisteria Bracelet

Hypnotize Me Earrings

Dogwood Chain

Crisscross Bracelet

Deco Pendant

Ruffed Ring

and more, 18 total

Resource Used: “Modern Beaded Lace,” Beadweaving Techniques for Stunning Jewelry Designs written by: Crynthia Newcomer Daniel, Distributed by Canada, UK and Europe

Book Review Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewlery Artisan

Carmilita Earrings: https://www.etsy.com/shop/carmilitaearrings

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Is it Time to Get Creative at Beading?

In this article we can take a look at several different kinds of thread, and some basic knots. A little further down in the article I will tell you the name of the book I am reviewing for your further reading and trying out some of the projects presented in the book.

Anyone trying to learn more about the craft and art of beading needs to be familiar with terms of all the bells and whistles it takes to proceed and to learn from the experts which is best for which project. I like to be prepared having all my materials and tools laid out beforehand as well as shopping around for best prices. I have to know what I am price checking before I can price check. This is the information I hope to give you in this article and many others I am writing now about the art of beading.

They might all sound just about the same, but if you read them word for word, you will find they are all different and will offer you perhaps some information you did not have before you read my book review.

If what I tell you about the book sounds like something you want to read or has projects you want to try, then go further and buy the book.

In my series of beading articles on bead book reviews, I am like the captain that goes out to sea first and brings back the news of whether or not you should make the trip as well and even more than that, if you decide not to make the trip or buy the book, perhaps just a little bit of information you did not have before is my goal.

Types of Thread

Parallel filament nylon thread such as Nymo or C-Lon is durable and easy to thread, which is certainly a plus in my estimation, yet this writer says it can also be prone to stretching and fraying. It is best used in bead weaving and bead embroidery.

Piled Nylon Thread such as Silamide is a very strong and durable thread, and more resistant to fraying than parallel filament nylon thread. Writer says it is best used for twisted fringe, bead crochet, and bead work that needs a lot of body.

Piled gel-spun polyethylene such as Power Pro or Dandyline is said to be almost unbreakable, it doesn’t stretch and it resist fraying. Because of the thickness of this thread it can be difficult to make multiple passes through a bead. This thread is ideal for stitching with larger beads like pressed glass and crystals.

Parallel filament GSP such as fireline is extremely strong, does not stretch and resists fraying. Be aware that crystals may cut through this thread and smoke colored can leave a black residue on hands and beads. This thread is most appropriate for bead stitching.

Polyester thread such as Gutermann does not stretch and comes in many colors. Be aware that it can become fuzzy with use. Use this thread for bead crochet and bead embroidery. Thread must also match the fabric.

Flexible beading wire is stronger than thread and does not stretch. Use flexible beading wire for stringing most gemstones, crystals and glass beads.

Thread Tips:

Adding Thread or To Add A thread

Sew into the bead work several rows or rounds prior to the point where the last bead was added to leave a short tail.

Basic Knots:

Overhand Knot: Make a loop with thread, pull the thread through loop and tighten.

Square Knot: 1. Cross one end of thread over and under the other end. Pull both ends to tighten the first half of knot. 2. Cross the first end of thread over and under the other end. Pull both ends to tighten.

In this book you can also learn how to do the Surgeon’s Knot, how to stop a bead, crochet slip knot and chain stitch, and beaded back stitching.

Other basic stitches taught are:

The Brick Stitch

The Herringbone Stitch

The Ladder Stitch and a Cross weave Technique

Forming a Ring

The Basics of Stringing and Wire work which includes:

Crimping

Opening and Closing Loops and Jump Rings

Making a Plain Loop

Making a Wrapped Loop

Wraps Looped Above a Top-Drilled Bead

In this book are some stunning single stitch projects including:

Netting: A Hex-a-lot Bracelet in a zig-zag pattern of hex-cut sead beads. This is a design by Alice Kharon.

A gorgeous Peyote Stitch Floral Garland Bracelet, a Brick Stitch pair of earrings and many more, all complete with step by step instructions, colorful photographs, and many diagrams. All total I counted about 78 different and stunning jewelry projects. This book would be enough to keep one person busy for the next 10 years or more in my opinion. Will I try any of them? I might. They sure are beautiful and would be wonderful displays in any art show as well as for sale in your Etsy Shops. There are more single stitch projects detailed in the book.

Here are some of the names of projects:

Deco Egyptian Bracelet

Flower-Path Bracelet

Christmas Sweater Bracelet

Pumpkin Patch Bracelet

and of course many more up to about 78 is what I counted.

Resource Used: Book I am reviewing is entitled: Creative Beading. Vol. 11: The Best Projects From a Year of Bead and Button Magazine by the editors of Bead & Button Magazine. It has enlightened me to subscribe to the Bead & Button Magazine as well. I may never lift my head back up again!

Book Review Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

Purchase Handmade Bead Jewelry at: https://www.etsy.com/shop/carmilitaearrings