Thursday, September 06, 2007

Graph Paper

Ok, I don't know how many of you out there do your own patterns for beading, but it can be annoying. Its hard to find decent graph paper that is free and yet scans well after you have put a pattern on it. It is also really hard to find beading graph paper (aside from loom stitch or square stitch that uses a basic grid that is sold every where!) that goes from edge to edge. Call me crazy, but sometimes you just have a large pattern. Or better yet, you want to get as many patterns on the page as possible, so you want it to go from edge to edge. Maybe you want to save paper, instead of a graph with 2 inch margins all around, how about only have a 0.2 inch margin? Or whatever your printer allows.

All right, enough venting! has a nice free service that allows you to put in your size requirements and get quite a few different graphs, including brick! And did I say free? And after only a couple of tries, you very easily get what you want and it allows you to save it to pdf for your future use! Now I just need to find more time and space to spread my stuff out and have at it!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Original Jax Jags pattern

This is the original Jags pattern that I did with markers on graph paper downloaded from the internet. Notice this is a little different than the completed piece as well as the BeadCreator created pattern.

Jax Jags pattern on BeadCreator

Here is the pattern that I created and put on BeadCreator.

Jax Jags pattern continued

Here is the pattern:

Jax Jags pattern

Here is a scan of my Jax Jags mini flag that I created for my husband. I did it using peyote stitch (I guess it is my favorite stitch) and used 4 colors of Toho seed beads. I will include a picture of the pattern, if you would like the PDF file of the pattern, just email me and I would be more that happy to share it with you.

I created this pattern on graph paper that I downloaded off of the internet. It was a pain-in-the-butt, but I think the outcome was fabulous! This past weekend I wrestled with the program BeadCreator. I clicked and clicked to what I believe is a professional looking pattern. Ugh! Anyway, if you decide to tackle it, I think you will enjoy it. Its a good way to bead something for a guy as a gift or whatever.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Peyote stitched sea shells

At the beginning of summer I completed this trio of shells using Toho seed beads and peyote stitch. First I sketched the shape of the shells, then I transferred them to graph paper and filled em' out from there. It took a couple of tries, but I finally ended up with these three that I liked.

These shells sort of celebrated my move to Jacksonville this past spring. It was a long awaited move, we have jumped around this country following jobs and we finally ended up in the same city as my folks. Finally having family in the same town is very reassuring, especially after having traveled around for so long and moving every couple of years since graduation.

Actually, since graduating high school I have not lived in the same town or state as my parents until now. I am an Air Force brat and while in high school we were stationed at RAF Alconbury in the United Kingdom. So, once I graduated high school, I left the country and returned to the US to start college at Michigan State University. At the university, I was lucky enough to have my older sister attending school as well, so I wasn't entirely alone. So, now in Jacksonville, I am giving my children (an 8 yr. old and 6 yr. old) the security of extended family and the opportunity to get to know their grandparents (something I never had).

Anyway, excuse the tangent I went off on. I will hopefully be posting my patterns online at to be purchased and downloaded. So, once I sign the paperwork and get accepted into their program, I will post the news here.

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