January 03, 2018
Happy New Year Everyone!
Today, I’m excited to tell you about my first new project of the year…Beaded Crochet.
If you haven’t seen beaded crochet before, I encourage you to browse some Google images; you can get some pretty complex patterns that look stunning!
This is my first attempt. Not terrible, right? I used some old, odd shaped, unbranded beads so they don’t sit together as nicely as I’d like. I ran out of beads at about 11″ so I think I’ll add a nice chain on either side and finish it off that way to add some length.
It’s worth mentioning that crocheting is not my thing; every once in a while, I’ll pick up a crochet hook and try to make a blanket… which ultimately turns into a badly shaped scarf. Needless to say, crocheting with beads is not something that is coming as naturally to me as most beading techniques.
OK! So how did I get here??
I watched several different videos on YouTube, which I found to be frustrating because most glazed over the difficulties of getting started. I would try a few rows and make such a mess that I couldn’t even see what my next bead was because they were all just flopping around. About half a dozen tries later, I was ready to put my crochet hook away again, but I decided to try one more video. Thankfully, my frustrations were validated by Andrea with Beadaholique.
In the video, Andrea explains that her first few tries were also an indiscernible mess and she had to just keep going with the hope that a spiral design would appear. So, I decided to just keep going…and wouldn’t you know it? Around row 6, I was able to see the emerging spiral pattern!
Another thing that I really like about this video is that it is easy to see how Andrea brings the string between the previous row bead and the new bead to make the pattern neat as it spirals. I didn’t catch this piece in other videos which seems pretty key to me.
Andrea also suggests using contrasting colours to start and a firmer string, like S-lon. I heeded this advice and I would certainly pass this on as a recommendation for starting out. I usually work with size 11/o or 15/o beads but for this one, I chose to use larger, size 6/o beads.
Another good video is by Handmade Channel on Youtube; she moves slower than some of the other videos so you can see more of what’s going on. She also talks about how to measure your piece… 6x the final desired length. The example she uses is for a 16″ necklace; you have to string 96″ of beads (16*6).
Ok, I think that’s all for now – Let me know your thoughts! I welcome your comments or questions – it makes us all better beaders!
Keep on beading!