Top 10 Free Bead Patterns

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Leather Wrap Bead Bracelet
Use loom weaving techniques with leather to make a trendy bracelet. Lisa Yang

Updated every year, this list represents the most popular designs on the Beadwork site over the past year.  These jewelry designs incorporate a wide variety of beading stitches and techniques.  Feel free to vary the patterns and beads and make the resulting jewelry reflect your personal style.

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    Leather Wrap Bead Bracelet
    Use loom weaving techniques with leather to make a trendy bracelet. Lisa Yang

    This bead and leather wrap bracelets are incredibly versatile and popular and have remained so for many years. It's easy to see why. The design is simple but has endless combinations by changing the color of the leather cord, varying the length of the bracelet (and therefore the number of times the bracelet wraps around the wrist) and also the types, colors, and sizes of beads.

    This bracelet uses a technique similar to loom bead weaving, but you don't need a loom to get started making...MORE these bracelets.

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    Brick stitch is perfect to weave rows of beads on the inside of ready made metal hoops or connectors.  The embellished beaded shapes make beautiful earring drops and pendants.  This free tutorial will show you how to use this technique to make elegant hoop earrings.

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    Fancy Tile Tila Bead Bracelet
    © Jennifer VanBenschoten. Fancy Tile Bead Bracelet by Jennifer VanBenschoten

     Tila beads are two-hole tile beads.  Use them to weave a wide bracelet cuff or a thinner bracelet using the fancy tile bracelet pattern.  This is a great project to learn the basics of working with two hole beads.

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    Emerald City Flat Spiral Bracelet
    Emerald City Flat Spiral Bracelet. Lisa Yang

     The Emerald City bracelet uses a flat spiral stitch, one of the more simple beading stitches that are easy to learn.  The result is a flexible beadwork chain that highlights a center crystal or bead.  It can be used for bracelets or necklaces.  

    The best part of this pattern is how versatile it is.  It can be made with a wide variety of beads, both down the center and on the sides.  Once you are familiar with the basic weave, try adding more variety in color and size to explore the full array of...MORE options with this stitch.

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    Peyote stitch Russian leaves
    Russian style leaves made with diagonal peyote stitch. © Lisa Yang

     Russian leaves have become a classic beadwork design in recent years, but while they look difficult, they are not.  These Russian Leaves use diagonal peyote stitch, a variation of flat peyote stitch.  

    The resulting leaves are beautiful when done in a single color, but simple variations like changing the border bead color on the inside or out (or both!) can yield incredible results.  Other options are ombre shades of beads or other patterns within the leaves.

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    Completed Loom Bracelet
    Add a clasp and jump rings to complete your bracelet. Lisa Yang

     Many people can be intimidated to get started with loom bead weaving. There's a whole world of new terms like warp threads and weft threads.  But loom bead weaving is fast, and even more so when you learn with larger crystal beads like this bead weaved cuff bracelet.

    Dust off your loom and get started today!

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    Spiral Rope Tutorial
    Two spiral rope bracelets in need of clasps. Lisa Yang

     Spiral rope stitch is one of the easiest spiral rope stitches to learn.  It makes quick and easy bracelets and necklace chains - especially good necklace chains as a matter of fact because they can incorporate more than one color in a design without distracting from your main pendant if you have one.  But like all beadwork designs, you can also make your spiral rope captivatingly complex with the variety of sizes and colors beads you incorporate in the design.

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    Ladder Bracelet with Charm
    Ladder stitch bracelet with circular brick stitch charm. Lisa Yang

     Ladder stitch is all too often overlooked as a primary beadwork stitch, usually used as a base stitch for herringbone stitch and brick stitch.  On its own, though, ladder stitch makes a sturdy and slinky bracelet band that can be embellished with charm dangles.

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    Double spiral rope bracelet tutorial
    A double spiral rope bracelet in shade of blue and aqua with bronze highlights. © Lisa Yang

     Once you have mastered the basic spiral rope stitch, you will have to try the double spiral rope stitch.  This full, wide rope has depth and interest beyond most rope stitches.  Using smaller size beads such as size 15 will allow you to have the fullness and complexity of design, without the thick size.  

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    Connected Daisy Chain Tutorial
    A variety of daiisy chains makes for a fun stack of summer bracelets. Lisa Yang

     Daisy chain is one of the all-time classic beadwork stitches - and often the first that people learn.  What may be a shame is that people may forget to come back to this beading basic since it has so much to offer as a chain for beadwork pendants or a layering bracelet.  Altering the bead color pattern can make the flowers recede into the background and still results in a strong and quick to stitch chain.