1/31/07

Bead Patterns

I don't usually buy patterns anymore as I prefer to create original work, and also because, after almost 20 years of beading, few patterns are unique enough that I haven't seen them before or something very similar to them.
But Laura McCabe, of Just Let Me Bead, has an "ultimate bead" that really intrigued me since I couldn't figure out, by looking at it, how it was made. Luckily for me, she sells the pattern for that bead on beadpatterncentral.com and it's downloadable....so I bought it and downloaded it and as soon as I saw the directions, I "got" how it had been done....it's one of those things that become inevitable in hindsight...but kudos to laura for all her hard work in figuring out all the bead counts, etc. that go into designing a pattern this complicated. Well worth the money to me! Laura asks that you only make the bead for your own use, and that you not copy her instructions....not to sell or trade or loan out according to her copyright. That only seems right too, as it is illegal to copy someone's work without their permission.

If you'd like to see Laura's patterns plus some other wonderful designers work, I've posted a link to bead pattern central on my links list...

And now that itch has been scratched, I can get back to baskets, I hope!

10 comments:

Janet C. said...

I know my next project! With your permission I'll get to work on it. I sorta kinda forgot about you. Sorry.

Beadin' Gram said...

Thanks for posting Laura's site. Somehow I had missed it and it is delightful -- lots of eye candy and some fabulous instruction plus great patterns. Thanks again, BB.

beadbabe49 said...

janet, I'd love it if you really want to do it...but not if it's at all a hassle?

you're welcome, bg...but you know that's not laura's site...she has her own site at justletmebead.com with her work and workshops and beads she sells....also a great place to visit!

Beadin' Gram said...

Thanks, BB, will check out her personal site too, Appreciate it.

goatman said...

I suppose that there are innumerable places to get beads but is it posssible to make them? Perhaps out of shell materials from the beach?

We once walked in view of haystack rock, I think at Cannon beach, maybe near your area. Very pretty, but too cold to swim!
Thanks for dropping by my blog, you are most welcome anytime.

beadbabe49 said...

hi, g....yes, of course it is...beads have been made from shells for thousands of years....a friend of mine makes them from dried seaweed too...and very lovely they are. I collect a few from a beach south of here, but our shells aren't as lovely as the vintage abalone and mother of pearls ones I've found over the years.
yes...cannon beach is a bit north of here, but I've been to haystack a few times over the years...and it's always too cold to swim, although the surfers in their wetsuits manage to play around a bit!

Intergalactic Stacey said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm new here so this is my first comment on yours. I don't know anything about beading, but I am a fan of the arts, so I'll be coming back to your blog to read your posts and admire the pictures of your work. Who knows, maybe all this will inspire me to give beading a try!

beadbabe49 said...

hi stacey...I'm sure having fun with the free fractal program you mention in your blog! Before I got totally into beads, I also did digital art...so long ago that my first "art" computer was an apple IIGS...LOL, the beginning of the age of the WYSIWYG...

The Lone Beader said...

I LOVE Laura McCabe's work. I'm actually considering taking one of her classes sometime. But, the bead shop she occasionally teaches at is about an hour away from me=:(

beadbabe49 said...

I hear her classes are great fun, lb...lucky you, to live so close!