Quadra Tiles Defined
Quadra Tiles are one of the latest bead releases from the CzechMates beading system designed by Nichole Starman. They look like small flat squares, but they have four holes through each bead – hence the name. This leads to a lot of interesting design possibilities. You can find out more about Quadra Tiles here.
Quadra Tiles Bead Flower Pattern
This pattern was my first design using the Quadra Tiles beads. I have mixed them with a couple of other beads from the CzechMates system: Bar Beads and either Teardrops or Daggers. You will also need some 4mm pearls and, if you are planning to make the whole necklace or link your flowers in any way, you will want some Tile Beads. Although you can get Tile beads or Tila beads from various manufacturers, the CzechMates system have been designed to work together, so you are best to use their brand of Tile beads.
The pattern is very simple to follow – you are basically just going to be threading beads, so this should be suitable for all levels. If you have never used beads with multiple holes before, then this is a very simple way to get started. The Quadra Tiles flowers explore how you can mix beads and use the multiple holes to create layers and give your project dimension.
When I was creating my Quadra Tiles necklace, I was working from a series of sample packets, so I only had limited numbers of beads in each variety. This led me to try a different colour combination for each flower. This is great if you have a small number of beads leftover in various colours, but if you are buying the beads specially for this project, you may want to focus on just one colour. I have therefore given you a guide to choosing a colour scheme which explains how to pick you focal colour in the pearl beads, then use that choice to guide you to the colouring for your Quadra Tiles, Bars and petal beads. Detailed photos in the pattern showing both the front and back of the flowers will help you to see how my colour choices worked. So this is a great pattern for developing your skills and creativity.