The Ogalala butterfly stitch is a fabulous technique for beginners. As you can see from the photo, you get a design that looks complex and stunning. In fact, it could not be more simple to make!
This project uses size 11 seed beads and a combinations of 4-6mm beads. It is actually a brilliant way to use up odd leftover beads.
You can see from the image, that I used a variety of pearls for my Ogalala butterfly bracelet. I could have used firepolish beads or crystals instead. Or, I could have mixed a lot of different types of beads.
So, this is a really flexible project that won’t cost a lot to make.
You can get all the materials you need from my Beading Supplies department.
The Ogalala Butterfly Technique
I’m not sure how the name originated, or why this technique has its own name. However, Ogalala butterfly is basically a form of netting.
This is a lovely technique for beginners. It really is very simple to learn and do. I take you through the steps, so you will be able to make this lovely bracelet.
Origins of the Pattern
I learned Ogalala butterfly technique very early in my beading career. However, it wasn’t until I started teaching that I first created this design.
I had been looking for a project to teach for a beginner class and I remembered this technique. So, I whipped up this bracelet. It was a great chance to use up some of my odd beads and the students loved the project.
From there, I wrote up the pattern for everyone to enjoy. I’m happy that I did as this has been one of the most popular beginner patterns.
People really can’t believe how simple it is to make this bracelet…until they try! So, how about you make that discovery for yourself?