About this Silky Bead Tutorial
I received some Silky beads and lentil beads in my first bead pack from the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad. They were both types of bead that I had seen in the shops, but not yet used, so I was very excited to try them out. I have been using them in different projects, but one of my first designs was this Silky Bead Tutorial for a cuff bracelet. I found that both types of bead have so much natural interest in their different shapes and textures that it was possible to do something very simple with them in order to create a fabulous effect. I added one of my trade-mark beaded clasps, using size 11 Miyuki seed beads, stitched in Peyote stitch. If this is a new idea for you, then do give it a go – you can find free tutorials to download on here in order to help you with the technique. If you prefer not to give this a go, then it is perfectly possible to add a shop-bought clasp instead.
This Silky Bead Tutorial is a great way of getting used to working with multi-holed beads. The thread paths you will be using resemble the basic Peyote stitch and Herringbone thread paths that you already know, but it feels a little different when working with the multiple holes. If you have never used Silky beads before, then this handy blog will help you avoid any potential pitfalls. These beads are two-holed, but they also have a ‘front’ with a raised texture and a ‘back’ which is completely smooth. This means it is important to pick the beads up the right way around. Both sides are attractive, but you don’t want to end up mixing them for this project! The lentil beads are also available in one-hole and two-hole varieties and this bracelet uses both types. If you enjoy working with these beads, then I have some other patterns you can try…follow the recommended links below and also check out the Beadsmith Inspiration Squad page which links to all the projects I have created as a ‘squaddie’!