I would like to introduce you to my newest little beaded friend, Edward Bat. He’s very loveable and affectionate, in spite of the slightly ominous teeth… So, here is the beaded bat pattern that will show you how to make your very own Edward!
The beaded bat pattern uses some pretty basic materials. So, you probably have most of these in your stash already. If you do need to stock up, then check out the beading supplies right here.
You will need:
- Size 11 seed beads (not Delicas)
- A 10mm wooden bead
- A couple of size 15 seed beads
- Two O Beads
- Your Choice of beading thread
Edward isn’t stuffed with anything. So, make sure you get your beading tension right on this!
Techniques and Experience
The beaded bat pattern uses tubular and circular Peyote. Plus some flat Peyote and brick stitch. So, I have assumed you are already familiar with these techniques.
If this is not the case, don’t worry. I have free tutorials that you can download to cover the basics. Then apply your new skills to making your little Edward.
As I just mentioned, Edward’s body is self-supporting. So, if you are someone who struggles with beading tension, you’re going to need to watch yourself in this project. Keep the tension firm and reinforce rows as you go, then you will be just fine.
‘Edward’: A Beaded Bat Pattern
I have two sources of inspiration for my little beaded bat pattern.
After my first show on Jewellery Maker TV, an audience member contacted me. She wanted to know if I could make a tiara for a Halloween party. So, we had a great conversation about beaded bats, gothic roses and spider webs!
The tiara is still just an idea, but maybe one day… The point is, this conversation made me think I needed to create a beaded bat pattern at some point.
Fast forward to Christmas and I had a visit from some very close friends. Their little boy, Edward, is a huge lover of bats. In fact he actually has some bat friends. Now, he was admiring my beadwork and this set me thinking back to that beaded bat idea.
So, instead of letting the idea just fester and end up on the pile of ‘one day’ projects, I decided to do something this year. I sat down, took out my beads and started trying out ideas.
You see, sometimes I can plan a project and feel like I know what I’m doing before I start. Often I just need the courage to actually sit down and try something. Most likely the first attempt won’t work out. But it all leads to new discoveries until everything eventually comes together.
My beaded bat pattern was a bit like that. I had spent so long thinking about it that it was in danger of never actually happening. All because I couldn’t ‘see’ how to do it. As soon as I started trying things, ‘Edward’ took shape.
He’s just a couple of inches in size, but I love him! He’s looking for a good home with a caring owner and I think I know just the place…