Beaded Bee Pattern

£5.00

For this project you will need size 15 seed beads and two teardrop beads, plus a 4mm or 6mm faceted bead and a straight length of 18ga or 20ga green wire. This wire can be purchased from floristry suppliers or in Hobbycraft. You will be working in circular and tubular peyote stitch, so the beaded bee pattern is suitable for anyone who is comfortable with those techniques.

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Beaded Bee Pattern

I designed my little bee at the request of a customer who wanted a tiny bee to include in a wedding bouquet.

The beaded bee pattern uses circular and tubular Peyote stitch. I have included very detailed instructions. You are going to need to make increases and decreases. So, if you need help with this, I also have a free tutorial you can download.

Materials and Experience

You will be working with size 15 seed beads which are very small if you are a beginner. This creates a bee that measures a little under an inch (2.5cm).

However, you can easily make a larger bee by simply using larger beads. So, if you are newer to beading you will certainly be able to use this beaded bee pattern. Just start out working with size 11 or even size 8 beads and also increase the size of the faceted bead recommended. The larger seed beads will also need larger teardrops for the wings.

More Ideas

As I mentioned, I designed the beaded bee pattern to be included in a bouquet. It also looks great in a vase of flowers – either fresh or beaded. To make this possible, the pattern includes a stem for the bee. For this I used green floristry wire. This blends into the flower arrangement. However, if you do not want to include the stem, the beaded bee pattern also offers help for making the bee on its own. This is very simple.

If you are interested in other beaded insects, you could also add a beaded butterfly to a flower arrangement alongside your bee. You can find the pattern for my butterflies here. Once you have understood how to add the stem in the beaded bee pattern, you can adapt it to use with a butterfly too.

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