As part of my March 2018 website theme, I launched this Cherry Blossom beading pattern for pens. I had a Spring theme, so had to include some Spring flowers!
What is a pen beading pattern?
Very simply, a little piece of flat Peyote that can be wrapped around a pen to decorate it. You can personalise your design in any number of ways. So, these create brilliant gifts for anyone. Although, I have to say, I have a hard time parting with mine!
I have discovered a second thing about a beaded pen pattern. It’s very addictive. I am not the only one who knows this. I was showing my designs to my regular beading class and I soon ended up with everyone addicted to beaded pens. So, don’t say I didn’t warn you…
About the Cherry Blossom beading pattern
The Cherry blossom beading pattern is inspired by a trip to Japan many years ago. I created a simple abstract design based around a cherry branch in bloom.
The Cherry blossom really is an incredibly beautiful sight to behold. The blooms really only last for a few days. So, when I was there, each train station had a board in the entrance hall, with a list of major Japanese regions and a report on how the cherry blossom was doing. So, it could be on its way, in full bloom, or dying back.
Did you know, the Japanese also make the blossoms into a sweet delicacy? It is incredibly sweet to taste, so is usually served wrapped in a cherry leaf. The bitterness of the leaf counteracts the sweetness of the blossom.
The Cherry Blossom beading pattern gives you a chart with the design. You just need to know how to bead in Peyote stitch and how to follow a Peyote beading chart. If you don’t already know those things, I have an answer to that problem.
Pop up to the free tutorials section (this will open in a new tab) and find the tutorials for odd count Peyote, even count Peyote, Brick stitch and Following a Peyote pattern. (Plus, you might want to grab a few others on your way through!). Then come back here. These will give you all the technical information you need.
Next, you have a little choice to make. You need to pick an option from the drop-down menu above. If this is your first beaded pen, you will want to buy the Cherry blossom beading pattern for pens and the general instructions (that’s chart + general instructions option). If you already have the full instructions, or you know what you’re doing, just get the chart option. You can also just get the general instructions if you want a great tutorial that shows you how to follow a pattern chart and size it accurately.
Each pen needs two pattern pieces, so you can make two identical patterns, or you could think about mixing and matching. So, why not pair this with one of my other nature inspired designs?
Materials for the Project
Now you’ve got all of that in your shopping basket, you need to know about materials. My pen patterns are designed to fit this beadable pen. They are also made with size 11 Delicas. The links will take you to my recommended place for purchasing the materials. They will also open in a new window so you won’t get lost. Now, make sure you check out here, then pop over to buy your materials and you’re good to go.
If you have any questions or any trouble sourcing the materials you need, just send me an email and I will help you out. Happy beading!
P.S. You can find all my other pen designs right here as well.