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Easy Beaded Crochet Technique - Free Tutorial

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Beads and Wire

This Photo Shows the First Steps - Preparing the Beads and Wire.

Photo © 2009 Amy Solovay, Licensed to About.com, Inc.

Learn an easy beaded crochet technique using this free tutorial. You can use the technique to make a single row of crocheted beadwork.

This technique is useful for making beaded crochet motifs:

It is also a great way to make beaded jewelry:
  • Bracelets
  • Necklaces
  • Chokers

I'm sure you will be able to think of other creative ways to use this technique as well. If you need some inspiration, this tutorial includes examples and project ideas.

Supplies:

  • Yarn, crochet thread, embroidery floss, or other fiber
  • Craft wire or thread for stringing the beads
  • Beads
  • Crochet hook
  • Scissors
  • Tapestry needle

Instructions:

  • String your beads onto craft wire or thread. I'm using wire. (See view A in the photo above.)

    • The advantage to using wire: If you're making a motif, wire enables you to shape your motif easily when you are finished making it.

    • The disadvantage: Your item will probably not be machine washable, depending on its construction and the wire you use. You may need to dry clean it or spot clean it.

    • If you're making a necklace, you might want to try this with thread instead of wire.
  • Don't detach the spool of wire yet.

  • Create or attach a "stopper" at the end that will keep the beads from falling off. The stopper can be either temporary or permanent, and it can be pretty much anything you want it to be. Here are a few ideas:

    • Jump ring

    • Jewelry clasp or finding

    • A button, jewel, or other pretty bauble

    • A loop consisting of 5+ beads, with the wire twisted around itself to secure it at the base of the loop (See views B and C in the photo above. If you are going to make this kind of stopper, be sure to cut off the excess wire as shown in view C.)

    • If you want a temporary stopper, you can attach a paper clip or safety pin. Alternatively, you can form a loop in the wire and twist it around on itself a few times.

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