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Crocheting with Beads – How to Resources and Inspiration!

bead crochet at Karla's Making It

Crocheting with Beads – How to Resources and Inspiration

Ready to take your crochet to the next level? Once you know how to crochet – even just a single crochet, you can embellish with beads creating beautiful, one of a kind projects. Bead Crochet turns basic crochet scarves, clothing, purses, hats, flowers, and more into sparkling masterpieces!

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bead crochet at Karla's Making It

Photo Credit: Beads Beads Beads Doily Pattern. Barefoot Sandals Pattern. Festival Shawl by Lyn Robinson Pattern. Beaded Bag & Belt Crochet Pattern. Woodland Trail Headband Pattern.

Fabulous! See how adding a few beads can make a beautiful project even more beautiful?

In her book, The Beaded Edge: Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims, Midori Nishida shows you how to add a personal touch with beautiful beaded trims. The book offers 18 designs created with simple thread, a crochet hook, beading needle, and inexpensive beads. She also authored The Beaded Edge 2: More Inspired Designs for Crocheted Edgings and Trims.

Another great resource for bead crochet is Lily Chin’s book Knit and Crochet with Beads. Lily will take your crochet (or knitting!) to a whole new level with stylish designs and easy step-by-step instructions. She will inspire you to incorporate beads into masterful designs to add to clothing, pockets, collars, and pillows! This book is wonderful for all skill levels. Lily organized the book into techniques, whether you want to weave beads into a project or embellish completed projects. This is Lily’s 3rd book. She is also the author of Lily Chin’s Crochet Tips & Tricks: Shortcuts and Techniques Every Crocheter Should Know and Couture Crochet Workshop.

Bead Crochet is not just for embellishing clothing. You can create one of a kind jewelry pieces as well. In her online video Crocheting with Beads Online Class at Annie’s, Ellen Gormley teaches beginners bead crochet techniques including how to choose beads, which yarns to use, other beading tools and gadgets, 5 techniques using beads, along with patterns including a tube bracelet, wristlet clutch, shawlette, keyhole scarf, herringbone pendant and cat portrait.

Need to get down to the bare bones basics? Check out this Free Craftsy Tutorial, Just Bead It: How to Crochet with Beads. Here Ashly Little provides the basics with links to some fabulous patterns for inspiration.

Here’s a picture tutorial on How To Crochet: Single Crochet with Beads.

Leisure Arts has a few interesting books on Bead Crochet. Embellished Crochet which features easy embroidery and beads designs that dress up a stylish collection of eight fashions featuring (one of my favs!!) Caron International’s Simply Soft worsted weight yarn. Another interesting book by Leisure Arts is this Elegant Beaded Bags in Crochet 12 Designs for every occasion! At the very least, take a peek at these bags.  They are gorgeous!

Need more inspiration?

bead crochet at Karla's Making It

Photo Credit: Elise Shawl by Evan Plevinski. Strawberry Hat with Daisy and Ladybug button by Anna caron. Flower applique by Vendula Maderska. Crochet pin cushion by Ksenia Lark (Ksenia Design). Fritillary Shawl by Aparna Rolfe. Star Decoration by Lucy of Attic24. Beaded Crochet Roses by YHcrochet. Girl’s purse – San Francisco collection by Vendula Maderska. The Secret Garden by Lily Go.

Just Wow! Some amazing work from these talented designers. What are you inspired to crochet with beads? I would love to hear your ideas in the comments below. Also, I would like to see your creations; tag me in a photo on Facebook! If you prefer Twitter or Instagram, I’m there too! I can’t wait to hear from you.

Check out the Free Patterns Index to find hundreds of patterns you can add beads to!

Make it a Beautiful Day,