Free Projects & Patterns

Quilted Tila Bracelet by Debora Hodoya

We have another great exclusive pattern from inspiration squad which Hana has tested out and made in one of her favourite colours.

Materials Used

2g Size 13 seed beads
1.5g Size 11 seed beads
1g Miyuki Quarter Tila beads
2g Miyuki Half Tila beads
(we noticed an error to the listed 1g of the half tilas)
9g Miyuki Tila beads
1 x Trigger Clasp
Beading thread – recommended is D weight (Nymo) or 6lb fireline
Size 12 beading needle
Scissors

Bondeli Trillium Bracelet by Carolyn Cave

A great design from The BeadSmith Inspiration squad.
An intermediate level project perfect for improvers or those just wanting to make a pretty bracelet. Why not join us on 20th July for a free virtual bead-along class – details can be found on Facebook here.

Materials Used

11g (42 beads) x Paisley Duo Beads
2g (21 beads) x Superduos
2g x Size 11 Delica Beads (colour A)
0.5g x Size 11 Delica Beads (colour B)
2g x Size 11 Delica Beads (colour C)
Clasp of your choice (the example shows a toggle clasp)
2 x 6mm jump rings
Size 10 or 12 beading needle
Beading thread – recommended is D weight (Nymo) or 6lb fireline
Pliers to attach the clasp.

Peyote Stitch Paw print pattern - The Bead Shop Nottingham

Paw-some Paw Pattern

A fun design perfect for all animal lovers, using odd count Peyote stitch. We have useful videos to accompany this project available on our YouTube channel here.

View/download the pdf instructions

Materials used for this example

Miyuki Delica beads in DB004 Purple Iris
Miyuki Delica beads in DB355 Matte Rose
Size 10 beading needle
Nymo thread
13mm E hook

Carry On! Carrier Bead Bracelet
by Leslie Rogalski
Sponsored by The Beadsmith

Some simple peyote stitch patterns for beading around a carrier bead!


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Materials

Size 11 Delicas in 4 colours (one matches
carrier)
15 carrier beads
35  4mm faceted Czech glass beads
Fireline 6lb
Beadalon 7 
2 x 4mm jump rings
2 x 6mm jump rings
Trigger clasp
Crimp Tube

Tools
Size 12 beading needles
Cutters and Chain Nose pliers.

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Polymer Clay Statement Necklace
Use Premo! Polymer Clay to make a statement necklace. We have gone for a steampunk style design, but this can easily be adapted to create flowers, leaves or geometric shapes.

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Materials
1 block x Premo! Sculpey accents Bronze
1 block x Premo! Sculpey accents Peacock Pearl
2 x medium trigger clasps
2 x fishhooks
20 x eyepins
42 x 6mm jump rings
Tools 
Clay tools such as a range of cutters, rolling pin & rolling guides, tissue blade. But general craft tools like a craft knife, pins, anything to create a texture can be used too. Chain & round nose pliers to assemble pieces.

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Brick Stitch Diamond Earrings
Make these geometric diamond earrings using brick stitch and Miyuki Delica beads.

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Materials 
Size 11 Delica Beads, in your choice of colours.
2 x 4mm Jump Rings SP
2 x Fish Hooks SP
1 x Reel of Nymo thread, to match the colour of your beads.

Tools 

Scissors, Beading Needle & Chain Nose pliers.

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Beadloom Bracelet
This is a perfect beginner project to get started using the Beadalon Jewel Loom

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Materials

Size 11 Czech glass seed beads in; opaque white, opaque black, opaque red, opaque blue, opaque green

0.2mm black wildfire
The project uses small ribbon ends to finish, but you
could also use a 13mm slide connector which makes
finishing off much easier and neater.

Tools:
A Beadalon Jewel loom
scissors
needle

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Kumihimo Hearts Braid
Use the Square Kumihimo plate to create a flat braid with a heart design. This can be made into a bracelet or a bookmark.

Free Kumihimo Project The Bead Shop Nottingham

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Materials 
5m x 1mm antique gold satin cord
1m x 1mm fuchsia satin cord
2x Small ribbon ends
Trigger Clasp
Extension chain
Tools
Square Kumihimo plate
Scissors

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Button Jewellery Inspiration
Two pages of inspiration to help turn your button stash into jewellery! From bright and colourful to classic and chic, there’s something for everyone!

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Soutache Bracelet 
This colourful bracelet uses the popular Soutache cord and Swarovski beads

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Materials

3 x colours of Soutache braid (we used approximately 35cm each of purple, turquoise and royal blue braid).
17 x 6mm fuchsia SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5000 round faceted beads
Nymo thread
2 x fold over ends
2 x 6mm  jump rings
1 x medium antique silver trigger clasp
Tools 
Scissors, size 10 needle and Fabric glue
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Swarovski Briolette Bracelet 
Use the super sparkly Swarovski Briolette beads to create a beautiful bracelet

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Materials

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS
9 x 8mm Crystal AB 5040 Briolette beads
18 x 6mm Crystal AB 5040 Briolette beads
10 x 4mm Crystal AB 5040 Briolette beads
FINDINGS & WIRE
Medium Soft Flex wire
1 x medium silver plated toggle clasp
2 x silver plated crimp beads
2 x 3mm silver plated crimp covers

Tools 
Cutters and chain nose pliers.

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Geisha Butterfly Earrings by Ania Szydlowska
These stunning earrings combine wirework and thread, along with Swarovski butterfly beads! Ania won a facebook competition to have this amazing design featured with us.

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Materials

0.6mm gold plated wire
0.8mm gold plated wire
SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS butterfly beads
Nymo thread (or take a look at our Gutermann threads for even more colours!)
2 x gold plated spring ends
2 x 5mm bright gold SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS pearl beads
2 x gold plated fishhooks
Tools:
Coiling gizmo
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Cutters

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Brick Stitch Earrings
Learn how to brick stitch around a Quicklink

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Materials

2 x silver plated medium round quick links
22 x 3mm black SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5810 pearls
20 x 3mm purple velvet SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 XILION beads
2 x  sterling silver ear wires
purple Nymo thread

Tools used:
Scissors, size 10 needle and chain nose pliers.

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Medallion Flower Necklace
by Joanne Siverns

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A pretty flower pendant on beaded Nepal chain. Bead Shop customer Jo came second with this design in a Facebook competition!

Materials Used:1 x silver plated medium trigger clasp
2 x 6mm silver plated jump rings
0.15mm x frost wildfire thread
3 x colours size 11 Gutermann seed beads
(Jo used 5560 amethyst8430 green & 1700 orange)
1 x 6mm fire opal SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5000 round bead
5 x 4mm topaz SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 XILION beads
5 x 4mm light amethyst SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5328 XILION beads

 

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Paisley Dot Ring
by Leslie A.Pope
Sponsored by The Beadsmith

A fun ring (or pendant) for you you try, we loved the swirl effect created by the Paisley Duo beads.

Paisley dot Ring by Lesley A.Pope
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Materials
8 Paisley Duo Beads
4 Gemduo Beads
1 Baroque Cabochons (we substituted an 8mm candy bead)
12 size 15 seed beads (we substituted with size 13 seed beads)
1g size 11 seed beads
6bl fireline (we used 0.15mm wildfire)
Size 11 beading needle (we used size 12)
Scissors

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Wire Nest

These fun wirework bird nests, complete with spring coloured ‘eggs’,
are a quick  project – perfect for an Easter pendant.

Free project from The Bead Shop Nottingham

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Materials
1 x silver plated small round quick link
3 x 4mm gem colour SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS 5810 pearls
(Ivory, Turquoise and Jade)
2m x 0.6mm silver plated wire
1 x silver plated curb, snake or trace chain
1 x 6mm jump ring (optional)

Tools used:
Cutters and round nose pliers.
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Swarovski Star Earrings
These sweet little earrings are great for the festive
party season or make an ideal stocking filler.

free mini project from the nottingham bead shop nottingham

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Materials
To make 1 pair of earrings;

2 x Fishhooks or
your preferred earring components
4 x 5mm Jump Rings
10 x 4mm Swarovski 5328 Xilion beads
(Silver Shade have been used in the example)
80 x Size 11 Seed Beads
(Galvanised Silver have been used in the example)
1 x Size 12 beading needle
Beading thread
(Nymo, SoNo, Fireline or
your preferred fine beading thread).
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Spikey Cocktail Ring
This free project uses the lovely 2 hole
Czech Glass triangle beads to great effect.


free beading pattern spiky cocktail ring

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Materials
To make 1 Spikey Cocktail Ring

1 x 12mm Swarovski Elements Rivoli
6 x 2 hole Czech glass triangle beads
6 x 4mm Swarovski Elements Xilion beads
Size 11 Czech Glass seed beads (approx. 1g)
Beading thread (Nymo, SoNo, Fireline)
0.15mm Supplemax
Size 10 beading needle
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Mini Festive Stars

These little stars are easy to make and would
create a sweet little decoration for your tree,
cards or festive gifts.


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Materials
Makes one star

15 x 7mm Czech Glass Bugle Beads
5 x Size 8 Seed Beads
50cm x Beading Thread
(Nymo, Wildfire, Fireline, or SoNo)
we used 0.15mm Wildfire.
Beading Needle (Size 10)
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Sparkle Tassel Jewellery

This fun jewellery set is ideal for adding a some
sparkle to your festive and party outfits!


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Materials

1 pair of earrings;
60cm x 0.25mm Supplemax
24 x 4mm Swarovski 5328 crystal xilion beads
4 x 5mm Swarovski 5328 Crystal Xilion beads
2 x Silver Tassels
2 x Fishhooks or your preferred earring component
2 x Eyepins

1 Necklace;
30cm x 0.25mm Supplemax
12 x 5mm Swarovski 5328 Crystal Xilion beads
2 x 6mm Swarovski 5328 Crystal Xilion beads
1 x Silver Tassel
1 x Chain (I’ve used a silver plated 28’’ belcher chain)
1 x eyepin
1 x 8mm jump ring
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Beaded Flowers

These flower are ideal for earrings, linking
together to make bracelets or an elegant necklace.


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Materials
Makes one flower
8 x Superduo Beads
8 x Size 8 Seed Beads
24 x Size 11 Seed Beads
50cm x Beading Thread
(Nymo, Wildfire, Fireline, or SoNo)
Beading Needle (Size 10)
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Zoe
by Cora Sparidaans
Sponsored by The Beadsmith

Another two hole bead necklace to challenge you


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Materials

To make 1 Necklace;
3 grams Size 11 Seed Beads
2 grams Size 15 Seed Beads
50 x 3mm Swarovski 5328 Xilion Beads
50 x 4mm Round Glass Beads
100 x Kite Beads
50 x Matubo GemDuo
100 x Super Duos
Fireline
Size 12 Beading Needle
Clasp
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Gemduo of a Bracelet
by Leslie Rogalski
Sponsored by The Beadsmith


The Bead Shop bracelet

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Materials
Makes one flower
40 x Gemduos
20 x Superduos
160 x Superduo  Duets
80 x 2.2mm Miyuki Spacers
Fireline
2 Closed Jump Rings
2 Open Jump Rings
Clasp
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How to Leaflet

Our how to leaflet contains information for you to get to grips with the basics of jewellery making. It details the basic tools and components used for making earrings, bracelets and necklaces as well as the basic techniques needed to complete you jewellery creations! The leaflet is an A5 size publication that you can download and print out.

The bead shop nottingham how to make jewellery leaflet


Stitch Grids

Beadweaving can be a difficult job if you are creating new patterns. If you have the time and patience, a computer and a printer then you can make your designing a little easier by drawing you own stitch grids. For those who wouldn’t want to do this, we have already done it for you! Below are PDF’s of the more popular stitch grids that should help you to design your beadweaving pattern.

Beadloom Grid

This grid is A4, the actual squares measure 7mm x 7mm and there are 27 columns, 39 rows.

Brick Stitch Grid

This grid is A4, the ‘squares’ measure 3.5mm x 7mm and there are 61 squares across and 46 rows.

Peyote Stitch Grid

This grid is A4, the ‘squares’ measure 7mm x 3.5mm and there are 31 squares across and 157 rows down.

Welcome to our page of templates (mostly for the beadweavers) and free patterns (for absolutely everybody) for anyone who would like to have ago at making something quick and easy (in most cases!). We also have our how to leaflet for you to download and printout if you wish.

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Debbie Bryan
Debbie Bryan
07:50 30 Apr 20
I've been a customer at this creative haven since my days as a textile student 20 years ago! The staff are always so helpful and the online customer service is excellent too. Always an inspiring visit, reasonable prices too.
Cate Jones
Cate Jones
12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
Jackie Harrison
Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
Janice Arnold
Janice Arnold
06:56 21 Nov 19
Really pleased with my purchase, excellent service and the price was great I hunted everywhere for letter beads to put on my handmade wreaths Just placed another little order.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
Sam Self
Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
Alison Chase
Alison Chase
20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
Steve Wisker
Steve Wisker
13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
Hollie Cranham
Hollie Cranham
06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
Mairi McInerney
Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
Susan Horsman
18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
sue truesdale
sue truesdale
14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
yogicaspi
yogicaspi
21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Frances McCarthy
Frances McCarthy
12:04 13 Jun 19
Great local shop with products for a wide range of skills. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Kits, beads, equipment and findings all easy to browse, lots of examples, and even workshops.
Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
Wendy Booth
23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
Glenys Newton
Glenys Newton
06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
Rosamund Bowler
Rosamund Bowler
09:05 12 Mar 18
Great little shop packed with everything you need to make gorgeous bead creations. We attended one of the bead jewellery workshops upstairs. There were 10 of us on a hen party day of celebrations. Our tutor, Emma was brilliant and we all made a pair of earrings and a bracelet to take home. With it... being a hen party she also allowed us to have cupcakes and champagne whilst we worked. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon.read more
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