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One of my bead fascinations the last couple years has been leaves. I have mostly been focused on Czech glass leaf beads. However, I enjoy browsing and getting inspiration from all sorts of different beaded leaves. While beaded leaves may seem like a very specific concept that only has a few uses, there are many different options for beaded leaves. This includes using them as stand alone projects, as components for larger projects, or in graphed designs for cuffs.
As you read this hub and absorb the different examples keep a couple different things in mind. First, consider flat versus curved leaves. Depending on the types of beads that you use, many patterns can be converted to one or the other fairly easily. Using different leaf textures in a single project can create a variety that will portray a natural leafy array. Second, consider realistic versus abstract leaf designs. Think about your own preferences and what will be appropriate for different kinds of projects.
Please note that all of the patterns included in this hub require a basic knowledge of beadweaving skills. If you are new to beadweaving, check out these free basic tutorials. I know that many of the examples and projects here seem complex, but once you get a few stitches under your belt, you'll be ready to start working on leaves. Happy beading!
Stand Alone Projects
Single beaded leaves make beautiful pieces of jewelry all on their own. Typically I turn my leaves into earrings, but they also work well as pendants. Consider attaching one to a pin back to make a brooch, attaching a loop and large split ring for a keychain, or turning one into a zipper pull. You can also combine several leaves for a simple bracelet or necklace without a lot of other embellishments. Have fun experimenting with different colors and beads.
Great Beaded Leaf Pattern
Beaded leaves can be used as components for any number of larger pieces. Use a few with a beaded flower or pair them with glass beads. You can make beaded leaves in any size so consider what will work best for the piece that you are designing. Again, consider different colors and beads. The color palette that you choose can significantly alter a design. The beads that you choose will affect the texture and overall appearance of the leaves.
Patterns with Leaf Components
- A Garland of Fall Leaves (beadwork.about.com)
- 15 Leaf Russian Necklace Beading Pattern and Kit
- Let's talk leaves ** TUTORIAL** - JEWELRY AND TRINKETS
There are a number of beaded cuff designs out there that included leaves or leafy designs. Some also include flowers and/or natural elements while others solely feature leaves. The most popular stitch for cuffs with leaf designs is peyote. I have found a few patterns out there that use square stitch, which means that they can be converted to a loom. Many leaf patterns are designed in even count peyote, making them suitable for relatively new beadweavers.
If you are interested in creating your own leaf cuff designs, consider purchasing bead software such as BeadTool. It is tedious to graph intricate patterns on paper. Please note that if you are interested in selling your patterns, please test drive them first. It is easy to create beautiful patterns on graphs, but they may not all translate well with beads. Do at least one test run first.
Leafy Cuff Patterns. Search Etsy for additional for pay cuff patterns.
- Beaded Pattern Maple Leaves Bracelet Cuff by FrancescasFancy
- LITTLE VINE Peyote Bracelet / Cuff - PDF Pattern for Personal Use Only by time2cre8
Are you looking for some more leaf project ideas? Check this out!
Twining Leaves - Green and Gold Beadwoven Bracelet
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- How to make a beaded clutch purse
- Vintage Japanese Millefiori Glass Beads: 1000 Flowers in Handcrafted Jewelry
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Jacobb9205 on February 11, 2015:
Looks awesome! Voted up!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 19, 2013:
Thanks so much, lemonkerdz!
lemonkerdz from LIMA, PERU on March 19, 2013:
the cuffs are beautiful. great photos and well executed hub. thanks a lot
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on February 05, 2012:
Thanks for commenting Dolores and Mardi!
Dolores, wire beaded leaves are beautiful, too!
Mardi, with time, patience, and good eyesight, anyone can learn to do this type of beadwork.
Mardi Winder-Adams from Western Canada and Texas on February 05, 2012:
The photos are stunning. I am in awe of people that can make beautiful things! Maybe one day I will find the time to try this but mine will definitely not look this terrific.
Great Hub and thanks.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 05, 2012:
Whoo - some of these look really hard to make! And the Russian leaves are so gorgeous! I saw some wired leaves in a shop, they were not jewelry, but beaded long leaves, like willow leaves, about 8 inches long, combined in a vase, very cool.
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 01, 2011:
I know how it goes, lpanfil. :) I have to limit my creative projects, too!
lpanfil from Cleveland, Ohio on November 01, 2011:
Beautiful. I would so make these if I hadn’t promised myself to not add any more crafting projects to my plate!
carrierichard from California, USA on November 01, 2011:
The designs look stunning and innovative
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 12, 2011:
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Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 27, 2011:
That particular piece is available here:
Heather from Ohio on August 22, 2011:
Okay, sister. That "leafing out" piece just hurt my soul a little!! Seems like something I need in my collection!! Thinking this is WAY above my skill level though... Any idea where I could find something like this?
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 18, 2011:
You're welcome and thank you in return!
JesadaB from Home! on August 17, 2011:
Thanks for all the great jewelry ideas, great hub voted up and useful!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 15, 2011:
Thank you so much Prasetio!
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on August 15, 2011:
This was so beautiful. You always find the most creative jewelry design for your hub. Awesome, including this one. Well done, my friend. Rated up! ~prasetio
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 15, 2011:
Thanks! I think so, too!
carriethomson from United Kingdom on August 15, 2011:
once again amazing beadwork, the Russian Leaves Necklace is awesome!
Rose Clearfield (author) from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on August 14, 2011:
Thank you so much Seeker and Ddraig!
Emma from UK on August 14, 2011:
Stunning. I adore all these designs. Fabulous hub on a subject I adore.
Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on August 14, 2011:
Fascinating hub and what beautiful craft work!! In particular I loved the necklaces and the bracelets - the pattern, textures and colours are stunning and something to suit every taste. Many thanks for sharing.