TUTO : Earrings

How to make a (small!) bead weave?
Here is a DIY of colorblock earrings, I promise it's not very complicated and you can create your own patterns endlessly! You'll see it's very meditative ... And perfect to use all the little leftover seed beads from previous creations that are lying around in your drawers, we see you! 😉

👉For this DIY you need:

  • seed beads (even a small amount will do)
  • sewing thread
  • a bead threading needle
  • some tape
  • earring fasteners
  • pliers (optional)

👉How tomake :
Start by deciding on your patterns and colors based on the beads you have. Feel free to make a sketch so you can refer to it while weaving. We recommend that you first make 1-3 monochromatic stripes in the bottom of the triangle so you can quietly learn the technique and gesture.

We will detail everything below, don't panic, it looks very technical but it's mostly back and forth in "S", if you're lost watch the video in detail and do some tests, you'll see it's a handful to take! 

The loop is built in two steps: a triangle of woven beads, which is worked from the bottom up, and which ends at the top with a sort of half-circle of beads to insert the fastener. Then a second part with bangs, which come to decorate the bottom of the triangle. 

Note: if your thread is not long enough, or if it breaks, or (horror!) gets into knots, don't panic: you can add a new thread by connecting it to the previous one with 2 small discrete knots.

The triangle :
Take about 1m50 of sewing thread, leave about 15 cm free at the end and make several knots so that the beads do not escape. Do not hesitate to stick your thread with tape to your table, in order to maintain the whole and to have a very regular work.

Thread 4 beads through the needle. They will be the very first ones in the base of your loop, that is the base of the triangle just above the bangs. Divide these 4 beads into 2x2 on your thread. 

Pass the needle through your beads again, but only the first two (so the hole on the opposite side to where the thread with the needle comes out). Tighten well. Your 4 beads are positioned 2 by 2, forming a kind of square. 

Pass the needle through the second pair of beads, starting in the opposite direction, as if you were drawing an S, so that the thread comes out of the bottom of this second pair.

String two beads again and pass the thread through the previous pair of beads, tighten, pass the S-shaped thread through the last two beads strung, tighten, string two new beads, pass through the previous two beads, tighten... you have the technique! 

Continue weaving as much as you like in width (here, 15 pairs of beads). 

To move on to the row above, you can change colors if it matches your design, and here's how to create that new row: pass your needle through the loop created by the thread just before your last pair of beads. Pull it tight. You can now start a new row.

String 2 beads. Thread the wire under the same loop again, between the last two beads on the row below. The two beads you just put on the thread will come to rest on top of each other on the bottom row. Now thread the yarn through these two beads again, working from the bottom up, and then thread two new beads onto your yarn. Thread your needle through the next loop on the bottom row, tighten, you have just formed your first new row of 4 beads! 

Now you can add two more beads and repeat this exact process: go back through the last 2 beads, once you get to the top, add two beads, go back down, go through the next loop, go back up adding 2 beads, etc. 

Until you reach the end of your row, where you do the same as before to create a new row!

As long as you always go through the previous loop to create the new row above, this will automatically create a reduction row after row, and end up with ... a triangle. 

So continue like this, while reproducing in beads the pattern you had drawn, changing colors when necessary. 🌈 When you get to the very top of your triangle, meaning there are only 2 beads left, then string 6, then go back down, and you're going to thread through all the last row beads on the opposite side to where you came from!

And there you go! Pass the thread 1 or 2 times through a loop at the bottom of the triangle to secure it, and you have your triangle, you've done the hard part! 

The bangs

Now string beads until you reach the desired length for your curls (here about 12 beads) 

Isolate the last bead, then thread the needle up again, through all the beads except this last one, so as to block your fringe. Then go back up, and also go back into the 2 beads of your bottom row of your triangle. Tighten up, your first fringe is securely attached to your triangle. Now pass your thread through the next 2 beads at the base of your triangle, stringing 12 beads again, keeping to your pattern and color changes. Again pass the thread through all the beads of the fringe except the last one, pass through the 2 beads at the bottom of your triangle, tighten... Etc. Add in this way all the bangs (here there are 24), until you reach the end of the triangle. Finish by going up one last time through the beads of the fringe, and making a discreet double knot connected to the 15 cm you left at the beginning. 

Repeat everything on...a second earring! We loved that the two were mismatched in pattern, but kept the same color code and size.

It only remains to fix the two earrings fasteners, you can help you with a clip to fix them to each loop of 6 pearls and secure well by tightening.