Friday, September 23, 2011

Beaded Leaf Tutorials and Projects

No matter what your favorite time of year is, you’ve got to admit that there’s something special about a tree full of orange and yellow leaves. The bold, fiery colors of fall foliage can be relaxing, breathtaking, and even inspire poetry.

Beading and leaves go together very well. Not only are there hundreds of varieties of leaf beads, but we’re always looking for new ways to recreate classic leaf shapes and colors with our favorite techniques. There's simple leaf fringe, and complex sculptural leaves in peyote stitch and St. Petersburg chain.

In honor of the changing colors of autumn, here are some favorite tutorials and projects that feature beautiful leaves.

Beaded Leaf Tutorials

1. Russian-inspired Peyote Stitch Leaves, 2. Russian Leaves and Crossweave Beaded Leaves

3. Crochet Lydia’s Leaves, 4. Polymer Clay New Leaf Beads

Bonus tutorials:

Easy Russian Leaves
Russian Style Peyote Leaves

Leaf Bead Projects

1. As the Leaves Turn Earrings, 2. Vineyard Leaf Filigree Earrings

3. Autumn Leaves Necklace, 4. Leaf Bead Earrings


And, don’t forget the classic Tree of Life, which uses ordinary round or chip beads to imitate leaves. This really fun and easy to follow video tutorial explains exactly how to make a Tree of Life pendant with 4mm round beads.


Do you have a favorite type of leaves or leaf beads?

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11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for all of these. They are wonderful. What a great selection of free tutorials. I love leaves and feathers so this was a treasure for me. Thank you.

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  2. Great tutorial round up! I love just about any kind of Czech leaf bead and am always on the lookout for neat beaded leafy designs.

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  3. I have a small stash of seed beads. I think leaves would be a good use for them. Thank-you!

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  4. Thanks for the beaded leaf design tutorials and how timely. I'm creating a page on my blog for beading tutorials and will be sure to add you blog to the list.

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  5. Mortira I just love leaves!!!! The best ever tutorial is over at MyLovelyBeads.com. The designer shows several ways of making them and arranging them. This is where I learned my first Russian Leaf! And well, it is in Russian, but the diagrams are fabulous and I had no problem!

    http://www.mylovelybeads.com/php/class/previewClass.php?num=1&key=leaf_vika&lan=en

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  6. Good call, Mandy! Zoya does some amazing things with leaves and flowers.

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  8. Thank you for these tutorials, they're awesome.

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  9. Hi, Garnie! Thanks so much for the head's up. Fortunately, I was able to find the same tutorial on a secondary blog, and I've replaced the link, plus added two more similar tutorials.

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