FREE Online Pattern Maker

by Mandi Ainsworth on May 18, 2010

At Patterns for You, it is really easy to make beading patterns! There are options for loom, brick, peyote and right angle weave.

From the home page you select Pattern Maker and it takes you to a screen where you upload an image from your computer and then select what stitch you would like it to be in. If you select the advanced options menu, there are choices for width, type of cell (shape), and color choices. After you choose your options, click “create pattern” and you’re done! They also have a gallery of pre-made patterns.

DMC floss to Delica Bead Conversion Chart

This program has some limitations. The width is a max of 100 beads across, and the color options number 56. That’s not many compared to how many Delica colors there are, but this program is perfect for basic images. A friend of mine made a pattern using her business logo, and the beaded a business card holder from it. This is a great idea because you can carry a functional sample of your work around in addition to your business information.

Ideas for Using the Patterns You Create

  • business card holder
  • small patterns can be used on beaded pens
  • bookmarks
  • appliques on bags/clothing etc.
  • wide cuff bracelets
  • amulet bags

If you’ve completed any patterns using this program, I would love to see them. You can also upload any of your beaded creations to the Bead Circle Reader Pool on Flickr. They may even show up on the Bead Circle sidebar!

What do you think? Do you use free or paid beading software? What have you made from the patterns? Please share with us in the comments!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

madebymegs May 19, 2010 at 6:39 am

Thanks Mandi…I did find a local bead store and I think I will hit it up this weekend! I can only hope to be as good as you ;)

Mandi Ainsworth May 19, 2010 at 3:21 pm

That’s awesome, Megs! What project are you going to start with? If you run into any problems, don’t hesitate to email me ;)

Ruby May 21, 2010 at 8:19 pm

I’m looking for bead pattern software that will run on a mac but I will settle for a Windows application. Know of any pages that list the beading software available and may even rate/rank them?

jaycee July 23, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Hi Mandie
I make bead patterns using beadcreator pro and i also use Word 2003 to do the graphics and text for my pearl and crystal patterns.

Mandi Ainsworth July 23, 2010 at 2:08 pm

I’ve used beadcreator in the past, but I am really loving Bead Tool! (Ruby, Bead Tool is available for Mac: ) That is how I made the patterns for the ebook : ) Thanks for sharing Jaycee.

Heidi May 22, 2011 at 2:40 pm

I am trying to find a way to convert cross stitch patterns to bead weaving patterns. Do you have any ideas for me?

Mandi Ainsworth May 23, 2011 at 7:43 am

Heidi, thanks for your question. If I was to convert a cross stitch pattern, I would use beading pattern software (like Bead Tool) and either scan in the image to make a pattern, or fill in the pattern manually in “loom” setting and the click peyote stitch to convert it. Obviously the bigger the pattern, the more complicated this can be. I’ve seen other bead over a picture and use whatever color bead in closest to the picture behind the work. If I was dying to bead a larger, more complicated cross-stitch pattern, I would try looming it. I hope this helps!

Lou Oliver February 12, 2012 at 7:37 am

I like it and i will use it. I will try to bead my dogs pitcher but first i will need more beads. thanks for getting me excited about patterns again .

tong January 8, 2013 at 3:49 am

it’s very good.
Thank Mandi ^^

Michelle March 7, 2013 at 4:42 pm

Hi I just found this site doing a google search for peyote stitch patterns. I have completed a project that I didn’t use a pattern for. I just made it from my head. I think I am going to enjoy this site. My next project is to bead my cane so it isn’t so grey. :-)

Mandi Ainsworth March 8, 2013 at 6:41 am

That sounds like an awesome project, Michelle! I’m so glad you found your way here, and thanks for commenting :)

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