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
- 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!