There are tons of materials that can help you achieve an on-trend, boho look. But my absolute my favorite component for creating boho pieces is the tiny but mighty seed bead! If you’re not familiar yet with the boho trend, check out last week’s blog post, or our Boho Style Boutique, for a general overview. Whether your preferred stitch is peyote, brick stitch, ndebele (herringbone stitch), right angle weave, loom weaving, or bead embroidery, it’s easy to incorporate tons of colors and big, bold patterns.
Loom weaving is one of the easiest ways to lay out patterns, because beads are organized into a neat grid. The Coachella Loom Bracelet is inspired by indigenous American designs and worked in bright colors for a festive, statement cuff. If you’re looking to create a project that’s a bit smaller and simpler, try a chevron or diamond pattern. Finished loom weaving projects can be backed with ultra suede, or finished with slide end tubes.
Brick stitch and peyote stitch are two other great stitches for creating patterns. Both of these stitches have offset beads, making it easy to do stripes, diamonds, hexagons and more. Off-loom bead weaving also allows you to create shapes beyond rectangles and squares; for instance, you can bead weave triangles, as can be seen in the fun Equilateral Earrings. The Caravan Earrings, made in brick stitch, also feature an unconventional shape. This project will also teach you another versatile seed bead skill for a boho look—making beaded fringe!
Seed beads also allow you to spotlight chunky focal elements like gemstones, an ever-popular addition to boho jewelry. One fun project that does this is the Nevermore Raven Necklace, which features a funky glass raven and gemstones with bead-embroidered bezels, hung on a grosgrain ribbon.
If you’re thinking about delving into bead weaving projects, or maybe want to add a new stitch to your repertoire, check out the newly stocked line of Glass Garden Beads Jewelry Kits. These premium kits are available in twelve designs for earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and each pattern has several gorgeous color options to choose from. The experts at Glass Garden Beads teach jewelry making out of their studio in Minnesota, but thanks to their dedication to creating these kits, you can access to their beautiful patterns and expert teaching techniques without making the trip to the Midwest! Their designs really capture the free-spirited lines of boho designs. My favorite patterns are the Gee’s Bend Bracelet, which has a gorgeous patchwork look to it, and the Coachella Necklace, which features three pretty focal pendants and another fun take on beaded fringe!
If you’re not quite ready yet to tackle bead weaving, try checking out our Exclusive Beadaholique Tassel Bracelet Kits. These easy stringing projects are available in four on-trend colors, punctuated with sumptuous gold-tone two-hole bar beads, and accented by a funky tassel! They’re great for beginners and are relatively quick to assemble, but look like something you’d find in a high-end boutique.
Although bead weaving projects generally take more time, what you can accomplish with the technique is incredibly rewarding. Plus, seed bead creations look ornate and difficult, and are sure to impress both friends and customers! They’re such a versatile component, you can work them into just about any pattern, making them a perfect addition to your boho pieces.