Posts Tagged "small round paper beads"

Amigurumi Snowman

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 in Paper Bead Creations | 7 comments

If you crochet and you have not tried making amigurumi dolls, you’re missing out on something really fun and easy to do.  They are done using single crochet in the rounds with no joins, just make sure you use a marker to do this.  Sometimes your “creativeness” just need a jump start and a catalog from our local college sparked my interest, I thought it is funny and just appropriate for us living in California.


I found a pattern for my amigurumi snow man at a Michael’s site, I know Lion Brand Yarn has also good amigurumi toy patterns.  I made mine with the cover of the catalog as inspiration, to make him even more interesting I made him  a paper bead scarf made from 5mm round paper beads.


I had fun with Mr. California Snowman this morning……him on top of my hanging plant which is dead around this time, but usually comes to life in spring.  The spot he is sitting on is where I have bird’s nest every year, right now it is empty.


On top of a little Christmas tree.



What is your Snow Man doing this year?  I hope this inspires you to make a snow man of your own.

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Bead Rope Crochet

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 in Paper Bead Creations | 1 comment

I have experimented using different kind of beads with bead rope crochet.  For those of you who may not be familiar with bead crochet, it is simply crocheting beads in the round by using slip stitch.  I have taught this form of crochet using 6o seed beads, but one day I thought I would try and use the 5mm paper beads which I received that day from my sister, and it was easy, light and works up really fast.  If I am going to be demonstrating on how to crochet with beads, the small paper beads will be a good beginner project.


I used the 5mm round paper beads, you will need about 216 pieces approximate.  If you decide to make the small round beads the metal roller with bamboo handle will be perfect for this.


When you feel you are up to a more advanced project, you can use other kind of beads even gem stones, take note that gem stones usually have small holes and you need to use thinner thread which could make it more challenging.  Here’s an example of bead rope crochet using carnelian.  When we are at the Pasadena Bead and Design Show, the booth next to us sells gem stones.  I picked up 6 strands of carnelian stones which I thought would look nice done in bead rope crochet.


I think it looks very pretty with murano glass that I was keeping for something like this.


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