Colour love for Beading Week

International Beading Week is underway and it is lovely to see everyone coming together to celebrate!

Flora is my little offering, a quick and easy flower that can be made in any bead size (15’s anyone?) I made a double row bracelet to match my much loved Johnny Was top… but then I thought, why stop there.

With a little tweak to the pattern (start with five beads so you get five petals instead of six), the flowers can be joined to make a ball. You can decorate the flower ball with more beads between the petals and the joins too.

You’ll need 12 flowers, and a little planning while you join the petal tips together. In mathematical terms it’s a platonic solid, and if you google that term, there are lots of graphics to show how to make a Dodecahedron by joining 12 Pentagons together.

I added loops to flower centres opposite each other, and attached a fringy beady tassel and a simple right angle weave rope decorated with little ladder stitch beaded beads.

The bracelet is made of two rows of Flora flowers. Beads? I used Miyuki Duracoat opaque colours in size 11.

To find out more about International Beading week, visit the website and join in the fun here.