Focal Connectors Guide to Stitched Designs – Free John Bead Project PDF

John Bead Focal Connectors Guide for Stitched Designs

This handy guide introduces a few of the many ways you can turn our focal connector blanks into ends for your seed beaded work.

Best with 11/0 and 10/0 seed beads
2472413101-02Metal Blank 20 Gauge Brass Focal Connector, 21 x 10.5 x 0.8mm

Best with 8/0 seed beads
2472413101-03Metal Blank 18 Gauge Brass Focal Connector, 30 x 15 x 1mm

These connectors are great for brick stitch. You can also build other stitches from a first row of brick stitch, such as herringbone and peyote. This guide will show you how.  The PDF project directions work with both connectors using the seed bead size indicated for each above.

Metal Blank Connectors linked here.

New Miyuki beads with Czech coatings linked here.

About Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is John Bead’s Creative Director. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Back to Basics, Intro to Herringbone Stitch! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here: Back to Basics Intro to Herringbone Stitch

Description of Class: 

Back-to-School September 2022! This month we are taking it back-to-basics in bead weaving designs! This class builds on beading know-how from Class 1, Intro to Ladder Stitch.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Back to Basics, Intro to Ladder Stitch! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here: Back to Basics Intro to Ladder Stitch

Description of Class: 

Back-to-School September 2022! This month we are taking it back-to-basics in bead weaving designs! This class is the Intro to Ladder Stitch.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Apple Earrings! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:   Apple Earrings Step-by-Step

Description of Class: 

Create an orchard of apples with John Bead Czech Seed Beads! In this class we will encapsulate a wooden bead with rounds of seed beads in even-count peyote stitch.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Wanderlust Bracelet Stackers! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here: Wanderlust Bracelet Stackers

Description of Class: 

In this fun class, we will demonstrate ideas to quickly design stacker bracelets using an assortment of beads and other materials. The beginner-friendly techniques will be applicable to an array of design ideas and applications. The tools and supplies listed above, and the skills we will share in class, are basics that will go a long way in your jewelry design adventures.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Bright Style Summer Ring! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here: Bright Summer Ring, Michaels Class PDF

Description of Class: 

In this class we will explore a combination of techniques to create a shaped
ring with John Bead Miyuki Delicas. Techniques explored in this class will
include odd-count peyote, brick stitch, and reading patterns.
This pattern uses several colors of Miyuki Delicas. All are size 11/0. The
pattern starts with a strip of three-column, odd-count peyote.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Brick Stitch Bees! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here: Brick Bees!

Description of Class: 

This class will focus on using brick stitch technique to create shapes that
require some increases and decreases in the stitch.
We are working with size 11/0 delicas in four colors. You can easily follow
the color chart pattern using a post it note or ruler.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.

Sun Catcher Earrings or Pendant! Free Project with Michaels Classroom

The Project PDF is here:  Sun Catcher Earrings or Pendant Step-by-Step

Description of Class: 

This class will focus on a fun technique of brick-stitch, placing the beads inside a hoop component with a fun finish with Czech bicone crystal for extra sparkle. You can create this design in any colors. The example designs use John Bead Czech Seed Beads in size 6/0 and 8/0 with 4mm Czech bicone crystals.

The Recorded Class is here.

About our Instructor Danielle Wickes
Danielle Wickes is the Creative Director for  John Bead. She specializes in working with seed beads, bead-weaving, and looming, creating hand-knotted mala and yoga jewelry, crochet, and jewelry made with leather and wire.

Danielle on Instagram linked here.
Danielle on Facebook linked here.