Bead crochet is exactly what its name implies: crocheting with beads.
Even if you have never crocheted before, you can learn how to crochet with beads. Using the basic crochet slip stitch, participants will create a tubular beaded rope using cotton thread onto which they have strung pony beads.
If after practicing with the pony beads, you would like to continue, you can purchase a kit for $12 to make a beaded crochet bracelet using 6/0 seed beads and silk thread. Kit colors are: 1) Fern/Rose, 2) Amethyst/Purple or 3) Turquoise/Metallic Dragonfly. Contact West at to reserve your kit color. Each kit includes: 2 tubes size 6/0 seed beads, FFF silk thread, size 7 crochet hook, 2 beading needles, Nymo thread, 2 rondelle beads and 1 lampwork bead. (Pictured at right). Participants need to bring a beading mat, sharp scissors and a tape measure.
Please Note: This is an introduction to bead crochet, not a workshop. Therefore, the two hour time frame will not allow for a finished bracelet should you purchase a kit. All who purchase the kit should plan to come to the Bead Social on Tuesday, July 17th where Jean will share her technique on "How To Finish A Bead Crochet Bracelet".
A multi-talented craftsman, West has been a fiber artist for over 48 years, focusing on wearable art jewelry, and woven clothing and accessories with her business Peacock Expressions, Jewelry & Wearable Art. Since 1996 she has been creating jewelry using various bead work and textile techniques. In her current collection of bead crochet jewelry, she likes to explore color and texture which are so vibrant in glass when you add the elements of light and reflection. She is also the corresponding secretary and community outreach chairperson of the DVBS.
West will present her program at the beginning of the two-hour DVBS meeting. Free to society members and guest. Guests must please pre-register.
To pre-register, email your name, address and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (908) 996-6930.